Thursday, January 16, 2014

E. Lockhart's "We Were Liars" + (A Remake of) Don Henley "Boys of Summer"

Okay, so my (first) official review on Goodreads is "whoa," but I should probably elaborate, at least a little. I came up with two words - lyrical and haunting.

This book is amazing. It is so simply and succinctly written, and yet it complex and lyrical and haunting. So in addition to "whoa," I add "lyrical and haunting."

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.

I've read almost all of the E. Lockhart books - The Boyfriend Series, Fly On The Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - there's only one I haven't read, and it's a collaboration. The Boyfriend Series was my favorite, but I enjoyed them all, so I knew I had to try We Were Liars, and I was thrilled to be accepted for a digital ARC after I saw book friends raving about it on twitter.

As I can sometimes do, I knew I loved this book within the first few sentences. Sometimes you can tell. Also, it's set in New England, which makes any book better, at least for me. 

In the true spirit of not telling people what this books is about, I leave you with:
  • Whoa
  • Lyrical
  • Haunting

...and a song.


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