We Were LiarsBook - 2014
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In this excellent YA novel, Cadence Sinclair belongs to a wealthy, emotionally distant family. She adores her summers on their Massachusetts island until a traumatic accident leaves her struggling to recall the events of her fifteenth summer. Fans of John Green and Gillian Flynn will enjoy this ... Read More »
The Sinclair family is perfect: rich and beautiful, they spend their summers on a private island. But Cadence Sinclair isn’t perfect anymore. Something happened on that island—something she can’t remember. Now she must return to the island and try to find out the truth from her best friends… the ... Read More »
amykduffy May 28, 2014
I thought I had guessed the twist at the end, but I was totally off. Now I need to find some folks who have read it so I can compare notes.
Readers will be intrigued by the emotionally distant, wealthy family and the relatable teen characters. The mystery pushes the story along and it's hard ... Read More »
mawls Aug 14, 2014
The beautiful, descriptive language is a feat on its own, but then throw in the story and all its twists and you've got yourself an intriguing story of friendship, family and how they sometimes crash into each other with harrowing results. I was left guessing until the end and what an end it is.
Laura_Jenkins May 03, 2014
A stunning story with an ending that will leave you gasping. After you collect yourself, you'll want to start over at page one to find all of the clues you missed. This one I will be pressing into the hands of every teen girl I encounter.
From the critics
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We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken."
So many stars, it seemed like a celebration, a grand, illicit party the galaxy was holding after the humans were put to bed"
It is possible people are curious about us because we do not show them our hearts. It is possible that we enjoy the way people are curious about us."
We were warm and shivering, and young and ancient, and alive. I was thinking it's true we already love each other. already do."
Nothing, I lie there and wait, and remind myself over and over that it doesn't last forever. That there will be another day and after that, yet another day
He wanted to stop evil. He wanted to express his anger. He lived big, my brave Gat
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violet_butterfly_11466 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
bjgillingham thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 20
ellizzabbetthhh01 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
roropan thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
Orange_Elephant_51 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over
Anna Kim thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over
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The Sinclairs spend every summer on their private island, Beechwood. Born within a few short months of each other, 3 of the Sinclair grandchildren and one friend of the family spend the summers thick as thieves, calling themselves The Liars. Cadence, Johnny, Mirren and Gat are inseparable every year, but the summer of their fifteenth year, things start to change. Cadence begins to fall in love with Gat (a friend of the family who is invited to Beechwood every summer) while the Sinclair family falls apart around them.
The summer ends in a tragic accident when Cadence is found in the shallow water of the beach, unconscious and on the verge of hypothermia. Unable to remember what brought her to the beach Cadence spends most of the school year recovering from her injuries and suffering severe migraines brought on by head trauma (the doctors tell her she must have hit her head on the shallow rocks along the beach).
Cadence’s sixteenth summer she does not join the liars at Beechwood but is instead sent on a European tour with her father, spending much of the time bedridden from migraines. It isn’t until two years after the accident that Cadence returns to Beechwood and The Liars. Meanwhile her grandfather has built a new house, and family relations seem at an all-time high, Cadence’s accident ending her families constant bickering.
But things have changed between Cadence and The Liars since the fifteenth summer. Gat is despondent, Johnny is hiding something and Mirren fights bouts of nausea. Something isn’t right, and it has to do with her accident. Cadence is determined to find out the truth about The Liars, Beechwood and their fifteenth summer.
THERE ARE SPOILERS! Cadence (Cady) is the heir to the very rich Sinclair family fortune. Her grandfather has a island where they spend every single summer at. When Cady is eight years old her anut Carrie meets a new guy (whom she is in love with) and he brings his nephew Gat to the island as company for Carrie's son Johnny. Johnny, Cady, Gat, and Mirren (whom is another cousin) create this group called The Liars (that only ever gets together at the island). When Cady is 15 something happens to the liars that causes her to almost kill herself. She then spends the next 2 years in Vermont or in Europe. When Cady is 17 years old she finally convinces her Mother to let her go back to the island so she can discover what happened 2 years ago. Also during those 2 years the other liars NEVER ONCE contacted her while she tried to contact them. So when Cady returns they are there acting like its normal and they haven't been seperated for 2 years without any contact what so ever. Basically after a lot of talking and some love. Cady discovers that Johnny, Gat, and Mirren died in a house fire.
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