Stop! I’m going to give you the advice that the book tuber JessetheReader gave me, and that’s before you read this review, before you read any synopsis about this book. Just go and read it. This book is so raw, and so powerful, and emotional, that you should not have anyone spoil this beautiful book for you. If you don’t listen to anything else I say, just go read this book without knowing anything that’s going to happen.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars, because it was just everything I wanted it to be and more. It was beautiful, raw, and dealt with important issues that we face in today’s society.
For those that have read this wonderful book please feel free to continue with the goodreads synopsis of this book:
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
This book takes places mainly on the island that the main character, cadence’s, granddad own. Her family spends the summer there every year and she is very close to her cousins, they even have a nickname called The Liars. It was her, Mirren, Johnny, and Gat. During her childhood, everything seems normal and happy. Until her father leaves, that’s when everything fell apart.
At first, I thought the big event that happened was already revealed and that it was the father shooting the main character Cadence, and then I realized, that this author is able to make us feel and I knew I was in trouble.
It was the summer she turned fifteen, her dad had left. She fell in love with the other liar Gat, while Gat had a girlfriend back home in his hometown New York, but that didn’t stop Gat and Cadence. They wrote secret messages on their hands, talked about the universe, and their purpose.
They talked about everything. But, Gat is black, and her granddad disapproves of someone unworthy marrying into the Sinclair family. He disapproves of Gat, just like he disapproves of Ed, his father, marrying Carrie. He would disinherit them, and Cadence has a lot of pressure, because she can inherit everything, as the oldest grandchild, and that’s excatly what her mother wants. But, Cadence doesn’t care about that, all she knows and cares about his her love with Gat. She would do anything to be with him.
But, something tragic happened that summer, that changed everything. But, Cadence can’t remember. They just told her that she drowned and had hyperthermia, but she couldn’t remember that either. She only knows that happens, because her mother told her so many times, and she wrote it down. Everyone is so careful not to tell Cadence what actually happens, she has to figure it out on her own.
I enjoyed piecing together what happened with Cadence, because you went through it with her. The more information Cadence got, the more information we got, and I think Lockhart did a great job with the flow of the novel, and didn’t let it stray to long, but she knew how to spread it out, that would keep our attention in the best of ways.
I really like the message that this book is that people should be more accepting, because you never know how someone is going to react, and you shouldn’t use money to try to control people, or make them feel entitled to anything. You shouldn’t wait for something tragic to happen, to be more accepting. Be more accepting and understanding while that person is still alive, and still breathing. Some things like the color of a person’s skin, or where he comes from, doesn’t matter, as long as he is a good person.
I also loved that the title is a metaphor, everyone in that book, lied about something. Cadence lied about knowing what happened, because she did know, she just blocked it out of her mind, her mother lied to her about a lot of things, the liars lied, about being alive, her family lied, because they knew the truth, and didn’t tell her, her father lied. Everyone just lies. Do you know what happened when you lie? You get burned.
Now, about that ending. If you haven’t read this book and didn’t leave after I told you to leave and read this beautiful book , then you are missing out on a life-changing event. So, stop what your doing, and go read it. It’ll only take you like a day.
I was not disappointed at all by learning what actually happened. At first, I was really confused about how drowing could almost cause someone that much trauma that, she would be experience the pain that she is, and that her family wouldn’t want her to know what actually happened.
I was so mad that the rest of the liars died, because I really liked them, especially Gat. My heart just broke for Cadence, because she loved them all so much, and she felt so responsible for their death, and she didn’t even realize it happened. But, it does explain why they never wrote back to her, and the reason she thought they were always going places without her.
What did you guys think the big secret was, before it was revealed? I thought it would be that Gat and Raquel were like living together, and he was never in love with her, or that he was a criminal, and that their granddad knew about it, and that’s why he was so disdainful towards him. I also thought that maybe the reason he was so shameful towards himself for liking Cadence was because, all this time, he viewed her as family, and thought he was creating inset between her.
Also, do you guys think that Cadence was a reliable narrator for this story, if she had selective amnesia, and blocked part of her memories out? I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions about this books! Feel free to like, and comment down below!