What if we could stop being different colors, different backgrounds, and just be in love?
The book We Were Liars follows a group of friends who visit Beechwood Island every summer. Three of them are related (Johnny, Mirren, Cadence) and one is portrayed as just lucky to be involved (Gat). The narrator, Cadence Sinclair Eastman, is the eldest, and she has experienced a horrible accident that leaves her sick and unable to remember almost her entire summer at Beechwood. Years later, she goes back to Beechwood, reunited with her friends, and tries to remember what she forgot. What could be so bad that forced Cadence to block a memory of an entire summer?
Cadence is an unreliable narrator because she doesn't quite remember what happened. The reader wonders if they can trust everything she remembers to be true. As she remembers, she also discovers herself. Cadence herself is from the powerful and rich Sinclair family. The boy that is lucky to be involved is Gat. Cadence and Gat fall for each other, a deep, young, love. But, she experiences some of the pain that comes along with a "forbidden" love, and Gat opens her eyes to the world around her. He shows her just how good she has it, even if she can't remember a summer, and even if she suffers from horrible migraines.
This is a book about self-discovery, young loved friendships, and family. Lockhart writes extremely well, with a unique prose. If you're looking for a quick young adult read, check out We Were Liars!