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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart packs an emotional punch



At first, I didn't know what to make of We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart.  The first person book is narrated by Cadence, a rich girl who has had a mysterious accident. She describes an idyllic life of privilege where her family summers on a private island.  Everything seems shiny and pristine, but something is amiss under the glittering surface.


I had trouble warming up to the story and characters at first.  Their world was such a bubble it was hard to break through and empathize.  As the story picked up, however, I could start to see the chinks in the armor and understand the complex emotions presented in the parents and children of the story.


The ending was riveting and forced me to look back in the book to look at some of the situations in a new light.  I know I am being deliberately vague here, but I don't want to give anything away.

Overall, I was surprised and moved by the book.  It has much to say about youth, maturity, mistakes and forgiveness.  I look forward to E. Lockharts next endeavor.
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