I love books about rich families on Cape Cod and since the private Beechwood Island, which is the locale of We Were Liars, is off Martha’s Vineyard, this counts. It is the summer home of the Sinclairs…the proper Harris and Tipper, their three spoiled, ‘never really worked a day in their lives’ daughters and their miscellaneous children.
Cadence, fifteen, is the oldest, followed by cousins Johnny and Mirren. Gat, the nephew of Johnny’s mother’s live-in boyfriend, rounds out the four Liars in this great book by e. lockhart. The Liars are inseparate during the summers, but rarely interact during the year, living in New York, Boston and Vermont.
Summers go by age, so it is Summer 15 during which Cadence has her ‘accident’, in which she is found washed up on the shore one night, scantilly clad. She remembers nothing of how she got there. Since then she has been suffering debilitating headaches.
We Were Liars describes Cady’s search to remember.
As always, e. lockhart brings something new to the table. (If you haven’t read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, what are you waiting for. It is by far one of my favorite books.) There are surprises all through We Were Liars. There are great characters, a wonderful setting and great writing. The more I read, the more I wanted to keep reading.
So prepare yourself for a summer treat. Take We Were Liars to the pool, the park, sit under a shady tree with your favorite refreshment and go to town. You’ll love it.