Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Series Status: Standalone
# of pages: 225
My rating: 3/5 stars
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
This book has been hyped for years and I on a whim decided to pick it up. I can definitely see why this story was hyped but I also was not a major fan of it.
Starting with the writing style which was so oddly written for me that I could not get behind it. The whole story is from our main characters point of view but it didn’t feel that way. It felt like a dramatic third person narrative is retelling something but doesn’t know what. Everything about the writing felt off and made the story have a really disjointed flow to it.
Then there were the characters who I did not really feel much of anything to. At the beginning I was connected to the main character and generally was interested in figuring things out along with her but as the story progressed it caused me to lose interest. Not much of anything really happens and I think this is in part due to the characters. They are purposefully underdeveloped to present the reader with a skewed view like the main character but instead of this piquing my curiosity I found myself not caring about it.
As I said above not much really happens in this story and while it is a short novel the story was incredibly slow and managed to feel like it was dragging at points. Once the story got closer to the end things picked up and this is where my general interest was regained but I cannot help but feel like it was a little too late in the story for me.
Overall this story was interesting but relatively slow with one dimensional characters and was not something that I really enjoyed.