And we continue the series of books that booktok has recommended to me, however this is the first one that I have seen that has had some mixed reviews so let’s see what I think of it.
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.
Taken from goodreads
The first thing I noticed when I started reading the book was just how much I hated some of the characters, well i say some, it was literally all of the adults in the book. The second they started talking about money and why some of them were getting more then others in the truth funds I instantly wanted them all to disappear. The actual main characters of the books I found to be yes annoying at times and what I sort of expect of rich kids but they did seem like they wanted to change.
The way that some parts of the book were written were amazing,the way the author tried to describe a scene that didn’t actually happen but make it be a feeling the main character was having was simply amazing and were my favourite parts of the book by a long way.
The writing style was unneeded and pointless in the story telling, all it did to me was to annoy me. It felt like a way to make the book bigger than it actually was. If written normally this book of 220 pages would have been less than 150 and it just seems like a way to get people to pay more money for a small book.
I struggled to connect to any of the characters, this is possibly because they were all rich kids and I was a poor one. The only character I could slightly see myself in was the one token P.O.C. character that the author decided to include, he wanted to make changes to the world but still I found him to be a very confusing character to read about.
Other then the few paragraphs where the author is describing a feeling by using a different scene the best part of the whole book was the family tree and the map that is included, I loved these but I do wonder why they would include one in a book that is based on a very small island and about a family with about 15 people on it, to me it just doesn’t make any sort of sense.
The twist ending to me was obvious by page 100, so when they revealed it at the end, I was just like wait people didn’t get that from the start?
I understand why this book has such mixed reviews, some people are going to love the writing style, the twist ending, the metaphors used and the characters and will give it a high rating. Other people like myself are going to struggle to like the characters, find themself relating to the one token P.O.C. character and just really struggling to find a way to get through this tiny book.
I personally did not like this book due to the characters and writing style but that doesn’t mean you wont like it more than me.