This review was originally going to be included in my Summer ’16 Loves & Let Downs, which I ended up skipping. Since I try to keep my favorites posts fairly concise and I have tons to say about this novel, I’ve decided to try something new and publish this separate book review post under the heading Wordy Wednesday.
I know I was super late to the party, but this young adult novel is a seemingly idyllic coming-of-age story that takes a heartbreaking turn. Protagonist Cadence “Cady” Sinclair has spent a lifetime of carefree summers on her wealthy family’s private island with her cousins Johnny and Mirren, as well as a family friend named Gat (Cady’s aunt’s boyfriend’s nephew, or something.) The four are extremely close in age as well as friendship and are referred to collectively as “the Liars.”
The plot centers primarily on Summer Fifteen–the year the Liars are fifteen years old–during which our narrator survives some mysterious trauma. She takes some months to heal physically and is left with migraines and memory loss, particularly surrounding the summer past.
Cady travels with her father in Europe during Summer Sixteen, her first spent away from the island and the Liars.
Against her mother’s better judgement, Cady returns to the island to spend Summer Seventeen with Johnny, Mirren, and Gat. The Liars help Cady recover her memories of what had taken place two years prior, culminating in the novel’s tragic ending (which I truly didn’t see coming.)
Have you read We Were Liars?
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