We Were Liars

We Were Liars

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Don't miss the eagerly anticipated prequel, Family of Liars.

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.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

"Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." --John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 145 x 217 x 26mm | 369g
  • Delacorte Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 038574126X
  • 9780385741262
  • 36,811

Review quote

"Sometimes a book is a book and sometimes a book is a phenomenon. E. Lockhart's 2014 Y.A. psychological thriller We Were Liars is, without a doubt, a phenomenon. . . . The prequel aims to stand on its own, and technically it does; you don't need to have read the earlier book to understand this new one. But for the greatest enjoyment of Family of Liars, read We Were Liars first." --The New York Times, on Family of Liars

"You're going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending." --Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly

"This mindblowing YA thriller from E. Lockhart will make you glad you're the 99 percent...And that's about all we can tell you when it comes to the story of 'We Were Liars, ' the book by E. Lockhart that everyone will be reading, and re-reading, this summer. It's twisty, it's mysterious, and it's got a surprise ending that'll knock your socks off."
--Kat Rosenfield, MTV News

"Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations. And the ending? Shhhh. Not telling. (But it's a doozy)...This is poised to be big." --Booklist, starred review

"Lockhart has created a mystery with an ending most readers won't see coming, one so horrific it will prompt some to return immediately to page one to figure out how they missed it. At the center of it is a girl who learns the hardest way of all what family means, and what it means to lose the one that really mattered to you." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Riveting, brutal and beautifully told." --Kirkus, starred review

"The ending is a stunner that will haunt readers for a long time to come." --School Library Journal, starred review

"A taut psychological mystery marked by an air of uneasy disorientation...The ultimate reveal is shocking both for its tragedy and for the how-could-I-have-not-suspected-that? feeling it leaves us with. But we didn't, which is Lockhart's commendable triumph." --The Horn Book, starred review

"This is a love story as much as it is a psychological mystery...Astonishing." --Shelf Awareness, starred review

"[a] haunting, sophisticated mystery...a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents." --The Wall Street Journal

"Irresistible premise for this ticking time bomb of a novel." --The New York Times Book Review

"A Lockhart YA is always a treat and this is no exception...The glimpse we get into a life of privilege, a lifestyle most of us can only imagine, is insightful and thrilling. The ending will shock the mose jaded of readers, we promise!" --RT Book Reviews

"There's trouble in paradise at the opening of National Book Award finalist and Printz honoree E. Lockhart's shattering yet ultimately hopeful YA novel . . . and neither family nor reader will ever be the same." --Library Journal

"It's a nearly perfect story, and it's utterly absorbing." --Bustle, A YA Best Book of the Year

"No book on this summer's reading list will have readers immobilized in their hammocks more than E. Lockhart's We Were Liars..... This book has that surprise quality--like Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity--that makes readers scramble back through hungrily devoured chapters and wonder in admiration: Could I have seen this coming? Did I miss any clues?" --Newsday

"Like a shard of glass, WE WERE LIARS glitters and shines, then cuts deep. E. Lockhart has truly outdone herself with this masterful, darkly mesmerizing portrait of a fractured family ruined by the excess of wealth. Humming with rich descriptions and razor-sharp intelligence, the story of Cadence Sinclair Eastman will both inspire and haunt readers for years to come." --Sarah Pitre, Forever Young Adult

"Perception often is not reality -- and it certainly is not in WE WERE LIARS. This is a look at what "a perfect world" looks like on the inside and how it unravels once one of the players sees it for what it is. Pitch perfect in both plotting and character development."
--Carol Fitzgerald, Book Reporter

"The must-read contemporary novel so far this year is definitely E. Lockhart's stellar We Were Liars, a rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leaving you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten." --Sonia Charaipotra, Parade

"A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real." --Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies and Leviathan

"I've fallen in love with every E. Lockhart book I've ever read (and I've read them all), but We Were Liars blows them all out of the water. Dark, gripping, heartrending, and terrifyingly smart, this book grabs you from the first page--and will never let go." -- Robin Wasserman, author of The Waking Dark

"Spectacular." --Lauren Myracle, author of Shine, The Infinite Moment of Us, and TTYL

"A haunting, brilliant, beautiful book. This is E. Lockhart at her mind-blowing best." -- Sarah Mlynowski, author of Don't Even Think About It and Gimme a Call

"Stunningly sharp. . . . will sear itself into your memory." --Christian Science Monitor

"A haunting psychological thriller." --The Guardian

"The mystery driving the plot is a shocking punch in the face that will stay with you long after you finish." --Hypable Online Hypable-Weekend Reading

"There's no preparing for the shocker of an ending."

"We Were Liars is amazing. I felt run over by it . . . .Emily has done something incredible here. --Paul O. Zelinsky
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About E. Lockhart

e. lockhart wrote the New York Times bestsellers We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud. Her other books include Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks, and the Ruby Oliver Quartet: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. Visit her online at emilylockhart.com, and follow @elockhart on Twitter.
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Rating details

3.7 out of 5 stars
- 1,004,293 ratings
5 28% (283,834)
4 32% (322,315)
3 26% (256,492)
2 10% (101,339)
1 4% (40,313)

Our customer reviews

Cast is a Sinclair. Beautiful, tall and wealthy. Her family own their own private island and for every summer they vacation there. When she's fifteen, her summer turns for the worst and an accident happens which causes her amnesia. Will she figure out what happened? Will her memories come back? You'll want to read this book even if it's just to read the twisty ending. This was the over-hype monster book that were getting people to grab it and read it. Naturally, I stayed away because over-hyped books are not my cup of tea. I generally don't like most popular books, and I have no idea why, but this popped up on RHC's monthly newsletter and I had to get it. I really did like this book. The wealthy family and their problems reminded me a lot of the Great Gatsby, but there's no Gatsby. No one to redeem themselves, unless you count Cady (kind off). I really wished the book stayed in the present tense because I was constantly pulled back and forth between the past and the present, and it pretty much confused me to what was going on. Pacing was very fast paced and I immensely loved how there were clues everywhere. And when there's a mystery, I pick it up and remember it because if done correctly the reveal can be unraveled. And so my theory was correct.. Wasn't really surprised by the ending, but I was still horrified it happened. As for the characters, I felt wholly disconnected from them. Even Cady's mom and her aunts. Don't get me started on how spoiled they were. One thing that blew my mind was the fact that Cady didn't know who the staff's names were. And that they were all POC. This book is super realistic. Money can really mess up a family and make it the most craziest problem ever. As for our MC, I don't know how many times I counted her saying how "beautiful" her family is. The outside appearance shouldn't really count. It annoyed me to no end. I did enjoy the fact that she defied her family and wanted to make amends.. Only did she did it in the most craziest way possible. I'm just saying that she wasn't the smartest person to be doing what she did. This family disgusted me. Through and through. Ripping their family apart just for money. Racism was also touched upon and I loved having a POC as the main love interest! Bonus points for that. Lastly, the "poetic" writing threw me off with it's pretentious symbolism. I just don't understand symbolism sometimes and I'd rather have something simple and straight to the point. Did not connect with any of the characters and the "poetic" writing threw me off with it's pretentious symbolism. Overall, I would read this for the twisted ending, especially if you're in the mood for a mystery set on a beautiful idyllic island.show more
by Giselle SM
I have heard so much about We Were Liars from other bloggers, such that I was dying of curiousity! People were raving about the twist, and so I began hunting for this book in bookstores... only to realize that it hadn't even been released yet. Having now read We Were Liars, I can readily confirm that it is a thrilling read, a story absolutely brimming with secrets. Reasons to Read: 1. An emotional narrative: E Lockhart tells a brilliant story, although while not quite as shocking as I anticipated, of the tragic events to befall the main character's family (Cady). The writing style is poignant, and every mixed emotion felt by Cady is likewise experienced by the reader. As a reader, you are 2. A Shakespearean-esque tragedy: The day after having finished We Were Liars I saw a performance of King Lear, and it struck me how similar the two were in some ways. Let me emphasize that they are not the same story; but there are some characteristics the two share, such as the family dynamics. We Were Liars clearly evokes some of the feelings and themes from classical literature. 3. An unreliable narrator: I absolutely love reading books with an unreliable narrator, because I'm left guessing and gradually putting together all the clues and hints as to what actually happened. Cady is particularly effective as an unreliable narrator because even she isn't sure about the truth of what happened. After hearing so much about how the ending was truly shocking and surprising, I was a tad disappointed when I finished and discovered that my initial prediction was mostly correct (but not entirely). Then again, I think this was the ideal ending for the book and I don't think there could have been an ending that worked better with the story than this one. I won't say anything else because this is a story that must not be spoiled! This is the kind of book that stays with you long after you finish reading it. I'll have to find time to reread it, because I feel like I have more questions after having read it than I did before I started! Review copy received from Random House Canada; no other compensation was received.show more
by Brenna Staats
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is the story of the Sinclairs at their private island retreat. The Sinclairs are a wealthy family gone very, very wrong. Cadence, one of the Sinclair grandchildren, is returning to the island after two years �¢?? in �¢??summer seventeen.�¢?? What happens to the Liars in �¢??summer fifteen�¢?? is the heart of the mystery of this book. Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/05/we-were-liars.html *** Reviewed based on a copy received through a publisher�¢??s giveaway ***show more
by Nada A.
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