We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Published by Delacorte Press 5/13/2014
Cadence Sinclair Eastman spends summers with her extended family on their own private island near Martha’s Vineyard – she, her cousins, and Gat are the Liars. Cady used to be described as blond, strong, and pretty, but not anymore. During “Summer Fifteen” on the island, something traumatic occurs and Cady is left with migraines and no memory of the event. Now it is “Summer Seventeen” and Cady is trying to piece together the lost summer and the lost memories.
The title of the book tells the readers right off the bat that the narrator is unreliable, but what we aren’t prepared for is the clean and lyrical prose E Lockhart uses to blow our socks off. Alongside the narrative, Ms Lockhart provides the readers with bits and pieces of truth through princess tales Cady has written. These tales shed light on her family’s dysfunctional dynamics. Ms Lockhart also uses evocative metaphors to describe Cady’s pain since speaking about said pain is unacceptable. Cady’s truth and fiction are so expertly woven that readers will be up long into the night to discover what is actually true. Once again, Ms Lockhart has given readers a brilliant and powerful story to savor.
Give this to fans of Loud Awake and Lost by Adele Griffen and vice versa.