Sunday, 27 September 2015

Book Review: We Were Liars

WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart 
5 Stars
Verdict: Unconventional and thought provoking.

I’m glad this was a short story because the writing style was poetically, erm, you know... Pretentious. It was pretentious. Phew. Glad to get that word out of me.

Okay, so sometimes it was beautiful. I decided at the beginning to not let that bother me because when it worked, it worked damn well. For every paragraph which sounded melodramatic, I could pull out ten more which I loved to bits.

And what’s wrong with British toothpaste? That’s probably the weirdest thing that’s irked me about a novel. Somehow Lockhart has made me patriotic over toothpaste...

Back to the review.

The characters inspired emotions in me. I loved to hate the manipulative granddad. I enjoyed reading how the spoiled sisters tore their family apart from the inside out over their own greed. The romance that strung the mystery together had me reading on and on.

The little fairytales were a nice touch - short and snappy with twists at the end that jolted me from reading and into my own thoughts. I absolutely loved them. If Lockhart ever writes a book of short fairytales, I’m there. This is probably the reason I want to give it five stars.

Lockhart also has my kind of humour. Especially the story about the mouse... hehe.

I’ve had a bit of a rough time with books later, and this is another one which had me in tears. I didn’t see it coming. That’s probably because I didn’t want to see it coming, which I think is a testament to how well the character and story was set up.

I’d recommend reading the opening chapter before committing to the book. If it doesn’t offend you too much, and if you’re a sucker for a sad tale, then go for it. Let’s call it an acquired taste.

Source: Bought it!