Book Review : We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Genre : Young Adult, Mystery
Page : 242 pages
Published : 13th May 2014

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

“Always do what you’re afraid to do.”

This book has been going on and off from my list for years already.

And I decided to give it a try!

And I was beyond excited to finally start reading this book!

We Were Liars- writes the story of a beautiful family on a beautiful private island with flourishing friendship on the line. And that– is just a beginning of a far more lies behind.

About The Book

First, this is going to be a short review I guess? since there’s not much to offer if I intended to keep this as a non-spoiler review. Honestly, this book came to my radar because of the hype and all the good reviews supporting the book. But I truly anticipated and hooked on the book from the moment I read the blurb. Well, me being a mystery lover didn’t help much obviously.

Just read at those blurb! doesn’t it intriguing?!

It promises lies, secrets and dark truths.

The Mystery

Despite the book suggestions to lie, I am not going to lie in my review for whoever out there in need to find out more about this book without spoiler.


This book supposed to be one of those which flows with the plot, offering little secrets here and there and BOOM! strike you at the very last moment with all it’s dark truths.

Except- I did not get the BOOM! part at all.

I do not hate this mystery puzzles at all, it is indeed fascinating but I surely found the big mystery quite predictable? I did not know how did this happen but I was maybe nearing half of the book when I just know (by instinct and perhaps, loads of mystery books that I’ve read) and could roughly guess correctly the big surprise this book keeps for it’s biggest moment of truth.

So, yeah.

The Flow

Which is awesome.

Because despite everything, I finished this book in two days and that is a good positive thing.

I just couldn’t stop reading. I don’t know how the book managed to rush me in reading and reading again even though there’s nothing crucial is happening right now in the story.

I just enjoy the flow and the rush this book transferred.

The Plot

I could say this book indeed have a nice rich plot?

Because it focused on one big perfect family with their much loved children who forged a lovely friendship and cousin-relation. And what I just came to realized as I write this review, is the setting is almost-always fixed into this beautiful island.

But a little confession, I do not know why I have a hard time understanding what’s this book is about. At the beginning. Only at the beginning. And personally, I also feel like the plot lack in certain details. It’s a small detail, but I think it’s pretty important since it is carried throughout the book but it has no explanation that triggers this certain aspect.

However, if you love a book with it’s rich settings, this book might be for you. I will not spoil the settings and I welcome you to experience the beauty!

The Writing

I’m going to be blunt on this. I find the writing style was a bit confusing. Like I don’t understand if it’s writing metaphor right now or it’s currently writing about this current time reality. And sometimes, it’s quite hard to understand.

Anyway. I do not understand if this served as an issue for you or not,

but let

me represent a

tiny bit example for

you that

goes exactly like

this thank


There. The writing style goes like that. Well, not every time throughout the book for sure– but it happens quite frequently. And I leave it to you to decide if it suites your reference in a book or not ^‿^

Story Within Story

Who loves story within story?!

If you love story within story, then you might want to check out this book. Because this a mystery book that actually consist story within story inside. Several of them.

However, as much as I love to recommend it for you, I do not think it is necessary to include this story within story aspect. I get the idea of spooking readers and give out more eerie vibes, but I do not think this story within story aspect work successfully on giving out that vibe.

Other Aspect


As much as I was surprised, this mystery book indeed imply a tiny bit of racial issues. Not much but sometimes it was mention from time to time. Regarding appearance, status and such.


I hate to say this, but I feel quite detached from the characters. It’s not bad and it’s not that remarkable either. I simply enjoy them being together but cannot quite grasp their bond towards each other and towards me as well.

Overall, it is a good mystery book because I am quite enjoying myself for the fascinating read. There are indeed things that I am not agreeing with in the book. However, it’s worth to try♥

“Open their souls. Open their veins. Wipe off their smiles.”

Author : Celine

10 thoughts on “Book Review : We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

  1. Haha I love this. I’m a new follower but from the reviews that have popped up i think you have a really great taste in books 🙂 I actually borrowed We were Liars from my school before lockdown, and I’ve been on the fence over whether I should buy it to finish it. I remember there being some odd metaphors like you said (one section at the start where she said her dad shot her and I was sat there like HER DAD SHOT HER before I realised it was a metaphor ugh). But I think you’ve convinced me to read it 🙂

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    1. Awhh thank you so much. That’s just so sweet😭❤ I’m glad I’m not the only one to feel that way about the metaphors lol it’s not bad but it’s just.. kinda misleading 😂 anyway, I hope you’re going to love this book in the end! Happy reading✨

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