We Were Liars Book Review


Regan Mies

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is deceptive, thrilling, and ultimately unforgettable. The novel’s summary instructs, “Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just lie.” So I’ll do just that. Lie.

We Were Liars is a happy, simple book, where everyone smiles and lives happily ever after.

Well, not quite. This New York Times Bestseller tells the story of the wealthy Sinclairs, a tennis-playing, polo-wearing family that comes from old money. The Sinclairs look like models, breed golden retrievers, and, from the outside, are privileged and perfect.

The story focuses on four friends: Cadence, Mirren, Johnny, and Gat. The chapters center around a mysterious “accident,” telling us about the before and the after without ever shedding light on the accident itself.  Cadence, the story’s narrator, knows as little as we do, because she suffers from amnesia after serious mental and physical trauma. Nobody will tell her what happened, and this summer, things are different on the family’s private Massachusetts island.

The Sinclairs are rich, they’re perfect, and some of them are liars. I won’t say much more, for risk of spoiling, but I will say We Were Liars blew my mind. Days after I finished the book, no matter what I was doing, I had recurrent thoughts of the story and characters. This young adult thriller is one of the best.