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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

In this young adult novel, Lockhart places a group of teenage cousins (whose family is fighting over the estate) on an island each summer. At the center of this conflict is Cadence, the first person narrator, who has an accident that causes dementia. It is only when she realizes her family is trying to protect her from the details that she begins to piece together the truth.

Alright.  This is one of those books you need to read twice, if you’re just reading for pleasure.  And, I will tell you that the first time I read it, I was bored.  So bored.  There aren’t so many crucial events (really just one–the accident), but there are several scenes of love and teenage mocking/complaining/jabbing.  BUT, when I realized the ending, I wished I had paid more attention to the mocking/complaining/jabbing!

So, read the book, but read closely the first time so that you don’ have to suffer through the 80 some chapters of narration.  You’ll appreciate the book much more than I did.

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This entry was posted on August 3, 2014 by in book review, dementia, Reading.

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