We Were Liars by E Lockhart
This book is one of those “could have been” books.
Its blurb was interesting enough to catch my attention in the book store, and once I saw it was popular with other readers I jumped at the chance to buy it.
A mistake. BIG MISTAKE.
I was disappointed when half way through the book my interest was still not engaged. But I kept reading. Surely it will pick up soon enough, I thought.
This book was way overhyped in the reading community. I know everyone has different tastes and that is perfectly ok, but my dislike for the book doesn’t stem from not liking the story but rather the writing.
So if you’re wondering whether to read this, I’d say skip it. This is why:
Firstly, the title of the book is not explained in the book at all. The group are referred to as “The Liars” in the book:
“We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.”
But no one bothers to explain why they’re the liars. Because they lie to themselves? Because the lie to others? Why! Needless to say, I found it extremely frustrating. Seriously, I hate it when books have titles that have no frickin’ relationship with the book.
Secondly, there was no climax (another ‘why!!!‘). What is a book without a climax? I feel like Cadence’s ‘accident’ is meant to be the climax but it just did not cut it for me.
And lastly, the writing was just so choppy that it was downright annoying. I am not a fan of short choppy sentences in novels. In non-fiction – yes. In fiction – no, just no. I want rich prose with winding sentences that feel like they’re leading me by a footpath right to the centre of the story. With this book I just didn’t get that. And if you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about, here is an example:
“GIVEAWAY: A travel toothbrush kit Mummy bought me yesterday.
I already have a toothbrush. I don’t know why she would buy me another. That woman buys things just to buy things. It’s disgusting.
I walk over to the library and find the girl who took my pillow. She’s still leaning against the outside wall. I set the toothbrush kit in her cup.”
Choppy. Choppy. Choppy.
I just cannot deal with it.
Unfortunately, the interesting twist at the end was just not enough to make up for the fact the rest of the book was nothing short of dead boring. The twist is however why I gave the book 2 stars instead of one.
I’m disappointed because this book could have been so.much.more. But it wasn’t.
Have you read any books that have disappointed you recently?
What is a book you wouldn’t recommend?