We Were Liars

by E. Lockhart Year Published: 2014 Young Adult Fiction

As an interesting juxtaposition to Behind the Beautiful Forevers, my this book has taken me to a fictional, upper-class, privileged family from the Eastern United States in We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

The story takes place on Beachwood Island, a seemingly private island with expansive and elaborate homes owned by the single family of the book.

While I liked the book, I wonder if I would have liked it better had I not been reading Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the same time. In the first book, a mother can’t even say if she knows the age of her son because her only concern is that her children have enough to eat to make it to the next year. In the second, the mothers are pushing their children to turn against their cousins just so they can gain the best inheritance.

Two totally different stories.

However, We Were Liars still reflects humanity even though they are well-off and only seem concerned about money. Humanity is not just reserved for those who suffer in poverty.

I don’t want to say much more about it because not knowing much about the plot adds to the mystery of the novel.

I also recommend this book.