About the Book:
Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Plot: 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.
Favourite Quote: “The universe is seeming really huge right now. I need something to hold on to.”
The book revolves around the heritage Sinclair family. Every year, the Sinclairs spend their summer on a private island, where the grandparents have built four houses for themselves and their three daughters, plus a smaller building for their cooks and cleaners. This family is so rich, privileged and white, perfect to the eye of an outsider but when you take a closer look, this family has issues more than a normal family.
The story is narrated through the eyes of Cadence, the eldest granddaughter of the family. Cady’s been suffering from excruciating migraines. Her memory of the last summer she spent at the Sinclair ancestral home, two years ago, is fragmented. Most of the parts of the story are based on the summer vacations that the family spends together on their private island. Cadence and her cousins Mirren, Johnny & Gat (who is a cousin of Johnny and Cady’s love interest) are a group of four people who are popularly known as the “Liars”. They have been spending their summers together on the private island since they were kids. They don’t keep in touch apart from the summer vacation, and that’s what makes their bond so special.
In my opinion the characters are not very well rounded. I personally didn’t connect with any of the characters. But the summer vacation based plot reminded me of summer holidays with my cousins. The suspense of the book is quite expected and predictable. Towards the end I had to make efforts to finish the book. All in all, the book is a onetime read.