This had been on my TBR list for quite some time and on a whim took it with me on holiday so I HAD to read it. I’m glad I did. ‘We Were Liars’ by E. Lockhart is fascinating.
The beginning chapters were choppy – as in, they jumped summers a lot and at times it got me all confused but I persevered and after a while I got the hang of it. I didn’t care much for the style of writing; we have paragraphs for a reason and only should sentences be broken up for effect. However, if you do it on every other page, there is no longer any effect to the words and it just becomes pointless and harder to read. Our protagonist, Cady, is only 17 and I can’t think and seventeen year olds style of prose would be pretentious like that either. It just didn’t suit.
I didn’t like any of the characters. That being said, I’m not sure you’re supposed to like any of them. Gat is probably the only likeable character but then you don’t see him much. Cady is selfish, undeniably so and even her boring ‘charitable’ gifts were selfish; not for second thinking about how giving things away would affect the people around her. She’s so selfish that without spoiling the whole story, she commits a big crime but because her family is so fucked up, no one seems to care about finding out the truth.
Because Cady is ‘ill’ shall we say, she constantly plays the sympathy card even when she tells people not to pity her. I don’t tolerate real people who do that, so why would I want to read a book centred around someone who does? There was no real story here. I mean, the crime part and Cady’s amnesia was well thought out it’s like someone telling me they saw bat in daylight; cool but ultimately not important to me and it makes no difference to my life. The suspense and mystery about the story itself is the only thing that saves it.
The shroud of mystery that hangs over each page is what kept me going and I liked that it was this invisible need to know what happens that made me finish the book. Usually its the story itself, the plot and the characters that make me what to finish but this time it was purely a need, a feeling of intrigue. That was refreshing.
The cover quote says it is unforgettable, I await judgement on that.
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