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A beautiful and distinguished family; a private island; a brilliant, damaged girl and 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—and the truth

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

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And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Irresistible premise for this ticking time bomb of a novel The New York Times Book Review
  • "Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations. And the ending? Shhhh. Not telling. (But it’s a doozy)...This is poised to be big. Booklist, starred review
  • Lockhart has created a mystery with an ending most readers won’t see coming, one so horrific it will prompt some to return immediately to page one to figure out how they missed it. At the center of it is a girl who learns the hardest way of all what family means, and what it means to lose the one that really mattered to you. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • Riveting, brutal and beautifully told. Kirkus, starred review
  • The ending is a stunner that  will haunt readers for a long time to come. School Library Journal, starred review
  • A taut psychological mystery marked by an air of uneasy disorientation...The ultimate reveal is shocking both for its tragedy and for the how-could-I-have-not-suspected-that? feeling it leaves us with. But we didn’t, which is Lockhart’s commendable triumph. The Horn Book, starred review
  • This is a love story as much as it is a psychological mystery…Astonishing. Shelf Awareness, starred review
  • A Lockhart YA is always a treat and this is no exception...The glimpse we get into a life of privilege, a lifestyle most of us can only imagine, is insightful and thrilling. The ending will shock the mose jaded of readers, we promise! RT Book Reviews
  • There's trouble in paradise at the opening of National Book Award finalist and Printz honoree E. Lockhart's shattering yet ultimately hopeful YA novel . . . and neither family nor reader will ever be the same. Library Journal
  • It's a nearly perfect story, and it's utterly absorbing. Bustle.com, 2014's Best YA Books
  • No book on this summer's reading list will have readers immobilized in their hammocks more than E. Lockhart's We Were Liars..... This book has that surprise quality--like Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity--that makes readers scramble back through hungrily devoured chapters and wonder in admiration: Could I have seen this coming? Did I miss any clues? Newsday

    "Like a shard of glass, WE WERE LIARS glitters and shines, then cuts deep. E. Lockhart has truly outdone herself with this masterful, darkly mesmerizing portrait of a fractured family ruined by the excess of wealth. Humming with rich descriptions and razor-sharp intelligence, the story of Cadence Sinclair Eastman will both inspire and haunt readers for years to come.
  • Perception often is not reality -- and it certainly is not in WE WERE LIARS. This is a look at what “a perfect world” looks like on the inside and how it unravels once one of the players sees it for what it is. Pitch perfect in both plotting and character development. Carol Fitzgerald, Book Reporter
  • The must-read contemporary novel so far this year is definitely E. Lockhart’s stellar We Were Liars, a rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leaving you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten. Sonia Charaipotra, Parade
  • A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real. Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies and Leviathan
  • I've fallen in love with every E. Lockhart book I've ever read (and I've read them all), but We Were Liars blows them all out of the water. Dark, gripping, heartrending, and terrifyingly smart, this book grabs you from the first page--and will never let go. Robin Wasserman, author of The Waking Dark
  • Spectacular. Lauren Myracle, author of Shine, The Infinite Moment of Us, and TTYL
  • A haunting, brilliant, beautiful book. This is E. Lockhart at her mind-blowing best. Sarah Mlynowski, author of Don't Even Think About It and Gimme a Call
  • "Beautiful and disturbing. Justine Larbalestier
  • Stunningly sharp. . . . will sear itself into your memory. Christian Science Monitor
  • "A haunting psychological thriller. The Guardian
  • "This is a brilliant new novel by E. Lockhart. I've always adored a good generational drama and this is deeply fascinating reading and soaked in suspense. And the ending is utterly spooky. Martin Short, including WE WERE LIARS in his top 3 books of 2014
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a book as tragic as it is interesting. USAToday.com, Must-Read Romances
  •  “Utterly immersive story of family privilege, young love and insurmountable tragedy. Salisbury Post 
  • "The mystery driving the plot is a shocking punch in the face that will stay with you long after you finish. Hypable.com. Hypable-Weekend Reading
     
    “There’s no preparing for the shocker of an ending.
  • “This month marks the publication of another fine YA novel destined to extend beyond the teen set. ‘We Were Liars,’ by E. Lockhart is quite simply amazing. The Missourian

    "This book has everything I want from a summer read: a gorgeous setting that I can imagine I'm vacationing in; flawed, unreliable, sometimes infuriating characters; and a twity-turny psychological mystery that is impossible to put down.
  • "We Were Liars is amazing. I felt run over by it . . . .Emily has done something incredible here.--Paul O. Zelinsky
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  • Goose bump-inducing. BuzzFeed.com, YA Novels to Watch Out for Spring 2014
  • You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending. Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly
  • "Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable. John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
  • This mindblowing YA thriller from E. Lockhart will make you glad you're the 99 percent...And that's about all we can tell you when it comes to the story of 'We Were Liars,' the book by E. Lockhart that everyone will be reading, and re-reading, this summer. It's twisty, it's mysterious, and it's got a surprise ending that'll knock your socks off. Kat Rosenfield, MTV News
  • [a] haunting, sophisticated mystery...a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents The Wall Street Journal
  • “A rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leaving you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.”

    Parade

  • “[A] haunting, sophisticated mystery.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret and delivers a satisfying but shocking twist ending.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[A] tense, cunningly constructed novel with a surprise ending that shaters.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Clever, alluring, and wildly addictive.”

    Amazon.com

  • “The ending will shock the most jaded of readers, we promise!”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

  • “Lockhart has created a mystery with an ending most readers won’t see coming…At the center of it is a girl who learns the hardest way of all what family means, and what it means to lose the one that really mattered to you.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The ending is a stunner that will haunt readers for a long time to come."

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A taut psychological mystery marked by an air of uneasy disorientation…The ultimate reveal is shocking both for its tragedy and for the how-could-I-have-not-suspected-that? feeling it leaves us with.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “A devastating tale of greed and secrets...Riveting, brutal, and beautifully told.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A modern, sophisticated novel.”

    BookBub.com, 1 of 9 Books That Are So Much More Than the Next Gone Girl

  • “Narrator Ariadne Meyers’ tone is candid as seventeen-year-old Cadence Sinclair Eastman reveals ugly realities about her proud, wealthy family…Meyers’ expression of Cadence’s pain is raw and startling, as is the Liars’ tragic response to her unlocking of secrets…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Reader Meyers does an excellent job with the main character, Cadence, whose dialogue requires the full range of emotions.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Ariadne Meyers performs here and does an excellent job of portraying the troubled teen. Listeners will definitely be able to absorb the essence of Cadence’s mental anguish as well as the emotions of each of the various characters in this multigenerational family drama.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Perception often is not reality—and it certainly is not in We Were Liars…pitch perfect in both plotting and character development.”

    Book Reporter

  • “Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.”

    John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, May 2014
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books for May 2014
  • A BookPage Top Pick, May 2014
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014 for Teens
  • An Amazon Best Book in May 2014 for Young Adults
  • A USA Today Best Book for Must-Read Romances
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Teen
  • A May 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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