We Were Liars

wewereliarsIt has been my experience that when a young adult novel is getting lots of press, it’s usually worth checking out.  So, We Were Liars had been on my radar to check out when I got the chance.

I picked up the book not knowing quite what to expect.  I didn’t know anyone who had read it, just that it kept making lists of great books for 2014.

The book is very disorienting.  The story of “The Liars” a group of friends who summered together on a island off Martha’s Vineyard.   Cadence, one of them, is undergoing some kind of a health crisis and has blanks in her memory.  The Liars have great plans and ways to fix the messed up privileged world of their mothers and grandfather.  Cadence spends the summer trying to get The Liars to tell her what happened and figure out why the rest of the family is acting so strangely.

I won’t say any more, as I don’t want to ruin the ending.  I will say that the whole story is very disorienting.  Things are intentionally not explained.  As a reader I was as disoriented and confused as Cadence.

The writing is good and the book as a whole is an experience.  I would definitely recommend it.  It’s a quick, but not light, read.

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