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We Were Liars

Lockhart, E. (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
We Were Liars

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Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
Authors: Lockhart, E.
Statement of Responsibility: E. Lockhart
Title: We were liars
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 227 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
Subject Headings: Friendship Fiction Love stories Families Fiction Amnesia Fiction Wealth Fiction Young adult fiction
Topical Term: Friendship
Love stories
Young adult fiction
LCCN: 2013042127
ISBN: 9780385741262
Branch Call Number: FIC L
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Sep 29, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book kept me wondering what really happened to Cadence. The ending bumped it up to 4 stars. Good book!

Sep 23, 2014
  • samdog123 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book but it felt like all the usual themes had been covered in other books and put together in this one. The privileged Sinclair family owns a beautiful holiday island. There, cousins Cadence, Johnny, Mirren and pal Gatt, spend idyllic summers. The summer Cadence turns 15, she suffers a terrible accident, becomes ill and loses her memory. What happened and how can Cady resolve her past so she has a future?

Sep 21, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was mostly disappointed by this book probably because of all the hype it got, but it didn't live up to my expectations. For the most part it was pretty boring, and I didn't feel much for the characters. The big reveal was surprising, but not as crazy as I was expecting. The writing was good, but overall the book was "meh".

Sep 13, 2014
  • sandraperkins rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book! I thought it s going to be a typical "coming of age" book, but it is not. It is a fast read, and it kept me engrossed the whole way. It is well worth reading!

Sep 13, 2014
  • gusmcrae rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed "We Were Liars because it was a fast, mysterious read. Something clearly happened to Cady (our protagonist) and it has drastically changed her world. She cannot remember it and her family won't tell her. So what did happen during her Year 15 on the family's island retreat? The novel slowly unwraps her story and tries to gut-punch us with the ending. I honestly saw the ending coming from a mile away. I didn't know the how, but I did have an idea of the what. So, I was a little disappointed to not have that jaw-dropping surprise at the end. But overall, I did enjoy it, particularly the author's use of fairy tales (well more like "fractured fairy tales") to help move the story along.

Sep 03, 2014
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I went into this book knowing there was a twist ending, posts all over the internet warn not to give away the secret. I am not the kind of person who sees things coming, I don’t pick up on subtle clues or see patterns…but I figured out most of this ending in the first 50 pages…and that can’t be good. I still enjoyed the rest of the book but I can’t say that I was wowed by the plot. E. lockart is still a wonderful author, she has her own style with words, but I don’t think this is my favorite of her books. My biggest gripe is that I can’t really figure out why it is called We Were Liars. The group calls themselves the Liars but they don’t truly lie, I think lockhart is trying to imply that they show one face to the world instead of speaking their convictions. I found it a little misleading as I was hoping for an unreliable narrator, but Cadence isn’t leading you astray of her own free will, rather she honestly doesn’t remember what happened. It wasn’t that it was a bad book, I just didn’t think it lived up to the hype.

Sep 01, 2014
  • Sansha rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Young adult novel. A twist in the tale.
Three cousins take matters into their own hands, when after 15 years holidaying together on the family's exclusive island, they became fed up with their mothers' bickering and greedy demands.

Aug 29, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've read this referred to as a YA 'Gone Girl' and if you're basing the comparison on twists then it's right up there. I read the book in a day and I figure it will be much the same for anyone else. The book grabs you right away and even the odd fragmentation of the prose doesn't stop you as much as it appears unnecessary.

I went into the book knowing little and it's best that I keep things minimal. If you like a good mystery - our main character had an accident of some sort and is missing bits of time over the ensuing two years - you will like this. She wants to know what really happened but is told time and again that she needs to remember on her own. There's a dash of romance, family drama (this family is one big mess let me tell you), and also the novels makes a big point of taking this rich, powerful, and privileged family and ripping it apart so you can see all the flaws and how rotten it all is. The ending really hits you like a sucker punch too.

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Cadence Sinclair describes a privileged life with her extended family that seems very much taken for granted until it isn't. She also experiences her first love, and she narrates it with many witty one-liners and constant self-doubt. Following a mysterious "accident" that leaves her bewildered and confused, Cadence struggles to remember what happened while her family continues to baffle her.

Aug 14, 2014
  • mawls rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The beautiful, descriptive language is a feat on its own, but then throw in the story and all its twists and you've got yourself an intriguing story of friendship, family and how they sometimes crash into each other with harrowing results. I was left guessing until the end and what an end it is.

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Jun 30, 2014
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May 03, 2014
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Sep 03, 2014
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The Sinclairs spend every summer on their private island, Beechwood. Born within a few short months of each other, 3 of the Sinclair grandchildren and one friend of the family spend the summers thick as thieves, calling themselves The Liars. Cadence, Johnny, Mirren and Gat are inseparable every year, but the summer of their fifteenth year, things start to change. Cadence begins to fall in love with Gat (a friend of the family who is invited to Beechwood every summer) while the Sinclair family falls apart around them.
The summer ends in a tragic accident when Cadence is found in the shallow water of the beach, unconscious and on the verge of hypothermia. Unable to remember what brought her to the beach Cadence spends most of the school year recovering from her injuries and suffering severe migraines brought on by head trauma (the doctors tell her she must have hit her head on the shallow rocks along the beach).
Cadence’s sixteenth summer she does not join the liars at Beechwood but is instead sent on a European tour with her father, spending much of the time bedridden from migraines. It isn’t until two years after the accident that Cadence returns to Beechwood and The Liars. Meanwhile her grandfather has built a new house, and family relations seem at an all-time high, Cadence’s accident ending her families constant bickering.
But things have changed between Cadence and The Liars since the fifteenth summer. Gat is despondent, Johnny is hiding something and Mirren fights bouts of nausea. Something isn’t right, and it has to do with her accident. Cadence is determined to find out the truth about The Liars, Beechwood and their fifteenth summer.

Jul 11, 2014
  • Dimmu16 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

THERE ARE SPOILERS! Cadence (Cady) is the heir to the very rich Sinclair family fortune. Her grandfather has a island where they spend every single summer at. When Cady is eight years old her anut Carrie meets a new guy (whom she is in love with) and he brings his nephew Gat to the island as company for Carrie's son Johnny. Johnny, Cady, Gat, and Mirren (whom is another cousin) create this group called The Liars (that only ever gets together at the island). When Cady is 15 something happens to the liars that causes her to almost kill herself. She then spends the next 2 years in Vermont or in Europe. When Cady is 17 years old she finally convinces her Mother to let her go back to the island so she can discover what happened 2 years ago. Also during those 2 years the other liars NEVER ONCE contacted her while she tried to contact them. So when Cady returns they are there acting like its normal and they haven't been seperated for 2 years without any contact what so ever. Basically after a lot of talking and some love. Cady discovers that Johnny, Gat, and Mirren died in a house fire.


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Jul 07, 2014
  • aliciamarie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

" We are Sinclairs. Beautiful. Privileged. Damaged. LIARS. "

Jun 30, 2014
  • Anna WMC-STAFF Kim rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

".... And if anyone asks.... just. LIE.

Jun 18, 2014
  • JAC_E rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Then he pulled out a handgun and shot me in the chest. I was standing on the lawn and I fell. The bullet hole opened wide and my heart rolled out of my rib cage and down into a flower bed. Blood gushed rhythmically from my open wound,
then from my eyes,
my ears,
my mouth.
It tasted like salt and failure. The bright red shame of being unloved soaked the grass in front of our house, the bricks of the path, the steps of the porch. My heart spasmed among the peonies like a trout.

Jun 18, 2014
  • JAC_E rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Here is something I love about Gat: he is so enthusiastic, so relentlessly interested in the world, that he has trouble imagining the possibility that other people will be bored by what he’s saying. Even when they tell him outright. But also, he doesn’t like to let us off easy. He wants to make us think—even when we don’t feel like thinking.

Jun 18, 2014
  • JAC_E rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

She confused being spartan with being charitable, and gave away her possessions without truly doing good with them.
She confused being sick with being brave, and suffered agonies while imagining she merited praise for it.
She confused wit with intelligence, and made people laugh rather than lightening their hearts or making them think.

Jun 18, 2014
  • JAC_E rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.

Jun 18, 2014
  • JAC_E rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Better than chocolate, being with you last night. Silly me, I thought that nothing was better than chocolate.

Jun 18, 2014
  • JAC_E rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.

Jun 18, 2014
  • JAC_E rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Do not accept an evil you can change.

May 13, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mirren pauses. Then she says: "Be a little kinder than you have to."

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Jul 11, 2014
  • Dimmu16 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

We Were Liars: A Theory

Honestly this works in my mind. LOTS OF SPOILERS!

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