Book Review: We Were Liars

we were liars

Smooth as the ocean, the story gently rolls along until it crashes into the shore. I wasn’t sure what kind of plot or ending to expect. The beginning felt a bit disjointed but it flowed forward in a logical pattern that led you on a trail towards an ending that will leave you breathless. By the final few chapters, I couldn’t believe what was happening. 

The story opens in the mind of Cadence. Very little information is given about her, just that she is part of the beautiful and glittering Sinclair family, and that she has had an accident resulting in brain trauma. We follow the journey of her and the fellows “Liars” from each summer on the private island owned by Grandfather Sinclair. From summer 8 when Gat arrived and everything changes. 

It’s never really explained why the foursome is called the “Liars” but their adventures together are interesting. It’s typical teenager stuff for the most part, taking the “littles” to the mainland to go shopping, eating clams and ice cream, trying on ridiculous bathing suits, kayaking around the island, swimming, and sitting on the beach. 

It’s not “action-packed” but is rather a personal story that isn’t quite a “poor me” but at the same time, still is. Cady and her cousins only associate during the summers and even after her accident, that doesn’t change. Until summer 17 when she is allowed to go back and discovers the truth about what really happened the night she went for a swim in the ocean.

This book moved me, spoke to me, and entertained me. I was glad that it wasn’t a pity party but was dismayed at how it actually ended. Which is to say that I laughed, I cried, and I cringed. I nearly finished the entire book in a day, it was a quick and easy read, but not “beach read” material. Definitely recommend.

Goodreads rating: 4 stars

My personal rating: 83

  • Writing style – 8
  • Plot – 9
  • Dialogue – 9
  • Personality of Main Character(s) – 8
  • Love story – 7
  • Invokes emotion – 10
  • Synopsis accuracy – 7
  • Consistent level of interest – 9
  • Stays on topic – 8
  • Accuracy of genre/genre blending – 8
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