Reader Reviewed We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

Written by E. Lockhart

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Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 | One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014 - May 2014 Book of the Month A gripping story with a brilliantly shocking ending. Rich, beautiful, privileged – the Sinclair clan seem to have it all. For Cadence and her cousins that means long hot summers on their special holiday island. Days of swimming and picnics and parties. But around them swirl the problems of their parents and particularly, the complex issues of their inheritance. When Cadence hits her head in an accident she can’t remember anything about how it might have happened; a whole section of her life is missing. It is only when she goes back to the family island that the truth slowly and painfully becomes clear.

Guardian Children's Fiction Prize Judge, Gillian Cross, found it: “a wise, subtle book about grief and guilt. It needs to be read at least twice.”

A Piece of Passion from Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large, Hot Key Books "This has been one of those books that just sucked everybody in from the moment we started reading. E. Lockhart has written a book of contrasts and of many parts, and that is what makes this book so very, very extraordinary and addictive. It is a book that was born to be talked about."

Sarah Odedina, Hot Key MD, says: "Everyone at Hot Key Books is so excited and energised by having this breathtaking book on the list. It is a one-sitting heart-pounding read. It is quite simply unique and we know we are going to have a spectacular time bringing it to the attention of readers."

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Emily Frizell - 'It was fantastic; the twist at the end is phenomenal and marks the book as one of the best YA reads that's been out in a while.' Read full review >
  • Alice D'Angelo, age 15 - 'This story is far from predictable; with added twists that will make you gasp out loud.' Read full review >
  • Lola Bridgeman, age 17 - 'Receiving high praise from John Green himself, I don't doubt this will be the book of the summer for Y.A.' Read full review >
  • Carla McGuigan, age 14 - 'This book is by far one of the best novels I have ever read...had me hooked from the start and if you like a novel with a bit of mystery to it then I’m absolutely positive you will love this story.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Gray, age 14 - 'I thought this book was totally amazing with an ending that will haunt readers for a long time. It was so unexpected that I was breathless and shouted WHAT!!!!!!!!!' Read full review >
  • Aine Gray, age 14 - 'This book is unbelievable: it has to be one of the best books I have ever read.' Read full review >
  • Sophia Ufton, adult - 'Brilliant book! Couldn't put it down, finished it in one sitting.' Read full review >
  • Lauren Coffman, age 14 - 'This book is interesting, exciting and the ending will stun almost every reader. It is a very clever book which I thoroughly enjoyed. I spent hours reading We Were Liars and could not put it down.' Read full review >
  • Clare Taylor - 'It keeps you reading because you want to know what happened to Cady and how she ended up having her accident in the sea and loosing her memories.  When you find out it's not what you expect at all.' Read full review >
  • Rosa Boran, age 14 - 'This was a really good book.  It was so sad and happy at the same time and really blew me away. I really enjoyed it.' Read full review >
  • Carla McGuigan, age 14 - 'This book is by far one of the best novels I have ever read.' Read full review >
  • Aine Gray,  age 14 - 'This book is unbelievable: it has to be one of the best books I have ever read.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Gray, age 14 - 'I thought this book was totally amazing with an ending that will haunt readers for a long time. It was so unexpected that I was breathless and shouted WHAT!!!!!!!!!' Read full review >
  • Ellie Frost, adult - 'This book makes you want to read on to find the answers to Cadence's problems, and also evokes a long teenage summer, being in love and just hanging around with family.' Read full review >
  • Jade Craddock, adult - A wonderful YA novel that shocks and delights in equal measure. Something special and unique.' Read full review >
  • Delilah Acworth, age 14 - 'an incredible book full of mental and occasional physical anguish...A tale full of hidden memories and tear stained faces.' Read full review >
  • Jenny Duffy, adult - 'I loved this book so much that once I had finished, I turned back to the start and read it over again. One of the most surprising books I have ever encountered, and also one of the best written.' Read full review >
  • Poppy Osborne, age 17 - 'A truly unforgettable book that was gripping and enchanting.' Read full review >
  • Daisy Pennock, age 15 - 'One of the best books I've ever read.' Read full review >
  • Ella Grabsky, age 14 - 'We Were Liars was one of those wonderful rare books that you can't find on every bookstore shelf.' Read full review >
  • Shannon-louise Masters - 'We Were Liars is a great book, highly recommend it'


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. It is a story of love and romance. It is a tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?

This book will draw you in, envelop you, surprise you and still leave you wanting more....If you've read it, you know you need to talk about it. So get a copy for a friend and start the discussion. If your friend has read it, they'll need to talk about it. So be a good friend, read it and talk about it......

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Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable’ - John Green

About the Author

E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart is the author of four books about Ruby Oliver: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. She also wrote Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, and How to Be Bad (the last with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle). Her novel The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of a Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Novel.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 16


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Publication date

13th May 2014




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Hot Key Books is an imprint of Hot Key

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