We Were Liars - book review & illustration

"Your hair is black,” says Bonnie. “You look like a dead vampire."

Very late on the bandwagon, a few nights ago I download "We Were Liars" by E. Lockhart, a book that if you - like me - frequent the bookish side of Youtube, or just any other book circle, really, you most certainly have heard everyone raving about it since last summer.


The Sinclair family owns their own private island off of Martha’s Vineyard, where they spends their summers holidays. The story is narrated by Cadence, whom is suffering from amnesia after a terrible accident she can’t remember.


I'll keep it spoiler free and won't go into details, but let’s just say that when Cadence returns to the island, two years after the accident, she finds herself dealing with a dark family secret while finding out the truth of what happened to her.

This is the first book by E. Lockhart I've read, but I must say, I enjoyed her writing style a lot. There are many metaphors, or should I say poetic descriptions, throughout the book, that makes it even darker than it already is. I loved that.

I enjoyed We Were Liars, especially for the amazing writing, but I was able to figure out the plot twist within the first half of the book. It is in fact, quite a short book (~240 pages) and because of it, the characters and the story felt a little bit underdeveloped. As soon as I finished it, I felt a little disappointed because I wish I had given the chance to read more about the characters, because besides some - albeit accurate - descriptions, you don't really get to know them.

On the other hand, even if I praised the writing, there's one thing about it I did not particularly liked, which is the sudden change of style from novel, to novel-in-verse - I felt it was unnecessary and I perceived it as an attempt to make it sound deeper than it actually was. Which is something I encounter a lot in YA books, and the reason why I do not gravitate towards them anymore.

All in all, it's a good read: short and sweet. Well, not literally sweet, it's actually quite bitter, but still, if you're looking for an easy read, go for it, it's worth it.

Price: ~$8 Paperback / ~4$ Kindle
My vote: ★★★★

Finally, the one above is an illustration I did while reading it, of how I imagine Cadence to look!

And you, did you read it? I'd love to know what you thought of it! 

PS. I just made a Goodreads account if you want to be friends there!

ƒ. xx

EDIT: ..so, this happened: