The Zoella Book Club: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Zoella Book Club: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance. A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies? Which is truth?

We Were Liars – WHSmith Review

The wealthy and privileged Sinclair family spend their summers on Beechwood Island in Massachusetts, a private island owned by our narrator – Cadence’s – granddad. Cady enjoys lazy days on the island with her cousins Johnny and Mirren and Johnny’s friend Gat who she has had a crush on since they were children. And together the four of them are known as the liars.

But after being discovered half-naked and shivering uncontrollably on the beach after a presumed swimming accident (she can’t remember) Cady begins suffering migraines and memory loss. The next summer her father takes her away on a trip to Europe and so it is two years after the accident when Cady returns to the island desperate for her family and Gat to help her regain her memory. But why is everyone so reluctant to tell her what she has forgotten? What really happened that night Cady was found on the beach?

Cady provides an intriguing but unreliable voice to tell this story, using surreal, poetic and at times violent imagery to describe events. Filled with fascinating characters and a clear sense of a mystery unravelling, We Were Liars kept us gripped right until the very final pages when the chilling twist is finally revealed. Themes of mental health, self-harm, drug addiction, alcohol, death and family feuds are featured within Cady’s story, as well as strong language and sexual content.

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We Were Liars Events

We have some truly exciting online events lined up for the Zoella Book Club to encourage readers to discuss the books with fellow readers and with the authors themselves! You can talk about your favourite characters, discuss your favourite scenes, share your own experiences related to the books and ask any burning questions you have since turning the last page. Don’t miss out on the chance to meet like-minded readers and ask your unanswered questions.

E. Lockhart Biography

E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart is the author of nine novels including We Were Liars, a New York Times bestseller; The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Novel; Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, and the Ruby Oliver quartet: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends.

She co-authored How to be Bad with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski.

Visit her online at: or on Twitter: @elockhart.

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