We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | Book Review

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | Book ReviewWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Published by Delacorte Press on May 13th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

What I thought NEW“What if we could stop being different colors, different backgrounds, and just be in love?” 

― E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

We Were Liars was my first E. Lockhart book I’ve read, and judging on this book alone, I have been missing out! That being said, it was the cryptic blurb that pulled me in and made me want to read this book so bad. So, when I started reading I really had no idea what to expect from this book… and this ended up being exactly what made this story so powerful.

I have been pondering what to write in this review, because I do not want to spoil this story for anyone! And frankly, I think that ‘less is more’ goes for this reviewing this story! If I would want to give you any advise before going into reading this book, it would be to go in as ‘blind’ as possible. Please don’t let anybody spoil this story for you, because the less you know, the more of an impact it will have on you.

The gradual pacing was so good! It added to the suspense that kept building and building until the end. Those very first pages I felt the suspense creeping in. It crept in and stayed with me all the way to the moment when the plot unfolded and left me absolutely breathless.

The writing was beautiful. While it took me a chapter to get used to, once it did, the poetic writing never failed to blow my mind!

This story is truly beautiful. The pacing, the suspense, and the poetic writing made the story extremely powerful. It’s a story that will stay with me for a long time to come (and will probably become on of my favourite reads of this year!). Go in ‘blind’ and let the story speak for itself!

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  1. Oh. My. Goodness. K…I’ll admit – I’m jealous. ;)

    Anyways…I’m so glad this was the read you hoped it would be Iris! It’s always awesome when books live up to your expectations, right? I’m glad the pacing and the beautiful writing were sufficient for you…and that everything came together to make such a powerful story.

    If it’s even possible, this has just gone up on my TBR list! Gah…you’re making me so excited! :D As always, thanks for the fabulous review Iris! <33

    • Iris
      04/03/2014 / 13:27

      Zoe! You just make my day :)
      Tell me when you get to read it! I want to know what you think and I HOPE (know) you’ll love it too!


  2. 21/02/2014 / 07:26

    I waaaant it. I want it now. (Seriously, though, you’re making me desperate.) Hhehe! I admit though, those kind of blurbs usually drive me nuts. I want to know what the book is about! Don’t be cryptic! But I guess, in this case, that’s the best thing?

    • Iris
      04/03/2014 / 13:36

      Those blurbs drive me nuts too! Its why I wanted to read it so damn bad. It is THE best to go in blind, for real!

      *waves finger at you* Don’t you dare look at spoilers!

  3. I want it now D: Why have you read it and why haven’t I?! I feel like spending tons of money on books now, just because I also want to buy this book and a ton of other awesome books!

    I haven’t read any of the books by the author either, but it seems like I’m also sort of missing out.

    • Iris
      04/03/2014 / 13:40

      I hope you love it as much as I did Sandra!! *I know the spending too much money feeling… reading really is an addiction!*

  4. 21/02/2014 / 20:58

    YES! I completely agree. It’s a book you really want to talk about, but it’s also a book that works best if you know as little as possible. Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!

    • Iris
      04/03/2014 / 13:39

      yay! Haha, I had the hardest time trying to keep my trap shut about it :)

  5. 24/02/2014 / 01:20

    I can’t wait to read this! Even though everyone is so vague about it, I love E. Lockhart’s books and I’m sure this will be utterly fantastic.

    • Iris
      04/03/2014 / 13:38

      Enjoy! I haven’t read any of her other books, but I’m checking them out for sure, because this book was GREAT!

  6. 24/02/2014 / 02:00

    All of the hype surround this book has made me equal parts excited and wary, but I’m more excited now that I know you liked it! E. Lockhart is such a SMART writer, you know what I mean?

    • Iris
      04/03/2014 / 13:37

      I do know what you mean and she really is! Let me know what you think (when you decide to start reading it of course ;) )

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