We Were Liars

We Were Liars

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"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 National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE."--The hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2014]
Copyright Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780375984402
0375984402
9780385741262
038574126X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Loc
Description: 1 online resource
Audience: 7 years and up
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Summer tragedy strikes a family, and Cadence struggles to remember what happened.

Summer tragedy strikes a family, and Cadence struggles to remember what happened.


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Twilight999
Jul 15, 2019

This book was ok.....not amazing, but it wasn’t bad🤔

loonylovesgood Jul 05, 2019

One of the best YA novels I have read in a long time. It's been a few months since I've read it and I'm still thinking about it. One that you will want to go back and read again to catch things that you missed the first time around.

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DarhkCanary
Apr 22, 2019

The end is so sad! But super good. Don't read if you don't mind sad endings.

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Alyssa_RR
Apr 05, 2019

Great book. The story line was unexpected.

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faojac
Apr 02, 2019

I finished this in a day! Quite an amazing story, not gonna lie . . .
I really did NOT expect that ending, though . . . it left me in a depressed, sobbing heap on the floor.

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ktuck3r
Mar 25, 2019

Plot twist and as you read on you knew something wasn't right. I couldn't put this one down, I think I read it in 2 days. I really liked it and totally recommend.

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red_ant_7450
Feb 24, 2019

i agree. this book is depressing and confusing.

This book is depressing. I am not spoiling anything else, so goodbye.

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sheepsheets
Nov 16, 2018

I wasn't able to get into this book at all. The writing itself wasn't lacking but there was nothing to really draw me to any of the characters. Admittedly I may be a bit older than the target age. Another difficulty I had was the fact that I listened to the audiobook instead of reading it myself, and I found the reader grating for some reason.

IndyPL_NicoleN Nov 01, 2018

I honestly wasn't expecting the twist ending (I usually don't) but this story is HEART WRENCHING! Cadence struggles to remember a tragic event in a past summer; flashbacks from the past continue to haunt her.

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night_shadow_8
Mar 24, 2019

"Maybe this is a summer of second chances."- Cadence

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originofanna
Aug 21, 2016

And perhaps it did.
But perhaps it did not.

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aliciamarie
Jul 07, 2014

" We are Sinclairs. Beautiful. Privileged. Damaged. LIARS. "

Anna Kim Jun 30, 2014

".... And if anyone asks.... just. LIE.

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JAC_E
Jun 18, 2014

Then he pulled out a handgun and shot me in the chest. I was standing on the lawn and I fell. The bullet hole opened wide and my heart rolled out of my rib cage and down into a flower bed. Blood gushed rhythmically from my open wound,
then from my eyes,
my ears,
my mouth.
It tasted like salt and failure. The bright red shame of being unloved soaked the grass in front of our house, the bricks of the path, the steps of the porch. My heart spasmed among the peonies like a trout.

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JAC_E
Jun 18, 2014

Here is something I love about Gat: he is so enthusiastic, so relentlessly interested in the world, that he has trouble imagining the possibility that other people will be bored by what he’s saying. Even when they tell him outright. But also, he doesn’t like to let us off easy. He wants to make us think—even when we don’t feel like thinking.

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JAC_E
Jun 18, 2014

She confused being spartan with being charitable, and gave away her possessions without truly doing good with them.
She confused being sick with being brave, and suffered agonies while imagining she merited praise for it.
She confused wit with intelligence, and made people laugh rather than lightening their hearts or making them think.

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JAC_E
Jun 18, 2014

We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.

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JAC_E
Jun 18, 2014

Better than chocolate, being with you last night. Silly me, I thought that nothing was better than chocolate.

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JAC_E
Jun 18, 2014

He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.

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lila5
Oct 22, 2014

Super Good but super sad.

LibraryK8 Sep 03, 2014

The Sinclairs spend every summer on their private island, Beechwood. Born within a few short months of each other, 3 of the Sinclair grandchildren and one friend of the family spend the summers thick as thieves, calling themselves The Liars. Cadence, Johnny, Mirren and Gat are inseparable every year, but the summer of their fifteenth year, things start to change. Cadence begins to fall in love with Gat (a friend of the family who is invited to Beechwood every summer) while the Sinclair family falls apart around them.
The summer ends in a tragic accident when Cadence is found in the shallow water of the beach, unconscious and on the verge of hypothermia. Unable to remember what brought her to the beach Cadence spends most of the school year recovering from her injuries and suffering severe migraines brought on by head trauma (the doctors tell her she must have hit her head on the shallow rocks along the beach).
Cadence’s sixteenth summer she does not join the liars at Beechwood but is instead sent on a European tour with her father, spending much of the time bedridden from migraines. It isn’t until two years after the accident that Cadence returns to Beechwood and The Liars. Meanwhile her grandfather has built a new house, and family relations seem at an all-time high, Cadence’s accident ending her families constant bickering.
But things have changed between Cadence and The Liars since the fifteenth summer. Gat is despondent, Johnny is hiding something and Mirren fights bouts of nausea. Something isn’t right, and it has to do with her accident. Cadence is determined to find out the truth about The Liars, Beechwood and their fifteenth summer.

Dimmu16 Jul 11, 2014

THERE ARE SPOILERS! Cadence (Cady) is the heir to the very rich Sinclair family fortune. Her grandfather has a island where they spend every single summer at. When Cady is eight years old her anut Carrie meets a new guy (whom she is in love with) and he brings his nephew Gat to the island as company for Carrie's son Johnny. Johnny, Cady, Gat, and Mirren (whom is another cousin) create this group called The Liars (that only ever gets together at the island). When Cady is 15 something happens to the liars that causes her to almost kill herself. She then spends the next 2 years in Vermont or in Europe. When Cady is 17 years old she finally convinces her Mother to let her go back to the island so she can discover what happened 2 years ago. Also during those 2 years the other liars NEVER ONCE contacted her while she tried to contact them. So when Cady returns they are there acting like its normal and they haven't been seperated for 2 years without any contact what so ever. Basically after a lot of talking and some love. Cady discovers that Johnny, Gat, and Mirren died in a house fire.

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