Prepare To Be Gutted: ‘We Were Liars’ by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. LockhartBriefly: Cadence Sinclair Eastman. Child of those Sinclairs. They are strong, athletic and unburdened. They are suspicious, close and liars.

Cady is returning to summer on the island after having to go to Europe with her father the summer before. She didn’t want to go last year with her dad, missing her cousins and spending time getting dizzy, feeling ill and being tired instead of resting on her grandparents’ place where she and her mom always go. It was the only time that she got to be with her cousins and Gat, the nephew of her aunt’s boyfriend who became a de facto member of their crew.

Cady doesn’t remember what happened the summer before the European trip. She has trouble recalling anything at all, and her doctors have told her mother it will have to come back to Cady on its own. Her short-term memory is shot, and even when her mother would tell her a little bit, it was as if she had never told her. She knows there was an accident, and slowly she starts to remember bits and pieces. But no one, not her grandfather, her aunts or her cousins, will tell her what happened.

During the year, the three Sinclair sisters, the aunts, all live in different places, but during their time on the island, they were together constantly. They’ve always been in competition with each other for favored status with their father, but when Cady’s grandmother dies, there’s a shift and it’s greedy, grasping, shoving and suffocating. Cady and her cousins are expected to compete with each other for approval from their grandfather if the aunts have their way. But they love each other too much to do that.

So, What Did You Think?: After reading this story, I was totally and flat out demolished. Decimated, obliterated, wrecked. While you know there was something that happened that was bad (not horrible, it seems; just garden-variety bad), like Cady, you must take be patient and wait until her memories come back to know the whole story. So you bide your time, enjoyably, getting to know the Sinclair clan. There’s some heartbreak there, as you will learn, but also much lazing about, sailing and tennis playing. There’s love and frustration, politics and causes. Old memories abound, so the reader can understand the relationships of the three golden girls who are the children of the patriarch. No man seemed to be able to keep up with any of them, but they have children, the cousins, who are there to carry on the greatness that is the family.

And slowly, but surely, as Cady gets flashes of that one night, she understands that nothing will be the same again.

To Read or Not To Read: I cannot possibly tell you anything substantial because it will ruin this story. No review I could ever write could do it justice, since there is so much shrouded in mystery. Just know that is contains a great story of love and loss and if you care about anything you’d better read it. I don’t often give five-star ratings, and this one is only the third one this year. It’s that good.

We Are Liars by E. Lockhart was published May 13, 2014 by Delacorte Press. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library, and is beyond happy that she did.

Rating: 5

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance Suspense
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: Underage drinking, some profanity, mature sexual themes

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