We Were Liars: The award-winning YA book TikTok can’t stop talking about!
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the prequel follows 17 year old Caroline “Carrie” Sinclair, one of the three Sinclair sisters and Johnny’s (from We Were Liars) mother, during one unforgettable summer. it was very reminiscent of the first book, but stands entirely on its own. stylistically, both books are similar, the narrative style of this book echoing the narration of the first. but plot wise, they’re nothing alike. 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.
underage drinking and pill taking is rampant, but they are learning it from example as all the adults are also doing the same thing. she did not actually recover from the incident and she will suffer for the rest of her life ! "It didnt end at least".I like the lemon scavenger hunt game and the Who Am I? game the family plays. I like their family nights. I like the dad's quotes as an advice to get through life. I enjoyed the twists! The audiobook was good because the narrator sings at the singing parts. Quite a few secrets come out which I enjoyed, and it all followed through well. There wasn’t anything that didn’t make sense - at least to me anyway.
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. I agree the burning from the inside did not seem like the sort of plan these kids would come up with!This book doesn’t have a jaw dropping twist but it’s a sensitive psychological and realistic fiction that portraits an unforgettable dysfunctional family. We Were Liars focuses on the theme of consequences of one's mistakes. It is centered on the wealthy, seemingly perfect Sinclair family, who spend every summer sitting gathered on their private island. However, not every summer is the same—when something happens to Cadence during the summer of her fifteenth year, the four "Liars" (Cadence, Johnny, Gat and Mirren) re-emerge two years later to prompt Cadence to remember the incident. My face heats with shame. “I’m sorry.” The Love Interest: “You’re saying Granddad thinks you’re Heathcliff?”
I'd really like to discuss this with some readers (hi readers!) because I seem wildly outnumbered as far as my opinion of this book, which was that it was just okay.Cadence later realizes that Johnny, Mirren, and Gat also died in the fire because she had prematurely set fire to the ground floor and trapped Johnny and Mirren on higher floors and Gat in the basement, preventing their escape as the house burnt down. She goes to visit the Liars at Cuddledown where they tell her that their deaths were not her fault (as they share responsibility) and reveal that they will no longer be able to appear to her, with Gat giving her a final kiss and the three of them diving into the ocean and disappearing. It is revealed that Carrie and Ed are still together, Cadence and her mother start to reconcile and she endeavors to live her life and endure. this prequel was just a wonderful trip down memory lane for me. i think some people are gonna adore it (like me, seriously cried way too much lol), while others are just gonna roll their eyes and think it’s kinda basic. i think most people will be able to discern from their feelings of We Were Liars if this will be for them. This tragic, gripping, well written, thought provoking story, heart wrenching, twisty story will deeply affect you and shake you to the core!