Saturday, October 4, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

What if you couldn’t remember the night that changed your life?  For Cadence Sinclair Eastman, her past is murky and distant after an accident the summer she turned fifteen leaves her prone to debilitating migraines and an unreliable memory.  Returning two years later to her family owned Beechwood Island off the coast of Massachusetts, Cadence will see her Liars (her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and friend Gat) for the first time since that fateful night.

Welcomed back into the fold, Cadence tries to reconstruct the events of her last summer with The Liars.  But no one is talking about it.  As memories begin to return to Cadence, she suddenly can’t be sure what she really knows about her beautiful Sinclair family, or what she really knows about herself.

Written in a way that is at some times sprawling, and other times frustratingly fragmented and concise, WeWere Liars poses an interesting dilemma from the start: how much can you trust a narrator who can’t trust her own memory?  Living a life of impossible privilege and showcasing all the endless hope and doomed naiveté of youth, Cadence and her Liars take shape as the puzzle pieces of her memory begin to take their place.

This book is full of suspense and drama that will draw you in from the beginning, though the writing style can take some time getting used to – for those wanting to avoid it altogether, try the audiobook, which is excellently narrated and just as engrossing as print.  Though technically a YA book, I highly recommend it to teens and adults alike.

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