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We Were Liars Deluxe Edition Hardcover – May 23, 2017
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"You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending." —Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly
"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
"This mindblowing YA thriller from E. Lockhart will make you glad you're the 99 percent...And that's about all we can tell you when it comes to the story of 'We Were Liars,' the book by E. Lockhart that everyone will be reading, and re-reading, this summer. It's twisty, it's mysterious, and it's got a surprise ending that'll knock your socks off."
—Kat Rosenfield, MTV News
"Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations. And the ending? Shhhh. Not telling. (But it’s a doozy)...This is poised to be big." —Booklist, starred review
"Lockhart has created a mystery with an ending most readers won’t see coming, one so horrific it will prompt some to return immediately to page one to figure out how they missed it. At the center of it is a girl who learns the hardest way of all what family means, and what it means to lose the one that really mattered to you." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Riveting, brutal and beautifully told." —Kirkus, starred review
"The ending is a stunner that will haunt readers for a long time to come." —School Library Journal, starred review
"A taut psychological mystery marked by an air of uneasy disorientation...The ultimate reveal is shocking both for its tragedy and for the how-could-I-have-not-suspected-that? feeling it leaves us with. But we didn’t, which is Lockhart’s commendable triumph." —The Horn Book, starred review
“This is a love story as much as it is a psychological mystery…Astonishing." —Shelf Awareness, starred review
“[a] haunting, sophisticated mystery...a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Irresistible premise for this ticking time bomb of a novel.” —The New York Times Book Review
"A Lockhart YA is always a treat and this is no exception...The glimpse we get into a life of privilege, a lifestyle most of us can only imagine, is insightful and thrilling. The ending will shock the mose jaded of readers, we promise!" —RT Book Reviews
"There's trouble in paradise at the opening of National Book Award finalist and Printz honoree E. Lockhart's shattering yet ultimately hopeful YA novel . . . and neither family nor reader will ever be the same." —Library Journal
"It's a nearly perfect story, and it's utterly absorbing." —Bustle.com, 2014's Best YA Books
"No book on this summer's reading list will have readers immobilized in their hammocks more than E. Lockhart's We Were Liars..... This book has that surprise quality--like Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity--that makes readers scramble back through hungrily devoured chapters and wonder in admiration: Could I have seen this coming? Did I miss any clues?" —Newsday
"Like a shard of glass, WE WERE LIARS glitters and shines, then cuts deep. E. Lockhart has truly outdone herself with this masterful, darkly mesmerizing portrait of a fractured family ruined by the excess of wealth. Humming with rich descriptions and razor-sharp intelligence, the story of Cadence Sinclair Eastman will both inspire and haunt readers for years to come." —Sarah Pitre, Forever Young Adult
"Perception often is not reality -- and it certainly is not in WE WERE LIARS. This is a look at what “a perfect world” looks like on the inside and how it unravels once one of the players sees it for what it is. Pitch perfect in both plotting and character development."
—Carol Fitzgerald, Book Reporter
"The must-read contemporary novel so far this year is definitely E. Lockhart’s stellar We Were Liars, a rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leaving you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten." —Sonia Charaipotra, Parade
"A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real." —Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies and Leviathan
"I've fallen in love with every E. Lockhart book I've ever read (and I've read them all), but We Were Liars blows them all out of the water. Dark, gripping, heartrending, and terrifyingly smart, this book grabs you from the first page--and will never let go." — Robin Wasserman, author of The Waking Dark
"Spectacular." —Lauren Myracle, author of Shine, The Infinite Moment of Us, and TTYL
"A haunting, brilliant, beautiful book. This is E. Lockhart at her mind-blowing best." — Sarah Mlynowski, author of Don't Even Think About It and Gimme a Call
"Beautiful and disturbing." —Justine Larbalestier
"Stunningly sharp. . . . will sear itself into your memory." —Christian Science Monitor
"A haunting psychological thriller." —The Guardian
"This is a brilliant new novel by E. Lockhart. I've always adored a good generational drama and this is deeply fascinating reading and soaked in suspense. And the ending is utterly spooky." —Martin Short, including WE WERE LIARS in his top 3 books of 2014
“We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a book as tragic as it is interesting.” —USAToday.com, Must-Read Romances
“Utterly immersive story of family privilege, young love and insurmountable tragedy.” —Salisbury Post
"The mystery driving the plot is a shocking punch in the face that will stay with you long after you finish." —Hypable.com. Hypable-Weekend Reading
“There’s no preparing for the shocker of an ending.”
“This month marks the publication of another fine YA novel destined to extend beyond the teen set. ‘We Were Liars,’ by E. Lockhart is quite simply amazing.” —The Missourian
"This book has everything I want from a summer read: a gorgeous setting that I can imagine I'm vacationing in; flawed, unreliable, sometimes infuriating characters; and a twity-turny psychological mystery that is impossible to put down." —RookieMag.com
"We Were Liars is amazing. I felt run over by it . . . .Emily has done something incredible here. —Paul O. Zelinsky
“Goose bump-inducing.” —BuzzFeed.com, YA Novels to Watch Out for Spring 2014
About the Author
E. Lockhart wrote the New York Times bestseller We Were Liars and the upcoming Genuine Fraud, a psychological thriller. Her other books include Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and the Ruby Oliver Quartet, which includes The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. Visit her online at emilylockhart.com, and follow her on Twitter at @elockhart.
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I've heard of this book all over YouTube & ive seen it on bookstagram & I don't think it lives up to its hype. The story line was okay & it had its moments where it got kind of annoying. It's categorized as a thriller but I don't think of it as a thriller maybe more mystery if so. I wasn't that excited to find out what happened in the end more anxious lol but then when I did I was whatever about it. I guess because the book isn't really relatable I didn't enjoy it as much as i could. I wouldn't read it again or probably even reccomend it to a friend but if you're looking for something quick and easy to read this is your match.
I've heard so many mixed reviews about We Were Liars over the years, but I hadn't read it, and I'm not sure why. It's weird, because it seems like most readers either love it or hate it - there aren't too many who seem to be in the middle. When I heard that the deluxe edition of the book was coming out, I figured I probably should get around to it already, because pretty much every other blogger and YA book fan I know has already read this one.
So I read it. It was a pretty quick read, and I read it all in one night - I started it like at 11 at night and finished it around 2 am I guess. While the overall story wasn't bad, I wasn't blown away by anything and I kind of felt it was lackluster, and for the most part I was left with more questions than I had before I even started the book.
In We Were Liars, we have four privileged and spoiled kids who spend their summers on a private island together. The four of them are pretty good friends, as well as cousins - all except for Gat. These kids have the whole island to swim, hang out, go to dinners - pretty much anything they want - all while spending the summers with their families and grandfather, who more or less owns the entire island.
But the kids in the Sinclair family, as well as Gat, have secrets - and they aren't pretty secrets. They've done things that they aren't proud of. Things that have some serious repercussions. In fact, the adults on the island have taken to calling them "The Liars."
During the stuff that's going on with the kids, the adults have their own things to worry about - including who gets the homes on the island, who gets what in terms of money - all of that jazz. Since their grandfather is getting older, he is trying to remodel and make sure that the homes go to the right children in the family.
I don't mean to be vague when I talk about this book, but I really don't want to give away any hints or anything that could make the story less enjoyable for those who haven't yet read it (although I doubt that there are too many!). It does have it's moments where I think it's a great and creative story, and I do so love reading about spoiled rich kids (guilty pleasure when it comes to reading!), so for the most part, I did enjoy it.
But there was so much here that I am going to be picky about - things that I didn't enjoy. For one, the characters weren't very fleshed out and I feel like they weren't very memorable - in fact, I honestly can't remember their names or who each was in the family. I can only remember Gat because he wasn't actually part of the family, but he was the son of the guy that one of the adults wanted to marry, but wouldn't because she was afraid her grandfather would disinherit her.
Also, that twist of an ending was clever, but I honestly saw it coming, and can't say that it made much sense, especially if you go back into the book and think about things. It made everything even more confusing instead of answering any questions that I had. It did tie the original story together, though, but some of the details bothered me, and I won't even get into them because this is supposed to be a spoiler free review.
I did love the whole idea behind the family spending time on the private island, though - it really makes this the perfect book for summer, as that's when it takes place - over the course of a summer and through memories of past summers. It made for the perfect read for a beach trip or vacation.
As far as the deluxe edition material went, I loved the hand drawn map of the island, and the family tree was a great addition - I found myself looking at both of these while reading the book, and it helped me paint a better picture of what was going on where and which characters were related and how. These were awesome additions to the book. Also, the author material in the back was interesting as well, and it added a bit to the reading experience. I definitely have to recommend picking up the deluxe edition of the book for these things alone - they really do enrich the reading experience and they're pretty nifty.
I wish I could have absolutely loved this book, but I just didn't - I did like it, just not enough to praise it as much as some others who have really enjoyed the book. It was definitely interesting, and I'll probably end up reading it again, but I just wasn't able to really connect with it as much as I would have liked to have been able to.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!
The writing is good-it's different, choppy and the chapters are generally short. This style accompanies the narrator's plot line though, and I didn't find it difficult to read. There are quite a few things that are confusing throughout the book-which end up making sense in the end. I was not expecting the ending. At all. It definitely tugged at my heart.
But if you're looking for a book with a hook that catches you right away and is a quick and entertaining read, this will fit the bill nicely. This is perfect for a plane ride or some other "read in a sitting" opportunity, and it moves that fast. The chapters are short, and the characters are, in my opinion, worth getting to know.
I liked the way the narrator's opinions and perspectives on her family change as she slowly remembers Summer Fifteen; those realizations, at least, are relatable, even if the eventual plot line seems to stretch credulity. We all come to realize at some point in our lives that the family members of our childhood can be strikingly different people to us as we get older and understand more about the ways (and values) of the adult world.
I wanted to give this more than 3 stars (It's ok), but I couldn't go as high as 4 (Loved it). If the book had been longer and delved more into the aftermath of the ending and what the narrator learned about herself and her family, this could have been a weightier novel. It's really more of a novelty, but I would still recommend this to others as an entertaining read.
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