We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
7 word review: Vacationing with family never looked so tragic.
YA, Realistic fiction. Stand-alone novel. Share with ages 13+.
The Sinclair family, rich beyond measure, spends summer vacations on their private island in the Northeast. Centering on eldest child Cady, the story unfolds over summers fifteen and seventeen. Cady’s not sure what happened during summer fifteen, but she does know that it causes her intense migraine headaches and memory gaps. She spends summer seventeen piecing together events with the help of the Liars – cousins Johnny and Mirren and Johnny’s friend Gat. With an unexpected ending centering on the Liars dislike of the Sinclair’s Kennedy-esque family dynamics, this well-written page turner is a perfect summer read.
Side note: This is one of a handful of books I eagerly anticipated in 2014. It didn’t disappoint!