We Were Liars

What can I say about We Were Liars by E. Lockhart? It’s an amazing read. It’s suspenseful, psychological and there’s a surprise that makes it hard to review. The teens featured in this book are cousins (and one honorary cousin) who summer on a private we-were-liars3island near Martha’s Vineyard. There’s racial tension and money tension and family tension. It’s been compared with King Lear and Wuthering Heights

Cadence tells her story in first person. Something has happened and she is being kept from summering on the island she loved. Summer seventeen she goes back. She doesn’t know why the island has changed, why her cousins and Gat stay cooped up in one of the houses, why her grandfather has erased their memorabilia. The reader uncovers the clues as Cadence does, and it’s scarily thrilling, filled with teenage injustice and its repercussions.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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