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We are the Sinclairs.

The summertime is when we come alive, on a private island.

You should know that some of us are liars.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart was originally published on the 13 of May 2014 by Allen & Unwin but the deluxe edition of We Were Liars was published by the same company this year.

This book has a huge plot twist that I did not see coming at all. It makes you wonder all the way through the book what could have possibly happened to tear this family apart, or bring them together. The way that E. Lockhart writes is thoughtful and well planned as you could tell that every word was chosen with precise thinking, and that type of writing for me is enjoyable and entertaining.

The genre for this book is YA (young adult) as it does talk about family issues, mental health, wealth and everything that is classified as YA.  In the deluxe edition of this book you get extra content from the author herself. About how she planned and wrote this book and the stages that the book went through. But also, the risk she took to publishing this, it is described that she was scared and nervous to publish We Were Lairs because of the doubts and worries that people wouldn’t like it.

Regarding the characterisation of the four main characters, the appearances and the personality is incredible as the way E. Lockhart describes them you really understand their thought and feelings.  The main character whom we go on a journey with her full name is Cadence Sinclair Eastman.

Her appearance changes through the book from blonde hair to brown nearly black hair, with pale skin. Her thoughts are jumbled and are all over the place because of an accident that left her suffering migraines and memory loss.

Gat – is connected to Cadence, they fall for each other, but he is not the person that the grandfather wants for his eldest grandchild. His appearance is that he has tan/ dark skin but his personality is intriguing to read. As he always has his head in a classic book, he is thoughtful, he is kind, he is smart and most of all he is the one for Cadence.

Johnny – Is the typical boy, loves sports like tennis and marathons. But he is a Sinclair through and through with bright blonde hair and freckles.  His personality is funny, yet oblivious to things, he is kind to others and has manners when they are needed. Overall, he is just a great character that is pleasant to read about.

Mirren – The way that Mirren is described is that she is smart yet a girly girl who loves painting her nails, wearing dresses but is not afraid to get dirty.  Her personality is interesting as she is smart, caring, sarcastic, bossy, yet she will stick up for what is right no matter the cost.

We Were Liars, is an amazing book to read, it took me some time to get into it but when you do you will not be disappointed. Overall, I highly recommend it to any one wants to read a contemporary that has emotions you won’t forget.

Rating – 4.5/5

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Book Review- Eleanor and Park

Eleanor is the new girl in town, but with her troubled family and her very unique clothes she sticks out like a sore thumb.

Park is the quiet boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a comic- he thinks he has made himself unseen. But not to Elanor…… never to Eleanor.

Gradually through midnight conversations, comic books and an everlasting pile of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way everyone does, when their young. You have nothing and everything to lose.

Eleanor and Park was published by Orion Books in 2012 and was written by the one and only Rainbow Rowell.

To me personally this book was fantastic but it does take a bit of time to get into the actual story and immerse yourself with the characters and their thoughts and feelings. But I have heard that other people got into this book quickly and to that I applaud you, but if you’re like me It may take a fraction longer to fully get into the story line. This book has a lot of things going on and it left me with a lot of feelings about the ending (if you have read it you know what I mean). Eleanor ad Park had great tension to the point where I was frustrated but in the bet way possible. This book is unlike any of the other books that I have read and it is the first book by Rainbow Rowell that I have read. (I know I’m sad about it). So, I can’t really compare this book to any of her other works.

Eleanor and Park is classified as young adult’s contemporary and it does have some mature language in it.

Regarding the characterisation of the book it describe the two main characters (Eleanor and Park) amazingly and to think about it I can remember certain aspects of the character very clearly just because of the way it was described in the book. Eleanor is described to have big red frizzy hair that is always in her face. But the unique thing about Eleanor is that her clothes are mismatched because she comes from a troubled family who cannot afford good clothes, but with that being kept in mind, her clothes allow the reader and the other characters in the novel to get a glimpse into her hidden life, and some aspects of her personality. Another thing about her is that she isn’t of the usual body type, which I always love reading about because it’s not just the stereotypical scenario where the skinny popular, head cheerleader gets the bad boy or the boy of her dreams. I love a little bit of change now and then, which honestly made the whole ok a lot better.

The other main character is Park and he is described as a Korean teenager with milk chocolate skin colour, and jet-black hair. In comparison, his dad and younger brother are both lighter skinned where as he and his mum resemble more of the Korean side in his family. What makes me love the character Park even more is that he is again not the stereotypical lead male and that their high school he is the only one who has an Asian background (excluding his brother of course).

Overall this book is a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it to anyone over the age of 14 (maybe?) because of the mature language.  But it is an entertaining read and if you stick with it to the end I’m certain that you will have your own opinions that will just want to burst out of your mouth.

Rating- 4/5

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