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O familie frumoasă şi distinsă. O insulă privată. O fată vulnerabilă şi îndrăgostită. Un băiat curajos, plin de pasiune. Un grup de patru prieteni, Mincinoşii, a căror prietenie se dovedeşte a fi distructivă. O revoltă. Un accident. Un secret. Minciună după minciună. Dragoste adevărată. Adevărul. Citeşte Mincinoşii. Şi dacă te întreabă cineva cum se sfârşeşte, minte, pur şi simplu!


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O familie frumoasă şi distinsă. O insulă privată. O fată vulnerabilă şi îndrăgostită. Un băiat curajos, plin de pasiune. Un grup de patru prieteni, Mincinoşii, a căror prietenie se dovedeşte a fi distructivă. O revoltă. Un accident. Un secret. Minciună după minciună. Dragoste adevărată. Adevărul. Citeşte Mincinoşii. Şi dacă te întreabă cineva cum se sfârşeşte, minte, pur şi simplu!

30 review for Mincinoșii

  1. 4 out of 5

    Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    Once upon a time there were three bears who lived in a wee house in the woods. Once upon a time there were three billy goats who lived near a bridge. Once upon a time there were three soldiers, tramping together down the roads after the war. Once upon a time there were three little pigs. Once upon a time there were three brothers. No, this is it. This is the variation I want. It was a better coming of age than Catcher in the Rye, but I also thought Twilight was a better coming-of-age than Catcher Once upon a time there were three bears who lived in a wee house in the woods. Once upon a time there were three billy goats who lived near a bridge. Once upon a time there were three soldiers, tramping together down the roads after the war. Once upon a time there were three little pigs. Once upon a time there were three brothers. No, this is it. This is the variation I want. It was a better coming of age than Catcher in the Rye, but I also thought Twilight was a better coming-of-age than Catcher in the Rye (fuck you, Holden Caulfield). It wasn't a terrible book. I've read far worse. It's just that the writing style sometimes get on my nerves. The sentences are sometimes written fully, and oftentimes it just goes like this out of freaking nowhere. For no freaking. Reason at all. If that's the kind of thing that bothers you. Then you should probably avoid this book. This book has almost no plot. It is full of odd sentence structures and purple prose. The entire book is about a poor-little-rich-girl living with a poor-little-rich-family with the kind of ending that makes you go "WHAT THE ACTUAL KIND OF M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN FUCKERY IS THIS?!" It's not terrible. But there's almost no plot at all. The "Liars" are more "Talkers," and they have almost no relevant role in the book because this book is about a pretentious girl with nothing but #whitegirlproblems and #richpeopleproblems. The aforementioned "Liars" don't do anything in this book, they're not witty, they're not cute, they don't give off the sense of closeness and kinship that you get from growing up with someone their entire life. Hell, they're nowhere near Dead Poets Society kind of interesting. This is a coming of age, and nothing more. It has the kind of writing style that's often choppy like this. Commas are sometimes used. And sometimes not. Haphazardly. With no punctuality. No pun intended. Sentences are fragmented. The main character sometimes. Has the tendency to use overwrought, run on metaphors. To describe herself. And her headaches. Such as a helicopter blown by the wind tossed by the torrential rain in the wilds of Alaska felt by a little Eskimo girl during the first whispers of a glacial spring with the scent of violets and hints of lavender in the fields of Grasse. The Summary: My full name is Cadence Sinclair Eastman. I am nearly eighteen. I used to be blond, but now my hair is black. I used to be strong, but now I am weak. I used to be pretty, but now I look sick. It is true I suffer migraines since my accident. It is true I do not suffer fools. Poor little Cadence Sinclair is wealthy. She is loved. She is one of the Sinclairs, a good-looking "old-money Democrat" family, think the Kennedys, without the political aspirations. They have names like Liberty, Taft, and Tipper. They go to Ivy League schools. They have trust funds. They have sired a generation of children, the leader of which is Cadence. Cadence and her crew call themselves "The Liars." The Liars are composed of her cousins Mirren, Johnny, and the outcast "Healthcliff," Indian love interest, Gat. The Liars supposedly cause trouble. They don't really. They do almost nothing. Cadence herself is sick. She is prone to theatrics, and she is not-so-secretly in love with Gat. She gets headaches. She feels self-pity. She is privileged. She doesn't realize it. This is the story of a wealthy, beautiful family. It’s a beautiful night, and we are indeed a beautiful family. I do not know what changed. This is the story about a girl's headaches. Why did I go into the water alone at night? Where were my clothes? Did I really have a head injury from the swim, or did something else happen? This is a story about The Liars. And their spectacularly brilliant conversations for the entire fucking summer. They have baby oil spread on their bodies. Two bottles of it lie on the grass. “Aren’t you afraid you’ll get burned?” I ask. “I don’t believe in sunblock anymore,” says Johnny. “He’s decided the scientists are corrupt and the whole sunblock industry is a moneymaking fraud,” says Mirren. “Have you ever seen sun poisoning?” I ask. “The skin literally bubbles.” “It’s a dumb idea,” says Mirren. “We’re just bored out of our minds, that’s all.” They're not the only ones bored out of their mind. The Writing: I plunge down, down to rocky rocky bottom, and I can see the base of Beechwood Island and my arms and legs feel numb but my fingers are cold. Slices of seaweed go past as I fall. And then I am up again, and breathing. I’m okay, my head is okay, no one needs to cry for me or worry about me. I am fine, I am alive. I swim to shore. I really have a problem with the writing, but this is just a matter of taste. But then again, I've never been a fan of this type of prose. Needless to say, I don't like e.e. cummings. The writing is so often choppy, haphazardly punctuated. The first-person narrator also has a tendency to use very, very dramatic imagery to describe situations. Some situations are false. Then he pulled out a handgun and shot me in the chest. I was standing on the lawn and I fell. The bullet hole opened wide and my heart rolled out of my rib cage and down into a flower bed. Blood gushed rhythmically from my open wound, then from my eyes, my ears, my mouth. That, there, was a description of how she FELT. It confused me as fuck until I realized that she didn't actually get hurt, which made it even more confusing when she did actually hurt herself. Every time Gat said these things, so casual and truthful, so oblivious—my veins opened. My wrists split. I bled down my palms. I went light-headed. I thought that was her being overdramatic again, until I realized that the guy was fucking bandaging her up afterwards. The main character has a huge tendency to use purple prose. She describes her migraines like they were the end of the world, which, I understand to some people they might be, but if you're getting a fucking migraine, there's really no bloody need to get all freaking poetic about it. A witch has been standing there behind me for some time, waiting for a moment of weakness. She holds an ivory statue of a goose. It is intricately carved. I turn and admire it only for a moment before she swings it with shocking force. It connects, crushing a hole in my forehead. I can feel my bone come loose. The witch swings the statue again and hits above my right ear, smashing my skull. Blow after blow she lands, until tiny flakes of bone litter the bed and mingle with chipped bits of her once-beautiful goose. That entire passage is one of many throughout the book about her headaches. I just couldn't take it. The Main Character: “You’re filled with superiority, aren’t you? You think you understand the world so much better than I do. I’ve heard Gat talking. I’ve seen you eating up his words like ice cream off a spoon. But you haven’t paid bills, you haven’t had a family, owned property, seen the world. You have no idea what you’re talking about, and yet you do nothing but pass judgment.” Poor-little-rich-girl syndrome. She's beautiful, but wounded, and "mysterious" and revered, just for the sake of her blood alone, for the sake of her family's name alone. Think about it. If you were a Kennedy, it doesn't matter if you look like an elephant stepped on your head when you were born. People are still going to love you and worship you and whisper your name with reverence because you're a motherfucking Kennedy. It's this way with the Sinclairs, only there's no paparazzi following them around. All of the benefits, and no family curse. But somehow Cadence finds a way to be a rebel-without-a-cause anyway. She's rich. She's hypocritical about her wealth because she criticizes her own fucking family for being wealthy. She does stupid shit like give things away to random people because she can. Before the summer is over, Cadence's room will have been empty because she keeps giving shit away for no fucking reason. Cadence is unaware of others. She is spoiled. She takes her wealth for granted. She doesn't pay any attention to "the help." One night, the four of us ate a picnic down on the tiny beach. Steamed clams, potatoes, and sweet corn. The staff made it. I didn’t know their names. I'm sorry, but I can't sympathize with such a whiny person who's completely unaware of how privileged she is, headaches be damned. “Who are Ginny and Paulo?” Gat hits his fist into his palm. “Ginny is the housekeeper. Paulo is the gardener. You don’t know their names and they’ve worked here summer after summer. That’s part of my point.” My face heats with shame. “I’m sorry.” The Love Interest: “You’re saying Granddad thinks you’re Heathcliff?” “I promise you, he does,” says Gat. “A brute beneath a pleasant surface, betraying his kindness in letting me come to his sheltered island every year—I’ve betrayed him by seducing his Catherine, his Cadence. And my penance is to become the monster he always saw in me.” Gat is the only interesting character in the book. He is Indian-American. Gat Patil. He is the nephew of her aunt's boyfriend, and they've known each other for years. He is self-aware. Too self-aware in the pretentious way that teenagers can often be, but his character feels authentically teenaged. I liked him. He is accepted into The Liars, but he's not altogether accepted in the family. Because of his skin color, because of his lack of family money, he feels left out. And I can sympathize with him. “I’m not saying he wants to be the guy who only likes white people,” Gat went on. “He knows he’s not supposed to be that guy. He’s a Democrat, he voted for Obama—but that doesn’t mean he’s comfortable having people of color in his beautiful family.” Gat is intelligent. Reasonable. Likeable. And I wonder why the fuck he cares about a waste of air like Cadence.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    This was, without a doubt, one of the most powerful and well-crafted books I have read in a really long time. Elements that made this book outstanding: 1) It started with a map and a family tree. Talk about setting yourself up for success! 2) The personification of emotion. This might not make sense unless you've read the book, but wow it was powerful. 3) The use of fairy tales from the main character to describe situations. 4) The sense of complete mystery and suspicion: I was always questioning ev This was, without a doubt, one of the most powerful and well-crafted books I have read in a really long time. Elements that made this book outstanding: 1) It started with a map and a family tree. Talk about setting yourself up for success! 2) The personification of emotion. This might not make sense unless you've read the book, but wow it was powerful. 3) The use of fairy tales from the main character to describe situations. 4) The sense of complete mystery and suspicion: I was always questioning everything. 5) The use of dramatic lines. You know when an author brings in an epic moment-stopping line? This was full of those awesome drops! 6) The moment. There's a moment where all is revealed and IT WAS PERFECT. 7) The consequential understanding. Everything suddenly clicked into place and it was glorious. 8) The side characters. I think sometimes side characters can feel inconsequential and here they felt really important. There weren't very many things I didn't like, to be honest, but there was one: 1) The title. It does't make sense to me. I don't want to say anything in case spoilers, but I don't think it's the perfect title. Two final things: 1) I have a theory. I have a theory about this book that I'm really excited to discuss so I'm going to make a video about it! 2) This book really made me cry. Like explode cry. Lots of tears. And I've only ever cried at 2 other books. I absolutely recommend this book, to everyone who likes books, because MAN, THIS WAS A GOOD BOOK.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    It's true what they're saying: you're better off if I tell you nothing about this book. So I will just say two things. 1) It is worth reading. Even though I only gave it 3 stars. 2) I gave it 3 stars because of the writing style, which irritated the hell out of me. The fact that it got 3 stars after annoying me so much will hopefully give you some indication of how much I liked the idea. It's a very clever book and an incredibly sophisticated piece of YA. BUT... an execution that was not to my taste It's true what they're saying: you're better off if I tell you nothing about this book. So I will just say two things. 1) It is worth reading. Even though I only gave it 3 stars. 2) I gave it 3 stars because of the writing style, which irritated the hell out of me. The fact that it got 3 stars after annoying me so much will hopefully give you some indication of how much I liked the idea. It's a very clever book and an incredibly sophisticated piece of YA. BUT... an execution that was not to my tastes. The writing was too choppy and fragmented and I hated the frequent use of nouns as adjectives. Like this: "His nose was dramatic, his mouth sweet. Skin deep brown, hair black and waving. Body wired with energy. Gat seemed spring-loaded. Like he was searching for something. He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever."

  4. 4 out of 5

    B

    sobbing. sobbing. sobbing. so much love for this book, and its perfect, perfect ending. i can't even capitalize right now. i don't even want to capitalize right now. in fetal position. sob. my souuuuul. sobbing. sobbing. sobbing. so much love for this book, and its perfect, perfect ending. i can't even capitalize right now. i don't even want to capitalize right now. in fetal position. sob. my souuuuul.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    Tragic, yet hauntingly beautiful story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    It's been awhile since I have so totally hated a book. I'm surprised at how varied the feelings on here about this book are...some of my friends hated it. Some of them liked/loved it. I still love them.... Let's get to why I hated this so very frigging much. The main character is a twit...but then the whole family is: Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family. No one is a criminal. No one is an addict. No one is a failure. The Sinclairs are athletic, tall and handsome. That's actually It's been awhile since I have so totally hated a book. I'm surprised at how varied the feelings on here about this book are...some of my friends hated it. Some of them liked/loved it. I still love them.... Let's get to why I hated this so very frigging much. The main character is a twit...but then the whole family is: Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family. No one is a criminal. No one is an addict. No one is a failure. The Sinclairs are athletic, tall and handsome. That's actually the good part on her family. In some parts of the book the author tries and make the character act like she has redeeming qualifications-but then a short few pages later I just want to smash her again. The writing style: Good grief..I thought it was only going to last for a few pages. NOOOOOOO, almost the whole frigging book is written like this.... "So lie. Tell him the ones from the Boston house. The cream ones with the embroidery." It was easiest to tell her I would. And later, I told her I had. But Bess has asked Mirren to do the same thing, and neither one of us begged Granddad for the fucking tablecloths. Then that lovely twist of an ending: I'm probably going to hell for this but don't click if you gonna whine... (view spoiler)[I thought it was the burning of the house but noooooo...it's that they are all fucking dead..except for princess dumbass. She would be seeing dead people cuz that head of her's was fucking empty of anything else. (hide spoiler)] There's one part I never did figure out. Cady the main character keeps talking about bleeding..Did she cut or was that just supposed to be a metaphor or some crap? Now after reading this crap I need: And lastly..for the trolls and fangirls and gif haters (should have thrown that one in) that will come....GO suck monkey ass..this book sucks!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Steph Sinclair

    I went into We Were Liars one cocky son of a biscuit eater, feeling above it all right from page one. I'd seen this book talked about so heavily by other bloggers and how some never saw the twist coming or how others totally saw that twist coming. All the while, I was sitting on the sidelines with my shades on, posted up with my arms folded, saying, "Yeah, yeah, yeah. Hot potato." That's not to say I didn't want to read this book, because I did. I even had an ARC sitting on my shelf for the long I went into We Were Liars one cocky son of a biscuit eater, feeling above it all right from page one. I'd seen this book talked about so heavily by other bloggers and how some never saw the twist coming or how others totally saw that twist coming. All the while, I was sitting on the sidelines with my shades on, posted up with my arms folded, saying, "Yeah, yeah, yeah. Hot potato." That's not to say I didn't want to read this book, because I did. I even had an ARC sitting on my shelf for the longest time, but due to a lot of the hype, I kept putting it off. Plus, I'm one of those people who usually can easily figure out a plot twist and I didn't want to dive into something where a lot of people already mentioned figuring it out. But one thing did nag me a little in the back of my mind was that my Bookish Twin, Blythe from Finding Bliss in Books, LOVED it. I highly value her opinion when it comes to books, because we almost always agree. So when I happened to get my hands on the audiobook, I thought, "What the hell? I was supposed to read and review this anyway, right?" Let me tell you... WHOA. ***First off, I just wanna say that I don't know how the print compares to the audio and that it's possible I loved the book more than others because of the  excellent job of the narrator. I can see how the fragmented sentences could be a pain to read, but this might be one of those cases where it sounds better out loud. That being said, I if you haven't read this book, possibly check out the audio version first.*** Anyway, I was feeling very blasé about the first half. It felt like a really random story about a rich, white girl and her white girl problems, crying her white girl tears and I felt myself unsure about what the point of it all was. And maybe that makes me sound extremely heartless, but I couldn't relate to the main character (no, I'm not even going to tell you her name because I want you to go in blind). But somewhere along the lines, I started to become intrigued with the story because it became this strange, wild thing that I couldn't piece together. Lockhart uses a very odd narration with fragmented sentences and strange descriptions, but I thought it was beautiful and unique. It added a very creepy layer on top the the existing oddness. It makes you question the main character, her account of the incident and the entire book. She's not very reliable and has the habit to cut off mid-sentence. I'm not sure if that was used as a way to distract the reader or if it was to used to make us question her sanity. Maybe a little bit of both. Either way, it worked on me. As things started to heat up and I reached the cusp of the climax, the narrator's voice increased in intensity. She began talking faster, became very emotional, then suddenly on the verge of tears! And I started thinking to myself, OH GOD NO. WHAT IS HAPPENING. And then IT was revealed and I was all, "WHAT IS THIS LIFE? I REJECT EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS ENDING. NOOOOOOO!!!!" So, naturally, I had a good cry and needed someone to hold me. By the end, I was all: https://twitter.com/Cuddlebuggery/sta... I know this review might not be the most helpful in the world, but it's true what everyone says about We Were Liars. You should absolutely go in blind, with no expectations and let this book take your feels as it sees fit. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers like Stephanie Kuehn's Charm and Strange or Complicit , than this one may be up your alley. I'll be here to hold you when you're finish. ARC was provided by the publisher via YA Books Central. More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebugery.

  8. 4 out of 5

    karen

    so, just like Little Bee, this book begs you "NOOO, DON'T TELL ITS SEEEEKRITS!!" and if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. so part of me is tempted to write this whole long review about how this book is a magical adventure focusing on a young girl in manhattan during the blackout of 2003, when all the red pandas living in the sewers came out to play, carrying tiny flashlights and shepherding people from manhattan to their homes in the outer boroughs and all the lessons this young girl learns so, just like Little Bee, this book begs you "NOOO, DON'T TELL ITS SEEEEKRITS!!" and if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. so part of me is tempted to write this whole long review about how this book is a magical adventure focusing on a young girl in manhattan during the blackout of 2003, when all the red pandas living in the sewers came out to play, carrying tiny flashlights and shepherding people from manhattan to their homes in the outer boroughs and all the lessons this young girl learns along the way from her red panda guide about life and humanity and art history and, ultimately, herself. because i would read that book. instead, i am just going to say that it is perhaps unwise to market a book in this way. true, the only reason i read it myself was because i came across it when making YA list for work, and i was all "SECRETS?? I LOVE SECRETS!! I WANT TO KNOW THE SECRETS!!" it's a very effective way of drumming up interest around a book. but the problem is, when you are prepared for a big twist, it is very easy to guess the big twist, which i did very early on. if you think you are just reading a book about some rich family and a girl with a faulty memory and a mysterious summer, with no tantalizingly bossy instructions about keeping the book's secrets, you might be more surprised when the reveal is revealed. but when such a big deal is made of SHHHHHHH, and you know you are expecting something unexpected, you will probably find it, and so reading the book just becomes an exercise in waiting for the character to figure it out. which is fine, but less effective in terms of shock value. i liked it anyway, but i think it would have been more fun to gasp in genuine surprise at the path it took. so forget i said anything, forget what the synopsis tells you to do, and just read it like you would any other book. this should help you forget everything you have ever known: http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450... come to my blog!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Cadence and her family spend every summer on a private island, courtesy of her racist and classist grandfather. All of her aunts constantly vie for the grandfather's attention and favor (in an attempt to keep ahold of the family fortune). Cadence and her cousins consider themselves above such petty actions and spend most summers making trouble, being rich and taking advantage of the liquor bar. Then, two summers ago, something terrible and tragic happens. Everyone knows but Candace... and everyon Cadence and her family spend every summer on a private island, courtesy of her racist and classist grandfather. All of her aunts constantly vie for the grandfather's attention and favor (in an attempt to keep ahold of the family fortune). Cadence and her cousins consider themselves above such petty actions and spend most summers making trouble, being rich and taking advantage of the liquor bar. Then, two summers ago, something terrible and tragic happens. Everyone knows but Candace... and everyone absolutely refuses to tell her. And she's bound and determined to find out, one way or another. I don't want to go into too much depth with the plot because I strongly feel that by giving away the twist (even hints at the twist) would completely ruin the novel. The twist was literally the only thing that kept me going. Candace (ooo, that girl...) is such a great example of why kids should be given hard limits. This chick literally goes to a private island every summer.... and all she does is whine about it. Constantly. I guess I understand why the author does this, by the end of the novel, I felt so bad for this poor little girl, who only could go to a single island every summer. Honestly, I don't know how she could handle it. I suppose she did have one, overarching hobby: love. I'm not kidding. Her only hobby is waxing poetic about how how in love she is. And this is not normal love, this is YA love (shudders). Which is a whole other class of adoration. There's this: He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever. and this: The universe was good because he was in it. AND THIS! I wanted to touch him like he was a bunny, a kitten, something so special and soft your fingertips can’t leave it alone. Gag. Her talking about love nearly made me put the book down. In typical YA fashion, she is more in love with the idea of being love than feeling any emotion. Annnd...that's all there was that wasn't directly connected with the twist. Just her whining on and on about how much she loves the boy OR about how her rich family. Fab. Audiobook Comments The reader did her best with what she was given. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  10. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    ”We were warm and shivering, and young and ancient, and alive." When I began to read this book I went in completely blind and had absolutely no clue what it was about. The blurb on the back didn’t tell me anything about the plot and everything I knew was that “We Were Liars” had apparently won the YA Goodreads Choice Award in 2014. So yeah, I just decided to read it and hoped it would be good and looking at it in retrospective this actually was the best decision I could have made! ;-P Because let’s ”We were warm and shivering, and young and ancient, and alive." When I began to read this book I went in completely blind and had absolutely no clue what it was about. The blurb on the back didn’t tell me anything about the plot and everything I knew was that “We Were Liars” had apparently won the YA Goodreads Choice Award in 2014. So yeah, I just decided to read it and hoped it would be good and looking at it in retrospective this actually was the best decision I could have made! ;-P Because let’s face it, this book will mess with your head big time. The Liars will make you wonder, they’ll make you question what happened in summer 15 and you’ll not only become curious but you’ll also feel a need to read on. XD ”Silence is a protective coating over pain.” Of course there are plenty of hints, but will you be able to figure them out or will you be in the dark until the end? I guess by now you already realised that this isn’t one of my typical reviews and yes, you’re right. I won’t write anything about the plot. Sorry?! No, I think I’m not. *lol* ”A brute beneath a pleasant surface, betraying his kindness in letting me come to his sheltered island every year – I’ve betrayed him by seducing his Catherine, his Cadence. And my penance is to become the monster he always saw in me.” This is a book you’ll have to experience for yourself! And I want you all to scream: ”WHAT THE FREAKING HELL!!??” when you finally reach the ending. Haha! And before you ask, yes I screamed it loud and clear!!! XD This story is a mindfuck and even my (usually very) observant mind wasn’t ready for the finale! ;-P So all I’m going to do is to give you a little character description. The rest you’ll have to figure out on your own. XD Meet the Liars: Mirren: ”She is sugar. She is curiosity and rain.” ”Be a little kinder than you have to.” Johnny: ”He is bounce. He is effort and snark.” ”Never eat anything bigger than your ass.” Gat: ”Do not accept an evil you can change.” ”His nose was dramatic, his mouth sweet. Skin deep borwn, hair black and waving. Body wired with energy. Gat seemed spring-loaded. Like he was searching for something. He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.” Cady: ”Always do what you are afraid to do,” I say. ”These days she is a gnarled crone, touching the raw flesh of my brain with her cruel fingernails. She pokes my exposed nerves, exploring whether she’ll take up residence in my skull. If she gets in, I’m confined to my bedroom for a day or maybe two.” Are you curious and intrigued already? If yes, I hope you’ll enjoy the book as much as I did. It was a really nice and fast read and it definitely exceeded my expectations. No! Truth be told, it completely messed with my mind. But we all love deliberate confusion, don’t we? ;-P ”I suffer migraines. I do not suffer fools. I like a twist of meaning.”

  11. 4 out of 5

    sunny

    "Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE." This book was great, you guys! I love the writing style. It wasn't confusing at all! It was totally not annoying! :) I loved the characters. They were so complex and not bland at all. They definitely didn't want to make me want to shoot myself in the head! :) I knew what was going on and I enjoyed this story a lot! The ending was just beautiful. Literally all I can ask for! :) I LOVE THIS SM I AM CRYING! :) :) :) :) :) :) "Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE." This book was great, you guys! I love the writing style. It wasn't confusing at all! It was totally not annoying! :) I loved the characters. They were so complex and not bland at all. They definitely didn't want to make me want to shoot myself in the head! :) I knew what was going on and I enjoyed this story a lot! The ending was just beautiful. Literally all I can ask for! :) I LOVE THIS SM I AM CRYING! :) :) :) :) :) :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister

    *5 Stars* There’s not even a Scrabble word for how I’m feeling right now… This story left me defeated, but its tragedy was paired equally with an unconventional beauty. It gripped me instantly to the point where I couldn’t stop thinking about its mystery… Its intrigue. Its quiet calamity. The suspense is painted on rather thickly, which is not to say that readers will not form an accurate theory early on. But the journey remains worth it whether you’ve Sherlock Holmes’d this one or not. The plot in *5 Stars* There’s not even a Scrabble word for how I’m feeling right now… This story left me defeated, but its tragedy was paired equally with an unconventional beauty. It gripped me instantly to the point where I couldn’t stop thinking about its mystery… Its intrigue. Its quiet calamity. The suspense is painted on rather thickly, which is not to say that readers will not form an accurate theory early on. But the journey remains worth it whether you’ve Sherlock Holmes’d this one or not. The plot introduces itself in a vague manner and slowly unravels. I found that the messages held more power than the characters delivering them—the sum was definitely greater than its parts. Which fit the tone nicely. This review may seem just as ambiguous as the story itself, but it must be if you wish to obtain the full effect of its delivery. I will say this, however: We Were Liars is a haunting portrayal of a group of teenagers who have formed a sacred bond; each one striving to be free and longing for acceptance. They consider love more important than social and economic stature, and are displeased with the prejudices surrounding their world. They are young. They are passionate. They are imperfect. They each suffer their own personal injustice. And this is their story. What if we could somehow stop being the Beautiful Sinclair Family and just be a family? What if we could stop being different colors , different backgrounds, and just be in love? The writing was unique and although it may not suit everyone’s taste, I relished it. I thought the author’s use of descriptive imagery was creative and applied with a gentle hand—nothing over-the-top or showy. The story is told through the voice of a confused, emotional, and dejected eighteen year old girl—and the writing remained consistent with her distinctive perspective. It was poetic and profound—drifting in as a gentle breeze and building to the swirling force of a hurricane. It may not knock your socks off, but it certainly took my breath away. She made me act normal. Because I was. Because I could. She told me to breathe and sit up. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a plot that persuades you to wonder. To readers who can accept the bittersweet circumstances of life displayed within their fiction. This is not a character-driven novel. The story shines brighter. I don't think I ever fully connected with any character at all--and the fact that I was moved to tears by the finish is what made this a five-star read for me. Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments. I get the same thing spending an hour with you. Although I found this story entirely unique, if I had to compare, I’d say its structure reminds me a bit of On the Jellicoe Road. Its haunting tone, as well. A truly addictive, out-of-the-box read! The universe is seeming really huge right now,” he told me. “I need something to hold on to. Book Stats: ▪ Genre/Category: YA ▪ Romance: Young but present ▪ Characters: Teens struggling to find their way ▪ Plot: Mysterious. Twists slowly unravel ▪ Writing: Poetic. Simple yet profound. ▪ POV: First person: Heroine ▪ Cliffhanger: None. Standalone ▪  HEA? (view spoiler)[Not a conventional HEA, no. But somewhat... (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    mark monday

    well this was all kinds of pointless and also depressing. ugh! the writing is so mannered it is an affectation a studied display of real or pretended feeling. the whole book lacks affect; it lacks the real emotion that it so desperately tries to convey in its own affect-less way. the writer has talent sure but here it is squandered. I like the premise, it's enticing; who doesn't want to read about the fragile cloistered lives of insular rich white people who summer on their own private island? makes us no well this was all kinds of pointless and also depressing. ugh! the writing is so mannered it is an affectation a studied display of real or pretended feeling. the whole book lacks affect; it lacks the real emotion that it so desperately tries to convey in its own affect-less way. the writer has talent sure but here it is squandered. I like the premise, it's enticing; who doesn't want to read about the fragile cloistered lives of insular rich white people who summer on their own private island? makes us not-rich people feel better reading about the miserable rich. I guess? but why go to all that trouble setting up class critique and racial tensions and family drama and dressing it up in fairy tale finery when that will all just be thrown away on a maudlin twist ending with a corny moral message: "Be a little kinder"... ugh! those ideas went nowhere those ideas were rendered pointless because in the end the book is not a scouring brillo pad after all, it's just another soppy wet sponge. rub that sponge on your face it will look like you cried!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    I don't cry a lot but boy this had me sobbing I don't even know how to describe the feelings this story left me with. Just read it and you'll understand I don't cry a lot but boy this had me sobbing I don't even know how to describe the feelings this story left me with. Just read it and you'll understand

  15. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    lets play two truths and a lie. ready? i will go first. - this book has an unreliable narrator and you cant trust anything she tells you. - this story has such deep secrets, even its secrets have secrets. - this novel has a twist that you wont see coming, but you will try to convince yourself that you did. think you got it? i can guarantee you dont. because the best lies are those based on truth. so read this book for yourself. maybe then you will be able to spot the imposter. and if anyone asks y lets play two truths and a lie. ready? i will go first. - this book has an unreliable narrator and you cant trust anything she tells you. - this story has such deep secrets, even its secrets have secrets. - this novel has a twist that you wont see coming, but you will try to convince yourself that you did. think you got it? i can guarantee you dont. because the best lies are those based on truth. so read this book for yourself. maybe then you will be able to spot the imposter. and if anyone asks you, just lie. ↠ 3.5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kierra

    I am Lost Amongst My Endless Tears

  17. 5 out of 5

    NReads

    ____________________________________________ “Be a little kinder than you have to.” ____________________________________________ Okay so where to begin. I liked this book,you can see it by my rating, but I don't feel it ended right. I am not saying it was a bad ending, not at all, I enjoyed it, but there was no justice. ____________________________________________ “Do not accept an evil you can change.” ____________________________________________ __________________________ ____________________________________________ “Be a little kinder than you have to.” ____________________________________________ Okay so where to begin. I liked this book,you can see it by my rating, but I don't feel it ended right. I am not saying it was a bad ending, not at all, I enjoyed it, but there was no justice. ____________________________________________ “Do not accept an evil you can change.” ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ “Always do what you're afraid to do.” ____________________________________________ I just finished reading the book and so many feels are tumbling so I may be confused and wrong in the text above, but that's what I am feeling and wanted to express it to you. Beside the summary, I like the writing style, it was rich and beautiful and I would recommend this book to readers out there. It's a very dark book and I assure you that you will find it very interesting. *Pictures from the review are not mine, I took them mostly from Google images or Tumblr*

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    I don't know what to think about this book. On one hand, I didn't enjoy the first 75% at all. It was boring and so privileged. The writing was bad and the characters were mediocre and spoiled. But the plot twist made it all worth it. Should I rate this two stars or five stars? 3.5 it is. There's a line in my notes that separates Fangirl Sofia from Annoyed Sofia. (My two personality traits.) Part of me wants to roast this book in a rant, but part of me wants to scream about how genius the plot twi I don't know what to think about this book. On one hand, I didn't enjoy the first 75% at all. It was boring and so privileged. The writing was bad and the characters were mediocre and spoiled. But the plot twist made it all worth it. Should I rate this two stars or five stars? 3.5 it is. There's a line in my notes that separates Fangirl Sofia from Annoyed Sofia. (My two personality traits.) Part of me wants to roast this book in a rant, but part of me wants to scream about how genius the plot twist and the build-up was. So why not have the best of both worlds? Part 1: Rant Wow wow wow was this cheesy. The writing was terrible. The thing about writing is that it is the main component in building the atmosphere of a book. It's a make-or-break for me. I was just getting interested in the book when the main character, Cady, did her whole thing where she just presses the enter key randomly because why not and then continues like normal. It annoyed me so much. Just write like a normal person?? It flung me completely out of the story. Then there are the terrible metaphors. Her veins were never open. Her heart never leapt out to flop helplessly on the lawn. She never melted into puddles. Cady herself is insufferable. She's infatuated with Gat. He doesn't even have a personality and she's already calling it love. She said "Gat, my Gat" nine (9) times. Her only worry is dOeS gAt LoVe Me? She's so entitled and spoiled. We're supposed to like her because she's "generous" by giving away old things she doesn't use anymore. Her friend group calls themselves the Liars to be edgy. It's so cheesy. The dialogue is pretentious. They sit down and have entire conversations about the existence of God and philosophy like that. I mean, I love a good philosophy discussion, but when I'm with my best friends, I'm not going to waste my time by debating the existence of an all-powerful deity. And then there's this oh so deep talk: what if what if we took it into our own hands? And Gat said, How? And I said something about what if what if they could stop fighting? Ah, yes. If they just stopped fighting, everything would be okay. what if what if I told Cady that she was a spoiled jerk who thought too much of herself? I don't want to be the eldest. Heiress to the island, the fortune, and the expectations. Cady doesn't want money. Cady doesn't want her favorite island. There's no plot. Just Cady being pretentious and angsty. Just Cady getting migraines every other page. Do I really need these page-long descriptions of her migraines every single time? The imagery is all compared to fairy tales. For example, one of the descriptions is of a witch smashing an ivory goose into her head. It was bizarre. I didn't like it at all. My brain liquefied and seeped out my ear, bubbling. Migraines left my blood spreading across unfamiliar hotel sheets, dripping on the floors, oozing into carpets, soaking through leftover croissants and Italian lace cookies. There were times when she said she was shot by a bullet or that she cut her wrists and I literally thought she did it. I thought she was dying. But it was just another piece of crazy imagery. This book gets lost in its own pretentiousness and forgets about something called "clarity." Part 2: Rave Give me a second. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Okay, I'm good. I'm good. I'm not good THAT PLOT TWIST. I'm still not over it. People kept telling me the plot twist made it all worth it. Did it? ...yes. I underestimated this book. I kept thinking, "oh, the plot twist won't be that good." But it was. There's a section called "The Truth." And it will wreck you. It will shred you to pieces. I didn't see it coming. There was a lot of foreshadowing, but it was so delicate and subtle and well-handled. Little things. Hurried scraps of dialogue. Only when I discussed this book with Lacey did I realize how genius the foreshadowing is. It's in the details. And there were so many of them. This is a book I will definitely reread sometime in the future, if just to pick up on all the clues. I hate the characters but I like the purpose they serve in the story. I didn't develop an emotional attachment to them, but the plot twist still wrecked me, so I was surprised by that. I don't think you need to particularly like the characters to enjoy the book. I still have conflicting feelings about the writing. I think it did its job in creating a mysterious, almost insane atmosphere. After the plot twist, I liked it a bit more. I still don't enjoy reading this style of writing, but I appreciate the way it developed the atmosphere. 3.5 stars It all seems so sad, so unbearably sad for a second, to think of the lovely old maple with the swing. We never told the tree how much we loved it. We never gave it a name, never did anything for it. It could have lived so much longer. I am so, so cold. ___ WHAT JUST HAPPENED I'M LITERALLY IN SHOCK I CANNOT COMPREHEND- review to come eventually

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christine Riccio

    that wasn't what i was expecting! IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS YET, JUST JUMP INTO IT. It's better the less you know about it! I just posted my full booktalk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5uex... =) that wasn't what i was expecting! IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS YET, JUST JUMP INTO IT. It's better the less you know about it! I just posted my full booktalk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5uex... =)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    Reread 2/13/21. Still amazing. Still crying. OH MY GOD. Hands down, this is by far the most amazing book I've read so far this year, and possibly a good part of last year. I went into it knowing hardly anything about it, which is the way it should be. Now that I'm done, I literally want to pick it up and start it all over again. I know alot of people dislike the disjointed writing, but it didn't bother me in the least. I flew through this book today despite being extremely busy at work, and I came Reread 2/13/21. Still amazing. Still crying. OH MY GOD. Hands down, this is by far the most amazing book I've read so far this year, and possibly a good part of last year. I went into it knowing hardly anything about it, which is the way it should be. Now that I'm done, I literally want to pick it up and start it all over again. I know alot of people dislike the disjointed writing, but it didn't bother me in the least. I flew through this book today despite being extremely busy at work, and I came home and immediately picked it back up. I just finished it after taking far too long of a bath and becoming raisin-y just because I couldn't bear to put the book down. I finished and got out of the bath (which had doubled in water volume due to tears) and IMMEDIATELY came to write my review. Still a little weepy. But seriously, GO READ THIS. Stop what you're doing and go get it RIGHT NOW. It will blow you away. As for me? I'm gonna go eat a bowl of Cocoa Pebbles and find something happy to read. I'll be ok, really.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    I went into 'We Were Liars' blind, for the most part. It had been sitting on my Audible shelf for so long that I had long-since forgotten what it was supposed to be about. Sometimes, I get it in my head that a book is going to be about something, when it absolutely has nothing to do with it. God only knows where I get these ideas, but I do. As a result, I often find myself being surprised by the content of the stories I read without re-reading the blurbs. This was one of those times. Note to oth I went into 'We Were Liars' blind, for the most part. It had been sitting on my Audible shelf for so long that I had long-since forgotten what it was supposed to be about. Sometimes, I get it in my head that a book is going to be about something, when it absolutely has nothing to do with it. God only knows where I get these ideas, but I do. As a result, I often find myself being surprised by the content of the stories I read without re-reading the blurbs. This was one of those times. Note to other readers: This book has nothing to do with WWII. Where do I even get these ideas? Instead, 'We Were Liars' tells the story of four young teens. They spend the summer together on Beechwood Island, a private island owned by the Sinclair family. Needless to say, the Sinclair family is filthy rich. The story is centered on Cadence, the oldest granddaughter of Mr. Sinclair. She is her grandfather's favorite. Along with her cousins, she has spent many a summer on her grandfather's island, getting into trouble and taking her privilege for granted. One summer, her Aunt's boyfriend brings along his nephew, Gat. He has lost his own father and his uncle has taken Gat under his wing, so to speak. Despite the obvious differences in race and financial standing, Gat becomes good friends with Cadence and her cousins. Together, they come to be known as "The Four Liars". Cadence and Gat soon become inseparable. He makes her think about life and the wrongs of the world. He brings depth to her pampered existence, prompting thought on topics such as race and social standing. It was young love. It was beautiful. Then, Cadence suffers a terrible accident. She nearly dies, but doctors are able to save her. The accident has left her forever changed though. It has also taken it's toll on her relationships. Worst of all, Gat seems to have abandoned her in her time of need. After a prolonged absence, Cadence returns to the island once again. It is the first of many steps that she will take toward recovery. However, the truth that has alluded her will eventually resurface. I won't say too much because I don't want to spoil this book for anyone. Unlike others, I have to say that I did not predict the big twist at the end. I was completely blindsided. I never saw it coming. Overall, this was a great read for me. At times, it could get a little slow. However, I found myself really enjoying the story of Cadence and the "beautiful Sinclair family". 'We Were Liars' serves as a cautionary tale, warning readers of the consequences of greed, hypocrisy and racism, among others. Things aren't always as "perfect" as they seem when looking in from the outside. This book makes that crystal clear. Check out more of my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.com

  22. 4 out of 5

    FireLily

    [This book’s song match - Glory and Gore by Lorde.] I love this book. I really do. I didn't expect to, but then I just fell in love with it and now it's an obsession. The writing is pretty controversial - it’s the style of writing that people either love or hate, no in between. This type of book isn’t for everyone. It’s a very flowery, metaphorical, lots-of-paragraph-breaks style of prose that’s super dreamy and a little too dramatic. Luckily for me, I fall into the category of people who love thi [This book’s song match - Glory and Gore by Lorde.] I love this book. I really do. I didn't expect to, but then I just fell in love with it and now it's an obsession. The writing is pretty controversial - it’s the style of writing that people either love or hate, no in between. This type of book isn’t for everyone. It’s a very flowery, metaphorical, lots-of-paragraph-breaks style of prose that’s super dreamy and a little too dramatic. Luckily for me, I fall into the category of people who love this writing style. I do understand why people hate on it so much. I just love it too much to listen. I read in the ~extra~ part of my edition that E. Lockhart intended for this book to be through the eyes of a trauma survivor. She talked about the research she did about stages of trauma and events that might cause those mental effects. And then she slayed. In my opinion, at least. “They know that tragedy is not glamorous. They know it doesn't play out in life as it does on a stage or between the pages of a book. It is neither a punishment meted out nor a lesson conferred. Its horrors are not attributable to one single person. Tragedy is ugly and tangled, stupid and confusing.” It wasn’t the most traditional sense of mental health representation, but it still gave a very unique look at trauma rep. The trippy, metaphorical writing layered with the distortion from Cadence’s mind added so much to the plot. It made things so much more...confusing, but in a dreamy way. I also loved the drama in this book. A lot of people talk about court intrigue in fantasy books/books with monarchy systems, but if you really want the dirt then books like this work just fine. There was all this internal fighting, family members blowing up (NOT LITERALLY), and tangled relationships. “We are Sinclairs. Beautiful. Privileged. Damaged. Liars. We live, least in the summertime, on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Perhaps that is all you need to know.” “We Were Liars” follows Cadence Sinclair Eastman. Her mother’s side of the family, the Sinclairs, are “old-money Democrats” as she puts it. They spend their summers on a private island called Beechwood Island. This book...I would call it enchanting. I got seriously drawn in by this whole “rich-white-person” thing. It was amazing to read about private islands and summers on the beach and family drama. Imagine being so privileged that your biggest worry is which one of your sisters is wearing the family pearl necklace (*ahem* Kardashians). Don't worry, this book isn't trashy. I loved that feeling of constant perfection. How despite being messed up, the Sinclairs managed to be “sparkling, sunburnt and blessed” - despite being awful, they were perfect. There was just that consistent ethereal quality. “Life feels beautiful that day. The four of us Liars, we have always been. We always will be. No matter what happens as we go to college, grow old, build lives for ourselves; no matter if Gat and I are together or not. No matter where we go, we will always be able to line up on the roof of Cuddledown and gaze at the sea. This island is ours. Here, in some way, we are young forever.” This book was unique. The quality of the writing, the expressiveness and the atmosphere of the whole thing just drew me in. Every single time. Another thing I loved was how different the characters were. The whole book is from Cady’s first-person narrative, and as you can tell, that narrative is very individual only to Cadence. The writing style and the prose would have been completely different if it had been from any of the other characters’ perspectives. Imagine if Gat or Johnny or Mirren had narrated this. It wouldn’t have been the same. “We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.” I would absolutely recommend this book. It stole my heart and then ripped it to pieces. The prose and lyrical tone drew me in and then broke me. Three words I would use to describe it: enchanting, emotional, and exquisite. (honestly, I think my writing has also changed when I wrote this. I don’t think I usually sound this dreamy in my reviews.)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sue (Hollywood News Source)

    WARNING: This book is a liar and it will cause you to cry for the next three hours, it crushes souls and it severely destroy hearts. Proceed with caution. I spent the whole time sobbing. trying to catch my breath. then sobbing again. We Were Liars scarred me and Im broken way beyond repair. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. You can listen to my fanmix of We Were Liars on 8tracks. WARNING: This book is a liar and it will cause you to cry for the next three hours, it crushes souls and it severely destroy hearts. Proceed with caution. I spent the whole time sobbing. trying to catch my breath. then sobbing again. We Were Liars scarred me and Im broken way beyond repair. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. You can listen to my fanmix of We Were Liars on 8tracks.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Arabey

    First,I predict the ending after 25% of the novel ..and Yes,I was right.. It was a bit tedious after that, I mean I know everything..BUT.. By the final 25 pages I cried like a baby.. It's shameful crying, uncontrollable, unexpected though the whole thing was Expected. Do you think I lie?..No..They Were..Not me.. لازم أكتب بلغتي ﻷني مشحون، غاضب وحزين هذه الرواية ألمت قلبي، ولو أنها رواية عادية جدا بل وتوقعتها من بعد ربعها اﻷول...لكني لم أتوقع هذا هذا الألم شعرت أنني فهمت الغموض وحللت اللغز وأني شاهدت وقرأت قص First,I predict the ending after 25% of the novel ..and Yes,I was right.. It was a bit tedious after that, I mean I know everything..BUT.. By the final 25 pages I cried like a baby.. It's shameful crying, uncontrollable, unexpected though the whole thing was Expected. Do you think I lie?..No..They Were..Not me.. لازم أكتب بلغتي ﻷني مشحون، غاضب وحزين هذه الرواية ألمت قلبي، ولو أنها رواية عادية جدا بل وتوقعتها من بعد ربعها اﻷول...لكني لم أتوقع هذا هذا الألم شعرت أنني فهمت الغموض وحللت اللغز وأني شاهدت وقرأت قصصاً كهذه من قبل هي عن عائلة ، سينكلير ، عائلة قوية، غنية ، فاشلة ، محطمة هي عن 4 أصدقاء، أقارب، هي عن مرحلة المراهقة، هي عن براءة الأطفال ومرحها كانوا 4 كاذبين كانوا 4 لا يريدون شيئا إلا أن يبقوا سويا في جزيرة عائلة سينكلير الخاصة كل صيف كما أعتادوا كانوا 4 أقارب , قريبين جدا في الصيف.. بعيدين جدا بعد ذلك كانوا 4 ، سويا من سن الثامنة حتي الخامسة عشر ....ثم السابعة عشر كانوا 4 ، يريدون حياة أفضل ، أنجح، دون أطماع ، دون أحكام مسبقة كاتوا 4 يريدون أن يكونون أكثر طيبة مما يستطيعون ، يريدون ألا يأكلوا أزيد مما يستطيعون هضمه كانوا اربعة أقارب وأصدقاء، ولو لفترة الصيف فحسب كانوا أربعة مقربين لبعضهم البعض بحق وليس بزيف كحال عائلاتهم المفككة المتنازعة علي توافه اﻷمور كانوا 4 كاذبين والمؤلفة تطلب منك في غلاف الرواية الخلفي بأنه إذا سألك أحدهم كيف كانت عائلة سينكلير ، فلتكذب فهل سأكذب؟ كاﻷربعة الذين كانوا كاذبين ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ رواية كهذه ، 225 صفحة فحسب، مكتوبة بلغة تقريرية سهلة جدا ، لا تستحق الحديث عن أحداثها أكثر ، كي تستكشفها بنفسك أفضل، يكفي أن ما أفسدها لي هو تنبؤي الخاص بها شدني لها الأسم الجذاب كــنا كــاذبون فكرة العائلة , النوستاليجا وأيام الصيفية ثم شدني الأسلوب السهل , التقريري , الجمل , الذكريات خريطة الجزيرة الخاصة بعائلة سينكلير , القوية , الغنية , الضعيفة , المحطمة الجمل البسيطة , لا تتصنع العمق كرواياتنا العربية المتصنعة, الزائفة هذه رواية صادقة ....كاذبة ولكن أنا لم أكذب عندما قلت أن الحبكة عرفتها من بعد ربعها اﻷول وتنبات بنهايتها لا أكذب أنني لم أهتم كثيرا بسير اﻷحداث من بعد ربعهااﻷول, وعانيت منها قدر ما كنت أسعي وراء الراويّة -واحدة من اﻷربعة، كادينس، التي تروي الحكاية - لأعرف منها كيف حدث ما توقعته...ما قد نسيته هي نفسها ما عرفته حتي قبل أن تقوله أو تتذكره أرهقتني ببراعة بحكايات خيالية عديدة وسط اﻷحداث ، حكايات خيالية غير معروفة فهي تنويعة علي قصص شهيرة معروفة كالملك لير , الجميلة والوحش .. وغيرها من القصص الخيالية كلها تبدأ ب'كان ياما كان كان في ملك عنده 3 بنات كان في ملك عنده 3 أميرات كان في 3 أميرات كان في 3 أخوات كان في 3 وحوش كان في ياما كان أسلوبي العجيب في الريفيو هو نفس أسلوب المؤلفة، الراويّة ، الحفيدة الكبري لعائلة سينكلير وهي تحكي أيام الصيفية في جزيرتهم الخاصة تحكي أو تكدب لا فارق فهم اﻷربعة ، كانوا ، كاذبين كل واحد في عائلته البعض لديهم مشاكل ولو 10% من اللي في سينكلير خلافات عائلية للأسف لمستها أحيانا في عائلتي خلافات تفرق العائلات ....خلافات هدامة مين فينا فعلا Sin Clear أكيد مش Sinclair وبصراحة , ربما تلك الخلافات الأسرية البسيطة التي قد تكون هادمة هي اكثر ما سبب لي مشاعر قوية تجاه الرواية وجعلني ِأشعر بها أكثر مما توقعت دراما عائلية , شبابية , صيفية , معاصرة بلا تكنولوجيا وسيلفي وفيس بوك وانستجرام فقط كتب , لعب الأجازة , ألوان وكراسات تلوين عرائس باربي ليجو نوستاليجا جميلة مخلوطة بمرارة , وحادث صعب بتستفيد أيه من وجع القلب والحكايات دي ولا حاجة “Be a little kinder than you have to.” “Always do what you're afraid to do.” "Never eat anything bigger than your ass." “Do not accept an evil you can change.” خليك شجاع، أطيب شوية مما تقدر، متاكلش اللي متقدرش تهضمه ، متحكمش علي الناس بعنصرية وأحكام مسبقة كلام عادي ، لكن مين قال أن التراجيديا لازم تكون درس باهر ، فصل مهم في رواية، عبرة وعظة .. هذه القصة لا تدعي عمقا مصطنعا التراجيديا ، تراجيديا اﻷلم ألم ..... المهم أن تتحمل ، أن تعيش.....ألا تتفرق وتقطع صلاتك العائلية تراجيديا، يمكن مش بتوصل رسالة عظيمة ، إلا أن الكلام العادي جدا ده حيحفروا سطورهم بعقلك، قلبك ، روحك “Be sad, be sorry-but don't shoulder it.” بكيت، بقدر الخجل اللي بقوله لن يصف شعوري في مكان عام وأنا أحاول السيطرة علي نفسي وأنا أقرأ تلك القصة وتتابعات نهايتها عشرون صفحة متعبة بالرغم من النهاية الجميلة - The Fault in Our Stars عيد ميلادي 14 يوليو ، مرة أخري من بعد تلك النهاية الجميلة الجذابة، الكذابة الكاملة أو النهاية المفتوحة لا يهم لكني ظللت أبكي..رغم كل شئ حتي في جزء عادي MUMMY BANGS ON my door and calls my name. I do not answer. An hour later, she bangs again. “Let me in, won’t you?” “Go away.” “Is it a migraine? Just tell me that.” “It isn’t a migraine,” I say. “It’s something else.” “I love you, Cady,” she says. She says it all the time since I got sick, but only now do I see that what Mummy means is,..... ماذا تعني؟...لا فارق, المهم انها شعرت أن أمها تحبها هذا جعلني أيضا أتأثر كثيرا جدا ْ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ثلاث نجوم ونصف تقييمي المبدئي , أو 4 ﻷني فقط عرفت الحبكة .... دعوني اناقشها معكم في الجزء المخفي لمن لم يقرأ الرواية بعد (view spoiler)[ في قصة لإسعاد يونس قدمتها في 1994 ، وجعلتني أبكي جدا ﻷني كنت صغير وقتها وتعاطفت مع البطلة ، الراوية هناك فيلم قوي جدا ومثير وغير متوقع ، وإن كان صديق واحد فقط لي يجزم أنه عرف الحبكة بنصف الفيلم ، هو فيلم The Uninvited (2009) شاهد الفيلم بعد الرواية وستفهم قصدي..الفيلم يشبه الرواية بشكل كبير , أو العكس وربما إذا كنت من هواة روايات الرعب الجديدة ستجد نفسك تشك في اﻷمر مثلي إذا كنت لم تقرأ الرواية بعد ، أيه اللي جابك هنا؟ عاما أقرأ الرواية لنهايتها .... أنا نفسي كنت متأكد من النهاية ، لكن المغزي والأسلوب هو ما أخترق مشاعري الفكرة ، الهدف أربعة كانوا صغارا، علي أعتاب المراهقة أربعة رأوا عائلة يمزقها الجشع، الطمع، خلافات علي توافه اﻷمور أربعة رأوا عائلة تعاني فشل، كسل، إستسهال ، عنصرية أربعة أرادوا التغيير...أرادوا ثورة أربعة كانوا أطفال أربعة كانوا علي أعتاب المراهقة أنا نفسي كنت متأكد من النهاية ، لكن (hide spoiler)] المغزي والأسلوب هو ما أخترق مشاعري هل 4 نجوم كثير، أم أقل هل أنا كاذب هل تركت حكمي لمشاعري؟ هل كما طلبت المؤلفة بالبداية كذبت؟ هم كانوا كاذبون ما رأيك أنت؟ A Must Read محمد العربي من 30 مايو 2015 إلي 1 يونيو 2015

  25. 5 out of 5

    Regan

    I don't know what to rate this my brain is still digesting. I don't know what to rate this my brain is still digesting.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mash

    Lists this book is found in: Best Books I read in March 2021! ~ 5 stars ~ For a full, detailed review, check out my blog Mashlovesbooks! “We are Sinclairs. Beautiful. Privileged. Damaged. Liar. We live, least in the summertime, on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Perhaps that is all you need to know.” We Were Liars is a thriller, mystery novel by E. Lockhart. It is set on the picture perfect island and follows the picture perfect family of Sinclair’s. We specifically read fro Lists this book is found in: Best Books I read in March 2021! ~ 5 stars ~ For a full, detailed review, check out my blog Mashlovesbooks! “We are Sinclairs. Beautiful. Privileged. Damaged. Liar. We live, least in the summertime, on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Perhaps that is all you need to know.” We Were Liars is a thriller, mystery novel by E. Lockhart. It is set on the picture perfect island and follows the picture perfect family of Sinclair’s. We specifically read from the perspective of Cadence, the oldest Sinclair grandchild. Our three other important characters are Gat, Mirren and Johnny, together the four of them make up The Liars. When Candace was 15, she was in an accident and now years later, Cadence cannot seem to remember anything about what happened that night or that summer. The only thing she knows is that it has something to do with her liars. We were liars is a story of friendship, greed and self-love. This book had me on my knees, shaking, sobbing and breaking by the end because it was just that kind of book. I did not expect to love this, I thought I would like it relatively well, then forget it soon after. Obviously, that is not what happened. I loved this book so much. It made me cry and scream and I stared at my ebook in confusion through it all, but I loved it all the same. I have no idea why it took me so long to finally read this but I read it in one sitting and I have not one regret. “I'll be fine, they tell me. I won't die. It'll just hurt a lot.” Personally I loved the writing, though I know that it can be off-putting to other people. It’s very flowery and much like prose, there are lots of unfinished sentences and broken sentences at the end of every chapter. Mini stories are written throughout the book and though I did not expect that, I loved it. I loved how atmospheric it was and how well it fit the twisty, mystery theme of the book. It was wordy and poetic but I really, really liked it (have I said that enough times yet?). Overall, I found that the writing was beautiful, atmospheric and fit very well with the overall mood conveyed by the book. “They know that tragedy is not glamorous. They know it doesn't play out in life as it does on a stage or between the pages of a book. It is neither a punishment meted out nor a lesson conferred. Its horrors are not attributable to one single person. Tragedy is ugly and tangled, stupid and confusing.” The plot of this book was unlike anything I've ever read, it messed with my head and left me confused but I enjoyed it so much. It is a little all over the place and in the beginning, I had no idea what I was reading and where the words would go but then it hit a point where I just kept reading, word after word, and then I was done. The plot does flip from the current time to “Summer 15” in the form of flashbacks and memories. I loved that the plot was not a sudden thing but actually a slow, developing plot because I was able to soak in it better and understand the pure genius of the tale Lockhart had spun. Every time I think about that ending, I want to cry because it was the most unexpected, heart-wrenching conclusion yet I still loved it and it made so much sense when I looked back at the whole novel. That’s all I'm gonna say, if I keep talking, I’m sure I’ll start crying. “We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.” Ahhhh my heart. “Can I hold your hand?" he asked. I put mine in his. "The universe is seeming really huge right now," he told me. "I need something to hold on to." "I'm here.” The characters, I think, were the weakest part of the novel, but they were not weak at all. Depending on the way you look at it, they may seem boring or bland but when you inspect them closer, you see the broken shards they are and when you get to the end, you understand them all so much better. The only character we actually see develop is Cadence, but that is understandable because this is very much a character-driven novel. The mental health representation was done extremely well and it was realistic, which I appreciated. I still loved all the other characters, despite how twisted and broken everyone was. I think all their relationships were beautiful yet heartbreaking, haunting yet wonderful and Lockhart really did an exceptional job of creating a diverse cast of characters that are lost in their own way, yet found when together. I think the ending made me love these characters more, it added so many layers to them and showed me who they truly were. “I lie there and wait, and remind myself over and over that it doesn’t last forever. That there will be another day and after that, yet another day. One of those days, I’ll get up and eat breakfast and feel okay.” Overall, I think it is clear that I absolutely adored this book, in all its heart-breaking, twisted glory. The writing was hauntingly wonderful, the plot took the craziest most heart-wrenching turns and the characters were amazing and very beautiful. All these aspects made for a mysterious, suspenseful book that showed so much of the ugliness of our world. “One day, she ventured to the palace library and was delighted to find what good company books could be.” Thank you for reading my review and I hope it helped! Content warnings: Death, grief, anxiety, neglect, substance abuse, mental and emotional abuse, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts. **Disclaimer** This is all personal opinion and is in no way intended to harass or offend anyone. If I do, I sincerely apologize (also let me know so I can fix the offensive content, thank you) Blog Pinterest ------------------------ AHHHHHHH OH MY GOD WHAT IN THE WORLD. So that was tragic and I did not expect it all, though I can see it now. I accidentally read this in one sitting but it’s fine, I have no regrets. My heart hurts though, so there’s that. Review to come once I gather my thoughts and maybe recover.. ——————-—————— Well, this should be interesting I suppose. I’m finally reading this and apparently it’s going to break me so I’m here for it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Schwab

    Good lord, this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Christensen

    A really unfortunate novel by the author of the much better The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. A completely unconvincing twist in the last twenty pages resolves the mystery in a way that is both improbably gruesome and also lightly dismissed by the author. The real moral questions raised by the subject of the book, including racism, land ownership, inheritance, materialism, greed, and manipulation, are acted out in flat, white-hat/black-hat morality plays by stock characters of li A really unfortunate novel by the author of the much better The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. A completely unconvincing twist in the last twenty pages resolves the mystery in a way that is both improbably gruesome and also lightly dismissed by the author. The real moral questions raised by the subject of the book, including racism, land ownership, inheritance, materialism, greed, and manipulation, are acted out in flat, white-hat/black-hat morality plays by stock characters of little or no complexity. Those questions are then answered by an intruding author's voice that patronizes the reader by declaring single answers to every moral issue raised. The same problems exist on the literary level. Interesting tools, like allegory and literary allusions, are brought into the narrative, but are then executed in a heavy-handed, amateurish way that leaves no room for the reader to respond or engage, simply enter stage right, spell out their own significance, and exit stage left. Finally, the main character, despite being the pov character in a novel of psychological recovery, is a completely empty vehicle for plot and the author's voice, with no identifiable personality or characteristics by the end of the book. The politics in the book are good. The plot is an unfortunate mismatch of borrowed material. The characters are overused stereotypes. The incorporation of sophisticated literary techniques is clumsy and embarrassing.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    “Tragedy is ugly and tangled, stupid and confusing.” Everyone warned me about the twist in this book! I did well not to get spoiled, as it was definitely a shock horror moment. A patriarch, his three daughters and their children summer every year on Beechwood Island, where each of the three daughters had a house for themselves and their children. They are all rich, well off and ignorant. The three oldest grandchildren and their family friend are the closest. They refer to themselves as the ‘Lia “Tragedy is ugly and tangled, stupid and confusing.” Everyone warned me about the twist in this book! I did well not to get spoiled, as it was definitely a shock horror moment. A patriarch, his three daughters and their children summer every year on Beechwood Island, where each of the three daughters had a house for themselves and their children. They are all rich, well off and ignorant. The three oldest grandchildren and their family friend are the closest. They refer to themselves as the ‘Liars’. Johnny, Mirren, Gat and Cadence. The summer of their fifteenth year, Cady has an accident. Hits her head, and suffers severe migraines that can knock her out for days at a time. She misses the entirety of summer sixteen - while on holiday with her dad in Europe. When she returns for Summer Seventeen, things don’t feel the same. The adults are quiet, drinking too much and generally being secretive. Her migraines and head injury cause Cady to suffer memory blanks from summer fifteen. It doesn’t help that her ‘Liars’ won’t fill her in on anything, having been told it’s best if she tries to remember things on her own. What eventually comes to light regarding the events of summer fifteen will absolutely blow your mind! Though I knew there would be a shock twist, I was in no way prepared for the one they gave me! A relatively short book, I blitzed through it, and highly recommend. *************************** Well fuck RTC

  30. 5 out of 5

    Giselle

    We Were Liars is an incredible, heartbreaking read that really messes with your mind until the very end. The writing, while not for everyone I'm sure, had me mesmerized. It's so different and poetic and full of carefully crafted imagery. It's a writing style that's really out of the box, you'll either love it or hate it. Me, I was thoroughly compelled. The plot itself is one you can't talk about or read about as you're bound to find out spoilers. It's the kind of story where the story itself is We Were Liars is an incredible, heartbreaking read that really messes with your mind until the very end. The writing, while not for everyone I'm sure, had me mesmerized. It's so different and poetic and full of carefully crafted imagery. It's a writing style that's really out of the box, you'll either love it or hate it. Me, I was thoroughly compelled. The plot itself is one you can't talk about or read about as you're bound to find out spoilers. It's the kind of story where the story itself is a spoiler from very early on. There are hints floating in every corner, pieces of this carefully constructed puzzle laid out for you to put together. My advice: go into this with zero expectations and you might find yourself as enthralled as I was! Although it's a twist I have seen before in different variations (and thus I wasn't completely caught off guard by the ending), it never fails to give me goosebumps and sting at my poor heart. The cast is large, and the dark, twisted fairy-tale-like quality is ever-present inside this tale revolving around greed, power, and material things. This tone is maintained with actual short fairy-tale retellings scattered throughout that bore an eerie resemblance to the present story. It did take me a bit to get all the characters and different disaccords in order - the cryptic, mind-boggly nature of this plot and writing makes it hard to make sense of what's being conveyed at times, but this is clearly purposeful and I ended up impressed by its cleverness. But anyways, this review has to stay short because, la la la - no spoilers - it's that kind of read. Plus the blurb told me to lie, so maybe this review is full of crock and this book is just a bunch of dancing elephants. In any case - 4 stars all the way! -- An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review. For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

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