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.
Summary and cover image from http://www.emilylockhart.com/books/we-were-liars
My Review: Cadence Sinclair Eastman has lived a privileged life. She descends from a long line of well-to-do Sinclairs and spends her summers on a private island with her cousins. Life hasn't exactly been a cakewalk for these children who all come from divorced families but they long for nothing that money can buy. And when worse comes to worse they have each other. Or do they?
The summer Cadence turns fifteen a terrible accident takes place. This accident leaves her with debilitating migraine headaches and steals her memories of that particular summer. Cadence is determined to find out the truth behind the accident but her cousins aren't talking and the rest of the family tiptoes around her, careful not to arouse the painful monster lurking under the surface. Cadence may be alone in her quest but she is tenacious. Will the truth set her free or destroy life as she knows it?
This is a powerful novel. One that explores the influence of money and the destruction of greed. The author divulges Cadences tale with the use of fabulous metaphors throughout. The novel is poetic in a sense with its lyrical pose. It is a mysterious and eerie story, yet the images portrayed are beautiful, bold and bright. This is an extremely thought-provoking tale. It is a book you will want to linger in and savor. Yet it is short enough (just over 200 pages), and full of just the right amount of engaging thrill, that it can easily be consumed in a single sitting.
Rating: 5 Stars
To sum it up: A very well-written teen novel that explores many different sides to teenage life, including friendship, families, greed, lust, love, and secrets. This one will be big.