We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

Cadence is very privileged and during the summer she vacations on a private island with her family and a group of four friends called “The Liars.” Three of them are her cousins except for Gat, who Cadence not-so-secretly finds attractive. For several years everything is great, until one year when everyone starts to compete for the biggest house on the island. With this, tension rises and a tragedy occurs leaving Cadence with a head trauma and no clue about what happened. Two years later, she is back on the island and eager to learn what has happened; but with everyone sworn to secrecy it is going to be hard to find out.

This book is my idea of a near flawless YA mystery novel. Although the writing style could sometimes be annoying, the numerous good qualities make this barely an issue. The storyline was full of suspense and the characters are unique and captivating. I enjoyed how real the book felt and I thought the author did a fantastic job with the character growth and descriptions. Honestly, I could not put this book down! This book is definitely worth reading if you love a good mystery.


The most memorable moment is the conclusion because it is so unexpected and emotional.


Reviewed by Rylan, grade 7, Tuckahoe Area Library

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