Monday, August 31, 2015

Read All About It: We Were Liars #collaboreads

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Hello, beauties! Guess what time it is? Round 3 of #COLLABOREADS, hosted by Rachel and Amber! It's a book review link up with a monthly theme. The best part is - you get to pick whatever book you want as long as it fits into the theme. The theme for August was: A book set in the summertime. 

{If you're interested, check out my previous #COLLABOREADS reviews for June and July.}

I chose a book that my lovely friend Shelly so generously gifted me a few months ago that has been on my TBR list for a while: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. 

Here's a brief synopsis from Goodreads: 
"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."

So, without further ado, here is my R.E.A.D.S. review! 

{Riveting} What part of the book could you NOT get enough of? 

The mystery. You know something happens to Cady and the rest of the "Liars", but you're not really sure what it is. I figured out the big "twist" pretty early, but I still couldn't wait to see how it would all be revealed. Cady is a part of the Sinclair family, a wealthy family that seemingly puts money before everything. Cady and her cousins get fed up with the manipulations and scheming of their parents who focus only on their inheritance and who will get what. 

{Elements} How did you relate to/care for the characters? What's your thought on the plot line and twists and turns? 

I didn't really relate to the characters much as they were a group of wealthy teenagers vacationing on a compound. But I did relate to Cady and Gat's love story. Just because you are wealthy doesn't mean you are necessarily wise. Cady's grandfather didn't approve of her dating Gat because he wasn't like "them" - he was different. I remember very vividly growing up and being told by my mother all the myriad ways that everyone was "less than" and not good enough for me to be seen with, let alone date. What a crock of shit. But that's another story for another time.  

{Associate} What other books are like this one? If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with its themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line up with things going on in your life or the news right now? 

The book had a kind of "Sixth Sense"-ish feel - meaning, you spent a lot of the first half of the book following along with the plot, thinking things were one way, and then bam! You have to go back and re-analyze everything you just read because things were not what they seemed. I liked that aspect of the book very much. 

{Design} You know you judged this book by the cover. What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages? 

I liked the cover design well enough, I guess. There wasn't anything that really jumped out at me, but I can see how it relates to the story - young people enjoying a summer day. I read the ebook version on my Kindle, so there wasn't really much to note about the layout. 

{Stars} How many out of five do you give this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend?

I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I think the big twist could have been written a little differently to not make it so obvious so early. But otherwise, I enjoyed it. It really kept my interest because I wanted to see how exactly the circumstances came about. I also enjoyed the love story between Cady and Gat, it felt very authentic.  

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

+ “There is not even a Scrabble word for how bad I feel.” 

+ “The universe is seeming really huge right now. I need something to hold on to.” 

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

+ “Silence is a protective coating over pain.”

Have you read "We Were Liars"? What did you think? What are some of your favorite summertime reads? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Also, the theme for next month's #collaboreads link up on Sept 28th is: Back to School. 

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