Rating: 3 Stars
“They know that tragedy is not glamorous. They know it doesn’t play out in life as it does on a stage or between the pages of a book. It is neither a punishment meted out nor a lesson conferred. Its horrors are not attributable to one single person. Tragedy is ugly and tangled, stupid and confusing.”
“Oh. My. Lord.” was my first reaction after finishing this book. I honestly didn’t know what I was getting into when I first picked this book up; I didn’t really know what it was about, but it was short and it’s been on my shelf for a while now.
As I began reading this, I didn’t like it at all. There was this feeling that I couldn’t place about the beginning of this book but I just felt like this was going to be a drag to read this book. It’s a fairly short read and I finished it in a couple of hours.
The thing that I didn’t like most about this book was the writing style of this book. I know it may sound that I’m picky about the kind of writing in books but it is kind of a big factor when that’s the thing your reading about. But anyways, the metaphors in this book were very weird to me, and the way she explained things to me was as if they didn’t need to be overly explained, but they were.
The characters were explained, but very flatly. They were explained only in things they liked and only a couple character traits. The main character, Cady was more developed because it was her voice talking throughout the book.
“Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments. I get the same thing spending an hour with you.”
I forgot Cady had an accident because it briefly was mentioned in the beginning and then all of sudden it explained that she was in an accident, and then I remembered about it. It could have been that I didn’t know anything going into this book that I wouldn’t have remembered. I also didn’t like how she explained the accident because although it went along with her unknowingly about what happened to her, it just felt a little under-explained.
The story itself was okay, it just seemed to me that there was just a bunch of family drama especially after Cady’s grandmother passed. It didn’t really interest me all too much, I was more curious about the Liars, Cady, Merrien, Gat and Johnny because they seemed to be more interesting.
I didn’t understand why they were called Liars because it seemed as if she were a Liar too, so it doesn’t make sense if it’s about them lying to her about what happened with her accident or anything. Another thing I didn’t understand was the story tellings because they didn’t seem relevant to the story at all, maybe at the end but not during the book.
I was totally rooting for Cady and Gat to be together, and after what exactly happened in this book, crushed my heart so bad. I understand her grandpa’s disapprovement between them but Cady was ready to be herself and be able to be who she wanted to be, and not what anyone else wanted. She only wanted to be with Gat.
The only thing that really kept me going throughout this book was finding out what happened, and I will say, that ending ruined me. I almost cried. I would have rated this book a lot lower because I thought this was a basic contemporary novel, but it wasn’t. What happened at the end, I didn’t expect it at all, and I think that the fact that this book wasn’t predictable, made it so much better.
Overall, it was an okay book, but I did like the ending so that was a turn around point. I will say that you should pick it up and read it because I think this book was enjoyable to read and try to figure what exactly happened, it just had some flaws, but what book doesn’t?
“We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.”