Sunday, November 2, 2014

We Were Liars

  tags: mystery, suspense, young adult

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from Goodreads
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. 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Goodreads is asking its members which is the "IT" book of 2014 and at the top is We Were Liars. It has a high rating average of 4 stars but many rated it 1-star and wrote scathing reviews. I was intrigued by the huge difference in ratings/reviews and because it's very short at 227 pages, I borrowed the Kindle book from our library. I wasted half a day on this pretentious and unbelievably boring novel. The story-telling style is fine but there are too many annoying metaphors. I also cannot relate to any of the clichéd characters.

The story is about 3 affluent spoiled teenagers and 1 friend of Indian descent who describes himself as his friends' own Heathcliff (of Wuthering Heights). The main character, Cadence, falls head-over-heels in love with this very political Indian boy who I honestly believe influences all 3 in their eventual destructive behavior. The criminal act and their reason for doing it reminds me of Graham Greene's short story, The Destructors.

Read if you must; you might have a different opinion.

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