{A Twist in the Tail} Fairy Tale Spotting in WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart

Love fairy tales and mythology?
Fans of mermaids, dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures?
Enjoy when a beloved classic tale is retold?
A Twist in the Tail Thursdays features all this and more!

WE WERE LIARS is one of those books that you should go into blind. 
It's really, really hard to review.
And so...I decided that, instead of a review,
I'll focus on an aspect of the novel that most people overlook:

WE WERE LIARS is one of 2014's breakout contemporary novels. Everyone is talking about it, but no one is talking about it. It's really, really hard to talk about this one without spoilers, and the book's summary even ENCOURAGES readers to lie about the book when asked about it!

In fact, when I was at BEA last month, there was an awesome Liars Board that encouraged anyone passing by to tell a lie:

So I decided that I couldn't possibly deliver a genuine review.

What you may NOT have heard about WE WERE LIARS is the fact that fairy tales are involved.
...And that isn't a lie!
....Well, not really. ^.~

Here are some sneak peeks at snippets from various tales included in the text that help flesh out Cadence's mental state when used in context. Out of context...well, fairy tales!

©Copyright E. Lockhart and Random House Delacorte Press
From Page 147, US Hardcover First Edition

©Copyright E. Lockhart and Random House Delacorte Press
From Page 167, US Hardcover First Edition

©Copyright E. Lockhart and Random House Delacorte Press
From Page 196, US Hardcover First Edition

Now that you know there are fairy tales involved (And since WE WERE LIARS, at times, has a sense of the fantastic and impossible), what do you say?

Are you ready to read this summer's most-buzzed-about novel?


Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG15+ ( light sexual situations )
Language: PG13 ( Cursing )
Violence: PG+ ( some violent fantasies/dreams )
Other: ( references to drunk parents, underage drinking, misusing pain medication, and dangerous activities  )

Author: E. Lockhart
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press / Random House
Received: For Review (BEA Copy)


A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

WE WERE LIARS is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.


  1. It's been a while since I've read this one. I didn't pay much attention to the fairy tale aspect either, except to compare it to her family life and current situation. The twist at the end really got me on this one!


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