E. Lockhart is a talented author who has written several young adult novels that have won awards and been recognized in many places. Her works include the Ruby Oliver quartet, Dramarama, and Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Her newest book is We Were Liars, which came out in May. There was a lot of hype around this book, centered around the publisher’s admonishment to read the book, and “if anyone asks you how it ends…LIE.” This ties in, to a certain extent, to both the book’s title and to the twist at the end.
The Sinclairs are old money: wealth, prestige, beauty, power. They are also consummate professionals at hiding the truth and presenting affront to the world. In this family, there are no criminals, addicts, or failures. At least from the outside. On the inside, the view is far different. Here there are squabbles over money, drinking, and a dictatorial patriarch who wants everyone to do exactly as he says.
Cadence Sinclair is one of the oldest grandchildren. She, along with her cousins Mirren and Johnny, and Gat, form the Liars, who are inseparable during summers on the family’s private island. But something horrible happened the year Cady turned fifteen, something that left her with terrible headaches and a faulty memory. Something that no one in the family will talk about, not even her closest friends. Determined to find out what happened, Cady goes back to the island for the first time in years, desperate for answers, hoping that finding out will heal her somehow. But the island has secrets that Cady cannot even imagine.
We Were Liars is a book full of wrenching emotion set in a glittering world of wealth. The Liars struggle against that world as they search to find themselves and their truths outside the confines of their family. The Sinclair family is a dark and despairing place, full of bitterness and greed. The Liars—despite their nickname—stand out amidst this darkness, vibrant for even considering a different path.
(Galley courtesy of Random House Children's via NetGalley)