Thursday, March 5, 2015

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

by Grace Wang

Without a doubt, this is one of the most powerful books that I have ever read.  

One damaged girl. 

A summer on her family’s private island. 

The story is told through the voice of an emotionally distraught eighteen year old girl. Her distinctive voice echoed in my head until the very last page. I could relate to her character because I felt all her pains, joys and griefs. It was like she was part of me. 

My favorite part of the book was the author’s writing style. The poetic phrases and powerful words weaved together to create an unforgettable story. Also, the sentence fragments were effective because the short phrases conveyed important messages. In addition, I liked the design of the book, as the blank space allotted room for imagination and acted as transitions to the next line. 

The plot was so sophisticated that I questioned everything. The author cleverly unveiled a little bit to us at a time—from sparse details until suddenly reaching the climax; everything spilled out, erupting like a volcano. This story was a heartbreaking read that twisted with my mind until the very end. It took my breath away—leaving me speechless and in shock.

This is unlike any book I have ever read because of its unique, powerful style and complex plot. I could not stop turning the pages and finished the book in one day.  It was too good to put down. 

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.  An out-of-the-box read for sure!

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