We Were Liars We Were Liars by E. Lockhart My rating: 4 of 5 stars There's a ridiculous amount of feels and tears right now. Lots of angst.
We Were LiarsWe Were Liars We Were Liars by E. Lockhart My rating: 4 of 5 stars There's a ridiculous amount of feels and tears right now. Lots of angst.
We Were Liars is about Cadence Sinclair Easton, one of THE Sinclairs. The clan is tall, square chinned, and dripping old money. They are perfect, happy, and always right. At least, this is what Cadence tells us in the first chapter.Actually, very little is how it seems as first. Cadence is most definitely an unreliable narrator. She has selective amnesia and is on high doses of pain killers thanks to an accident that no one wants to talk about.
In a lot of ways, I felt sorry for poor little rich Cadence with her God complex grandfather and WASP-y mother. Especially when I read things like this:
It tasted like salt and failure. The bright red shame of being unloved soaked the grass in front of our house, the bricks of the path, the steps to the porch.
She made me act normal. Because I was. Because I could. She told me to breathe and sit up.And I did what she asked. Again.”“Don’t cause distress, she said. Don’t remind people of a loss. “Do you understand, Cady? Silence is a protective coating over pain.
There’s nothing in our whole house that says he ever lived with us, except me. Why are you allowed to erase my father and I’m not allowed to—”“Erase yourself?” Mummy says.
But, then we get glimpses of how Cadence was before the mysterious accident. How she behaves with those closest to her, cousins Johnny and Mirrin, and love interest, Gat. She was a bit of a bitch, oblivious to those 'beneath' her.
We, the reader, eventually learn about the mysterious accident, which caused a sea of tears (from me). The writing was beautiful, the plot interesting, the characters varied and multifaceted. I was very, very impressed. Would I read it again? Probably not, but I enjoyed the prose and would recommend it to others.
Yes, the heroine was a bit annoying in the beginning and yes, it dragged a little toward the end, but overall Dead Girls Don't Lie was an amazing, entYes, the heroine was a bit annoying in the beginning and yes, it dragged a little toward the end, but overall Dead Girls Don't Lie was an amazing, entertaining read. I enjoyed it....more
The main character is annoying, there is very little tension and/or creepiness, and the book ends (at least the main plot) abruptly.
The writing wasn'The main character is annoying, there is very little tension and/or creepiness, and the book ends (at least the main plot) abruptly.
The writing wasn't terrible, however I never really cared one way or the other about any of the characters. Well, none if them other than the MC, Hannah, whom I considered supremely selfish. Seriously, they could've been picked up by the Death Star & I wouldn't have cared...except to wonder why Vader found them so fascinating.
I kind of loathed Hannah, which is strange...usually I just find characters annoying. Perhaps it was her clear disrespect toward other peoples homes and belongings. Or perhaps it was her lackadaisical attitude toward work. Or it could have been her selfishness in the light of her boyfriends obvious apprehension. Whatever it was I actually disliked her enough to hope she would be picked up the Death Star or Jabba the Hutt. *sigh* i cant believe i actually said that and meant it...
I don't recommend this. It was a good premise and the author has talent, but it could have been so much better....more
I began reading this because I thought it would be a quick, easy read on my day off. It started off that way, but changed a few chapters in. It surprised me because I thought it would be a funny story about a troubled teenage girl who has a breakthrough, becomes all shiny and new, and lives happily ever after. Well, it kind of was, but...it was so much more than the formulaic YA story.
While Whitley had quite a few not-so-endearing qualities and made a bunch of piss poor choices, I had to like her. We all have our scars and we've all made stupid choices in our past. It makes us human and much more lovable. Same with Whitley. I was rooting for her and glossing over her silly mistakes.
(I'm on a Grey's kick, don't kill me!)
I'm very impressed with Kody Keplinger and will keep my eyes peeled for more from her! ...more
The Kiss Off was a quick, fun read and, while I had issues with some of the decisions the MYou can read this and my other reviews at Pages & Prose
The Kiss Off was a quick, fun read and, while I had issues with some of the decisions the MC made, it had a good message.
I knew from the first sentence that this would be a quick read. The first chapter was a bit all over the place; the main character, Poppy, brought in a multitude of new characters within the first few pages. I had no idea who any of these people were and it took a bit to figure it out. [spoilers removed] Poppy was also a bit of an airhead with typical YA background parents, but I felt that she grew quite a bit in the story and learned a lesson. At first she annoyed me, but eventually, I kind of enjoyed her antics.
While parts of the writing were somewhat convoluted (see above paragraph), I think Ms. Billington has a flair for writing. She definitely had a tween/teens voice down pat. Good job!
There were many, many alcoholic and sexual references [spoilers removed] and I really found the lack of parental units/lack of discipline crazy. Maybe I'm behind the times?
Overall, I liked the book. I had issues with a few things, but it was as intended; a fun, fluffy read. I like the intended message and think the author did a great job writing a book that younger teens/tweens could relate to while giving them information on serious subjects. I applaud Ms. Billington for that. ...more
I read this book in one sitting and it was amazing. Brittany is a pretty awesome heroine, though she did have her silly moments (view spoiler)[ tellinI read this book in one sitting and it was amazing. Brittany is a pretty awesome heroine, though she did have her silly moments (view spoiler)[ telling Alex to apologize to the artist...really? (hide spoiler)]. As someone who has worked with the physically and/or mentally disabled, I loved her care and adoration of her older sister. I loved Shelly and I like how the family problems attempted to work themselves out toward the end.
Did I mention that I loved this book? ;-)["br"]>["br"]>...more