Saturday, January 18, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart's publishing house is bound and determined to keep the plot twists of We Were Liars under wraps, and as such, here is what passes for a plot summary, according to Amazon: "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."

Hooked yet?  I was.

I'm a big fan of E. Lockhart's smart writing, quirky-without-being-precious characters, and creative storytelling. We Were Liars is another to add to the list of Lockhart books I swallowed whole. Without giving too much away (because, having read it, I understand why this story's best left unspoiled), I will say that We Were Liars tells the story of a girl who spends every summer at her privileged family's ancestral home, a private island steeped in family history and tradition. There she reunites every year with a group of cousins who share a close and unique bond. They call themselves the Liars. Which is appropriate, because their lives, their relationships, even the island traditions they hold so dear are all fraught with secrets.  Lockhart's language is dreamy and lyrical, and the sense of place she creates is so well-drawn that I could almost smell the beach-y air.

The publisher-provided blurb commands that "if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE," so... you'll just have to find out for yourselves, when We Were Liars hits shelves this May.

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