We Were Liars

We Were Liars

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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?
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Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15mm | 195g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781471403989
  • 366

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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?
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E. Lockhart is one of our most important novelists, and she has given us her best book yet. 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 * So, @elockhart's new book WE WERE LIARS showed up the other day, and I ended up NOT GOING TO BED because WAS READING and OH MY GOD. * Maureen Johnson * A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real. * Scott Westerfeld, author of UGLIES and LEVIATHAN * A beautifully written page-turner ... When you've finished reading you'll be desperate to pass WE WERE LIARS on * Cosmopolitan * 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. * Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review * This is a cunning, clever and absolutely gripping novel, full of surprises, which sent me straight back to its first page as soon as I reached the last. * The Guardian * This is an ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing. * The New York Times * Stylish, compelling and heartbreaking (...) I'm in awe of E. Lockhart's control and characterisation here -- Liz Flanagan * theguardian.com * We Were Liars is a story about growing up. Finding yourself and loosing yourself. It's a dark story about the destructive power held by secrets, the damaging effects of a family trauma and the tragedy that can be caused by love -- Lauren Molyneaux * Live Ribble Valley, GOOD READ * We Were Liars is a literary musing on young love, memory, coming-of-age, and tragedy with a deliciously twisty ending * Huffingtonpost.com * Don't mind me, I'm just still crying about this book. I heard so much about We Were Liars in 2015, but sort of passed it off as your usual overly-dramatic young adult contemporary. I would like to formally apologise to this book for ever thinking that. This is a book of secrets, and it will kick you in the gut. It's a quick read so, please, just give it a try * Magic and Musings * We Were Liars is a moving young adult novel with a twist so intense, you won't see it coming * teenvogue.com * Love, mystery, amnesia, and a group of teenagers. What can we say about this? It'll leave you stunned * sugarscape.com * Has a twist most readers won't see coming. -- James Patterson * New York Times * 5 YA books every teen should read', 'An eerie love story set within a self-destructing family. I read it three years ago and can't recommend it enough. A beautiful, beautiful book that had me gasping by the end. * Big Issue * This book is about inheritance, death, amnesia, and its gripping plot will have you whipping through the pages. * Refinery29 * Strikes a great balance between fun summer romance novel and horrifying summer mystery novel * Bustle * Full of complex characters and mystery, that will suck you in from the first page. Both the adults and the teenagers are struggling with darkness within their own selves. The ending will definitely shock you and keep you wondering why you didn't figure things out sooner. A must read * Buzzfeed * Under all that teen romance, We Were Liars is a psychological thriller with one gut-punch of a plot twist * Bustle * Compelling... as a reader you are questioning everything all the time in this tragic but beautiful story * Books for Keeps * We Were Liars seduces you with summer love, a remote island setting, hints of Wuthering Heights, and millions of theories you'll develop along the way to its utterly destructive reveal * Buzzfeed *
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About E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart is the author of four books about Ruby Oliver: THE BOYFRIEND LIST, THE BOY BOOK, THE TREASURE MAP OF BOYS and REAL LIVE BOYFRIENDS. She also wrote FLY ON THE WALL, DRAMARAMA and HOW TO BE BAD (the last with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle). Her novel THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of a Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Novel.
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Rating details

843,204 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 30% (249,500)
4 32% (273,907)
3 25% (209,186)
2 9% (79,598)
1 4% (31,013)

Our customer reviews

I had high expectations on this one. I'm always interested in a good mystery. Unfortunately, this was a bit of a dull read that failed to engage me. Everything felt shallow, the characters, the story, the environment. I think this book is more directed toward young readers. I'll give it to my sister. She�??�?�´ll probably love it.show more
by Sónia Alexandra Custódio
This. Is. Such. A. Good. Book. Though the story is fascinating on its own, what makes it stand out above almost every single book I�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??ve read in the past ten years (literally) is the way E. Lockhart structures the novel. Simply put: it�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s beautifully written. There were a couple things, in particular, that I really love about the writing. E Lockhart personifies Cadence�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s emotions throughout the story in ways that I had never even though to accurately describe feelings. (No spoilers in this review, though, so I can�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??t give you any examples. Sorry.) Another thing I really loved was his use of fairytales. It�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s genius. He breaks the mold of traditional storytelling by interjecting Cadence�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s story with these fairytales that change with how much Cadence remembers about that mysterious summer at the current time. Cadence�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s voice keeps the story cryptic in the best way possible. The reader doesn�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??t really know why she has these memory gaps until the very end. When the big reveal happened for me, it just blew my mind. I put this book back on my TBR shelf, in fact, because I wanted to read it again knowing the full truth. I recommend this book to everyone. Go get it. Now. And until you do, make sure no one spoils the ending for you. This book is best read with knowing hardly anything about the actual plot (which is why this review has been so vague on that front). But anyway, you must go read this masterpiece for yourself.show more
by Ryann Dannelly
Favourite Quote: �???�??�?�¢??He didn�???�??�?�¢??t believe in God anymore and yet he still wished that God would help him.�???�??�?�¢?? There was a lot of hype surrounding this book and I was so excited to read it and find out what all the hype was about! Sadly for me, the hype killed this book and I didn�???�??�?�¢??t enjoy it as much as I had hoped. I give this book a 3/5 stars! Let�???�??�?�¢??s start with the things I did like. First is the cover, for some reason I just love it! The next thing is this book was a fast read, the chapters are short which makes flying through this book easy! The mystery in the book was done well and it�???�??�?�¢??s the only thing that really kept me reading, I just had to know what had happened! I liked the topics and issues raised in the book from politics, racism to family issues etc but some of them were not developed as much as I hoped. The ending (which everyone kept going on about) was good but I had guessed something similar would have happened so I wasn�???�??�?�¢??t surprised and again that ruined my enjoyment of the book a little. Onto the things I didn�???�??�?�¢??t enjoy. The main one was the writing style, it was unique and a little too strange for me to enjoy. The narrator was unreliable which worked at some points but not others. As I said before this is a short book with short chapters and because of that I felt I didn�???�??�?�¢??t get to know the characters well, therefore I didn�???�??�?�¢??t form any sort of attachment to any of them and so the ending didn�???�??�?�¢??t create the emotional impact that I wanted! I also found most of the characters to be one dimensional and boring, especially the main character, who in my opinion was pretty bland. Overall this book was okay, the suspense and the mystery was really all that kept me reading but I can understand why so many others loved it!show more
by brookexx
Exceptional. Hauntingly beautiful. We Were Liars is a gripping tale of family, love, friendship and protecting those which are most important. This is one story that will stay with you for a long time. I couldn't put it down. I was hooked into the story of this beautiful but not-so-beautiful American family of Sinclairs. I loved the clever way it was written. I am aware that some people were not fans of the writing style and found them confusing and annoying. But personally, I think it's unique and different in a good way. It gave a spontaneous and lyrical feel to the book. I liked the mystery surrounding the Sinclairs. They may seem like a typical wealthy family on the outside but underneath that facade are layers and layers of secrets and lies and pretense and anger that motivated the other family members - the Liars - to take action and try to change things on their own. Speaking of the Liars, I liked their different and colorful personalities. But what I liked most about them is their friendship and love for each other. The cousins Cady, Johnnny and Mirren could have been easily caught on the family politics and turned on each other for personal gains but no. They remained loyal to each other. Even Gat, who was considered an outsider by the adult Sinclairs, helped and stayed with them. And they stayed with him, too. That, for me, was a beautiful friendship that even tragedy could never destroy. I'm not going to lie. I sort of guessed the truth about the three Liars even before the big reveal. But it did not lessen the impact. It broke my heart and left me dumbfounded. I was a puddle of tears by the time I finished reading We Were Liars. The ending was kinda vague and I would have wanted to know more about what happened to Cady. But I think it fit the vague and mysterious way the whole thing was written. It was enigmatic through and through and will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.show more
by Julie Rimpula
Ich habe dieses Buch wieder wegen Booksplosion gelesen und man bin ich froh um die Gruppe. Den es war wieder ein Buch auf dem ich von alleine nicht gekommen w�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¤re. Es hat mich total �??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¼berrascht und den Atem geraubt. Dies ist mein 4 Versuch was �??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¼ber das Buch zu schreiben und ich glaube je weniger ihr �??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¼ber dieses Buch wisst umso besser wird das Erlebnis f�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¼r euch da bin ich mir sicher. Weniger ist wirklich mehr hier . Cadence verbringt jeden Sommer auf einer Privatinsel die ihrem Gro�???????vater geh�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¶rt, sie ist immer mit ihre Cousine Mirren, Cousin Johnny und sein Freund Gat zusammen, sie bilden die �?????�????�???�??�?�¢??Liars�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??. Dieses Sommer ist aber etwas anderes, Cadence erholt sich immer noch von einem Unfall den sie im Sommer 15 hatte, sie kann sich gar nicht an den Unfall erinnern und sie hat viele Erinnerungsl�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¼cken was Sommer 15 betrifft. Ihre Familie hat �??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¤rztliche Anweisungen nicht mit ihr �??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¼ber das geschehene zu sprechen, sie soll sich alleine erinnern, ihr Gehirn soll damit klar kommen wenn es dazu bereit ist. Ich sa�??????? die ganze Zeit da und fragte mich was zur H�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¶lle passiert sein kann das sie so viel vergessen hat. Dieses Buch war absolut sch�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¶n geschrieben. Es ist wie eine tragische, kl�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¤glich wunderbare Reise, die mich buchst�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¤blich sprachlos gemacht hat. "Mein Vater hat einen letzten Koffer auf den R�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¼cksitz des Mercedes geladen (er l�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¤sst Mama den Saab) und startete den Motor. Dann zog er eine Pistole und schoss mir in der Brust. W�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¤hrend ich auf dem Rasen stand, und ich fiel. Das Einschussloch �??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¶ffnete sich weit und mein Herz rollte aus meinem Brustkorb auf und ab in ein Blumenbeet. Mama sagte ich soll mich zusammenreisen�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? Ich meine, wirklich? So tragisch wunderbar geschrieben! Jeder sollte dem Buch zumindest eine Chance geben es ist unglaublich!show more
by Mariana Gomes
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