Perfect summer suspense!


The Sinclairs are perfect. They are wealthy. They are beautiful. At least hat's what Cadence "Cady" Sinclair Eastman (17) thought. Cady spent every summer the relatives gathered at Beechwood, a private island owned by the family. She and her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and family friend Gat, are called "The Liars."

During the summer she turned 15, Cady was in an accident. The only problem is, she can't seem to recall what the accident was. Why haven't the Liars contacted her? Why won't anyone tell her about the accident? Now 17, after two years in recovery, Cady returns to Beechwood. A lot has changed in that time. The things that Cady discover are not exactly as pretty as she had hoped.

Teen Volunteer Reviewer (15):
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is extremely captivating, and the unpredictable plot kept me on the edge of my seat, turning page after page. There was not a moment where I was not enthralled. This book is short, and it has lots of suspense. It lacks nothing and I felt a storm of emotions while reading it. 

The only thing I dislike about We Were Liars is that the writing style is inconsistent. Sometimes the author told the story in a poem, while other times in novel form.

This book constantly was in my head after I read it and had a very powerful impact. I can promise that readers will pick the book up a second time for the small details that they may have missed or just to enjoy the book again.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Exceptionally suspenseful and full of surprises! This short book brings with it a storm of emotions and you can't put it down.

Content Awareness Factors:

There is profanity in the story. The main character becomes addicted to prescription drugs. Some readers may be confused or irritated by the writing style. It can be "over the place." At times, it is written as poems and other times as a regular novel. It just heavily seems to depend on the sort of atmosphere the book is trying to set but it may confuse or irritate some readers.

Type of Book:
This is a mystery that unfolds over several summers.
Educational Themes:

This is a book to read for fun. Themes that can be drawn out are perception and how they change over time, humility, and choices and consequences.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Student volunteer. Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. You're going to want to read it a second time to get all the details you missed the first time through.

Title We Were Liars
Author E. Lockhart
Publisher Delacorte Books for Young Readers © 2014
ISBN 9780385741262
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Family, Emotions and Feelings, Death and Loss, Realism | Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
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