Audible We Were LiarsAuthor E. Lockhart –

A Beautiful And Distinguished FamilyA Private IslandA Brilliant, Damaged Girl A Passionate, Political BoyA Group Of Four Friends The Liars Whose Friendship Turns DestructiveA Revolution An Accident A SecretLies Upon LiesTrue LoveThe Truth We Were Liars Is A Modern, Sophisticated Suspense Novel From New York Times Bestselling Author, National Book Award Finalist, And Printz Award Honoree E Lockhart Read ItAnd If Anyone Asks You How It Ends, Just LIE

10 thoughts on “We Were Liars

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    Once upon a time there were three bears who lived in a wee house in the woods.Once upon a time there were three billy goats who lived near a bridge.Once upon a time there were three soldiers, tramping together down the roads after the war.Once upon a time there were three little pigs.Once upon a time there were three brothers.No, this is it This is the variation I want. It was a better coming of age than Catcher in the Rye, but I also thought Twilight was a better coming of age than Catcher in the Rye fuck you, Holden Caulfield It wasn t a terrible book I ve read far worse It s just that the writing style sometimes get on my nerves The sentences are sometimes written fully, and oftentimesitjust goes likethis out of freakingnowhere For no freaking.Reason at all If that s the kind of thing that bothers you Then you should probably avoid this book.This book has almost no plot It is full of odd sentence structures and purple prose The entire book is about a poor little rich girl living with a poor little rich family with the kind of ending that makes you go WHAT THE ACTUAL KIND OF M NIGHT SHYAMALAN FUCKERY IS THIS It s not terrible But there s almost no plot at all The Liars are Talkers, and they have almost no relevant role in the book because this book is about a pretentious girl with nothing but whitegirlproblems and richpeopleproblems The aforementioned Liars don t do anything in this book, they re not witty, they re not cute, they don t give off the sense of closeness and kinship that you get from growing up with someone their entire life Hell, they re nowhere near Dead Poets Society kind of interesting.This is a coming of age, and nothing It hasthekindof writing stylethat s often choppylike this Commasare sometimes used And sometimes not Haphazardly With no punctuality.No pun intended.Sentences are fragmented The main character sometimes.Has the tendency to use overwrought, run on metaphors To describe herself And her headaches Such as a helicopter blown by the wind tossed by the torrential rain in the wilds of Alaska felt by a little Eskimo girl during the first whispers of a glacial spring with the scent of violets and hints of lavender in the fields of Grasse.The Summary My full name is Cadence Sinclair Eastman.I am nearly eighteen.I used to be blond, but now my hair is black.I used to be strong, but now I am weak.I used to be pretty, but now I look sick.It is true I suffer migraines since my accident.It is true I do not suffer fools. Poor little Cadence Sinclair is wealthy She is loved She is one of the Sinclairs, a good looking old money Democrat family, think the Kennedys, without the political aspirations They have names like Liberty, Taft, and Tipper They go to Ivy League schools They have trust funds They have sired a generation of children, the leader of which is Cadence Cadence and her crew call themselves The Liars The Liars are composed of her cousins Mirren, Johnny, and the outcast Healthcliff, Indian love interest, Gat.The Liars supposedly cause trouble They don t really They do almost nothing Cadence herself is sick She is prone to theatrics, and she is not so secretly in love with Gat She gets headaches She feels self pity She is privileged She doesn t realize it.This is the story of a wealthy, beautiful family It s a beautiful night, and we are indeed a beautiful family.I do not know what changed. This is the story about a girl s headaches Why did I go into the water alone at night Where were my clothes Did I really have a head injury from the swim, or did something else happen This is a story about The Liars And their spectacularly brilliant conversations for the entire fucking summer They have baby oil spread on their bodies Two bottles of it lie on the grass Aren t you afraid you ll get burned I ask I don t believe in sunblock any, says Johnny He s decided the scientists are corrupt and the whole sunblock industry is a moneymaking fraud, says Mirren Have you ever seen sun poisoning I ask The skin literally bubbles It s a dumb idea, says Mirren We re just bored out of our minds, that s all They re not the only ones bored out of their mind.The Writing I plunge down,down to rocky rocky bottom, andI can see the base of Beechwood Island andmy arms and legs feel numb but my fingers are cold Slicesof seaweed go past as I fall.And then I am up again, and breathing.I m okay,my head is okay,no one needs to cry for me or worry about me.I am fine,I am alive.I swim to shore. I really have a problem with the writing, but this is just a matter of taste But then again, I ve never been a fan of this type of prose Needless to say, I don t like e.e cummings The writing is so often choppy, haphazardly punctuated The first person narrator also has a tendency to use very, very dramatic imagery to describe situations Some situations are false 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. That, there, was a description of how she FELT It confused me as fuck until I realized that she didn t actually get hurt, which made it even confusing when she did actually hurt herself Every time Gat said these things, so casual and truthful, so oblivious my veins opened My wrists split I bled down my palms I went light headed. I thought that was her being overdramatic again, until I realized that the guy was fucking bandaging her up afterwards.The main character has a huge tendency to use purple prose She describes her migraines like they were the end of the world, which, I understand to some people they might be, but if you re getting a fucking migraine, there s really no bloody need to get all freaking poetic about it A witch has been standing there behind me for some time, waiting for a moment of weakness She holds an ivory statue of a goose It is intricately carved I turn and admire it only for a moment before she swings it with shocking force It connects, crushing a hole in my forehead I can feel my bone come loose The witch swings the statue again and hits above my right ear, smashing my skull Blow after blow she lands, until tiny flakes of bone litter the bed and mingle with chipped bits of her once beautiful goose. That entire passage is one of many throughout the book about her headaches I just couldn t take it.The Main Character You re filled with superiority, aren t you You think you understand the world so much better than I do I ve heard Gat talking I ve seen you eating up his words like ice cream off a spoon But you haven t paid bills, you haven t had a family, owned property, seen the world You have no idea what you re talking about, and yet you do nothing but pass judgment Poor little rich girl syndrome She s beautiful, but wounded, and mysterious and revered, just for the sake of her blood alone, for the sake of her family s name alone Think about it If you were a Kennedy, it doesn t matter if you look like an elephant stepped on your head when you were born People are still going to love you and worship you and whisper your name with reverence because you re a motherfucking Kennedy It s this way with the Sinclairs, only there s no paparazzi following them around All of the benefits, and no family curse But somehow Cadence finds a way to be a rebel without a cause anyway.She s rich She s hypocritical about her wealth because she criticizes her own fucking family for being wealthy She does stupid shit like give things away to random people because she can Before the summer is over, Cadence s room will have been empty because she keeps giving shit away for no fucking reason.Cadence is unaware of others She is spoiled She takes her wealth for granted She doesn t pay any attention to the help One night, the four of us ate a picnic down on the tiny beach Steamed clams, potatoes, and sweet corn The staff made it I didn t know their names. I m sorry, but I can t sympathize with such a whiny person who s completely unaware of how privileged she is, headaches be damned Who are Ginny and Paulo Gat hits his fist into his palm Ginny is the housekeeper Paulo is the gardener You don t know their names and they ve worked here summer after summer That s part of my point My face heats with shame I m sorry The Love Interest You re saying Granddad thinks you re Heathcliff I promise you, he does, says Gat A brute beneath a pleasant surface, betraying his kindness in letting me come to his sheltered island every year I ve betrayed him by seducing his Catherine, his Cadence And my penance is to become the monster he always saw in me Gat is the only interesting character in the book He is Indian American Gat Patil He is the nephew of her aunt s boyfriend, and they ve known each other for years He is self aware Too self aware in the pretentious way that teenagers can often be, but his character feels authentically teenaged I liked him He is accepted into The Liars, but he s not altogether accepted in the family Because of his skin color, because of his lack of family money, he feels left out And I can sympathize with him I m not saying he wants to be the guy who only likes white people, Gat went on He knows he s not supposed to be that guy He s a Democrat, he voted for Obama but that doesn t mean he s comfortable having people of color in his beautiful family Gat is intelligent Reasonable Likeable And I wonder why the fuck he cares about a waste of air like Cadence.

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    This is the kind of book that, when I finish reading it, I m like FINALLY and then throw the book out of the window in this case not applicable because of digital copy so I m doing it through a gif But really, what a weird story and an uncomfortable and pretentious atmosphere this We Were Liars book has It wasn t long, thank God, but damn it was painful to read This is my 3rd negative review read this week and I m seriously pissed but will try to keep it cool.I didn t getthe purpose of this book.Why were they calledLiars anyway Okaythey lied but who doesn t Why are they supposed tobe so special Becausesome of them are rich So what Many people are as well and it doesn t make theminteresting special Did it annoy you How I just wrote what I wrote If it did, this is not the book for you It s like the author wanted to make this story phenomenal and so damn poignant and thought that by adding some metaphorical sentences, a different writing style and a heavy recycled subject she would succeed But she didn t At least, not for me I personally thought it felt very pretentious and TOO MUCH The pacing is uneven and the story very repetitive The characters, except maybe for Cady, the MC, are one dimensional and I couldn t connect with any one of them.Again with the subject, is it mainly aboutrich wants to date poor guy aka love of her life but can t because family So confusing but I guess that s it since THAT started a lot of stuff The love story, by the way, is so so so dull This is all because of the hype Oh, the hype was there It.IS.There But we all know hype lies and loves doing it This is not the type of book I usually read because it feels, just by reading the synopsis really couldn t this book have at least a normal synopsis too sad dark eerie for me but, HEY, we all need to step out of our comfort zone from time to time PLUS, John Green praised this book He Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.John Green, 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars praised this book And, since I finished reading The Fault in Our Stars not so long ago and loved it, I thought I d trust Green s judgement Except, it was boring Boring Boring Boring The only parts I felt myself enjoying reading are the little stories with the king and his 3 daughters I really don t recommend this book It s a waste of time because it s confusing as hell and doesn t even have a nice normally written ending.I wish I could burn it.

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    This was, without a doubt, one of the most powerful and well crafted books I have read in a really long time Elements that made this book outstanding 1 It started with a map and a family tree Talk about setting yourself up for success 2 The personification of emotion This might not make sense unless you ve read the book, but wow it was powerful.3 The use of fairy tales from the main character to describe situations.4 The sense of complete mystery and suspicion I was always questioning everything.5 The use of dramatic lines You know when an author brings in an epic moment stopping line This was full of those awesome drops 6 The moment There s a moment where all is revealed and IT WAS PERFECT.7 The consequential understanding Everything suddenly clicked into place and it was glorious.8 The side characters I think sometimes side characters can feel inconsequential and here they felt really important.There weren t very many things I didn t like, to be honest, but there was one 1 The title It does t make sense to me I don t want to say anything in case spoilers, but I don t think it s the perfect title.Two final things 1 I have a theory I have a theory about this book that I m really excited to discuss so I m going to make a video about it 2 This book really made me cry Like explode cry Lots of tears And I ve only ever cried at 2 other books.I absolutely recommend this book, to everyone who likes books, because MAN, THIS WAS A GOOD BOOK.

  4. says:

    We were tedious.

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    sobbing sobbing sobbing so much love for this book, and its perfect, perfect ending i can t even capitalize right now i don t even want to capitalize right now in fetal position.sob my souuuuul.

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    It s true what they re saying you re better off if I tell you nothing about this book.So I will just say two things.1 It is worth reading Even though I only gave it 3 stars.2 I gave it 3 stars because of the writing style, which irritated the hell out of me The fact that it got 3 stars after annoying me so much will hopefully give you some indication of how much I liked the idea.It s a very clever book and an incredibly sophisticated piece of YA BUT an execution that was not to my tastes The writing was too choppy and fragmented and I hated the frequent use of nouns as adjectives Like this His nose was dramatic, his mouth sweet Skin deep brown, hair black and waving Body wired with energy Gat seemed spring loaded Like he was searching for something He was contemplation and enthusiasm Ambition and strong coffee I could have looked at him forever

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    Tragic, yet hauntingly beautiful story.

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    It s been awhile since I have so totally hated a book I m surprised at how varied the feelings on here about this book aresome of my friends hated it Some of them liked loved it I still love them.Let s get to why I hated this so very frigging much The main character is a twitbut then the whole family is Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family.No one is a criminal.No one is an addict.No one is a failure.The Sinclairs are athletic, tall and handsome That s actually the good part on her family In some parts of the book the author tries and make the character act like she has redeeming qualifications but then a short few pages later I just want to smash her again The writing style Good grief..I thought it was only going to last for a few pages NOOOOOOO, almost the whole frigging book is written like this So lie Tell him the ones from the Boston house The cream ones with the embroidery It was easiest to tell her I would.And later, I told her I had.But Bess has asked Mirren to do the same thing,and neither one of usbegged Granddadfor the fucking tablecloths.Then that lovely twist of an ending I m probably going to hell for this but don t click if you gonna whine view spoiler I thought it was the burning of the housebut nooooooit s that they are all fucking dead..except for princess dumbass She would be seeing dead people cuz that head of her s was fucking empty of anything else hide spoiler

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    I went into We Were Liars one cocky son of a biscuit eater, feeling above it all right from page one I d seen this book talked about so heavily by other bloggers and how some never saw the twist coming or how others totally saw that twist coming All the while, I was sitting on the sidelines with my shades on, posted up with my arms folded, saying, Yeah, yeah, yeah Hot potato That s not to say I didn t want to read this book, because I did I even had an ARC sitting on my shelf for the longest time, but due to a lot of the hype, I kept putting it off Plus, I m one of those people who usually can easily figure out a plot twist and I didn t want to dive into something where a lot of people already mentioned figuring it out.But one thing did nag me a little in the back of my mind was that my Bookish Twin, Blythe from Finding Bliss in Books, LOVED it I highly value her opinion when it comes to books, because we almost always agree So when I happened to get my hands on the audiobook, I thought, What the hell I was supposed to read and review this anyway, right Let me tell you WHOA First off, I just wanna say that I don t know how the print compares to the audio and that it s possible I loved the book than others because of the excellent job of the narrator I can see how the fragmented sentences could be a pain to read, but this might be one of those cases where it sounds better out loud That being said, I if you haven t read this book, possibly check out the audio version first Anyway, I was feeling very blas about the first half It felt like a really random story about a rich, white girl and her white girl problems, crying her white girl tears and I felt myself unsure about what the point of it all was.And maybe that makes me sound extremely heartless, but I couldn t relate to the main character no, I m not even going to tell you her name because I want you to go in blind But somewhere along the lines, I started to become intrigued with the story because it became this strange, wild thing that I couldn t piece together.Lockhart uses a very odd narration with fragmented sentences and strange descriptions, but I thought it was beautiful and unique It added a very creepy layer on top the the existing oddness It makes you question the main character, her account of the incident and the entire book She s not very reliable and has the habit to cut off mid sentence I m not sure if that was used as a way to distract the reader or if it was to used to make us question her sanity Maybe a little bit of both Either way, it worked on me.As things started to heat up and I reached the cusp of the climax, the narrator s voice increased in intensity She began talking faster, became very emotional, then suddenly on the verge of tears And I started thinking to myself, OH GOD NO WHAT IS HAPPENING.And then IT was revealed and I was all, WHAT IS THIS LIFE I REJECT EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS ENDING NOOOOOOO So, naturally, I had a good cry and needed someone to hold me.By the end, I was all know this review might not be the most helpful in the world, but it s true what everyone says about We Were Liars You should absolutely go in blind, with no expectations and let this book take your feels as it sees fit If you are a fan of psychological thrillers like Stephanie Kuehn s Charm and Strange or Complicit , than this one may be up your alley I ll be here to hold you when you re finish.ARC was provided by the publisher via YA Books Central.More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebugery.

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    so, just like Little Bee, this book begs you NOOO, DON T TELL ITS SEEEEKRITS and if anyone asks you how it ends, just part of me is tempted to write this whole long review about how this book is a magical adventure focusing on a young girl in manhattan during the blackout of 2003, when all the red pandas living in the sewers came out to play, carrying tiny flashlights and shepherding people from manhattan to their homes in the outer boroughs and all the lessons this young girl learns along the way from her red panda guide about life and humanity and art history and, ultimately, herself because i would read that book.instead, i am just going to say that it is perhaps unwise to market a book in this way true, the only reason i read it myself was because i came across it when making YA list for work, and i was all SECRETS I LOVE SECRETS I WANT TO KNOW THE SECRETS it s a very effective way of drumming up interest around a book.but the problem is, when you are prepared for a big twist, it is very easy to guess the big twist, which i did very early on if you think you are just reading a book about some rich family and a girl with a faulty memory and a mysterious summer, with no tantalizingly bossy instructions about keeping the book s secrets, you might be surprised when the reveal is revealed but when such a big deal is made of SHHHHHHH, and you know you are expecting something unexpected, you will probably find it, and so reading the book just becomes an exercise in waiting for the character to figure it out which is fine, but less effective in terms of shock value.i liked it anyway, but i think it would have been fun to gasp in genuine surprise at the path it took so forget i said anything, forget what the synopsis tells you to do, and just read it like you would any other book.this should help you forget everything you have ever known to my blog