Thursday, January 29, 2015

Teen Book Club - We Were Liars

The TBC met last night to discuss one of the most popular books of 2014:

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

Discussion Questions
1. First impressions: what did you think of this book?
2. Did you see the twist coming?  What did you think of it?
3. Can we trust Cadence’s narration?  Is she lying or hallucinating or what?
4. Were the Liars justified in any way for the crime they committed?
5. What do you think of the Sinclair family?  Cadence’s mother, aunts, granddad, the littles?
6. Did you enjoy the writing style in the book?  How did it read to you?
7. What has Cadence learned by the end of the novel?
8. Why do you think this was one of the most popular YA books of 2014?
9. Who would you cast to play in We Were Liars: The Movie?  (Cadence, Gat, Mirren, Johnny, Granddad?) (It has been optioned!)
10. Ratings and final thoughts!

Melanie: 8/10 - The writing was good, slow at first, the end made me like it more.
Catherine: 8/10 - Hooks you from the very first chapter!
Librarian Karyn: 9/10 - Intriguing story, little bit of mystery, addicting prose-like writing that you just wanted to read more and more of.

If you enjoyed We Were Liars, then you might also enjoy:

Another book by the same author: 

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.

Another book about wealthy families: 
Daughters by Joanna Philbin
In New York City, three fourteen-year-old best friends who are all daughters of celebrities watch out for each other as they try to strike a balance between ordinary high school events, such as finding a date for the homecoming dance, and family functions like walking the red carpet with their famous parents.

Another book with amnesia: 
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout
Seventeen-year-old Sam seems to have everything until she and her best friend, Cassie, disappear one night and now Sam has returned with amnesia, striving to be a much better person and aware that her not remembering may be the only thing keeping Cassie alive.

And if you DIDN’T enjoy it, then something completely different!: 
The Finisher by David Baldacci
Vega Jane has never left the village of Wormwood. But this isn't unusual, nobody has ever left. At least not until Quentin Herms. Vega knows Quentin didn't just leave, but that he was chased. And he's left behind a very dangerous trail of clues. The Quag is a dark forest filled with terrifying beasts and bloodthirsty Outliers. But just as deadly are the threats that exist within the walls of Wormwood.

~ Next Month ~
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Audiobook)

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try

Meeting – Wednesday, Feb. 25th 6:00-7:00

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