We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Originally published: May 13, 2014
“The bright red shame of being unloved soaked the grass in front of our house, the bricks of the path, the steps to the porch…”
“It was important, she said; it was kind; it was best. Don’t cause distress, she said. Don’t remind people of loss.”
“Silence is a protective coating over pain.”
“–as if talking about something could make it better. As if wounds needed attention.”
“Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments. I get the same spending an hour with you.”
“‘Be normal now,’ she whispers. ‘Right now.’ –‘because you are, because you can be.’”
“He cried like a man, not a boy. Not like he was frustrated or hadn’t gotten his way, but like his life was bitter. Like his wounds couldn’t be healed. —I wanted to heal them for him.”
“He didn’t believe in God anymore and yet he still wished that God would help him.”
“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.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.”