Hey, beautiful! Today, I’m back with another book review!
As you can see from the title, I’m going to be reviewing E.Lockhart’s We Were Liars, which also happens to be my pick for the 2016 TBR Challenge.
April’s challenge theme is Contemporary, so I chose this book to fit that.
If you want to go check out my post all about my 2016 TBR challenge, then you can go ahead and read that first.
I have a lot to say about this book, so how about we just get started!
Publication Date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Page Count: 227
We are the Liars.
We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.
We are cracked and broken.
A story of love and romance.
A tale of tragedy.
Which are lies?
Which is truth?
I didn’t really know what all the hype was about because everybody on Book-tube was raving about how amazing this book is and how gasp-worthy the ending was. I just didn’t really know what to think of it, because it’s so short. I didn’t really know how the author was gonna fit all this amazingness that everyone is talking about into under 300 pages.
I shouldn’t have doubted the amazing, the awesome, the majestic, E.Lockhart because I literally sat there with my mouth open trying to calm down from that MAJOR plot twist.
I shouldn’t get ahead of myself, I’ll be talking about the whole book, and then I’ll talk about the ending, with no spoilers of course.
When I first started the book, it was meh. Nothing special, a bit confusing, and nothing that stood out in general.
I kind of just told myself to push through it because of all the good reviews. That wasn’t that hard to do because when I got about halfway done with it, it just literally flew by.
I kind of confused by the writing style when I first started it, but I kind of got the hang of it when I delved deeper into the book.
You kind of get to go through this whole journey of discovering what exactly happened to Candace during summer-fifteen, and why the lairs and her family are not telling her.
I just feel like authors don’t write short, fun, great, stand alone books anymore. They all go for the series, and I know that they need money, and more books = more money, but I just want to see more books like this.
Even the way she describes her characters played a big role in why I love this book so much.
I feel like if I had to choose my top 3 authors with the best ability to describe shit in their books, E.Lockhart would be one of them for sure.
Now, for one of my favourite parts of my book reviews, the character analysis! For this, I chose Gat, Candace’s mum, her dad, Grandad Sinclair, and Candace.
I really had a hard time choosing only 5 characters because I wanted to talk about all the Liars, but that would make this post way too long.
First up, we have Gat, the love interest.
I really really really like Gat. He’s just this poetic, deep thinking, I-wanna-make-the-world-a-better-place kind of person, and I just love it!
He wants to take care of Cady (Candace), even though he’s being unfaithful to his girlfriend back home.
You can tell that Gat and Cady’s relationship is more than love because they’ve known each other for so many years; so it’s almost like love that was built on a pavement of friendship.
Next, up we have Candace’s mum. Now, this is a character that I have a love-hate relationship with.
I don’t really like that she cares about money so much. For example, when she got divorced from her husband, her first instinct is to throw away everything that he bought her and Candace, and replace them with prettier, more expensive substitutes.
She also doesn’t care that much about Gat, because he’s not white and isn’t rich.
Another reason why I didn’t like her was because she lies so much to Cady, mostly about her accident, but at the end I understood why she did that. But that doesn’t change the fact that it still bothered me a lot during the book.
But I also like her because she cares about Cady enough to not tell her what really happened.
It’s just really confusing, trust me.
Now it’s time to talk about one of my least favourite characters in this book, Candaces’s dad. UGH! I just wanna slap the guy for all the things that he did.
He cheated on Penny (Cady’s mum) with a slutty secretary, which resulted in a domino effect, which leads to some really shitty things happening.
We don’t really get to see a lot of him, but we do get to see what he did to the family.
He’s not a really important part of the novel, but I just had to express my hatred for him.
Next up, we have Grandad Sinclair. I’m only calling him that because I forgot his name and am too lazy to go get the book and check.
He started off as one of my favourite characters, but then he went downhill for me, then back up again (only because I kind of felt bad for him). I don’t really know what I think of him to be completely honest.
At the beginning, we get to see how happy and cheery he was to Cady and in general while Grany Sinclair was still alive, but after she passes away (no, this isn’t a spoiler), he kind of gets depressed, and after the accident happened, he got even worse. So you kinda see where I’m going with the whole ‘I fell bad for him’ thing.
Last but not least, we have Candace or Cady for short. I just kind of felt bad for her, to be honest.
She’s done so much that she regrets, or will regret when she finds out, and it’s just guilt that fills her up afterwards.
She’s such a distinguished and unique character, so I don’t really have anyone else to compare her too.
She’s not your usual soppy I’m-in-love teenage girl that most YA books have, but she still has feelings. She’s not your cold hearted bitchy character either. She’s just the perfect mix of all of the right things that make up a good main character.
I gave this 5/5 stars on Goodreads.
Much love, Rawan …