We Were Liars

We Were Liars

Book - 2014
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Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Description: 227 pages : map, genealogical table ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780385741262
Branch Call Number: TEEN Lock


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Nov 16, 2018

I wasn't able to get into this book at all. The writing itself wasn't lacking but there was nothing to really draw me to any of the characters. Admittedly I may be a bit older than the target age. Another difficulty I had was the fact that I listened to the audiobook instead of reading it myself, and I found the reader grating for some reason.

IndyPL_NicoleN Nov 01, 2018

I honestly wasn't expecting the twist ending (I usually don't) but this story is HEART WRENCHING! Cadence struggles to remember a tragic event in a past summer; flashbacks from the past continue to haunt her.

K_ROK Jul 30, 2018

This book was good, but for the ending to have any impact for the reader you need to feel invested in the characters, otherwise it will not give the feeling that some readers have described. It is a fast read, you can finish in a day so it won't take forever to finish.

Jul 13, 2018

A perfect book to read in the summertime. Though the storyline was not original; a girl on summer vacation with family and a boyfriend, the content was well written. The air of mystery surrounding the book was quite intriguing; why were the Sinclairs so wealthy? Was there a reason for their mysterious lifestyle? This being said, there were things that could have been done better in the book. First of all, there was almost too much mystery in the book, which made it not connectable to our lives. Why did Gat ignore her for so long? Was there a reason for the Sinclairs' extensive wealth? Were Cadence's migraines really caused by guilt, as suggested in the end? If Johnny, Mirren, and Gat had really died two years ago in the fire, did that mean Cadence was imagining them at the end? Or did something else occur? Secondly, the first page in a chapter would be written in a strange format, making it difficult to read and appearing more like a poem than a novel. Finallym, the end was an overwhelm of information and seemingly spontaneously written. After wondering for so long about the causes of different aspects in the story, it was an overload of information when everything was revealed in the end. Though the end plot was very good, this made it difficult to enjoy. Overall, We Were Liars was a great book, and I would recommend, even if some concepts could have been done better.

Jun 20, 2018

This book was a wild ride and is one of my favorites if you like this I would recommend genuine fraud by e. Lockhart

Apr 20, 2018

So creepy and interesting. This book kept me on the edge of my seat with the twists and turns.

Feb 27, 2018

A beautiful story about a brave character, who fought through her problems along the way. So romantic and realistic. Lots of romance. I love this book. E. Lockhart is a very talented writer. So is Lauren Myracle.

Jan 31, 2018

Awesome book! It's soooo sad in the end. I love all the characters. I recommend this book to anyone that is interested in tragedy, romance and drama. <3 this book!!!!

Dec 06, 2017

I didn't so much like the way the book was formatted, but the story is great. If you can keep up with the back and forth in time aspect the twist at the end really makes it worth it.

Nov 17, 2017

For the first part of this book I didn’t really understand what had happened, and I just found it all to be rather confusing. It didn’t really start to make sense and hold my attention until about the middle of the second part, when we start to see what had happened that summer 15 and why everything had changed since. I know everyone says this and I was hoping I would have to as well, but you truly can’t tell much about this book without spoiling it and ruining the whole story. I’m sorry. If you like mystery books that suck you in after the first hundred pages, and who also has unreliable protagonist then this book will interest you.

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Aug 21, 2016

And perhaps it did.
But perhaps it did not.

Jul 07, 2014

" We are Sinclairs. Beautiful. Privileged. Damaged. LIARS. "

Anna Kim Jun 30, 2014

".... And if anyone asks.... just. LIE.

Jun 18, 2014

Then he pulled out a handgun and shot me in the chest. I was standing on the lawn and I fell. The bullet hole opened wide and my heart rolled out of my rib cage and down into a flower bed. Blood gushed rhythmically from my open wound,
then from my eyes,
my ears,
my mouth.
It tasted like salt and failure. The bright red shame of being unloved soaked the grass in front of our house, the bricks of the path, the steps of the porch. My heart spasmed among the peonies like a trout.

Jun 18, 2014

Here is something I love about Gat: he is so enthusiastic, so relentlessly interested in the world, that he has trouble imagining the possibility that other people will be bored by what he’s saying. Even when they tell him outright. But also, he doesn’t like to let us off easy. He wants to make us think—even when we don’t feel like thinking.

Jun 18, 2014

She confused being spartan with being charitable, and gave away her possessions without truly doing good with them.
She confused being sick with being brave, and suffered agonies while imagining she merited praise for it.
She confused wit with intelligence, and made people laugh rather than lightening their hearts or making them think.

Jun 18, 2014

We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.

Jun 18, 2014

Better than chocolate, being with you last night. Silly me, I thought that nothing was better than chocolate.

Jun 18, 2014

He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.

Jun 18, 2014

Do not accept an evil you can change.

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Oct 22, 2014

Super Good but super sad.

LibraryK8 Sep 03, 2014

The Sinclairs spend every summer on their private island, Beechwood. Born within a few short months of each other, 3 of the Sinclair grandchildren and one friend of the family spend the summers thick as thieves, calling themselves The Liars. Cadence, Johnny, Mirren and Gat are inseparable every year, but the summer of their fifteenth year, things start to change. Cadence begins to fall in love with Gat (a friend of the family who is invited to Beechwood every summer) while the Sinclair family falls apart around them.
The summer ends in a tragic accident when Cadence is found in the shallow water of the beach, unconscious and on the verge of hypothermia. Unable to remember what brought her to the beach Cadence spends most of the school year recovering from her injuries and suffering severe migraines brought on by head trauma (the doctors tell her she must have hit her head on the shallow rocks along the beach).
Cadence’s sixteenth summer she does not join the liars at Beechwood but is instead sent on a European tour with her father, spending much of the time bedridden from migraines. It isn’t until two years after the accident that Cadence returns to Beechwood and The Liars. Meanwhile her grandfather has built a new house, and family relations seem at an all-time high, Cadence’s accident ending her families constant bickering.
But things have changed between Cadence and The Liars since the fifteenth summer. Gat is despondent, Johnny is hiding something and Mirren fights bouts of nausea. Something isn’t right, and it has to do with her accident. Cadence is determined to find out the truth about The Liars, Beechwood and their fifteenth summer.

Dimmu16 Jul 11, 2014

THERE ARE SPOILERS! Cadence (Cady) is the heir to the very rich Sinclair family fortune. Her grandfather has a island where they spend every single summer at. When Cady is eight years old her anut Carrie meets a new guy (whom she is in love with) and he brings his nephew Gat to the island as company for Carrie's son Johnny. Johnny, Cady, Gat, and Mirren (whom is another cousin) create this group called The Liars (that only ever gets together at the island). When Cady is 15 something happens to the liars that causes her to almost kill herself. She then spends the next 2 years in Vermont or in Europe. When Cady is 17 years old she finally convinces her Mother to let her go back to the island so she can discover what happened 2 years ago. Also during those 2 years the other liars NEVER ONCE contacted her while she tried to contact them. So when Cady returns they are there acting like its normal and they haven't been seperated for 2 years without any contact what so ever. Basically after a lot of talking and some love. Cady discovers that Johnny, Gat, and Mirren died in a house fire.


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