For THIS challenge I am reading four books in March for different reasons. For the first week I read Scarlett by Cathy Cassidy and reviewed it HERE, because I loved it as a child. For the second week I read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart because I have been so curiously excited about this novel.
We Were Liars. It felt Fitzgerald-esque in a Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl way- but, naturally, so beautifully unique. Because every page surprised me; haunted me; fascinated me. And the end? Have my disjointed thoughts made you realise how hard I shall find this review to write? In case it all goes wrong, I will write you some words that I need: thought-provoking; haunting; tragic.
The novel follows the life of Cadence Sinclair Eastman, part of the "beautiful Sinclair family"- the squeaky clean and yet tragically haunted family. The novel teaches of the cracks behind a family, the unhealthy motivations in life, and about family values. We accompany Cadence and "the Liars" and how the summers where Cadence, Johnny, Mirren and Gat they returned to Beechwood Island- we see their friendship, we see their views on the Sinclair family and the way the family fight over money. We wonder, like Cadence, how it is that she cannot remember what happened one summer. We question what tragedy she endured.
Cadence struggles with the past and suffers from headaches and a lot of sorrow. She is honest and strong-minded but fearful too. We admire her because she challenges the world she lives in and the world in general. She loves her friends and although she recognises the flaws in her family, she does love them. We really love her and her good friends, Johnny, Mirren and Gat and their adventures and thoughts too. We ache nearly as much as she aches to find out what happened to her one summer to make her forget. And my reader friends, I did not guess it.
I've found a few reviews particularly challenging to write- and this joins the list under that title. We Were Liars is awesome. It's solemn but teaches the sorrows of life in a way where we ache for happiness in the purest of ways. It teaches us a lot. It made me think a lot, and my thoughts are not yet coherent- in the most beautiful way. This novel is a good'n.
Thought-provoking. Haunting. Tragic.
Left & Right Hands,
The Girl in the Moonlight.
P.S. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is next!