Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY – We Were Liars Deluxe Edition

Posted May 18, 2017 by Jess in Book Tour, books, Giveaway, jess, Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY – We Were Liars Deluxe EditionWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Published by Delacorte Press on May 23, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Source: the publisher
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The New York Times bestseller We Were Liars is now available as a not-to-be-missed hardcover deluxe edition! Whether you know how it ends (shh . . . don t tell!) or have let too many seasons go by without discovering the truth about the Liars for yourself, you will want to get your hands on the exclusive new content in this deluxe edition.

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.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree, E. Lockhart. In addition to the bestselling novel, the collector's edition includes:

.Never-before-shared letters from Gat to Cadence
.A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the author's creative process
.The author's hand-drawn map of Beechwood Island and the Sinclair family tree
.Unique ideas for book discussions Sinclair family style
.An excerpt from E. Lockhart s upcoming novel Genuine Fraud a psychological thriller that will leave you breathless

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

My Thoughts

This is a repost of my original review from 2014. Enjoy!

We Were Liars is reminiscent of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and A Diamond as Big as the Ritz or Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides.  The ideas of F. Scott Fitzgerald, that wealth and ambition create the tragic downfall of the classic American rich melded together with a mysterious quality of Suicides and bled into the pages of this book.

It was also an allegory, a modern-day interpretation of King Lear.  I am really glad that I took that Shakespeare class last year, because I was able to see this clearly and it really helped the story mean something more for me.  I saw past the words on the page to the meaning of it all.

I can now see why the reviews for this book were so split — why it could be seen as a bland story or as an incredible one.  With the beautiful words and tragic unraveling, I fall wholly in the latter category.  This book was a mix of lyrical and poetic realism with an ethereal prose.  At times, I felt like I was in another world, seeing the lives of these people played out much like a fairy tale.  And then, when the surface was scratched, we could see the tinny, dull underpinnings.  This wasn’t a fairy-tale: it was a bloody mess of expectations and masks and pretending to be something that it wasn’t.

I will say I figured out what was going on before I was half-way through the book (and all by myself I will add — I had no idea what the book was about going into it! I purposefully didn’t even read the synopsis).  So then instead of forcing through the story to find out what was going on, I was pushing to find out if I was right (and I was).  It did take a little of the mystery away, but it didn’t lessen the book. I appreciate the story that was told and I absolutely loved the way it was told.

This book was special and definitely left me thinking.  For all its hype, I am glad I decided to finally pick it up and find out what all the fuss was about.

Praise for We Were Liars: 
20 Weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List

Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents. The Wall Street Journal 

rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.

Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettableJohn Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

You’re going to want to remember the titleLiars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending. Entertainment Weekly 
An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing. The New York Times Book Review 

No one should be talking about the shocking twist ending. What we can talk about is . . . [Lockhart s] razor-sharp portrayal of a family for whom keeping up appearances is paramount and, ultimately, tragic. Chicago Tribune 

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Check out the rest of the tour!

Week One:

5/15/2017Tales of the Ravenous ReaderInterview
5/16/2017Zach’s YA ReviewsRe-Post Review
5/17/2017A Backwards StoryGuest Post
5/18/2017Such a Novel IdeaRe-Post Review

Week Two:

5/22/2017Page Turners BlogRe-Post Review
5/23/2017Book BriefsReview
5/24/2017Here’s to Happy EndingsReview
5/25/2017BookHounds YAInterview
5/26/2017Falling For YARe-Post Review

About E. Lockhart

I am the author of We Were Liars,  Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and the Ruby Oliver quartet: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book,  The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live BoyfriendsHow to Be Bad was co-written with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski.

Disreputable History was a Printz Award honor book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and recipient of the Cybils Award for best young adult novel. We Were Liars is a New York Times bestseller. It  won the Goodreads Choice Award and was Amazon’s #1 YA novel of 2014.

I have a doctorate in English literature from Columbia University. My field was 19th-century British novel.  In 2013 I chaired the committee on Young People’s Literature for the National Book Awards. I currently teach creative writing at Hamline University’s low-residency MFA program in Writing for Children.

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5 responses to “Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY – We Were Liars Deluxe Edition

  1. Very interesting review. I culd see why this book elicited such a split in the reaction of reviewers, as I’ve read Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, one of my all-time favourite books, and I was immediately reminded of the contrast between the world Daisy and Tom occupied, the world Gatsby yearned to enter, and the world of “the valley of ashes”, which eventually destroyed him. Will retweet this as a record of the book title and then I can add it to my TBR list!

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