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We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

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Protagonist
Cadence “Cady” Sinclair Eastman is the first grandchild born into the extremely wealthy Sinclair family. Our story revolves around Cadence and her journey to remember what happened to her during the summer when she was 15 that left her with never ending migraines and a traumatic brain injury. We see Cadence develop throughout the book, adjusting to her struggles. At the start of the book, she is a blonde haired Barbie doll born into a perfect rich family who doesn’t have a care in the world, and afterwards she has black hair, is depressed, and takes daily prescription drugs.
Antagonist
Harris Sinclair is the antagonist in the story, and also happens to be Cadence's grandfather. Harris antagonizes everyone, whether it’s Cadence, her mom, Gat, or her two aunts. He is the King of the island and his three daughters will do whatever he says, hoping to inherit the largest amount of his money once he passes. He has funded the majority their lives and can take it away at anytime.
Theme
A good theme for this book would be “everything is not as it seems”. This is because a motto for the Sinclair’s could be “silence covers pain”, so you never know what is going on in the family, therefore everything is not as it seems. The Sinclair’s are told to keep a smile on their face with their head held high, no matter what. I won’t give away the ending, but the family is definitely not what it seems. They may be wealthy and can have everything they want, but they are broken and dysfunctional. When Cadence returns to the island after her accident, she also finds everything is not as she thought.
Setting
The main setting of “We Were Liars” is the family island called Beechwood, which is located just off the coast of Massachusetts. On the island, there are four mansions. Windermere, where Cadence and her mother stay; Cuddledown, where Aunt Bess, Mirren, and her other cousins stay; Redgate, where Aunt Carrie, Johnny, Gat, and the rest of her cousins stay; and Clairmont, where her grandparents stay. The island has multiple beaches, a tennis court, docks, and many things to keep the family busy for the whole summer. Also, a minor setting would be in Burlington, Vermont where Cadence lives during the school year.
Summary
Cadence Sinclair Eastman is a perfect 17-year-old girl born into a very wealthy family. So wealthy, they have their own private island called Beechwood where they vacation for one luxurious summer after another. The Sinclair family has raised every generation to believe you have to put on a happy face no matter what. Each summer she spends her time at the island with her cousins Mirren, Johnny, and Gat, her Aunt's long time boyfriend’s nephew. They like to call themselves “The Liars”. During the summer when The Liars were 14, Cadence and Gat fall in love, leaving it to be one of the most memorable summers. The Liars have a bond that can’t be broken, learning new things about each other, and learning how dysfunctional their family is. By the end of summer 15, when theLiars were 15, a terrible accident happens, but Cadence can’t remember anything about it except being found washed up on the beach with the sea washing over her and her mother and two aunts constantly fighting over inheritance. The accident has left her with amnesia and daily migraines. The summer after the accident, she goes to Europe with her father instead of returning to Beechwood. She writes to The Liars everyday without getting a single reply. Now it is summer 17 and Cadence is finally arriving back at Beachwood, and with her newly dyed black hair and prescription drugs, she is eager to gain all her memories back from summer 15.
Why I Recommend This Book
I recommend "We Were Liars" because it is a very interesting book that will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to find out more and more clues about Cadence's accident. Also, it has a very big plot twist that I never would have expected. Overall, it is a very well written book that I would recommend to young-adults looking for a good summer read. I really enjoyed the book and hope you will to.
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
By Sydney Palmer
Connections
Text to Text –
A book that I found slightly similar to “We Were Liars” is the book called “Summerland” by Elin Hilderbrand. “Summerland” is about a group of four friends who end up in a car crash leaving the driver dead and her twin in a coma, leaving the other two physically fine, but not so emotionally. As the book unfolds throughout the summer, truth and secrets are revealed about the survivors, leaving others to question what happened before they got into the car.
Text to World –
A text to world connection you could make with “We Were Liars”, is that not every family is perfect. The typical image of family would be a mom, dad, and two kids. In their case, it’s the grandfather, with three divorced kids, and many grandchildren. Not everyone gets along in the Sinclair family as jealousy and money rules over the love for one another, leaving them to be not as perfect as they want everyone to think and it's almost ironic.
Text to Self –
I found this book slightly hard to connect with other then again, the connection of family. I know my family isn’t perfect, nor is any family perfect. But like Cadence, I enjoy spending time with them and want to make the most of it when I do. Also, I like to spend time with my cousins just like Cadence.


Theme Song
About The Author
Two songs that I thought connected well with “We Were Liars” is “Summer Love” by One Direction and “Fix You” by Coldplay. The song “Summer Love” is a good connection because it represents Gat and Cadence's summers together before the accident. The lyric “You were mine for the summer” in the song connects because Gat had a girlfriend back home, but was Cadence's for the summer. Also “Fix You” is a good connection because it shows the relationship between Cadence and her family after her accident. They all want to help her, but don’t know how.
Emily Jenkins, better known as E. Lockhart, was born on September 13, 1967 in New York City. She grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Seattle, Washington. She enjoys writing children’s books, young-adult books, and adult fiction. Also, she is best known for “We Were Liars” and “The Boyfriend List”.
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