Me and my Englsih class are currently reading the book „We were Liars“ by Emily Lockhart. That means, we received the book on Monday and had to finish it until the next one. I’ve just finished it and wanted to share my thoughts with you.
My first impression of the book was that it is probably Young Adult Fiction similar to what John Green writes, as he commented on it. Guessing, I said it’s probably about teenagers whose lives sucked and they made it better together. The cover consists of four teenagers in the water, the sun so bright you can’t see their faces. I thought they were laughing, having fun, but now that I look at it again, I wonder if they are gasping at something in horror.
Here is a blurb from me to you, as the one on the back of the book isn’t very good:
The beautiful Sinclair family spends their beautiful summer on the beautiful island of Beechwood. The only troublemakers are the four Liars, and I, Cady, am one of them. Me? I don’t fit. I’ve had an accident and I don’t remember and I have horrible creatures smashing my skull when I think too much. Nobody will tell me the answer to my questions, so I search, despite the pain. And slowly, I’m beginning to find that I might fit very well.
The first thing I loved when reading this book was the writing style. At important and emotional occurences, it switches into lyric, with anaphoras, alliterations and repititions. Evreything that will make the words echo in your head and churn your emotions. Emily Lockhart is also a master of metaphors. Often, you can’t really decide where one starts and ends, making the island and Cady’s pain seem as hazy and surreal as she must feel. The author uses every ressource she can lay her hands on to make you giggle madly, fall in love with the idea of falling in love and above all, cry. I’ve cried during the first ten pages. I’ve cried during the last thirty pages. And only God knows how much I’ve cried in between. This book will put you on an emotional rollercoaster you cannot escape, and I’ve loved it, no matter how maddening it was.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a fine mystery, mixed with a bit of the supernatural. If you want to experience the absolute beauty of a summer love, the pain of never being enough and the absolute agony of not knowing what happend, go buy the book. You won’t regret it.