Happy Bookers Discussion Group
Next meeting: Wednesday, January 27
We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
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.
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
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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
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