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Random House, Inc.

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.

And act fast: the first printing is signed by the author!

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.

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

One of James Patterson's "Favorite Thrillers for the Beach" (The New York Times)
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
“A rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.” —Parade.com
“Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” —John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars 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

Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, 2017
Edition: Deluxe edition
ISBN: 9781524764586


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DalyCity_YoungAdults Nov 20, 2014

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. Each summer the wealthy, seemingly perfect Sinclair family meets on their private isla... Read More »

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Sep 04, 2019

This book was pretty interesting... Each summer Cadence and her cousins spend the summers on her family's private island...I know PRIVATE ISLAND! One summer Cadence suffered an accident that left her with debilitating migraines and a bad case of amnesia. As the story goes on she discovers something rather sinister has happened to her, but she can't remember what! I'm giving this book a thumbs up for keeping me guessing. Whatever you think happened to Cadence is NOT what actually happened and you will NEVER be able to guess what actually happened. All the clues are there pay attention and read this book to find out what happened that summer with the liars.


E. Lockhart pens the incredible young adult novel, We Were Liars. The novel follows a young girl on a private island with her wealthy family. The novel was confusing at first, but clarification and a twist is presented at the very end. It made me want to go back and reread the novel, a second read that gave me incredible insight now that I had discovered the twist. I thought it was well written and had an interesting premise that is familiar in novels and films, but done in an original and intriguing fashion. I thought that the romance elements were entertaining, but I appreciated that the entire story did not revolved solely around the romantic relationship between the main character and her significant other. I highly suggest this novel to other readers. Emily, grade 12, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Jul 15, 2019

This book was ok.....not amazing, but it wasn’t bad🤔

loonylovesgood Jul 05, 2019

One of the best YA novels I have read in a long time. It's been a few months since I've read it and I'm still thinking about it. One that you will want to go back and read again to catch things that you missed the first time around.

Apr 22, 2019

The end is so sad! But super good. Don't read if you don't mind sad endings.

Apr 05, 2019

Great book. The story line was unexpected.

Apr 02, 2019

I finished this in a day! Quite an amazing story, not gonna lie . . .
I really did NOT expect that ending, though . . . it left me in a depressed, sobbing heap on the floor.

Mar 25, 2019

Plot twist and as you read on you knew something wasn't right. I couldn't put this one down, I think I read it in 2 days. I really liked it and totally recommend.

Feb 24, 2019

i agree. this book is depressing and confusing.

This book is depressing. I am not spoiling anything else, so goodbye.

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Mar 24, 2019

"Maybe this is a summer of second chances."- Cadence

Aug 21, 2016

And perhaps it did.
But perhaps it did not.

Jul 07, 2014

" We are Sinclairs. Beautiful. Privileged. Damaged. LIARS. "

Anna Kim Jun 30, 2014

".... And if anyone asks.... just. LIE.

Jun 18, 2014

Then he pulled out a handgun and shot me in the chest. I was standing on the lawn and I fell. The bullet hole opened wide and my heart rolled out of my rib cage and down into a flower bed. Blood gushed rhythmically from my open wound,
then from my eyes,
my ears,
my mouth.
It tasted like salt and failure. The bright red shame of being unloved soaked the grass in front of our house, the bricks of the path, the steps of the porch. My heart spasmed among the peonies like a trout.

Jun 18, 2014

Here is something I love about Gat: he is so enthusiastic, so relentlessly interested in the world, that he has trouble imagining the possibility that other people will be bored by what he’s saying. Even when they tell him outright. But also, he doesn’t like to let us off easy. He wants to make us think—even when we don’t feel like thinking.

Jun 18, 2014

She confused being spartan with being charitable, and gave away her possessions without truly doing good with them.
She confused being sick with being brave, and suffered agonies while imagining she merited praise for it.
She confused wit with intelligence, and made people laugh rather than lightening their hearts or making them think.

Jun 18, 2014

We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.

Jun 18, 2014

Better than chocolate, being with you last night. Silly me, I thought that nothing was better than chocolate.

Jun 18, 2014

He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.

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Jun 18, 2016

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Aug 25, 2014

Orange_Elephant_51 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Anna Kim Jun 30, 2014

Anna Kim thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Oct 22, 2014

Super Good but super sad.

LibraryK8 Sep 03, 2014

The Sinclairs spend every summer on their private island, Beechwood. Born within a few short months of each other, 3 of the Sinclair grandchildren and one friend of the family spend the summers thick as thieves, calling themselves The Liars. Cadence, Johnny, Mirren and Gat are inseparable every year, but the summer of their fifteenth year, things start to change. Cadence begins to fall in love with Gat (a friend of the family who is invited to Beechwood every summer) while the Sinclair family falls apart around them.
The summer ends in a tragic accident when Cadence is found in the shallow water of the beach, unconscious and on the verge of hypothermia. Unable to remember what brought her to the beach Cadence spends most of the school year recovering from her injuries and suffering severe migraines brought on by head trauma (the doctors tell her she must have hit her head on the shallow rocks along the beach).
Cadence’s sixteenth summer she does not join the liars at Beechwood but is instead sent on a European tour with her father, spending much of the time bedridden from migraines. It isn’t until two years after the accident that Cadence returns to Beechwood and The Liars. Meanwhile her grandfather has built a new house, and family relations seem at an all-time high, Cadence’s accident ending her families constant bickering.
But things have changed between Cadence and The Liars since the fifteenth summer. Gat is despondent, Johnny is hiding something and Mirren fights bouts of nausea. Something isn’t right, and it has to do with her accident. Cadence is determined to find out the truth about The Liars, Beechwood and their fifteenth summer.

Dimmu16 Jul 11, 2014

THERE ARE SPOILERS! Cadence (Cady) is the heir to the very rich Sinclair family fortune. Her grandfather has a island where they spend every single summer at. When Cady is eight years old her anut Carrie meets a new guy (whom she is in love with) and he brings his nephew Gat to the island as company for Carrie's son Johnny. Johnny, Cady, Gat, and Mirren (whom is another cousin) create this group called The Liars (that only ever gets together at the island). When Cady is 15 something happens to the liars that causes her to almost kill herself. She then spends the next 2 years in Vermont or in Europe. When Cady is 17 years old she finally convinces her Mother to let her go back to the island so she can discover what happened 2 years ago. Also during those 2 years the other liars NEVER ONCE contacted her while she tried to contact them. So when Cady returns they are there acting like its normal and they haven't been seperated for 2 years without any contact what so ever. Basically after a lot of talking and some love. Cady discovers that Johnny, Gat, and Mirren died in a house fire.


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