Monday, August 4, 2014

E. Lockart's Riveting WE WERE LIARS

"Be a little kinder than you have to."

"Always do what you're afraid to do."

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is one of my all-time favorite books. I also really loved Dramarama. Actually, I loved everything I've read by E. Lockhart. So I grabbed We Were Liars and began reading without so much as a glance at the book jacket.

But I'll give you the benefit of a quickie synopsis:
Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

Cadence (Cady) wakes up after an accident with no memory of what caused her to hit her head. She doesn't remember much of the summer before the accident either. But before she begins to investigate what happened that summer, we're taken on a journey through the lives of her intriguing family, the Sinclairs.

Their family owns an island with several homes on it. Each home belongs to a different daughter and her family. Cady and the other cousins have been spending their summers on the island every year. Cady and the other two of the older cousins, Johnny and Mirren, are the best of friends. Another boy named Gat, who is not related to Cady, begins joining the threesome one year. The four become inseparable.

The the accident occurs and things change. When Cady is well enough to return to the island two summers later, she's determined to find out what happened. She's frustrated that everyone seems to be hiding the truth from her. What she discovers is unforgettable.

I loved this moving, emotional, riveting book. Lockhart has a way of evoking a completely unique mood and atmosphere for each of her books. This one of spellbinding. The story has rich characters and an amazing setting. It also makes you think about class, family, and what it means to be an outsider. I can't even speak about the ending without giving anything away. But it is incredible. Also, the writing! I was highlighting right and left at all the beautiful phrases and imagery. Wow!

Seriously. This is one you won't want to miss out on. I wish I had a book trailer to share. (I've been saying that a lot lately. Perhaps I should start making them myself...) But I do have an interview with the author about the book. There are no spoilers, but you still may want to wait to watch it until after you read the book.