We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Rating – 2/5

“We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken. A tale of love and romance. A tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth? You decide.”

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book over the past few years but unfortunately it did not live up to the high expectations I had. It is by no means the worst book I have ever read – it was a quick and easy contemporary read.

I knew there was going to be a plot twist at the end but when it came it really didn’t shock me. Perhaps because I knew there was going to be a plot twist or because I felt indifferent towards the characters, it didn’t really bother me. I can see why this may be a surprise ending and I feel that if I had been shocked by the twist I may have rated this book a little more highly. However, this book really fell flat for me and I unfortunately do not understand the hype surrounding it. The characters were irritating and the family dynamic was really unhealthy. On the other hand, I did like the island setting of the book and I think it created a really unique backdrop for the story.

I do recommend this book if you have heard nothing about it and are looking for a quick and easy contemporary read but if you want a book where you can really immerse yourself in the story and connect with the characters, I don’t think this would be the book for you. I’m really glad I only picked this book up for 80p from a charity shop.

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