Post Script: We Were Liars – E Lockhart

A perfect YA book suitable for all to read and enjoy.

We Were Liars

We Were Liars

E Lockhart

Hot Key Books

ISBN: 9781471403989

 

Description:

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.

 

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

 

Read it.

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

 

My View:

 

Slowly, slowly this book reels you in. There is so much pain. Mystery shrouds the protagonist. There is so much to be revealed. So many secrets. As the pages turn you catch glimpses of life that is both privileged and yet so dysfunctional and still the secret has not been revealed. You keep reading. There is more pain, and there is love and friendships that have such strong bonds you will smile.

 

I love the use of folklore/fairy tales to prick your conscience and shake up the reality that is carefully constructed and presented to you.

 

In order to establish the truth the past must be unpicked one stitch at a time. Lockhart is a great storyteller, her unreliable narrator shares her truth, and her memories and you follow along unaware of the tragic twist that will soon be revealed. You won’t see this ending coming.

 

A quick read that will prick your moral compass. What would you do with this truth?

11 thoughts on “Post Script: We Were Liars – E Lockhart

  1. Carol – I do like novels that raise that moral question of what you would do in a similar situation. And the strategy of revealing the truth a layer at a time can be really effective. Sounds as though this one is absorbing.

    • Margot I really liked the style of this book – I haven’t read much YA – and honestly I am having trouble defining what that genre is meant to be – for me this was an enjoyable mystery, a sad story with lots of food for thought. It wasn’t huge in length. Can you shed some light on the genre?

      • Well, I’m no expert, Carol. But as far as I know, YA is written for and marketed to teens and young adults. So it often has themes and characters designed to appeal to that demographic. But the fact is, lots of YA novels are also appealing to adult readers. That makes sense too, as teens’ maturity varies greatly. It’s a bit of a slippery genre to define, really. And many authors of ‘regular’ crime fiction also write YA. Jane Casey is one, and there are others too.

      • In my opinion, publishers/marketers use labels to draw audiences. In some ways it makes sense. For instance, I don’t care much for horror novels (unless they’re absolutely outstanding – which is unusual), so I appreciate being told when a novel is a horror novel, so I can avoid it. On the other hand, I do love (I know you’ll be shocked) crime fiction. So novels with that label will get my attention. That said though, I think labels are far too often limiting.

  2. Oh, it does sound interesting!

    Have you read Reluctantly Charmed? I’m interviewing the author on my blog today but it features traditional Irish folklore – something I wouldn’t usually enjoy – BUT the key character is very cynical about it all so it made it very contemporary and relevant.

  3. This book was raved about all over booktube. I found it okay but I think I had really high expectations because of all the hype. I do enjoy quite a bit of YA especially dystopian.

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