September 14, 2015

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Publication: May 13, 2014 by Listening Library

Source: Audiobook checked out from library

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.
True love.
The truth.

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I didn't know much about this book going in, just that there was a lot of hype surrounding it when it came out and that the ending is shocking. I didn't really get my hopes up or let the hype affect me. I just wanted to be surprised by the ending and enjoy a fun mystery story. Well, even that was hoping for too much.

I do agree with majority of the people that it is best to go into this book knowing as little as possible. I say that because, for me, it was so predictable. I didn't even know much, and basically figured out the ending in the first 25% of the book. I was really disappointed by the plot. It just seemed so blatantly obvious to me. Of course, I didn't guess everything down to the exact detail, but the twist was no surprise. The whole time I was thinking to myself, "No, it can't be this obvious, the author is just messing with me and these clues are red herrings," but of course, they weren't. Maybe I've read too many mystery/psychological thrillers, but I still think this one was not done very well in that respect.

I did, however, really enjoy the atmosphere, characters, and family drama of the story. Listening to this as an audiobook was captivating experience, especially since I was sitting on the beach listening. The setting of a private beach, with rich, secretive families made for an enchanting escape, and really sucked me in. The writing is hauntingly beautiful and the person reading did a great job. Thanks to Sam at Thoughts on Tomes for recommending the audiobook!
The characters are also intriguing and I enjoyed exploring their personalities and relationship dynamics. There is also a lot of family drama that was thought-provoking and entertaining. I like the themes the book brings up and discusses.

Overall, I did have a fun time listening to this story, I just wish the plot took a different, less expected, direction.



  1. Wonderful review, Kassidy! I simply agree with this. I didn't really enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. I guess I expected too much from it.

    The twist is really predictable to me but the writing style is decent anyways.

    1. Thank you! I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt this way :)

  2. I enjoyed reading it too, but also thought it was very predictable. It was obvious from the beginning that you could not trust the main character. Maybe I read too many psychological thrillers too :)

    1. Yes!! At one point, the author dropped so many clues that I was thinking maybe the reader is supposed to know what's really going on and the end is going to be completely different twist.. :/

  3. I have to admit that I read this book because I was captivated by the cover, which I thought did a good job reflecting the tone of the book. Other readers weren't crazy about the disjointed narrative, but I found it poetic, and a perfect way to capture someone trying to recover memories. Anyway, I enjoyed your review, thanks! (Found your blog via Goodreads! :)