The story of one family, one summer, and one act that may never be forgiven.
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.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense that will leave you reeling.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
'Thrilling, beautiful and blisteringly smart.utterly unforgettable.' John Green
'We Were Liars is heartbreaking, witty, beautiful and disturbing. E. Lockhart's best book to date.' Justine Larbalestier
'A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real.' Scott Westerfeld
What I’m reading right now… Philip Pullman’s retellings of Grimm fairy tales. There are a lot of fairy tale references in We Were Liars, but I hadn’t read this collection until now.
My favourite book growing up (why?)… The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken. Orphans, an evil boarding school, a mysterious country mansion… there was nothing not to love.
My all time favourite book is (why?)… Probably Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. Orphans, an evil boarding school, a mysterious mansion… my tastes haven’t changed much.
The book I would recommend everyone to read (why?)… I am a feminist, and all my novels for teenagers itouch on equality and the social institutions that shape us. I recommend we all read The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf. It’s an oldie, now, and controversial -- but Wolf’s articulation of the struggle between women, their bodies, and Western social institutions is still relevant. Plus, it is a fun read and great to argue about at dinner parties. We’d all have a good time.
The book I wish I wrote… Fight Club by Chuck Pahlanuik. It’s such a stylish thrill ride and at the same time it’s the inside of one guy’s crazy head. I definitely tried to do both those things with We Were Liars.
My guilty reading pleasure is… I am never guilty about reading. I read a lot of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher thrillers. No shame! Reacher is such a violent loony-pants. I love him.
The book on my bookshelf that I have never read… Shiver by Maggie Steifvater, which is a literary werewolf tale. I hear it’s wonderful but I am a little frightened to read it.
The book that never should have been turned into a film… John Irving’s wonderful novel A Prayer for Owen Meany became a film called Simon Birch. Yay, book! Glitter! Sparkles! Boo, movie. Heavily sentimental glop.
My book is… the first suspense novel I have written. All the others were comedies.
I’ll never forget… your face, but I will need a reminder on your name.
My favourite place is… the library.
The most dangerous thing I have ever done is… heroin. Good thing I didn’t much enjoy it.
The first time I… write a page of a new book is the hardest. Beginning is painful.
I regret… acting the martyr.
I remember… a lot of musical theater lyrics.
I love… birthday cake.
I hate… passive aggressive behavior.
I wish… people were universally kind to animals.
I can’t say no to… Actually, I have very little trouble saying no.
Yesterday, I… made roasted strawberry and buttermilk ice cream.
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