Emma’s Corner: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Posted January 27, 2015 by admin in Emma's Reviews / 0 Comments

Emma’s Corner:  We Were Liars by E. LockhartWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Published by Delacorte Press on May 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 227
Format: eBook
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A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Emma's Review v2

How on EARTH am I expected to write a review for something I can’t even really explain?

I don’t know how to tell you anything about this book.  I don’t know the general audience I should recommend it to.  I don’t know who would enjoy reading it, I don’t know who wouldn’t enjoy reading it, I don’t even know if I remember what I read. Which is ironic.  But you wouldn’t understand that either because you just HAVE to read the book.  I can’t explain it to you.

I’ll tell you this though.  I am not disappointed.  I took people’s word for it and read We Were Liars even though I was skeptical.  These are some of the reasons why it’s going to be my top book for 2015;

That first night, I cried and bit my fingers and drank wine I snuck from the Clairmont pantry.  I spun violently into the sky, raging and banging stars from their moorings, swirling and vomiting.

#1 – I really really love Laurie Halse Anderson.  To my surprise E. Lockhart, I believe, writes a lot like her.  Their style of writing reminds me of myself and it’s very enjoyable to read.  It makes you think and it has long-lasting impact.

He was contemplation and enthusiasm.  Ambition and strong coffee.  All that was there, in the lids of his brown eyes, his smooth skin,  his lower lip pushed out.  There was coiled energy inside.

#2 – Her characters were unique and complex and they were all different but so alike. That’s what made it even more believable.

I used to be blond, but now my hair is black.
I used to be strong, but now I am weak.
I used to be pretty, but now I look sick.

#3 – It’s difficult for me to find characters in books to relate to.  I’ve never been in love, never been married, never had children.  But, I am sick, whether I like it or not, and so is Cadence.  Maybe it’s not the same thing, but it’s the same aspect, the same helpless pity, the same silent but possibly not-so-deadly drain.

I’ll be fine, they tell me.
I won’t die.
It’ll just hurt a lot.

#4 – I DON’T CRY WHEN READING BOOKS.  I PURPOSEFULLY GO TO THE BOOKSTORE SEARCHING FOR BOOKS TO MAKE ME CRY. NEVER HAPPENS.  We Were Liars made me cry.  I don’t really know why, I wasn’t expecting it, and I don’t know if anyone else is going to cry too.

Once upon a time, there was a king who had three beautiful daughters.

#5 –  A twisty, tangled, mangled, makes you rethink your life ending.

I take pills.  Drink water.  The room is dark.

Lockhart writes this beautiful story and it charms you and pulls you along.  You think that everything is flowers and summertime and at the end of the day, after you’ve really really thought everything through, you realize the entire time she’s been singing you this indescribably sad serenade in the best way.

Give this book a chance.

“There is not even a scrabble word for how bad I feel.”


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About E. Lockhart

I am the author of We Were Liars, Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and the Ruby Oliver quartet: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. How to Be Bad was co-written with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski.

Disreputable History was a Printz Award honor book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and recipient of the Cybils Award for best young adult novel. We Were Liars is a New York Times bestseller.

I have a doctorate in English literature from Columbia University and currently teach creative writing at Hamline University’s low-residency MFA program in Writing for Children.

Representation: The Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency.
Film & TV: Eddie Gamarra at Gotham Group.
School events and speaking engagements: contact Lisa McClatchy: liske at aol.com.
Interviews and publicity: Dominique Cimina at Penguin Random House: dcimina at randomhouse.com

Rating Report
Overall: 5

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