we were liars

Title: We Were liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Release Date: 05/13/2014

Reviewed by: Emily K.

This book was stunning. The prose was beautiful, and it made even the simplest of sentences ring in my mind like poetry. It was slow at first, as I just wanted to figure out what the big reveal was, but I soon became enraptured and finished the book in an afternoon. 

Candace comes from an incredibly wealthy family, and she spent every summer at her grandfather’s private island with her extended family. The family environment is toxic, though, and the four oldest kids (Candace, Gat, Mirren, and Johnny) want to escape. This book touched on classism and racism, but when the story is told through the eyes of an extremely rich white girl, it doesn’t hold as much weight. I think that Candace partly realizes this, when she looks back on how her giving things away wasn’t for charity but for her own benefit and how the extreme measure the four cousins take didn’t actually do any good. We Were Liars was a breathtaking, suspenseful mystery novel that I would recommend to anyone.