Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: Y/A. Romance. Fiction
Rate: 3.5 stars.
“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.
What is great about this story?
The writing for start.- The author use an amazing, original, kind of poetic style, with beautiful prose and a easy and fresh way to tell the story.
The plot is also good. The descriptions are so vivid, so effective that makes you feel inside the island with the characters.
Also is an enigmatic and twisting story, a little predictable at the end but still shocking. Actually my heart cries every time that I remember the end.
And there is more. Like the intrigue and the anxiety to know what happened to Cady the main character. Basically the entire book is about to help Cady with her memory, to find the true.
Furthermore, the story shows problems of a rich family and all this intrigue that we believe exist around money.
Then we have the liars, the group of friends forced by their families to fake and keep the appearances of a normal life. That shattered my heart…Every teen need the opportunity to be themselves at least once in their life.
However and even when the plot is good and I insisted the writing was beautiful unusual, I have some trouble with a couple things.
First there are some inconsistences with the back and for between flashbacks and the present. It was good to have those flashbacks but the transition could be clearer special with this particularly writing.
But I think my biggest problem was the main character Cadance. I got to understand her conflict, her needs for knowing what happened to her years ago. However I never felt a connection with her. In fact, she was so disconnected with the story that her relationship with her cousins and the rest of the characters felt unreal. The romance with Gat felt fake, I didn’t believe in it. And it is so sad because the author could develop a great love story, one for the reader to crave. And for me wasn’t nothing like that.
Still, there is something about this book that keeps me reading but I don’t know if I would read it again.
“I will prove myself strong; when they think I am sick.
I will prove myself brave, when they think I am weak.”
“Read them and you hear the echoes of one story inside another then echoes of another inside that. So may have the same premise: once upon a time, there were three.
The island is ours here, in some way we are younger forever.”
“Tragedy is ugly and tangled, stupid and confusing
That is what the children know
And they know that the stories about their family are both true and untrue there are endless variations and people will continue to tell them.”
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