We Were Liars is one of those books people really love or really hate. Written by National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart, the book tells the story of the beautiful and rich Sinclair family. Each summer, they go to their private island where they take boat trips and buy fudge. Everything is perfect, right down to their Golden Retrievers, lovingly dubbed “the Goldens”. But something lurks beneath the surface: a conflict from the prior summer has shaken the family’s core. They are coming apart slowly. Very slowly.
I listened to the audio book version, and the narrator, Ariadne Meyers, was perfect for this novel. So, now that you know I was listening to an audio book…
I buckled up (literally) and waited. And waited. And waited some more. I wondered when something was going to happen. It was nice to listen to and the book is well written, but I wanted some action. I like slice of life books, but everything was so… sugary. Protagonist Cadence was often whiny, she had missing memories, and her family hid secrets from her. Things were happening, but at a snail’s pace. I was on disc four – waiting.
And then I got to the last disc. The rest of the book was fodder for the blaze of revelation that happens in the last fifth of the book. It was so captivating and sudden that I might have to read this one again. Beautifully done. Just stick with it. That’s all I can tell you.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a New York Times Bestseller and is available through the Metro Library Network as a book, audio book, and e-book.
~a post from Molly