We Were Liars

We Were Liars

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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. 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 :, Ember, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of penguin Random house LLC,, 2018
Edition: First Ember edition
Description: 250, 28 pages, 26 unnumbered pages : map, genealogical table ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780385741279
0385741278
Branch Call Number: TEEN Lock

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grace_57
Jul 22, 2021

I got this book recommendation from BookTok on Tiktok, and I personally believe this is one of the not-as-good recommendations. WAY overhyped. I thought it would be a solid 5/5, but to be very generous, it is a 4/5. The idea of the plot is great, and I love the writing style, but I think there was so much more potential. Not worth buying, but worth reading at least once.

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BPLTeenVolunteers
Jul 21, 2021

This past week I read the book We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and let me tell you, this book is so good! I finished it in two days! This was my first read of the year. I'll admit I'm not much of a reader, but I'm getting into it.

This novel is a fictional story about a girl named Cadence Sinclair Eastman. Cadence narrates a story of each summer when she goes to her family's private island and visits her grandparents, aunts, cousins, and crush. As the story goes on, Cadence has an accident. She then gets amnesia and can't remember most of her summer from when she was 15. Her mother and other family members do their best to keep it from her.

As the year goes on, Cadence gives away her personal items to get rid of her past self that she doesn't remember. When she goes back to the island, she keeps track of little things throughout her weeks there until she finally starts remembering a bit. That's all I'm going to tell you, but I highly recommend this book. Just know there is a big plot twist that you would've never expected that will lead you down an emotional rollercoaster!

I found this book from book recommendation videos on Youtube, where two of the videos I watched recommended this book. I am so glad I got it; I give it a 4/5 rating and recommend it as a first read if you're not much of a reader. Even if you are, still read it. When I read this book, I was reading for like two hours and didn't even notice. So yes, get it, read it, it's good.

- Jeylin Hamilton, Boston Latin Academy

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ElianaHamamjy
Jul 17, 2021

We Were Liars is a well-crafted novel. It focuses on the themes of self acceptance, family, and how one mistake can lead to a big consequence. The main focus of the book is about a wealthy family that has their own private island. This novels has some parts that will certainly leave you on the edge of your seat. This book is worth reading and it has excellent writing style. I personally did not love the ending but, I still really like the book. Overall, I would rate this novel a 4/5 stars.This is because I loved everything about the book except the ending.

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qzv
Jul 12, 2021

pretty ok book ig i cried

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svarier
Jul 05, 2021

I find this book a perfect summer read, it's fast-paced and creates a beautiful setting with its imagery. The characters are all perfect to the storyline, and have the feel of regular teenagers. Personally I found the ending very unpredictable, which made the experience amazing for me.

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shathhh
Jul 05, 2021

E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars follows Cadence Sinclair Eastman, who spends summer vacations on her wealthy family’s private island. There are three houses inherited, and Cadence spends time with “The Liars”, consisting of her cousins and a friend. One summer, there was an accident that Cadence could not recall. Going back to the island summers later, Cadence begins to recall events leading upto the accident.

This book was intriguing and kept me hooked throughout. I was truly shocked by the ending, and definitely still am to this day. We Were Liars dealt with topics like familial conflict, wealth, love, and maturity with beautiful, poetic writing. Being a teenager, I definitely connected to scenes of familial drama. Chapters with Cadence and her cousins, remind me of my own memories. However, the book did feel a little confusing, slow and uneventful at times. As well, the characters’ personalities were almost shallow and lacked personality. That being stated, this was overall an intense, beautiful, and definitely sorrowful story. The details were expressed well, the plot twist was well revealed, and I was inspired by Lockhart’s writing style. This was definitely a memorable book that is one of my favourites to date, and a great thriller that I would recommend.

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shay_g
Jul 01, 2021

We Were Liars is an exciting and twisty novel, focusing on self-acceptance and the deadly consequences of one's mistakes. This novel follows the life of the privileged, yet lovely Cadence Sinclair, and her struggles to find what was lost. Cadence must find the difference between the truth and imagination, but first, she must remember...

Personally, I quite enjoyed the book, but I felt that there were a few lacking qualities. Even though the novel was twisty and beautifully written, I felt that there was little character development, and because of that, it was hard to truly understand the characters and love them. Nonetheless, I found the writing to be so poetic, and the use of metaphors and fairytale points truly brought the story to life. The ending completely caught me off guard and I’m still, to this day, shocked. Overall, I really enjoyed We Were Liars as the plot was so intriguing and the writing was beautifully poetic.

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jsadakhom
Jul 01, 2021

Cadence Sinclair Eastman spends her family’s private island in Massachusetts. There are multiple houses owned by her grandpa and each of the houses are inherited by his 3 daughters. The older kids of the family call themselves ‘the Liars’ and they see each other every summer. An accident occurs to Cadence and she can’t seem to remember anything. She asks her family but they won’t tell her.

I was intrigued by this book because I heard so many people talk about it. I don’t normally gravitate towards books like this but I decided to branch out. The writing style is nice but it doesn’t appeal that much to me. I feel like this book would be best enjoyed if you’re in your early teens. There were themes about wealth, racism and privilege. This was a bit hard to get through because it wasn’t much of a page turner. The characters didn’t stand out to me and some of the side characters felt like they only existed for the page and weren’t developed enough. I eventually got to the plot twist and I don’t really know how I felt. I had to re-read that part to understand what happened because I was a bit underwhelmed. If you’re looking for a light YA mystery book I think you might enjoy this.

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indigo_panther_141
Jun 27, 2021

This book was a nice break from my usual reading. The writing was beautiful and I loved the description. The end came as a huge surprise to me which really made the book a lot more interesting for me. However I felt that most of the book was very slow and if I had not known that there would be a twist near the end I might have put it down too early. The characters, (who are teenagers), experiment with the idea of Marxism but the book doesn't go into much detail about that. I would have found it more interesting if they had delved a little deeper into that. All in all I enjoyed the book even if it wasn't really my style.

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niewegec
Jun 18, 2021

This book was super enjoyable! It is an easy read, with an interesting story of how one decision can change the course of everything. I was surprised, captivated and heartbroken. I would not classify this as a thriller, more of a mystery that gets pieced together as the main character lives through her memory.

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JassleySolis
May 13, 2021

"Always do what you're afraid to do."

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JassleySolis
May 13, 2021

"What if we could stop being different colors, different backgrounds, and just be in love?"

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colleen_kallas
May 07, 2021

“Here I am frozen, when I deserve to burn.”

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colleen_kallas
May 07, 2021

“Silence is a protective coating over pain.”

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colleen_kallas
May 07, 2021

“Do not accept an evil you can change.”

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miraellie
Apr 09, 2020

“Be a little kinder than you have to.”

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Shades_of_Night_9
Dec 10, 2019

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

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Shades_of_Night_9
Dec 10, 2019

So many stars, it seemed like a celebration, a grand, illicit party the galaxy was holding after the humans were put to bed"

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Shades_of_Night_9
Dec 10, 2019

It is possible people are curious about us because we do not show them our hearts. It is possible that we enjoy the way people are curious about us."

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Shades_of_Night_9
Dec 10, 2019

We believe that time heals."

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Oct 30, 2016

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lila5
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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