Finally, after a year of book club, my book recommendation was selected! I was on cloud nine… but then the fear set in. What if no one likes it??
I nominated We Were Liars by E. Lockhart mainly because it seemed mysterious (and got pretty good reviews). All of the summaries of the book were short and to the point. Lies lies lies! And don’t read anything about the ending because it will spoil it. Just read the book instead.
That summary drew me in, and clearly the other book club girls, for it was selected!
- I wanted to know if it was a good or bad recommendation (not that it would matter at that point)
- It was short, so it was a fast read
- I kept reading and reading in hopes I would understand people’s obsessions with it
This book has family drama to the extreme! It was a cross between a young adult novel and an amateur mystery novel… that’s the best way to describe it.
It was also filled with multiple fictitious tales throughout the book, predicting and hinting at different things, but nothing you could ever connect clearly to the story until the end.
The book starts out with a family tree so you can follow along with the different characters. There are a bunch of them, so it was important to review. Although this tree was helpful, the downside to a bunch of characters is the limited attention the author can give each one. Clearly the main character and her love interest were mentioned frequently, but there were so many people I found myself wishing I knew more about that were only named in passing.
The we get to the ending…. the ending I was SO looking forward to… all of the suspenseful reviews and praise for how well it was done. Yes, it was an interesting twist, but it didn’t move me like people said it moved them. I won’t give any spoilers away, except that I expected more. I think I hyped it up in my head just a bit too much.
I read reviews about how amazing the writing was and how it spoke to them. Then I read other reviews saying they were happy it was a short read because it wasn’t as much of a waste of time. My review is somewhere in the middle. I’m happy I read it, since I know it would have stayed on my “must read” list forever, but I didn’t get much out of it.
Sorry to keep it vague, but I don’t want to give too much away!
Did this book bring me to tears? No. Did it shock me? Not really. Would I recommend it to others to read? Probably not.
I have no idea how others in the book club felt about this book, I’m anxious (very anxious) to find out. My roommate says she likes it, but she may just be saying that since she knows it was my recommendation.
We’re hosting book club this month so pictures and recipes will be shared soon!
Any good book recommendations I can share for next month? Clearly I need some more guidance when selecting…