We Were Liars

We Were Liars

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Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385741262
Characteristics: 227 pages : genealogical table, map ; 22 cm


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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.

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Oct 29, 2020

“We Were Liars” by E.Lockhart surrounds 4 teenagers who spend their summers on their family’s private island. The beautiful Sinclair family hides many secrets and is not as beautiful as outsiders presume. Cadence, Johnny, Mirren, and Gat all try to enjoy their summers but problems occur, tears are shed, and secrets are kept. I actually really enjoyed this book because it is divided into 5 parts. Throughout the course of the book, I was really intrigued into the mystery that Cadence is trying to solve and the ending had me in shock because I didn't see it coming. It actually made me feel some sort of emotions like sorrow and I kept thinking about it for the rest of my day.

Oct 26, 2020

We Were Liars is a twisted book that will keep you on your toes. It has a complicated storyline that jumps around from different time periods making it confusing. It follows the story of a girl named Cadence. Cadence sees her family every summer. This group of cousins are called the Liars. One summer Cadence has an accident, and she doesn’t remember anything after that. She gets sick, and is trying hard to recover her memories. When she recovers them, she gets them back piece by piece. This slowly unleashes the truth of what actually happened during the accident. The end has a great plot twist that you would not see coming. I would recommend this book to teens. It is very intense towards the end, but overall provides us with a beautiful story.

Oct 21, 2020

In my experience, many "good" books are easily forgotten after a year or two. I guess forgetting isn't the right word, but one only thinks about them when they see them in a book store or see them in the library. Many "fine" books don't reappear often, don't jump to the forefront of books that one jumps to recommend.

We Were Liars is not one of those books.

This is a book that I refer back to often. It changed my taste in books, my taste in genres, my taste in characters. This book was crucial in my development and maturity as a reader and it was a window into what a really, really, really great book is like. As a writer, it changed my writing style and what I wanted to write about. When I say this book was life-changing, I truly, truly mean it. Reading this book, experiencing Lockhart's writing didn't feel new. It felt like coming home.

I have to say, I rarely get emotional with fiction books, but this one truly got to me. A stunning ending. Highly recommend for a beach weekend (or lonely night at home alone) read.

CEO of plot twist. 1000% recommend. AN ABSOLOTE MUST READ :)

pacl_teens Sep 10, 2020

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is the perfect book for someone who is looking for a fast-paced thriller. Cadence Sinclair is a part of a family that goes to their private island every summer. She had always loved her time on the island and could not wait to go there every summer. She would hang out with her cousins and do all the things stereotypical teenagers would do. But one summer everything changes. After an incident on the island one year she loses her memory and no matter how hard she tries she cannot remember what happened that summer. After not knowing what happened to her Cadence finally goes back to the island two years later to finally get the truth about what happened. When Cadence regains her memory it leads her down a path of sadness, love, and lies.

This is the type of book that has you thinking about months after you have finished it. I absolutely loved the characters and I think it is very easy to relate to Cadence because she goes through problems that any teenager would. Her story is told beautifully in this book. The writing style in this book is different from anything I have ever read and I loved it! The author incorporates a lot of different ways to get the story through to the reader such as symbolism, metaphors, and so many more. My favorite type of writing she included were short fairy tales throughout the book that were meant to represent characters and plot lines in the book. Finally, the ending is so surprising it will cause you to burst into tears or throw the book across the room (I did both!). The truth about Cadence is truly surprising and I do not think anyone will see it coming.

In short, this book is an amazing read if you are a fan of young adult mystery and thriller. If you liked books like One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus or Looking for Alaska by John Green this book will be an ideal book for you. -Eunchae, Grade 10

Sep 02, 2020

Very intriguing story with an ending you won't see coming!

Jun 18, 2020

This novel follows a young girl Cadence Sinclair and her family on their summer island. The Sinclairs keep many secrets and hidden dramas that Cadence slowly unravels as the summer progresses. Through many surprises and an epic plot twist, you learn the true story of the Sinclair family. This book handles the sensitive topics of trauma and loss beautifully, and will leave you thinking about it long after you finish.

Apr 01, 2020

This book is a beautiful master piece. You feel every kind of emotion through out the story.Every character has a unique personality and you just fell in love with all of them.This is a kind of story that will leave a really deep impact on you ,it will give you hope,make you happy and break your heart .I will recommend this not only to teens but also to adults. A book similar to this one is Genuine Fraud.

Jan 25, 2020

This book was recommended to me by a young bookseller, and although it is a ya book, it was a good read for the more mature reader as well. It has interesting characters, colorful prose, and a suspenseful twist at the end.

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Apr 09, 2020

“Be a little kinder than you have to.”

Dec 10, 2019

We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken."

Dec 10, 2019

So many stars, it seemed like a celebration, a grand, illicit party the galaxy was holding after the humans were put to bed"

Dec 10, 2019

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."

Dec 10, 2019

We believe that time heals."

Dec 10, 2019

We were warm and shivering, and young and ancient, and alive. I was thinking it's true we already love each other. already do."

Dec 10, 2019

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

Dec 06, 2019

He wanted to stop evil. He wanted to express his anger. He lived big, my brave Gat

Dec 06, 2019

What we'd had, how beautiful we were."

Dec 06, 2019

Things are messed up in the world. That's all."

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Oct 22, 2014

Super Good but super sad.

LibraryK8 Sep 03, 2014

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.

Dimmu16 Jul 11, 2014

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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