We were liars by E. Lockhart
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.
The eArc of this book came with a note from the publisher that included this this line:
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Our main character is Cadence Sinclair-Eastman, called Cady. She comes from an extremely wealthy, privileged family who own their very own island where they spend their summers. The Sinclairs are rich and beautiful. In the family “no one is a criminal, no one is an addict and no one is a failure.” The family is led by the patriarch who has three daughters, all of whom drink too much and feud too much.
Cady spends her summers there with her cousins Johnny and Mirren and an outsider named Gat. Gat is handsome, dark skinned and political, almost Heathcliff-esque. Among the white conservative elder generation he is tolerated but not accepted. Together they form The Liars.
As we enter the story Cady is back on the island for the summer but everything is different. She suffers from migraines and memory loss after an accident on the island the previous summer. Cady doesn´t remember the accident and whenever she asks her family or friends about it they refuse to discuss it.
I think this is a book that you either love or don´t like at all. A lot of that is due to whether or not you know the truth about what happened to Cady or not. I did not and didn´t figure it out along the way which is how it should be. Finishing the book left me stunned and I immediately went back to the first page to read it again. I love when that happens because it sort of becomes a new book when you read it with the knowledge of things to come.
It´s an absolutely beautiful book and I recommend you read it!