Teen Volunteer Review: We Were Liars

This year, Boston Public Library's teen volunteer program has gone remote! As part of this program, local high schoolers share their thoughts on books, movies, and more on our blog. Today, check out Boston Latin Academy sophomore Jeylin Hamilton's review of We Were Liars!


This past week I read the book We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and let me tell you, this book is so good! I finished it in two days! This was my first read of the year. I'll admit I'm not much of a reader, but I'm getting into it.

This novel is a fictional story about a girl named Cadence Sinclair Eastman. Cadence narrates a story of each summer when she goes to her family's private island and visits her grandparents, aunts, cousins, and crush. As the story goes on, Cadence has an accident. She then gets amnesia and can't remember most of her summer from when she was 15. Her mother and other family members do their best to keep it from her.

As the year goes on, Cadence gives away her personal items to get rid of her past self that she doesn't remember. When she goes back to the island, she keeps track of little things throughout her weeks there until she finally starts remembering a bit. That's all I'm going to tell you, but I highly recommend this book. Just know there is a big plot twist that you would've never expected that will lead you down an emotional rollercoaster!

I found this book from book recommendation videos on Youtube, where two of the videos I watched recommended this book. I am so glad I got it; I give it a 4/5 rating and recommend it as a first read if you're not much of a reader. Even if you are, still read it. When I read this book, I was reading for like two hours and didn't even notice. So yes, get it, read it, it's good.

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