We Were Liars by E. Lockheart – My Review

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

― E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

My Quick Review: We Were Liars was a wonderful read. It’s fast pacing, and interesting character development sucks you into the story. There wasn’t a moment in this book where I was bored or wanting the story to progress quicker. The development of Cadence Sinclair was beautiful, and emotional. I found myself strongly empathizing with her throughout the novel. The plot twist was fantastic, and I honestly did not see it coming at all. Overall, this was a quick paced, enjoyable read.

Category: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery


Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: 13/05/2014

Cadence Sinclair

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
 (United States)

Literary Awards: Georgia Peach Book Award (2015)Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee for Young Adults (2016)Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee (2016)Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee (2015)The Inky Awards Nominee for Silver Inky (2015)Lincoln Award (2016)Bookworm Best Award for Best Fiction (2014)Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction (2014)The Magnolia Award for 9-12 (2016)


“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 New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

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

“Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments. I get the same thing spending an hour with you.”

― E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

My review (may contain slight spoilers):

We Were Liars follows the story of Cadence Sinclair, a young teenage girl who has spent every summer of her childhood on a privately owed island by the incredibly wealthy Sinclair family. On this island, Cadence’s grandparents have built four separate houses, one for themselves, and each of their three daughters (Cadence being the only child of one of these daughters). Cadence’s narration at first, is quirky and charming, but her story quirky turns into tragedy. Her perspective of the selfish and egotistical life style of the adolescents around her paints a painful picture of what greed for a fortune will do to a family.

Her friendship with her cousins is unusual but strong. In particular a tight nit group of Cadence and her two cousins Johnny and Mirran, and an outsider, Gat, is formed. During the end of her 15th summer on the island, Cadence has a terrible accident in which she receives a nasty blow to the head, causing severe brain damage. The story then continues two years later in which Cadence is trying to figure out what exactly happened that summer two years ago.

I won’t go into any detail, as I wouldn’t want to spoil the intricate twists and turns of the story. However, not once, whilst reading this book did I predict the outcome of the story. Cadence’s personal growth and development during her 17th year on the private island is heartrendingly beautiful, and after being broken, physically and mentally two years ago, she is simply trying to put herself back together again.

Conclusion: This book broke my heart. It has been a while since I felt so empathetic towards a character, as I did towards Cadence Sinclair. The ruthlessness of her adult family members is contradicted by the beauty of her innocent narrative, creating a wonderful balance that will keep you gripped during every page. I would definitely recommend We Were Liars.


“Always do what you’re afraid to do.

I will prove myself strong when they think I am sick.

I will prove myself brave when they think I am weak.”

― E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

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