"It is what I am afraid to do, and I do it."
--E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
--E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
Publisher: Delacorte Press, 240 pages
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
Source: ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review
The writing. Wow. The writing style and prose of this novel is unlike any other. It is lyrical yet fragmented and jagged. A beautiful piece of broken glass. I was so impressed with how the writing style molded perfectly with the plot. What do I mean by this? Cadence—Cady—is a girl who had an accident that caused a brain injury and is trying to piece together what happened two summers ago. Nobody is telling her anything. She is frustrated. Angry. Sad. Emotional. Everything. She is everything and nothing. As a reader, you become Cady because you don’t know what is going on…she doesn’t know what is going on…everyone is keeping secrets and you want to tear your hair out with frustration because nobody is telling her anything. Brilliant. The only writing style I can compare this to is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and we all know how beautiful I find her writing style.
The Pace. While the novel isn’t fast-paced it definitely keeps you interested. Because you HAVE to know what happened! I found myself furiously reading and turning pages because I had to know what the hell happened on this island.
The Themes. The idea of racial discrimination is definitely present and the way of how some old money families function was fascinating to read about. They talk about the importance of family when none of these people see each other as family. The manipulation, the greed, the blindness to what real problems are was both sickening and fascinating to read about. Gat bringing honesty and objectivity to the situation was a light in the dark. I loved his character and his view of their opulent wealth.
about how fucked up their family is made me really
sad that people who share blood can treat each other as they do. Reading
The Narration. Cady as a narrator, like I said previously, was fantastic. I really liked her narration and inner dialogue. She was clever without trying to be. Honest when she shouldn’t be. She just wanted to put back the pieces of her broken life. My heart went out to her.
The End. The end. THE END?! Amazing. Heart-wrenching. Chest heaving. It was just incredible.
The Distance. What didn’t work for me was due in part to what I loved about the story. I LOVED how the writing of Cady’s narration was but with that come the downside of one person point of view. It was difficult for me to feel the emotional connection between the Liars because I am only seeing things through Cady’s eyes. I’m seeing them being distant and lying and not reaching out to her when she’s sick. I can understand how they spent every summer together and were inseparable but I found it hard to reconcile the fact that they never spoke during the school year. I WISH I would have been able to feel more emotion for them as a cohesive group but it just didn’t happen for me.