Tuesday 1 July 2014

{Review} We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

16143347Posted by Jess
Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Finished Date: June 13th, 2014
Publishers: Hot Key Books
Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
Source: For Review 
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
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 National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

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

The Review: I was excited for this book. I'd read the blurb and thought it had a very good premise. Sadly, it all fell a little flat for me. I was so hoping to enjoy it, but I couldn't connect with any of the characters and when that happens, I find myself not really enjoying or caring about what happens to them. 

I honestly had high hopes, and even though I wanted to love it, I didn't, and it mostly came down to it being a little too YA for me. For a character supposed telling the story from the age of 18, it all felt a little too young for me. Granted, the story begins at age 15, but it wasn't enough for me to get truly involved into this story. I originally went in thinking these were going to be spoiled rich kids (seniors in high school) who all lived close by, I was expecting what we got in this book, although it didn't let the book down for me, it just wasn't what I thought. I hadn't read any reviews, so I went in completely blind, and solely based on the blurb, so I had no real expectations, but it still felt a little bit of a let down.

Now, don't get me wrong, I think the author definitely had a story to tell, and a definite knack for story telling, I just felt that the narrative was a little wishy washy, and it all felt a little here and there, and up and down, and like I said, a little too young and naive for my taste, but hey, that's just my taste and my own opinion. 

Overall, not a book for me, which is unfortunate, but it's got a lot a happy followers who did love it, so maybe give it a go and see what you think. It's best not to go in with high hopes or expectations for fear of a let down.

Thanks to Hot Key Books for sending a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Jasprit said...

I'm sorry that this book didn't work out for you. I admit I did struggle at times to with the writing and unfortunately I didn't end up enjoying this as much as I had hoped I would :( Thanks for the honest review!

Alexa Pages of Forbidden Love said...

I hate it when I can't connect with the characters, it often makes me put down a book that a lot of people were enjoying.

Thanks for the great review, sorry you didn't enjoy this one

Andrea Modolo said...

I'm sorry to hear that this one didn't work out for you, but it happens a lot. Thank you so much for the honest review, it is hard to like a book when you can't connect with the characters. I'm still intrigued about everything that happens, hopefully I do like this one!

Natalie Cleary said...

I've read so many mixed reviews about this!!! It does sound good and maybe someday I'll give it ago ;) Great review.

Jess Watkins said...

I've heard mixed reviews for this one.
Shame you didn't like it.
Can't decide whether to give it a try or not :/

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