I was expecting this.
I was not expecting it.
I had a variation in mind that wasn’t all too logical but turned out not too far from the truth as well.
‘We Were Liars’ by E. Lockhart was a rather quick read, it would have been even faster had I not been interrupted with traveling and such things but that shouldn’t be seen as a statement of quality but just that it caught my interest. It’s a story that pulls you in and you need to find out what happened. It would, however, have also been better to not read the ending while being in a hotel room with someone else having to explain why your face is leaking. What can I say, I’m a crier.
Talking about this novel is rather difficult because I don’t want to give anything important away and yet that is the stuff I would really like to talk about so I’ll try to be as vague as I can but I really want to post about tit because these things help me remember the books I read and also get my thoughts in order.
The story centres around Cadence Sinclair Eastman, she is 15 in most parts of the story but closer to 18 by the end of it. She comes from a wealthy family but that’s where it stops being funny because rich families are as screwed up as poor ones, often even more so. Money doesn’t fix all your problems, it takes care of some of them while also creating new ones.
This is a story about what it means to grow up rich and privileged and that it’s not always a blessing. Money doesn’t cure loneliness or greed. It breeds them. (I know financial security is important and I wouldn’t want to give that up but it is different when you are rich-rich.) Imagine growing up, knowing you don’t have to work for anything so why even bother with school? Or work? There is no need for ambition, nothing to work towards and I can imagine that it’s not a good thing to grow up in.
Money has torn this family apart and only something truly dramatic can bring them back together. It’s sad and when you get to finally find out what happened, it is heartbreaking, at least it was to me. Most of the story isn’t really sad though, you’re too focussed on trying to find out what happens because the narrator is really unreliable which is an interesting concept and one I haven’t come across too many times so far.
Cadence and her extended family spend every summer together on their own private island thanks to big money grandpa, the patriarch of the family. She and her cousins who are all about the same time see things a bit differently from time to time in comparison to their mothers who are all sisters. They are all held together by blood ties and family wealth and it is interesting to see that dynamic play out in the story. The cousins don’t even keep in contact aside from their summer time because their usual lives just don’t fit with that but they can pick up right where they left off every summer which is awesome. I know that feeling and I cherish it.
I really enjoyed We Were Liars and the way it was written reflected the story well. I didn’t exactly guess the big twist but it was good and sometimes it makes me sad that you can only read a book once for the first time. So if you like YA and stories about summers holidays with unreliable narrators but great characters, this should be on your TBR.