Book Review: We Were Liars

Judy Meagher, Staff Writer

“We were liars” is a young adult fiction and psychological thriller written by E. Lockhart. Cadence Sinclair spends every summer in Beechwood, a private island owned by the wealthy Sinclair family. During summer 15, she had an accident she can’t remember, but it left her with crippling migraines. 


She’s now almost 18, and goes back to Beechwood, where she spends time with her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and her lover, Gat Patil. As she spends more time with the Liars, she begins to regain memories of summer 15. 


Overall, I would rate this book 9/10. The story line was interesting, and there was also a major plot twist towards the end of the book. Throughout the story the author touched on racism, sexism, and privilege within the Sinclair family, but I believe she could’ve added more to the subject of sexism. 


My favorite character in this book was Gat Patil, because I think he had the most complex personality, and he helped the other Liars realize their privilege. One of my favorite things about this book was that the author used fairytales to foreshadow events that would happen later in the book. 


I was able to read this book in less than a day, and found that I couldn’t look away. I highly recommend reading this because it flowed well and also had a very unique plot.