We Were Liars by e. Lockhart
In some families telling the truth is valued. In others it’s doing whatever it takes to move on and move ahead. The Sinclairs are a wealthy clan who ‘summer’ on their own private island where the cousins frolick all the day long. But something has gone terribly wrong and Cadence can’t put it all together. She remembers waking up on the beach, being in the hospital, taking pills and seeing a therapist, but the rest of it is a mess from day to day. She writes herself post-its to try to keep track. Meanwhile The Family seems to crumble before her eyes, and none of it makes a whole lot of sense in the big picture.
Cadence can’t figure out why her mom is always weepy, why her cousin won’t write her back, and how the boy she has loved her whole life is slipping away from her before they even get to know one another off the island.
This book is a mystery that reveals itself along the way. Fans of 13 Reasons Why and Jodi Picoult books will enjoy the journey. It worked for me.
Review by Sarah Rosenkrantz