Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Synopsis: 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.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
In this short novel, E. Lockhart introduces the Sinclairs – a family not much different from the Kennedys who have money, beauty, and an island. The story is told from the perspective of 18 year old Candace, the oldest grandchild of Grandpa Sinclair. Candance and her cousins and aunts go each Summer to Beechwood Island, owned by her Grandpa. He built a house for each of his daughters and then one for him and Tipper, the Grandma. To their world enters Gat, the Nephew to Aunt Cassie’s new boyfriend. He’s Indian and beautiful and early on Candance and Gat fall in love. Together along with the oldest of the cousins – Johnny and Mirren they form The Liars. However, despite the picturesque setting and the beautiful life filled with clambakes and white wine there’s an underlying ugly in this family.
The Summer they were fifteen an accident happened and Candance cannot remember anything about it, all that she recalls is that she hit her head, she was in the water and now no one wants to talk about what happened.
I do not want to give plot away because it’s vital to the novel but the story centers around Candance (an unreliable narrator) putting together the events that happened two Summers ago and why nothing is the way it used to be.
Hauntingly beautiful, poignant and destructive. I absolutely loved this novel, I marked the heck out of it and will definitely be re-reading it because it was just that good. It’s short, about 200 pages and a lot of prose and magical realism.