Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart // the biggest lie was the hype

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Summary:

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.

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★★

It took me a while to decide on a rating, I kept going back and forth between 4, 2 and 3 stars. After thinking about it I finally settled on a two and I feel like I’m satisfied with this rating. Also forgive the messy review but it came from the heart and also I didn’t feel like the book deserved any more of my time!

I liked parts of the book and I guess this is even a good book depending on how you look at it but personally? I like to think that after finishing a book, ANY book, I am a little bit of a different person, a better and more informed person, a more sensitive person, whatever. But this book didn’t make me grow. All I got was a story about something terrible that happened in a shitty privileged family and a protagonist who was certainly victim of her upbringing but who ultimately gets to enjoy her own privilege through and through and honestly I don’t think that’s the kind of story we need.

There was literally no point or no moral about this book, the only part I liked was the mystery and I guess the only point of this was about shock value but were the characters or the rest of the story interesting? No.

It was also racist and one of the many things that bothered me was how the racism gets pointed out to the MC by the only POC (why do POC always have to do the emotional labor FOR the privileged white people??), only for her stream of consciousness to be like “omg that sucks! well good thing I’m not racist though” like??????? What’s???????????? the????????? point????????? It also seemed that the family’s racism was one of the turning points that was supposed to convince the reader of how truly shit the family was. The romance was also boring.

This is not even a book about a villain or anything, I LOVE those, but no, this was all about making you feel pity for the MC which in my opinion doesn’t deserve it. It’s just a story about a shitty thing that happened to a shitty person/family and idk I guess that’s not what I read books for.

2 thoughts on “Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart // the biggest lie was the hype

  1. I agree about this book having no point. I agree not because I remember it having no point but because it’s the only book since I’ve been on goodreads that I’ve completely forgotten. I don’t remember anything about it but the plot twist and it wasn’t even a good one? I mean, it’s not predictable, but I thought it was just there for shock value too. Which wouldn’t be as much of a problem if it hadn’t been the only interesting thing in the whole novel.

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    • Exactly! I have the feeling I’ll forget about it too and only remember the plot twist. I’m just happy I found this at the library and didn’t actually pay for it.

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