We Were Liars by e. Lockhart // Review

We Were Liars by e. Lockhart


Author: e. Lockhart is the pen name for the authoress Emily Jenkins who’s other work includes: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and The Boyfriend List.

Rating: ****


So I read this book with mixed anticipations, I knew that it was some peoples favourite book of 2014 and I know others did not enjoy it at all. Being so short, at only 225 pages long (with large font) it is an easy read for Young Adults, I wouldn’t recommend any younger that 13 as the details in the book, whilst not immensely graphic they are very powerful with a lot of near-adult storyline involving grief and neurological disorders.

The main issue people had, I found, with the story post-reviews was predictability, and whilst I knew that something along the lines of what did, had happened, I was surprised by the overall ending. Parts of the ending are done really well but this is not the kind of book I would read over a happy summer, not unless you want a slap-in-the-face kind of book. But, because it was so slap-in-the-face I felt it was a good book!

I enjoyed the characters, however frustrating, and the overall plot. The structure of the story was sometimes confusing as the tales jump back and forth a bit but you tune in eventually.

In conclusion I’ve given it 4 stars as I felt that whilst powerful, haunting and enjoyable to some respects, I didn’t think it was utterly amazing, as some people felt. But I would recommend to the more serious of YA readers.

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