We Were Liars

By: E. Lockhart

Two years after her accident, Cady returns to her family’s summer home. Even as she reconnects with old friends, unsettling memories haunt her every step.

ISBN: 9780375989940

JLG Release: Aug 2014


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Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: Friendship , Love , Families , Amnesia , Wealth , Summer , Summer vacations , Social classes , Trauma

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Awards & Honors

Booklist 2014 Top 10 Books for Youth, Crime Fiction
SLJ Best Books 2014, Young Adult
Amazon.com Top 20 Editors’ picks 2014, Teen & Young Adult
PW’s Best Books of 2014, Young Adult
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2014
YALSA’s 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Top Ten
BuzzFeed 2014 Best Books, Young Adult
New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2014, Young Adult
CBC Children’s Choice Book Awards, 2015 Finalist, Teen
Horn Book Fanfare List: Best Books of 2014, Fiction
The New York Public Library, Best Books for Teens 2014!
Capitol Choices 2015
IRA Young Adults’ Choices 2015 Reading List

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Cadence Sinclair Easton comes from an old-money family, headed by a patriarch who owns a private island off of Cape Cod. Each summer, the extended family gathers at the various houses on the island, and Cadence, her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and friend Gat (the four “Liars”), have been inseparable since age
[STARRED REVIEW]
Cadence Sinclair Easton comes from an old-money family, headed by a patriarch who owns a private island off of Cape Cod. Each summer, the extended family gathers at the various houses on the island, and Cadence, her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and friend Gat (the four “Liars”), have been inseparable since age eight. During their fifteenth summer however, Cadence suffers a mysterious accident. She spends the next two years—and the course of the book—in a haze of amnesia, debilitating migraines, and painkillers, trying to piece together just what happened. Lockhart writes in a somewhat sparse style filled with metaphor and jumps from past to present and back again—rather fitting for a main character struggling with a sudden and unexplainable life change. The story, while lightly touching on issues of class and race, more fully focuses on dysfunctional family drama, a heart-wrenching romance between Cadence and Gat, and, ultimately, the suspense of what happened during that fateful summer. The ending is a stunner that will haunt readers for a long time to come.—Jenny Berggren, formerly at New York Public Library

Horn Book

[STARRED REVIEW]
Cadence Sinclair Eastman, eldest grandchild in a Kennedy-esque clan, narrates this story about her wealthy family, one that’s rife with secrets and is broken under the hood. Cady begins the book by divulging an unspecified accident that happened during her fifteenth summer on the family’s private island—
[STARRED REVIEW]
Cadence Sinclair Eastman, eldest grandchild in a Kennedy-esque clan, narrates this story about her wealthy family, one that’s rife with secrets and is broken under the hood. Cady begins the book by divulging an unspecified accident that happened during her fifteenth summer on the family’s private island—where the heart of this novel takes place—that left her with debilitating migraines and memory loss. Although her mother demands perpetual stoicism (“Be normal…Right now…Because you are. Because you can be”), Cady takes comfort from her close relationships with her cousins Johnny and Mirren and from her sweet, tentative romance with family friend Gat. As the intriguing, atmospheric story goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that the protagonist, beautiful and emotionally fragile, is also an unreliable narrator, and what follows is a taut psychological mystery marked by an air of uneasy disorientation. And this angst snowballs, even (especially) as pieces of that fifteenth summer begin to fit together. The ultimate reveal is shocking both for its tragedy and for the how-could-I-have-not-suspected-that? feeling it leaves us with. But we didn’t, which is Lockhart’s commendable triumph. katrina hedeen

Book Details

ISBN

9780375989940

First Release

August 2014

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Fic

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.4; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.4; Points: 13;

Lexile

Level 600L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Delacorte

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

Friendship, Love, Families, Amnesia, Wealth, Summer, Summer vacations, Social classes, Trauma,

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