Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Published: 2014
By: Penguin Random House
Audio Publishing Group 

Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 6 hrs., 27 mins.

ISBN:  9780804168427

– Goodreads

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The realization of what I have done comes as a fog in my chest, cold, dark, and spreading. I grimace and hunch over.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. When I started reading it, I was getting this impression that I was going to be listening to some upper-class, privilege, white girl whine about her life. But after posting about it on Instagram somebody mentioned it was in their top 5 favorite list, and coming from that person means something! {to me, anyways} and they urged me to keep reading.

So I did…

I, personally, wouldn’t put this book on my top five YA list, but the story was very interesting… different! I’ll tell you why:

In Summer ’15, The Liars fell apart and Cadence doesn’t understand why or what happened. We Were Liars is a story that follows Cadence Sinclair as she tries to coprehend the spotty memory that she was left with after Summer ’15. Summer ’16, Cadence is sent to Europe with her father. On a near daily basis she sent an email telling one of her cousins about her daily adventure watching her dad eating the grossest food in whatever city they were visiting. When Summer ’17 rolled around, Cadence was supposed to go on another trip with her dad, but Cadence missed her family’s private island, and her cousins, her family, and insisted on visiting the island – so her mother let her return to the island for a few weeks before the father-daughter trip.

Upon her arrival, all the aunties are stepping on eggshells. Granddad’s dementia has gotten so bad he’s often calling Cadence by her cousin’s name, Murrin*. And The Littles are also hiding a secret that Cadence’s mother told them to never talk about. And Cadence just wants to remember.

75% of the story is of Cadence trying to recollect the memories she lost from Summer ’15, with the help of her cousins and the boy she loves. By the end of the story it hit me what had happened, the  reality of the situation makes your stomach drop when you realize what it looks like when familial pressures between four teenagers with a mix of alcohol creates a great rush that doesn’t always have a delete button.

*you guys can correct me on the spelling, since I didn’t read the book but listened to it

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Monthly Wrap-Up (#32)

Books Reviewed

1. The Perfect Mother | link
2. Ayesha at Last | link
3. Say What You Will | link

Currently Reading

1.  The Other Side of Paradise || link

 June Stats

# Books Read: 2
# of Pages: 320
# of Hours Listening: 8
Total # of Posts: 2
Most Viewed: Holy Cow by David Duchovny
Runner Up: War Brothers (Graphic Novel)

2018 Stats

# Books Read: 14
# of Pages: 1343
# of Audiobooks: 9
Genre Most Read: Young Adult

Upcoming news

I’ve wrapped up my spring term course: Creative Writing. I’ll be away for a week in July to watch my brother tie the knot with his long-term lady, and afterwards I’ll be on a mini vacay with my main squeeze. Hopefully that’ll allow me to get some reading/listening in 🙂

How has your month been?

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Review: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Original Title: Amy & Matthew
Published:
 2014
By: HarperTeen
Source: Owned
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780062271105

Goodreads

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I took my sweet sweet time with this book, but I finally finished it!

This book is about a girl, Amy, with a severe case of cerebral palsy, she has limited speech and mobility and it has proven very difficult for her to make friends. In her senior year of high school her parents have agreed to hire students to be her aides to get around school and to introduce her to new people. An aide was assigned to one day out of the week to accompany Amy and spend time with during lunch. One particular aide is Matthew. He had a mid-week shift.

Matthew has his own quirks, and he felt like this would be a good thing to do and participate in since he needed a job/money. At the beginning it was very difficult for Matthew to help Amy, but in the end it turns out he {really} needed this.

Matthew and Amy become really good friends. Matthew learns Amy’s quirks and understands them better than most. Eventually things start getting too serious. Life stuff happens. Confusing teenage stuff that even kids like Amy and Matthew just have so much trouble grasping by themselves.

And then Amy goes to college, but Matthew stays behind. They grow apart. But then something happens and they come together again.

It’s a roller-coaster story!

Alright guys, now for my opinion(s).

This book was good. I love the diversity of characters, but I’m merely registering the fact that I have not seen any other book about somebody who is able-minded but physically disabled and about somebody who deals with mental disabilities issues like OCD and how it could influence every single crippling minute of their life. So, yes, good stuff!

Plus this book also discusses teen “stuff”. [Side note: still trying to decide it I can do a spoiled, this book {was} published in ’14]. Okay fine. Say What You Will also discusses the cliché of getting pregnant on prom night drama. Amy gets pregnant. That is what causes one of the riffs between Amy and Matthew – not the pregnancy part, but just the fact that she was very nonchalant about it and Matthew may have overreacted {just saying}.

This topic also leads into the conflicting choice of whether a teenager should keep their baby once it’s born or to put it up for adoption. In this case, a teenager with a physical disability having to decide whether or not to keep the baby once it’s born. Yes, they do mention abortion, but in Amy’s case the baby was going into it’s second trimester and that just gets risky.

Needless to say, I really enjoyed the story line. The characters grew with the story and we learned more and more about them as it continued. Do I like it enough to want to see it turned into a movie? Probably not, but that’s okay.

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