We Were Liars

We Were Liars

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Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385741262
038574126X
Branch Call Number: Y FIC LOCK
Characteristics: pages cm

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manjotsanghera
Apr 07, 2021

It was a great book, really enjoyed it. And really worth the time.

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alyssinka
Apr 05, 2021

Really good book until the end. I found the twist ending unbelievable and from out of nowhere.

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 22, 2021

The Sinclairs seem to be a perfect family, but what lies underneath is the shocking reality that hides itself from the world. The story follows the point of view of Cadence, the oldest Sinclair grandchild. Every year, the Sinclairs would gather at their summer retreat to spend their summer vacations. Cadence would spend her days with two of her closest cousins Johnny and Mirren, as well as Gat, Johnny’s step-cousin. The four form a tight-knit group that Cadence likes to call the Liars, though the reason for that name is not yet known. They spend most of their time together having fun, relaxing, and living their summers to the fullest.

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lkim17
Mar 10, 2021

Written through the eyes of Cadence Sinclair Eastman, the life and history of the Sinclair’s are recorded, even noting the odd behaviors of family members and unhappiness underneath the mirage of wealth and stature of the family. After suffering a head injury, Cadence is unable to remember one summer at the family island she stayed at with her cousins, and is unable to contact them. Back on the island, Cadence begins to recall her memories, and the reason why she could not remember in the first place. This is a very suspenseful novel that dives into the cracks of family history and the myth-like retelling of them among generations. The plot twists and details are very well expressed, and many will find this book intriguing.

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t_lynschm77
Feb 27, 2021

For a Young Fiction book, it was good. The book reads like a girl's diary, which is not my favorite writing style. I would love for the author to make an adult version of this story with deeper character development and side-stories. It has great bones for a deeper novel. I am conflicted with how I felt about how it ended, but it was unexpected.

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jun_177
Feb 25, 2021

E. Lockhart illustrates the genuine, real, and heartbreaking story of family and friendship revolving around Cadence Sinclair, who seemingly has a stereotypical life in a wealthy household. The Sinclairs have a family tradition to spend their summer together in their privately owned island but after one summer where she remembers getting a head injury, her mom sends her to Europe for the next summer. When she is finally allowed back on the island, she sees completely different houses from what she remembers and all of her cousins act weird around her. Slowly, she remembers back what happened that one summer to her, her family, and her cousins. The raw emotions you can feel from this book are incredible and I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick read that is a little dark yet comforting: you will be thinking about this book for the next couple of days.

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blue_penguin_4649
Feb 08, 2021

This book is soooo good! CEO of plot twists and always entertaining, definitely one of the best books i have read.

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n0sila
Jan 25, 2021

i read this book in one sitting (~3.5 hours, with breaks). the first couple parts were breezy and weird enough to keep turning pages, but when i finished part 3, i felt like i had reached the point of no return. i needed to read the rest immediately and was so glad i did. i absolutely love this book and the author's writing makes it such an easy read. highly recommend!

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pink_fish_209
Jan 22, 2021

This is literally the best book I have read in my life (no cap). If you are even thinking about checking this masterpiece of a book out, I would highly recommend you do so. So what are you waiting for? Stop reading the comments and check it out already!

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mbond22
Jan 01, 2021

The four Liars and the rest of the Sinclairs summer every year on their grandfather’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Told from the perspective of Cadence, she spends the novel trying to fill the gaps in her memory regarding summer fifteen.

After having read all of the Nancy Drew novels in elementary school, I fancied myself quite the sleuth; so, as I was reading the book, I kept a list of things I thought could be the big plot twist. None of them were correct. Maybe my sleuthing skills are subpar. Anyway, I ​loved this book. The characters, the contrast between insider and outsider, and the slow unraveling of the truth: I couldn’t put it down. E Lockhart’s writing made the island feel like it existed in its own pocket of time and space. Everything that happened there could be returned to, even when the Liars spent the rest of the year apart. To the Liars, the island feels perfect until Gat, rather than ignore problems, talks about them, and shows Cadence his perspective on the reality of the world that they both live in, but experience differently. I loved the way that the book is divided into its five parts and the way that it jumps between the past and present. I would recommend ​We Were Liars t​ o lovers of mystery, plot twists, and contemporary fiction.

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miraellie
Apr 09, 2020

“Be a little kinder than you have to.”

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Shades_of_Night_9
Dec 10, 2019

We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken."

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Shades_of_Night_9
Dec 10, 2019

So many stars, it seemed like a celebration, a grand, illicit party the galaxy was holding after the humans were put to bed"

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Shades_of_Night_9
Dec 10, 2019

It is possible people are curious about us because we do not show them our hearts. It is possible that we enjoy the way people are curious about us."

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Shades_of_Night_9
Dec 10, 2019

We believe that time heals."

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Shades_of_Night_9
Dec 10, 2019

We were warm and shivering, and young and ancient, and alive. I was thinking it's true we already love each other. already do."

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Shades_of_Night_9
Dec 10, 2019

Nothing, I lie there and wait, and remind myself over and over that it doesn't last forever. That there will be another day and after that, yet another day

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Shades_of_Night_9
Dec 06, 2019

He wanted to stop evil. He wanted to express his anger. He lived big, my brave Gat

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Shades_of_Night_9
Dec 06, 2019

What we'd had, how beautiful we were."

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Shades_of_Night_9
Dec 06, 2019

Things are messed up in the world. That's all."

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lila5
Oct 22, 2014

Super Good but super sad.

LibraryK8 Sep 03, 2014

The Sinclairs spend every summer on their private island, Beechwood. Born within a few short months of each other, 3 of the Sinclair grandchildren and one friend of the family spend the summers thick as thieves, calling themselves The Liars. Cadence, Johnny, Mirren and Gat are inseparable every year, but the summer of their fifteenth year, things start to change. Cadence begins to fall in love with Gat (a friend of the family who is invited to Beechwood every summer) while the Sinclair family falls apart around them.
The summer ends in a tragic accident when Cadence is found in the shallow water of the beach, unconscious and on the verge of hypothermia. Unable to remember what brought her to the beach Cadence spends most of the school year recovering from her injuries and suffering severe migraines brought on by head trauma (the doctors tell her she must have hit her head on the shallow rocks along the beach).
Cadence’s sixteenth summer she does not join the liars at Beechwood but is instead sent on a European tour with her father, spending much of the time bedridden from migraines. It isn’t until two years after the accident that Cadence returns to Beechwood and The Liars. Meanwhile her grandfather has built a new house, and family relations seem at an all-time high, Cadence’s accident ending her families constant bickering.
But things have changed between Cadence and The Liars since the fifteenth summer. Gat is despondent, Johnny is hiding something and Mirren fights bouts of nausea. Something isn’t right, and it has to do with her accident. Cadence is determined to find out the truth about The Liars, Beechwood and their fifteenth summer.

Dimmu16 Jul 11, 2014

THERE ARE SPOILERS! Cadence (Cady) is the heir to the very rich Sinclair family fortune. Her grandfather has a island where they spend every single summer at. When Cady is eight years old her anut Carrie meets a new guy (whom she is in love with) and he brings his nephew Gat to the island as company for Carrie's son Johnny. Johnny, Cady, Gat, and Mirren (whom is another cousin) create this group called The Liars (that only ever gets together at the island). When Cady is 15 something happens to the liars that causes her to almost kill herself. She then spends the next 2 years in Vermont or in Europe. When Cady is 17 years old she finally convinces her Mother to let her go back to the island so she can discover what happened 2 years ago. Also during those 2 years the other liars NEVER ONCE contacted her while she tried to contact them. So when Cady returns they are there acting like its normal and they haven't been seperated for 2 years without any contact what so ever. Basically after a lot of talking and some love. Cady discovers that Johnny, Gat, and Mirren died in a house fire.

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