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We Were Liars: An Unforgettable Novel (No Spoilers)

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart



“If you want to live where people are not afraid of mice, you must give up living in palaces”

This is a book full of questions with no answers, a book full of lies without truth, and a book full of characters with no existence. The twists and turns this novel took left me shook. When I finished this I genuinely thought I would never be able to read again because of the pain it inflicted on me. Yet, E. Lockhart found a way to make pain beautiful and graceful.


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These characters forever hold a spot in my heart. Cady, our narrator but not necessarily the main character, is a complex and relatable character that is unforgettable. Gat is a somewhat clear-headed character who understands the world in a way that no teenager should. Mirren is a sad and lonely character who is desperate to fit in and feels at home with the other characters. Johnny is a character that likes to joke and use humor as a wall to shield him from his true feelings and struggles. The aunts and other adults in the family are all absolute trainwrecks who use arguments and alcohol as a coping mechanism. In conclusion, this family is seriously messed up…haha. I loved them, but I was seriously concerned for them at some times.


I enjoyed the plot of this book. I have never read a book like this, which made this experience enjoyable. The book was very fast paced, which I liked. However, it wasn’t too fast-paced to where it felt like it was going too fast. The plot itself had good detail and developed interestingly. I have heard a lot of criticism for this book because of the book, for various reasons, but I thought the overall idea of the plot was exceptional. It was a really short book (250 pages), and sometimes when I read short books I find that the plot is just kind of bleh. I did not find that here though! The plot kept me engaged enough and I wasn’t left bored out of my mind.

~What I Didn’t Like~

So-o-o, this book didn’t get the full 5 stars from me and I would like to explain why. The big plot twist didn’t happen until way towards the end (literally like 30-50 pages before the end) which had me a little minuscule of a bit bored. I am also horrible at solving these types of mysteries, so even when the author dropped major clues, I did not pick up on any of them. Now, this could be a good thing because I was shocked at the end. However, it was also a bad thing because my dumb self couldn’t understand the obvious clues, so I was left somewhat confused and lost. However, the author redeemed herself with that shock ending that put all the puzzle pieces together.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book! The best way I can describe this book is with one word: Unforgettable.

Trigger Warnings: Arson, Death, Dissociation, Grief, Racism

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