We Were Liars (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/5/13
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A Zoella Bookclub title 2016 1. Read this book. 2. On reaching the final page, you may experience an urgent need to read it all over again. 3. Check your friends have read it. 4. NOW YOU ARE FREE TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT IT ENDLESSLY Winner of Goodreads Best Young Adult Fiction Book 2014 'E. Lockhart is one of our most important novelists, and she has given us her best book yet. Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.' - John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars 'Irresistible' - New York Times Book Review 'Haunting, sophisticated' - Wall Street Journal 'Bowl-you-over' - Cosmopolitan 'So freaking good' - Sarah Dessen 'Such beautiful writing' - Libba Bray 'Beautiful and disturbing' - Justine Larbalestier 'Better than the hype' - Lauren Oliver We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. A story of love and romance. A tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?
E. Lockhart is one of our most important novelists, and she has given us her best book yet. Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, WE WERE LIARS is utterly unforgettable. * John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS * So, @elockhart's new book WE WERE LIARS showed up the other day, and I ended up NOT GOING TO BED because WAS READING and OH MY GOD. * Maureen Johnson * A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real. * Scott Westerfeld, author of UGLIES and LEVIATHAN * A beautifully written page-turner ... When you've finished reading you'll be desperate to pass WE WERE LIARS on * Cosmopolitan * Lockhart has created a mystery with an ending most readers won't see coming, one so horrific it will prompt some to return immediately to page one to figure out how they missed it. * Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review * This is a cunning, clever and absolutely gripping novel, full of surprises, which sent me straight back to its first page as soon as I reached the last. * The Guardian * This is an ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing. * The New York Times * Stylish, compelling and heartbreaking (...) I'm in awe of E. Lockhart's control and characterisation here -- Liz Flanagan * theguardian.com * We Were Liars is a story about growing up. Finding yourself and loosing yourself. It's a dark story about the destructive power held by secrets, the damaging effects of a family trauma and the tragedy that can be caused by love -- Lauren Molyneaux * Live Ribble Valley, GOOD READ * We Were Liars is a literary musing on young love, memory, coming-of-age, and tragedy with a deliciously twisty ending * Huffingtonpost.com * Don't mind me, I'm just still crying about this book. I heard so much about We Were Liars in 2015, but sort of passed it off as your usual overly-dramatic young adult contemporary. I would like to formally apologise to this book for ever thinking that. This is a book of secrets, and it will kick you in the gut. It's a quick read so, please, just give it a try * Magic and Musings * We Were Liars is a moving young adult novel with a twist so intese, you won't see it coming * teenvogue.com * Love, mystery, amnesia, and a group of teenagers. What can we say about this? It'll leave you stunned * sugarscape.com * Has a twist most readers won't see coming. -- James Patterson * New York Times * '5 YA books every teen should read', 'An eerie love story set within a self-destructing family. I read it three years ago and can't recommend it enough. A beautiful, beautiful book that had me gasping by the end.' * Big Issue * This book is about inheritance, death, amnesia, and its gripping plot will have you whipping through the pages. * Refinery29 * strikes a great balance between fun summer romance novel and horrifying summer mystery novel * Bustle * Full of complex characters and mystery, that will suck you in from the first page. Both the adults and the teenagers are struggling with darkness within their own selves. The ending will definitely shock you and keep you wondering why you didn't figure things out sooner. A must read * Buzzfeed * Under all that teen romance, We Were Liars is a psychological thriller with one gut-punch of a plot twist * Bustle * Compelling... as a reader you are questioning everything all the time in this tragic but beautiful story * Books for Keeps * We Were Liars seduces you with summer love, a remote island setting, hints of Wuthering Heights, and millions of theories you'll develop along the way to its utterly destructive reveal * Buzzfeed *商品の説明をすべて表示する
I've heard so many mixed reviews about We Were Liars over the years, but I hadn't read it, and I'm not sure why. It's weird, because it seems like most readers either love it or hate it - there aren't too many who seem to be in the middle. When I heard that the deluxe edition of the book was coming out, I figured I probably should get around to it already, because pretty much every other blogger and YA book fan I know has already read this one.
So I read it. It was a pretty quick read, and I read it all in one night - I started it like at 11 at night and finished it around 2 am I guess. While the overall story wasn't bad, I wasn't blown away by anything and I kind of felt it was lackluster, and for the most part I was left with more questions than I had before I even started the book.
In We Were Liars, we have four privileged and spoiled kids who spend their summers on a private island together. The four of them are pretty good friends, as well as cousins - all except for Gat. These kids have the whole island to swim, hang out, go to dinners - pretty much anything they want - all while spending the summers with their families and grandfather, who more or less owns the entire island.
But the kids in the Sinclair family, as well as Gat, have secrets - and they aren't pretty secrets. They've done things that they aren't proud of. Things that have some serious repercussions. In fact, the adults on the island have taken to calling them "The Liars."
During the stuff that's going on with the kids, the adults have their own things to worry about - including who gets the homes on the island, who gets what in terms of money - all of that jazz. Since their grandfather is getting older, he is trying to remodel and make sure that the homes go to the right children in the family.
I don't mean to be vague when I talk about this book, but I really don't want to give away any hints or anything that could make the story less enjoyable for those who haven't yet read it (although I doubt that there are too many!). It does have it's moments where I think it's a great and creative story, and I do so love reading about spoiled rich kids (guilty pleasure when it comes to reading!), so for the most part, I did enjoy it.
But there was so much here that I am going to be picky about - things that I didn't enjoy. For one, the characters weren't very fleshed out and I feel like they weren't very memorable - in fact, I honestly can't remember their names or who each was in the family. I can only remember Gat because he wasn't actually part of the family, but he was the son of the guy that one of the adults wanted to marry, but wouldn't because she was afraid her grandfather would disinherit her.
Also, that twist of an ending was clever, but I honestly saw it coming, and can't say that it made much sense, especially if you go back into the book and think about things. It made everything even more confusing instead of answering any questions that I had. It did tie the original story together, though, but some of the details bothered me, and I won't even get into them because this is supposed to be a spoiler free review.
I did love the whole idea behind the family spending time on the private island, though - it really makes this the perfect book for summer, as that's when it takes place - over the course of a summer and through memories of past summers. It made for the perfect read for a beach trip or vacation.
As far as the deluxe edition material went, I loved the hand drawn map of the island, and the family tree was a great addition - I found myself looking at both of these while reading the book, and it helped me paint a better picture of what was going on where and which characters were related and how. These were awesome additions to the book. Also, the author material in the back was interesting as well, and it added a bit to the reading experience. I definitely have to recommend picking up the deluxe edition of the book for these things alone - they really do enrich the reading experience and they're pretty nifty.
I wish I could have absolutely loved this book, but I just didn't - I did like it, just not enough to praise it as much as some others who have really enjoyed the book. It was definitely interesting, and I'll probably end up reading it again, but I just wasn't able to really connect with it as much as I would have liked to have been able to.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!
The book is narrated by a 17 year old girl named Cadence. She is was born into the Sinclair family, a wealthy family that must always appear in control of all situations. Throughout the story, Cady is trying to recover her memory from the summer when she was 15. Cady spent every summer on a private island off the coast of Martha's Vineyard owned by her grandfather. Each of his 3 daughters was given a house there, this is where the story takes place. The author provided a map and a family tree to help us understand the location better.
Excellent read that will keep you wanting more!
This book fit my mood *perfectly*. It was dramatic and a little twisted, but also reminded me of the beach.
The story follows the wealthy Sinclair family who owns a private island near Martha's Vineyard where they spend summer every year. The self-named Liars are three cousins and one outsider, all around the same age, who become best friends and allies. There's romance, interesting social commentary, and CRAZY family dynamics.
I loved the lyrical, almost poetic, style of writing. It's clear from the beginning that the narrator Cadence isn't to be trusted, and it was so entertaining reading her parsed memories and piecing the full story together.
My only complaint is that I called The Big Twist early on. I wish there had been a greater air of mystery surrounding it, or that it could've been even more subtle.
But overall, this was an engrossing and enjoyable read. I recommend for fans of contemporary YA who are looking for something a little bit different to try, or for those who thoroughly enjoyed Franny Billingsley's Chime.
This is the sort of book that could be spoiled VERY easily, so I won't say too much about it. I will say that I'll be turning 40 soon, but I enjoyed reading the book. I also teach middle and high school English classes and am always looking for books to recommend to students, and I would definitely recommend this one. Students should be able to relate to the issues of friendship, family conflict, and new love. The book also deals with issues of class and race. If I were to read this as a class, I could definitely see us getting into some really interesting discussions about the actions of the characters.
With all that said, why did I only give it 4 stars? It felt like something was missing from the ending. The surprise is quite significant, but things seem to be glossed over. I'd like to have seen some more...well, I don't want to say or I'd give away the ending.
Anyway, I plan on reading more of E. Lockhart's books. I think she's a talented writer who will be a go-to recommendation for my students from now on.