Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia, Delacorte Press
Release Date: August 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense that will leave you reeling.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Discussion review by Melanie and Celine
*This review is spoiler-free*
Melanie: So…We Were Liars. Totally not the most heartbreakingly epic I’ve read EVER. Nope. Not at all.
Celine: No, not at all. Instead of ripping your heart out and shattering it into a million pieces, this is a very calm and happy book. *cough cough*
Melanie: Sunshines, lots of kissing and hand holding, drinking lemonade in bikinis at the beach with friends. *happy sigh*
IF YOU BELIEVE ANY OF THIS, WE ARE SORRY TO INFORM YOU BUT YOU ARE TERRIBLY AND DREADFULLY MISGUIDED.
Celine: BECAUSE THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOU CRY LIKE A BABY.
Seriously though, THAT ENDING. But we’ll get to that. First, what did you think of the writing? It was certainly unique.
Melanie: Yeah, it was beautiful and eerie all at once. I read in some people’s reviews that they didn’t like the writing, actually. I guess it’s choppy and VERY different but it just made me love the novel even more.
Gat, my Gat, once upon a time my Gat–he has come out to see me, too. He stands back from the slats of the fence, on the rocky hill that now leads to Clairmont. He’s doing pretend semaphore, waving his arms in ornate patterns as if I’m supposed to understand some kind of secret code. He is contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee.
Celine: I have to be honest, the writing style wasn’t really my thing for a good part of the novel. It took me really long to get into the story, I felt very detached from it due to the writing. That is not to say that the writing isn’t great, though, because it is. I also feel that should I reread this, I would appreciate the writing a lot more, knowing what happens.
Melanie: Agreed! I plan a reread sometime in the future. Now that we know what happens, it would definitely be exciting to read it knowing why everything is the way it is. >.<
Ooh lets talk about the characters. What were your thoughts on them?
Celine: The characters… Mixed feelings. Like I mentioned, I felt pretty detached from the novel for a while, and that includes the characters. Except for Gat – I loved him from the beginning. The rest, though, I felt pretty meh about. However, when I really got into this I started to like the characters as well. I finally got a feel for them and the differences between them. They definitely had their problems. I should warn readers, though: it’s very much rich people problems. I personally don’t mind reading about that, but I know some people do. Their problems get a lot more serious, though…
Melanie: Ooh yes, I adored Gat from the get go. He was incredibly sweet and had a lot of depth in his character. I agree about it taking some time to click with the other characters, especially in the abnormal it was narrated, but by the end, I loved them all dearly. I liked how there were two boys and two girls, too.
The rich people problems didn’t bother me at all, either. It was written in the sense that was made to come off as irksome either, which was good. But yeah, be careful if you hate rich people issues with a passion!
Celine: Speaking of Gat – I loved how his character subtly brought the issue of racism to light. Gat is Native American and there is a character in the book that has a problem with that. I loved how Lockhart, though this book is mainly about other issues, managed to subtly incorporate that racism isn’t a good thing and that people shouldn’t be judged by the color of their skin.
Melanie: Yes this was just what I was thinking! Apart from the stunning story, I loved the topic of racism pulling through as well. Ooh, and I have the perfect quote.
What if we could stop being different colours, different backgrounds, and just be in love?
*standing ovation* So very well said.
Celine: YES that is the perfect quote! And it portays exactly the message this book is trying to bring.
And I also really loved that Gat was the love interest, meaning there is a love interest that *gasp* isn’t white! Speaking of the romance, it was different as well (like everything in this book). We don’t really get any kind of slow buildup, because, let’s be honest, this book isn’t exactly about romance. Instead, when Gat is introduced, we are told how they came to be together. Normally, this wouldn’t work for me at all, but in We Were Liars, it just fit. I immediately felt for the romance, and I really liked it. What did you think of it?
Melanie: Yeah, I don’t think there are enough books in YA fic that have non-white love interests/protagonists. I was so glad We Were Liars had one, because diversity FTW! Yeah, the romance doesn’t overpower the plot but was a nice addition to the novel which I also clicked with seamlessly. It’s actually hard to not (or eventually) love everything in We Were Liars, in my opinion!
Celine: I’m definitely with you on that! It’s just so unique and wonderful, and heartbreaking too.
Melanie: *cringes at the word ‘heartbreaking’* That doesn’t even begin to explain the horror at the end…
Celine: *sniffles* It just totally didn’t happen. Right? RIGHT?!
Melanie: Did you cry while reading it? For the last part of the novel when Lockhart was unveiling the truth, I was like: “Shit shit shit shit shit shit no no no no no” the whole time. I was so shocked, I didn’t cry until I put the book down.
Celine: Yeah, I was going wtf no no no no as well, but I didn’t cry. I never cry while reading! That doesn’t mean the ending didn’t break my heart, though.
Melanie: LE GASP. Are you even human? How can one not cry after that?
Celine: What can I say, I’m heartless 😛
Melanie: *judgey eyes*
Did you see that twist coming though? I mean, I had the thought merely sweep past my eyes but I brushed it off quickly. But now to think of it, it was rather obvious, in a way, after all the indirect but frequent clues here and there that we got.
Celine: I have to admit I didn’t see it coming, though I probably should have. But I think that even if I had, my heart would still have been broken. Because OUCH.
Melanie: Yeah, I haven’t read anything like this. We Were Liars has definitely left its mark.
Celine: You could say that, yeah. I had a MAJOR book hangover due to We Were Liars. That ending… I mean, by now everyone has heard of it, but whatever you think will happen, it’s worse. And I mean “worse” in a good way. And nope, I’m not telling anyone WHAT happens, even though you’re dying to know, hehe. This is a book that you should go into completely blind, knowing nothing about it. I really think that makes for the best reading experience.
Melanie: Yeah, I heard it had an epic ending, and I was absolutely dying to find out, and the only way is to experience it yourselves.
Celine: So, that being said, STOP READING THIS REVIEW AND BUY YOURSELVES A COPY.
Melanie: GET YO ASSES TO THAT BUY LINK ABOVE
Celine: BECAUSE YOU’RE SERIOUSLY MISSING OUT IF YOU’RE NOT READING THIS
~Thank you Delacorte Press and Allen and Unwin for sending us review copies!~
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