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Review: We Were Liars (Lockhart)

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AUTHOR: E. Lockhart
SERIES: none
PUBLISHER: Delacorte
PUBLICATION DATE: May 13, 2014
ISBN: 9780385741262
PAGES: 240
SOURCE: NetGalley
GENRE: mystery, contemporary romance
GIVE IT TO: HS

SUMMARY: A victim of partial amnesia, 17-year old Cadence Sinclair recalls the story of her family, her three cousins, and the boy she loves.

IF THIS BOOK WERE FOOD, IT WOULD BE: Grapefruit. It looks juicy and sweet, but it tastes bitter and is difficult to finish.

WHAT I LIKED: E. Lockhart is a talented writer. We Were Liars unravels slowly, revealing some shocking surprises in its own time. And yes, I was shocked. The poetic way Cadence tells her story will appeal to many readers.

I love the occasional fairy tale allegories that reflect Cadence’s dysfunctional family.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: Boorrriinnngggg. I would not have even bothered to finish this book if I weren’t looking so forward to the surprise ending I kept hearing about. And yes, I loved the ending. Was it worth the 200 pages of a dull, privileged teen girl sighing and popping painkillers? I did love the ending, so I guess it probably was worth it. But be forewarned–nothing much happens until maybe the last 25 pages.

I did not care for any of the characters. Not a connection, anywhere.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Not much happens until the very end, but with beautiful writing and a slam-dunk ending, it’s definitely worth reading.

STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: Lots of F-bombs, so I don’t plan to get it.

RATING BREAKDOWN:

  • Overall: 2/5
  • Creativity: 5/5
  • Characters: 1/5
  • Engrossing: 2/5
  • Writing: 5/5
  • Appeal to teens: 4/5
  • Appropriate length to tell the story: 3/5

CONTENT:

  • Language: high–multiple F-bombs
  • Sexuality: mild–some kissing
  • Violence: mild-medium–highlight to see (spoiler!)–>arson, unintended murder
  • Drugs/Alcohol: medium-high–prescription painkillers for emotional trauma

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