We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a fictional novel about a seventeen year old girl named Cadence Sinclair who is brought up in a wealthy family who owns an island off of Martha’s Vineyard. Cadence has suffered a serious head injury two summers ago and she can barely remember what happened. Previously, her whole life is based on being the ideal oldest granddaughter to her grandfather who is very strict about how the grandchildren should act. Although her, her two cousins Johnny and Mirren, and her close friend Gat, who Cadence dated for a brief period of time, (known as the four Liars) disagree with these principles. So Cadence spends the summer trying to uncover what happened that fateful night that she lost her memory. After spending weeks at Beechwood Island, Cadence comes to realize that in an attempt to eradicate the greed in their family, the Liars decide to burn the house the family has been fighting over to own. Johnny, Mirren, and Gat perished in the fire while Cadence managed to escape but hit her head on a rock in the ocean while trying put out the fire on her. When she thought she was spending summer seventeen hanging out with the liars, she had been imagining the ghosts of her lost friends.
Overall I enjoyed reading this book because the author held my interest throughout the book and had an unpredictable ending. Also I liked how the book included flashbacks within the chapters, almost as if E. Lockhart revealed these memories for the reader to piece together what really happened before Cadence herself found out. Although I wish the novel extended a little more into what happened after Cadence realized the Liars had died. We Were Liars connects to my own life because I have been to Martha’s Vineyard and can relate to how it can feel like you are secluded in paradise there like Cadence felt when she went there every summer. Also I have a beach house that my family shares in Rhode Island and I understand how Cadence put her family’s relationship in front of a house that does nothing except cause strife in the family because in the end, family is what really matters.
I would recommend the novel We Were Liars for those who love mysteries with a twist at the end. Throughout the story, the author used the character’s dialogue to provide clues for the reader as to what happened during the tragic night of the fire.