2/5/2019 0 Comments
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I went in completely blind starting to read this book, without any real clue what it was about, and I’m so happy for that! Knowing as little as possible is the absolutely best way to experience this book. Really, this is a book you’ll have to experience for yourself, since it’s the plot twist at the end that’s kind of the whole point of it…
We Were Liars is a haunting portrayal of a group of teenager cousins who spend the summer together at a private island owned by the filthy rich Sinclair family. Together they form a sacred bond, coming together as “The Four Liars”, who long for acceptance of who they are outside the family heritage and strive to be free in their own ways. The story is told through the voice of one of the girls, Cadence, who seems to be very confused and dejected. Which she is, for reasons we will eventually find out, as well as that she is quite an unreliable narrator…
This is a wonderful story that is not like anything I’ve ever read before. It’s a story full of deep secrets and a major twist that you won’t even see coming since the narrator has tricked you so well. This is a book that cannot be described but needs to be read, preferably without any prior knowledge about the plot twist. Highly recommended if you are prepared to be completely blindfolded and get your heart broken!
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The Disreputable History Of Frankie Landau-Banks is a cute and quirky coming-of-age story. It’s something of a girl-power homage, with the heroine Frankie showing the boys at her preppy boarding school that she is not happy to just be a cute girlfriend, she wants to be their equal. And the way she shows them, no one will ever doubt her potential again...
This story follows Frankie on her sophomore year in an elite prep school after growing from ”a scrawny, awkward child with hands too big for her arms and a frizz of unruly brown fluff on her head” to ”curvy, lithe, and possessed of enough oomph to stop teenage boys in the street when they passed her”. With her new appearance, she finally gets her crush Matthew to notice her and she soon succeeds to become his girlfriend.
But Frankie will soon realize that getting the guy in your dreams is not always as fantastic in real life as you imagined. And when Frankie wants to impress Matthew’s friend Alpha and earn respect as an equal from him and Matthew by infiltrating their secret school club, the Bassets, things start to derail.
This is a fun and quirky story about finding out who you are and who you want to be seen by others. But also the costs it comes with to stay true to yourself and question the social boundaries.
I really admired Frankie’s sassiness, toughness and smartness, and how she stood up for herself and didn’t take crap from anyone. But sometimes she just got on my nerves, being slightly too stubborn and immature. You don’t have to pick every fight all the time, you know… But still, you have to give Frankie credits for figuring out the main thing; it is important to be your own person and not to bend to others expectations.
I also really loved the writing style. It was so fun and witty, and the dialog was superb. And the thing with the neglected positives was so spot on; I laughed so many times at how Frankie got on Matthew’s nerves by making up her own non-existing words. So, all in all, this was an incredibly funny and political story full of girl-power!
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