We Were Liars: Book Review

We Were Liars: Book Review

Jamie Hoxsey, Writer

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a YA novel which is almost universally loved. Most reviews say that it made them cry and it was beautiful but this isn’t going to be one of those reviews. Before I start ranting I’ll give you a synopsis in the form of a list in case you do want to read this and know what it’s about.

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.

The truth. So, now onto the review. First of all, until the twist ending, this book just appears to be a rich kid complaining about rich kid problems. Even after you find out the twist, it’s just rich kids causing destruction because they are upset about their parents. They are pretentious kids and it makes the relatability factor close to zero. Another point is absolutely nothing happens in this book until the last 50-ish pages and although it was fast to get through I found myself skimming large paragraphs instead of feeling completely immersed in the story. The writing is also one of the most annoying writing styles that I have ever read. It’s not consistent and there’s weird paragraph breaks and it seems like it’s trying to be poetic and deep but its just annoying to read. I also don’t understand why everyone cries and thinks about this book because its the best thing they’ve ever read. Maybe it just wasn’t my thing or I read it too quickly. I don’t know, but I just think it was absolute rubbish. This probably makes no sense but everyone seems to adore this book and I just do not understand why. I respect loving this book and I’m glad it has resonated with so many people so I’m sorry if this is your favorite book I’m not trying to shit on your favorite book I just wanted to voice my opinion about it I guess.