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Attention, Attention: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Since I listened to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart as an audiobook, it seemed fitting to share a little bit about it with you via a vlog. Just in case you’re at work, though, I’ll highlight a few things I loved and you can also check out Estelle’s amazing review. She said it was worth it. I took her advice and absolutely haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.

 

Attention, Attention vlog for We Were Liars:

Sidenote: I say Cate in the vlog instead of Cadence or Cady. I spelled her name weird in my notes and realized my mistake after I finished uploading the vlog. My apologies!

And guys? It’s been WEEKS since I listened to the audiobook. Weeks. I have even tried to start another since then, thinking maybe I was really going to be able to get into the rhythm of walking and listening. Whelp, I’m still walking, but I’m listening to iHeartRadio or music instead of books. Why? I just wish We Were Liars would keep going on and on and on.

Everything about it — the mystery, Cadence’s brokenness and inability to remember what happened to her, the will they/won’t they relationship between her and Gat — it all sucked me in. Their family is very, very wealthy. But when Cadence’s grandmother passes away, there’s this HUGE game of tug-of-war fighting over her belongings between the aunt’s and Cady’s mom. They’re materialistic and so self-absorbed. You’ll feel sickened over how hungry they are to possess more more more. But then I think I also loved We Were Liars because of the huge amount of self-reflection I did.

Though I don’t have their money (and probably won’t ever own my own island), am I selfish and deranged when it comes to what I can possess? Sadly I think that answer was yes as I thought about the too-many nail polishes I own and the amount of make-up I willingly add to my shopping cart because I need to try it. We may be on completely different societal levels, but I did a whole lot of thinking and didn’t always like what I thought about myself.

And then there’s the whole mystery aspect. SOMETHING has happened. Cadence lost her memory. She’s completely blacked it out and no one will tell her what was done. I was driving when I listened to this portion of the book and really should have pulled over because I am sure my eyes were as big as saucers. I thought for sure I’d pieced enough of the story to not be completely shocked, but alas, I was flabbergasted. (Cheers to you, E. Lockhart, for keeping the suspense level so incredibly high.)

Much of that suspense circulates around whether Cadence and Gat will stop dancing around one another and finally get together. One moment you think they’re perfect for each other and the next, you’re thinking he’s a player. I swear I’m not one for those kinds of knee-jerk reaction relationships; the back and forth usually drives me crazy, but with the way that the story is told, you’re not quite sure what’s happening so it doesn’t feel right to make a final decision until things are all said and done.

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July 16, 2014 - 11:01 am

Magan - Rosie, I agree with you. I was so shocked by what happened that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. But I think that’s WHY I love it so much. It has stuck with me and was so absolutely different than what I’ve read recently. It was such a nice change of pace and obviously very memorable for both of us. Thanks for your comment! xo

July 16, 2014 - 11:00 am

Magan - ALEXA! Yes, exactly! Listening to it just made it seem even more daunting. I couldn’t stop listening! Thanks for your comment! xo

July 15, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Alexa S. - I bet We Were Liars is interesting to listen to as an audiobook! It was pretty twisty and intriguing to read it, but I can only imagine how, with a great narrator, the story would be even MORE compelling. Glad you enjoyed it M!

July 15, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Rosie - I read this a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the ending for a few days, it was shocking and I couldn’t decide whether I liked it or not initially. On reflection, I really enjoyed it.

Rosie x

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