Happy Bookers Discussion Group

Next meeting: Wednesday, January 27
at 2:00 pm and 7:00 p.m.

 We Were Liars

by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars


Cadence Sinclair Eastman, heiress to a fortune her grandfather amassed “doing business I never bothered to understand,” is the narrator of this searing story from National Book Award finalist Lockhart, which begins during her 15th summer when she suffers a head injury on the private island Granddad owns off Cape Cod. Cady vacations on Beechwood every year with her mother, two aunts, and—most importantly—the other liars of the title: cousins Mirren and Johnny, and Gat Patil, the nephew of Aunt Carrie’s boyfriend. The book unfolds two summers later, with Cadence trying to piece together the memories she lost after the accident while up against crippling headaches and family members who refuse to speak on the subject. Though this book is written for teens, it shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone looking for a fantastic read.

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Discussion Questions

The five sections of We Were Liars are entitled "Welcome," "Vermont," "Summer Seventeen," "Look, A Fire," and "Truth." Why does Lockhart choose to divide the book in this way?

Do you trust Cady's narration? Is she lying...or hallucinating?

What does Cady come to learn at the end of the novel—what insights area gained?

If Gat had been white, would Harris have treated him differently?

Why does Cadence's dad hate being a Sinclair?



Questions excerpted from Litlovers


Upcoming Selections:

February Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

March The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

April The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

May The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne

June The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion



Happy Bookers selections are chosen by the participants.  Suggest a book for discussion

The Happy Bookers is Phillipsburg Library's monthly book discussion group.  We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Newcomers are always welcome, and no registration is necessary.  Call Deb at 908-454-3712 for more information.

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