Friday, May 30

E. Lockhart - We Were Liars



We are the Liars.
We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.
We are cracked and broken.
A story of love and romance.
A tale of tragedy.
Which are lies?
Which is truth?





Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family.No one is a criminal.No one is an addict.No one is a failure.The Sinclairs are athletic, tall, and handsome. We are old-money Democrats. Our smiles are wide, our chins square, and our tennis serves aggressive.It doesn’t matter if divorce shreds the muscles of our hearts so that they will hardly beat without a struggle. It doesn’t matter if trust-fund money is running out; if credit card bills go unpaid on the kitchen counter. It doesn’t matter if there’s a cluster of pill bottles on the bedside table.

This book definitely joins to my favorite books, I loved the writing style, the characters, the plot and everything else which this novel brought to us. We Were Liars is one of those books that you can't say anything about because you'd spoil everything and that would just simply ruin the story. 

This is about four friends who live in picture perfect families. On the outside they are all flawless and mysterious but in the inside they had the same problems as ordinary people do, they just pretend they don't. 
"Mummy snapped. She said to get hold of myself.Be normal, now, she said. Right now, she said.Because you are. Because you can be. Don’t cause a scene, she told me. Breathe and sit up."
However, these four teens were lucky because they had each other, every summer they went to the island with their families and spend the most awesome few months of their year together. I loved their friendship it was anything but factitious, they stood up for each other not caring about money or the rivalry of their mothers. 

I loved how this book showed us how fucked up relationships inside a family can be, how much your parents can ruin you for good and most of all how some people would do anything to keep their money even if it means using their own children. Plus We Were Liars was an excellent example of how appearances can mislead you. 

The romance was sweet and strong, it was a typical everyday life kind of thing, it wasn't unbelievable nor an insta-love. They were young and made bad decisions but no one should question their love because it felt 100% real. 

The tales which accompanied us throughout the novel were an amazing ideas. They symbolized different events or feelings of the story and it was a delight to be teared out of the original story for a while and try to match these two together. 

I adored each and every one of the four main characters, they all had their best moments and their worsts, too. Cadence, Mirren and Gat were brought up in a bubble where luxury was basic so they didn't share Gat's concerns or weren't too fond of his speeches but they did loved him and never acted like they were better just because their families has money. What I loved the most was the character development, just the most important moments of their summers were showed but still we could see how they changed and learned from their parents' mistakes. 


Cadence: Her mom was one of the worst mothers in the bookish history she always wanted Cadence to pretend she's alright and to pull herself together when there was nothing that she wanted more than to collapse and cry. When Cadence needed comfort her so called mother didn't do anything but made her put on a masque and act like everything was alright. 

Meanwhile, Cadence was a strong person, yeah sometimes she whined but when others pointed it out she shut up and changed for the better. She wasn't suffering in a rich girl syndrome, after all those things what happened to her of course she threw a pity party for herself sometimes. She had everyday problems too, like being in love or when she had strong as hell migraines, why can't she complain when she's suffering? Because she's rich? That's a mean excuse. 

She suffered a big trauma which changed her maybe for the worse but I think it's acceptable in her condition, I don't know how those who complain about her personality would react in a situation like this or a life so full of rules  and expectations as hers was. (Tell me in the comments why did/didn't you like her!)

Gat: He was a really philosophical character, he felt the need to talk and talk and talk until the other three rich kids get his point. I felt bad for him because a lot of people from Cadance's world couldn't accept him because he wasn't rich and didn't have the 'perfect' family like the Sinclaires. 
“Heathcliff is a gypsy boy taken in and raised by this pristine family, the Earnshaws. Heathcliff falls in love with the girl, Catherine. She loves him, too—but she also thinks he’s dirt, because of his background. And the rest of the family agrees.” (Gat)“That’s not how I feel.” (Cadence)“There’s nothing Heathcliff can ever do to make these Earnshaws think he’s good enough. And he tries. He goes away, educates himself, becomes a gentleman. Still, they think he’s an animal.”“And?”“Then, because the book is a tragedy, Heathcliff becomes what they think of him, you know? He becomes a brute. The evil in him comes out.” 
Johnny: Most of the time he was completely clueless but he was the funniest character in this book, he was refreshing and very-very kindhearted. 
Attention everyone, please follow his motto: 
“Never eat anything bigger than your ass.” 
Mirren: She was a sweetheart, I loved how she always wanted to smooth things and was the kindest of the four. She gave good advises and quietly pointed out when Cadence was too self-centered. 

Favorite character: Gat, Mirren
Least favorite: Granddad


All in all this book was full of feelings either sad and happy and dealt with important subjects.

I'd recommend it to those who like good mysteries and who won't freak out while reading about rich people feeling sorry for themselves. 

The story idea: 5/5
The realization of the story: 5/5
The characters: 5/5
The cover: 5/5

4 comments:

  1. I've heard We Were Liars was really good and I'm glad you enjoyed it as well! Great review. :)

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  2. I hope you'll read it too, everyone should. Thank you :)

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  3. This was a really great review, love! I've seen this book doing the rounds all over on Twitter, and it was quite amusing to see so many bloggers and readers tweeting how this book crushed them ^^ It would be nice to have joined them with their feels fest :) I'll definitely take a second look at this when I visit the bookstore!

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

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  4. Thank you so much :)
    You totally should it, the best thing is that it has really sad but really happy and cute parts, too. :)

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