Friday, December 06, 2013

We Were Liars--E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press, 2014
Pages: 240 p.
Source: Author
Compensation: None

When E. Lockhart's publicist sends you an email asking if you want her next book--due out in May 2014--you say yes. Regardless of sick kids and holiday stress and basketball games and backed up laundry. You say yes.

I am so glad I did.

We Were Liars is unlike anything I have ever read by Lockhart. Now, I think there's one or two of her books I haven't read yet, so maybe this is exactly like those books. But it is unlike the books I have read.

The Sinclairs are a perfect extended family who spend their summers on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. They are rich and good looking and have no problems. Except that they have lots of problems. The three sisters aren't quite as rich as their Dad and have started bickering over estates and inheritances. The grandchildren, one of whom is our main character Cady, do their best to stay out of the bickering and try to spend their summers having fun with each other. The oldest cousins are Cady and Mirren and Johnny, all born within months of each other. Johnny brings his mom's boyfriend's nephew Gat (got that?) one summer and they all become inseparable. The four liars. The spend each summer having fun and complaining about their parents and grandparents. At least that's the way it was before Cady's accident. Since Cady's accident things have been different, strained, but she's not quite sure why because she can't remember anything. She gets horrible debilitating headaches and is heavily medicated because of them. She spends her latest summer on the island trying to remember what happened before her accident and immediately after it.

I can't tell you much more without lying. I don't want to give anything away.

We Were Liars is beautifully written. It is suspenseful and heartbreaking. It is not a fun book like the Ruby Oliver books. It is deep and meaningful and will stay with you for a long time. Grab this one up when it's released in May and hold on to it tightly. You'll want to read it again. Trust me.

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