Well…umm…I’m emotionally shocked at this point of time. I just finished this book and all I can say is…wow..you just..you don’t expect what the author throws at you. It looks and seems so short but trust me it feels as if you’ve just sat on a long roller-coaster of emotions only to be yanked out of your seat and thrown into the depths of the ocean. I feel so..betrayed and yet…weirdly satisfied? I don’t know if anybody has felt like that with a book such as this with it’s cruel ending.
To those of you who haven’t read this and feel intrigued by my opening paragraph here is a summary of the book cause I really don’t want to give any spoilers away:
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.
Okay that’s it, that’s all I’m giving you. If you don’t want to be spoiled or ruined DON’T READ ANY FUTHER CAUSE IT REALLY TAKES AWAY FROM THE STORY. I mean honestly if I knew the end of the book I just wouldn’t have bothered investing all my emotions into it. I’m telling you from now. This isn’t a book you’ll want to read again. Honestly I saw it in the airport shop (as always) and remembered seeing someone else either on Tumblr or Youtube having reviewed it and being interested in it. Then I saw John Green had written something on the front and that for some reason might have helped me decide to buy it. OKAY NOW READ AND COME BACK TO THIS REVIEW!
Well…well…umm…how to start this? Okay let’s just talk about the characters first. Mainly the narrator – Cadence. I have to admit I was weary about her. In the first chapters already I couldn’t decide whether we were dealing with a pathological liar, a serial killer or just a very imaginative person. When she describes her father leaving I literally thought he had grabbed a gun and shot her. I was sitting on the plane and gasped out loud and closed the book and the people sitting near me were just staring weirdly. I didn’t know what the heck I had just picked up. So I pulled myself together *weak smile to all the passengers around me* and then “casually” went back to reading my book. Then you just realize she’s describing how she felt. WHAT THE HECK CADENCE???
This happens quite often throughout the book and I could barely allow myself to trust this character. It sort of reminded me of Holden from Catcher in the Rye (I despise that book -.-) oh and Nick from the Great Gatsby but yeah that was a weird thing to read there and then.
Okay now to the main part of the whole story – that information the author just decides to plunk down right in front of our faces.
Gatwick Matthew Patil,
Mirren Sinclair Sheffield,
Jonathan Sinclair Dennis,
perished in a house fire…
Me at this exact moment — 0.0..wait… :O….no…no..no.no..no *flips back a couple of pages and rereads paragraphs with them in it* no…no..no..no but they’re there! They can’t be- nope no this is just some random lie again, come on Lockhart tell me it’s a lie.
Conclusion = they died…like…WHAT
I mean yes I get it, it does make sense now why they weren’t answering her messages, calls, why Gat never went to see if she was okay..it just hurt so much to invest feelings into the characters and then to have them basically all ripped out of your arms. Mirren was so sweet, she did attempt to lie about her life etc but I got why she did it and Jonathan was so nice, I mean annoying but still you could see he cared so much about Gat and even Cadence…I’m still in shock over here. So were they ghosts? Who left the new swing and dried flowers? Maybe her Grandfather?
I got creeped out by all the stories she kept telling because they were so ominous and I’d have to read them a couple of times just to see if any hints were left there and then her mother telling her she loved her broke my heart cause the whole time she knew the truth and then when she finds out she killed the puppies…I mean..IT ALL JUST HAPPENS TO FAST!
And let’s just take a minute to talk about their plan. I mean I know they’re kids but SERIOUSLY??? That was the crappiest plan I’ve ever heard of…and that’s coming from me…who makes the world’s crappiest plans!!!!
Here was my overall rating of it out of 40:
Plot: 8 points
Characters: 8 points
Originality: 9 points
Language/Style: 8 points
Giving this book 33 marks out of 40 in my book 😛 All in all an amazing read that is sadly going to the back of my wardrobe so I don’t sob every time I look at it. (Another thing that popped into my head is another reason why I bought it ^^ The name Lockhart reminded me of Harry Potter)
Favorite Quote: Do not accept an evil you can change.