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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

REVIEW: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars is one of those books that's difficult to summarize since there is so much happening.  Cadence Sinclair is from a weathly family.  Each summer, she and her relatives travel to their own private island near Martha's Vineyard, where each distinct family has their own houses (subject of much turmoil and sibling rivalry).  This novel centers around Cadence and "The Liars" - a group whose frienship turns destructive. When a mysterious accident leaves Cadence with both physical and mental scars, she finds herself alone and immersed in lies. Two years later, she returns to the island seeking truth but the revelations she encounteers are earth shattering. This is a book where talking too much about what happens would be a major spoiler.  Safe to say there's mystery, tragedy, romance and heartache.

Lockhart's novel is our February 2016 Young @Heart book club pick. I'd always heard a lot about it and the amazing twist at the end; however, it has been one of the many on my 'to-read' list.  I loved it. It is thrilling and face paced. I enjoyed the smart dialogue and the interesting characters.  What I loved most was the interactive experience of trying to piece together the truth right along with Cadence.

Overall, this a compelling novel with appeal to a wide rage of audiences. I'd definitely recommend this for a more mature teen but there is significant adult appeal. Also, if someone is a reluctant reader, this might be a good choice since of the pace, smart dialogue and intrigue.

Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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