Today, I would like to share with you my thoughts on "We were liars" by E. Lockhart
We were liars was pretty hyped on Booktube. But everyone was like: You have to go into it without knowing anything about the plot. Nothing.
And I totally agree with everyone who said this.
So please, if you haven't read this book, leave now. I would definitely spoil you!
I really reaally love this book, it's one of my favorite books of all time! So it's definitely worth reading it.
Alright let's get started!
I want to talk about these topics:
The writing style
Let's start with the writing style
E. Lockhart has a fantastic writing style. I find it really mysterious, dark but also really really beautiful.
Let me quote some part of the books to explain what I exactly mean.
For example at the beginning of the book, in chapter two, Cadence Dad "ran off with some woman he loved more than us". Then it's written:
"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 moth. 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 to the porch. My heart spasmed among the peonies like a trout"
I was like, WHAT THE HELL? Are you kidding me? This can't be real, did he really shot her? She can't be dead already!
Then I read on...
"Mummy snapped. She said to get hold of myself. Be normal, now, she said. Right now, she said."
Again, I was like... you must be kidding... She just got wounded! And then I realized...
That was E. Lockharts way to describe Cadence feelings. Like a metaphor. This. Is. So. Good!!!
Or an other sentence written so beautifully:
"She is sugar, curiosity and rain."
Isn't this a wonderful way to describe a person?
Next point, the fairytales.
As you read on the book, you realise there are fairytales. Fairytales about a king and his three daughters and stuff like this.
And I found that amaaaaazing. Because, you know, it was just a really reaaally great way to complete the story, and write down something, you just have to read between the lines to see the link to the main story.
For me it's a really great and unique way of storytelling!
Now, to the most important part of the book.
The end, the secret, the solution of the big mystery.
At the back of the book it's only written:
"We are liars.
We are beautiful and privileged.
We are cracked and broken.
A tale love and romance.
A tale of tragedy.
Which are lies?
Which is truth?
Just keep that in mind...
The whoooole entire book, I thought it's all about Cadence accident, what happend, who caused it...
And THEN! at the end, it was all about this fire! And everyone was dead!! Besides Cadence. EVERYONE WAS DEAD! It blew my mind! Throughout the whole book they were just imaginations or hallucinations of Cadence.
Oh yes, by the way, for me they were imaginations/hallucinations, not ghosts, it wasn't a ghost story for me.
Well, I was soo shocked by the end. But then.. I was like: Gosh you should knew it! I saw so many clues towards the ending AFTER reading it...
Here some clues I totaaaaally missed...
I mean, the title... We WERE liars. They WERE....
Cadence flash backs.... Mirren holding the oil for "the motorboats" or Grandpas face lit up by a "bonfire"
Or an other thing, Cadence wrote Mirren and Johnny some emails... And they never, neever replied.
Or like they were all wearing the same clothes from this tragic summer... You know, get it?
They dont eat dinner at New Clairmont. Yeah, of course they don't
Or these sentences in the book:
"He picks a second peony and hands it to me. "For forgiveness, my dear" ....
"Three flowers for you. You should have three." AAAH! So obvious...
Or this conversations:
"Did you go on the tire swing?"
"No," says Taft. "Are you sure you're not a drug addict?"
"Where did you even get that idea?"
"Bonnie. She says I should watch out for you."
"Don't listen to Bonnie," I say. "Listen to Mirren."
"That's what I'm talking about."
She is talking about someone who isnt there anymore....
All these were clues I've missed and there are a lot more...
Once, I want to reread this book and find out all of the clues!
This was my little reflection of "We were liars"
Thank you for reading!