We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is by far the best book I've read this year. Have you ever read a book that you've been upset to finish? We Were Liars was one of those books for me - I was gutted when it was all over!
We Were Liars follows the story of Cady and her struggle to remember what happened to her before her amnesia-inducing accident. Her grandfather owns a small private island in which he built houses for is three daughters (Cady's mother and aunts) and every summer the family has a long vacation at the island allowing Cady to hang out with her cousins and family friend Gat. This is all fine and dandy until Cady's Grandmother dies, and everything seems to go downhill. Cady then has a mysterious accident on the island, causing her to lose her memory of that particular summer, and her family refuse to tell her the secret of what actually happened.
I knew there was a huge twist at the end of this book and that's what kind of encouraged me to read it but once I'd started I couldn't stop. The narrative of Cady is so intriguing as there are slight glimpses into memories she can remember. It's almost like trying to solve a mystery but it's almost impossible as she cannot remember the clues herself. As a reader, it's easy to empathise with Cady and you do really want her to find out what on Earth happened to her and why no one will just tell her! It's quite frustrating as it is clear the characters know what has happened but refuse to tell her and make Cady find out herself. The twist is fantastic and really left me stunned (I won't give any spoilers).
The writing style is a bit odd for this book. I see why Lockhart has done it, to echo Cady's thought process, but it does get a little annoying at first as you try and read through the broken sentences. Later in the story there are random fairy tale chapters too which are metaphorical of the story but seem a bit never ending and like they've just been forced in there. I would have liked the book just the same without them.
The book covers all aspects from family, wealth, childhood and of course medical illness such as the amnesia
and post-traumatic stress migraines that Cady has from her accident. This book is fantastically written and you can't help but have some kind of feelings for each member of the family, despite all their many flaws. The way the author has made Cady so determined to solve the secret really makes you be on her side and keep reading until the very end. I'd highly recommend We Were Liars and I cannot wait to read it again!
*This book is available on Blloon right now! You can read my review of Blloon here.