We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Genre: YA contemporary fiction
Format: hardcover, owned
This has nothing to do with my anticipation to dive into the gorgeous beast that is Lady Midnight (details here), I swear. I went into We Were Liars knowing it had mixed reviews, and unfortunately I disliked it enough that I DNF’ed it at 66%, or 162 pages in. 😦
I thought the plot was kind of aimless. I didn’t know where this book was going or what was happening for the duration of the time I was reading. I was confused and bored, to be honest. I can’t think of any way to put it nicely. I don’t want to be harsh, but that’s how I felt.
The entire cast of characters was really plain, in my opinion. The story followed the Sinclair family, which included grandparents, parents, and the kids. They were a stereotypical rich family, although unlike others I’ve read about, they have their own island that they visit every summer. Cadence, the MC and oldest grandchild, seemed to have no personality; she didn’t believe in buying knick knacks or like the wealth. She dyed her hair to be different from her relatives, and she couldn’t decide if she was in love with her friend Gat or not. None of the other characters seemed to have any distinctive qualities either, except for Gat; I think his name is really weird, so that makes him sort of memorable.
This story takes entirely on Beechwood, the Sinclair’s private island. I feel like the only redeeming aspect of this book was the descriptions of the island. A map was included, but I rarely looked at it. I’ve never been to an island, but I could imagine Beechwood really easily. It sounded like a beautiful place and I enjoyed picturing it as Cadence and the other three Liars (Mirren, Johnny, and Gat) explored. 🙂
All of the relationships in this book were really rough. The Sinclair family wasn’t very tight; Cadence’s mom told her whenever she had a migraine or episode to “be normal,” which astounded me. That is in no way good parenting. Cadence and the Liars seemed to be good friends until Cady’s accident, and then it fell apart because they were all really sensitive and cautious around her. Then there’s the attempted romance between Cady and Gat. He kept messing up and wanting to start over, and then he argued with her and started staying away. Even as someone with zero real romantic experience, I know that’s a bad excuse for a relationship.
To put it simply, there’s nothing to talk about here. Like I said, the plot meandered and seemed boring, so how could it surprise me? Even though it’s a contemporary book, I think all genres of book need to have some form of suspense or intrigue, because otherwise there’s not much to guarantee readers like me will be invested.
We Were Liars was, to put it plainly, a disappointing book. The plot was aimless, the characters were plain, and the relationships were rough. The only redeemable quality was the beautiful descriptions of Beechwood. I would never say that I wish I hadn’t bought a book, but I’ll admit that I wish I had gotten this from the library first. 😦
** This is in no way intended to be harsh. This is just my opinion. And if this book interests you, definitely read it. You could like it. 😉
my rating: 1¼ out of 5 stars
Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! 🙂
I’m sorry for the shorter review. I don’t like making negative reviews too long, because I don’t want to come off as rude.
I’ll be starting my ARC of Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare next! I’m so excited for it! 😀
Until next time…