Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 “We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken”

Lockhart’s critically acclaimed young adult novel narrates the story of the Sinclair’s, a wealthy family who vacation on their private island every summer. The family consists of the protagonist- Cadence, her mother, two aunts, cousins and her rich maternal grandparents who own the island. The liars in question include Cadence, her cousins Johnny and Mirren and Gat Patil, the nephew of her Aunt Carrie’s longtime boyfriend. The book opens with an 18-year-old cadence trying to remember the memories and events leading up to her accident that occurred two summers ago on the island. All she knows is that she was found on the shore, dressed in her underwear, the sea washing over her. The catastrophic accident has left her with crippling headaches and a brain that feels “broken in countless medically diagnosed ways”. Her family won’t discloses the details of her accident and hence it is only up to her to figure out what exactly had happened.

The author’s writing is full of suspense and mystery. The unreliable narration and Cadence’s disjointed memories makes it very hard to predict the ending of the novel. The author also did a great job in describing this troubled aristocratic family. The Sinclairs are all beautiful, athletic and rich with blonde hair, receiving the best of education. Cadence’s mother and aunts had a privileged life but even then were never able to attain successful careers and hence still depend on the trust funds set up by their father to continue to live that lifestyle. Cadence’s Grandfather’s attempt at trying to make his daughters compete with each other for his inheritance does not help the situation, only making the relationship between the sisters bitter.

This cunning and cleverly written novel is full of surprises, which makes the reader go back to the first page and wonder what they had missed. Even though the author’s characters may not be very likeable, her writing is certainly impressive.

Top 5 Wednesday- Books with Mental Health/Illness

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Hi Everyone!

So it’s been more than 2 weeks since I last posted anything. I really wanted to complete my Doctor Who Season 5 reviews before my exams began, however I just wasn’t getting the time write them. Now I’m halfway through my exams and they will finish on the 30th of September. I didn’t want to not post anything for a whole month so I’ve decided to try out the Top 5 Wednesday meme. This way my blog won’t be completely empty till the starting of October.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, if you want to join in too, you can checkout the official group page here for more information.

This week’s topic is books with mental health/illness.

So here is my list of books. Most of these books have not specifically mentioned if a character is suffering from a mental illness, however they seem to show some major signs and symptoms of them.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky

Charlie, the protagonist, shows signs of Depression and PTSD.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I’m not going to say anything for this as I might spoil it for those who haven’t read it.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

The protagonist suffers from depression.

The Catcher in the Rye

Signs and symptoms of PTSD among other things.

Gone Girl

Most probably antisocial personality disorder which is closely associated with psychopathy.