Publisher: Delacorte Press
Expected Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Page Count: 240
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
**I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher in exchange for review. This in no way swayed or influenced my opinion on this book, I promise!**
Typically in my reviews, I write a synopsis of each book to give you guys an idea of what it is you're getting into when/if you decide to read the book. In the case of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, I'm not going to give you a synopsis. I'm not even going to attempt to write one because 1) anything I write about this book would never be able to fully sum it up or give it justice, and 2) this book is one that you absolutely don't want to know everything about. Even the synopsis from the publisher is vague, and that's the way it should be. Typically I like to know what the book I'm about to read is about, but as I flew through this book, I was glad I went into this one blind.
Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family.We Were Liars is written in the most beautiful way. Each page radiated with that gauzy haze of summer, and it made me feel nostalgic for experiences and family members and beach houses that aren't even mine. On the first page we are welcomed into the beautiful Sinclair family, a family built on old money, and welcomed we are. Lockhart has created an onion of a group, meaning there are SO many layers to this family and there is always something lurking below the surface. I kept turning the page, desperately wanting to see what would be revealed next. And the tension that comes with each of these layers was just astounding. Yes, there's romantic tension. But there's like, eight other kinds of tension, too, making the book unputdownable and left me with a slight feeling of unease throughout the whole read. That unease was also not unwarranted, there is a lot of suspense in this novel, and I don't even want to get into that for fear of spoiling even a little bit and I cannot do that!
No one is a criminal.
No one is an addict.
No one is a failure.
--quote is from an advanced reader copy & could be subject to change.
Then there are the Liars. Dreamy sigh. They are a beautiful, smart, ambitious, and tight knit group that I was quickly sucked into. Their dynamic is electric, and I love them as if they were my own group of friends.
We Were Liars is definitely a book you're going to want to get ready for. Add this book release date to your calendars. Tell all of your friends to buy it, too, so you have someone to discuss with (I am DYING to talk to someone in depth about this book). This is one of the best books I have read in a while, and I couldn't stop blabbing to my boyfriend about it. I can't even fully articulate to you guys with words how amazing this novel was for me. It really grabbed at my heart and held on tight. And yes, I cried, and cried, and cried some more, even though it's rare that I openly cry over a book, and I kept telling myself that I wouldn't. Usually I am able to jump from one book to the next, but I think I'm experiencing my first book hangover because I cannot even think about starting a new book yet. We Were Liars is a hauntingly beautiful reading experience that is fitting for all audiences, and I can't wait to talk to more people about this once the book actually comes out.
BIG thank you to the publisher for letting me experience this book early. It's likely that We Were Liars will still be lingering with me at it's release date and beyond that point as well.