Title: We Were Liars

Author: E Lockhart

Pages: 242 Pages

Publisher: Hot Key Books

The Blurb

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.

True love.

The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times best selling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honouree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

We Were Liars is the haunting story of Cadence Sinclair and the legacy of the Sinclair family.

The Sinclair’s go to their private island every summer but when an accident happens, Cadence is deeply affected by it. She can’t think about it, and others refuse to talk to her about it. She has been told by the doctors that it is best to let the memories come back slowly. After a trauma of this magnitude she needs to figure it out herself. Cadence is medicated and struggles day to day but being on the island makes her more determined to figure out the truth and slowly but surely the events of the past come stumbling back to her.

We Were Liars is a brilliantly written novel. It is intriguing and can genuinely be described as a real page turner. Lockhart has created an eery atmosphere which is perfect for the unraveling of this mystery. The isolation of the island reflects the isolation of Cadence Sinclair and you are desperate for her to figure this mystery out. As a reader, you are filled with the feeling of mystery and intrigue and this book will keep you on edge until the very end.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is available now.

For more information regarding E. Lockhart (@elockhart) please visit www.emilylockhart.com.

For more information regarding Hot Key Books (@HotKeyBooksYA) please visit www.hotkeybooks.carrd.co.

The Boy BookTitle: The Boy Book: A study of Habits and Behaviours, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver #2)

Author: E. Lockhart

Pages: 208 Pages

Publisher: Hot Key Books

The Blurb

A Study of Boy Habits and Behaviours from me, Ruby Oliver 

From E. Lockhart, author of the best-seller We Were Liars, and the highly-acclaimed The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, comes this hilarious and heart-warming series.

Here is how things stand at the beginning of newly-licensed driver Ruby Oliver’s junior year at Tate Prep:

Kim: Not speaking. But far away in Tokyo.
Cricket: Not speaking.
Nora: Speaking–sort of. Chatted a couple times this summer when they bumped into each other outside of school–once shopping in the U District, and once in the Elliot Bay Bookstore. But she hadn’t called Ruby, or anything.
Noel: Didn’t care what anyone thinks.
Meghan: Didn’t have any other friends.
Dr. Z: Speaking.
And Jackson. The big one. Not speaking.

But with a new job, an unlikely but satisfying friend combo, additional entries to “The Boy Book” and many difficult decisions help Ruby to see that there is, indeed, life outside the Tate Universe.

The Review

In the second part of the Ruby Oliver series we see Ruby trying to repair things: her friendships, her reputation and her life. However, in the crazy world of high school, things are never that easy.

The Boy Book: A study of Habits and Behaviours, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver #2) by E. Lockhart sees Ruby trying to move on. She is avoiding her old friends who have turned their backs on her but there is a glimmer of hope with her old friend Nora. She makes new friend and stops being a social leper and most importantly she learns to forgive herself for her mistakes.

I really loved The Boy Book. It is at a slower pace than its predecessor The Boyfriend List and it focuses more on female friendships rather than the need to have a boyfriend. Don’t get me wrong, boys and romance still feature but The Boy Book shows how the power of friendship can have a healing effect.

I am really glad that I started reading this series by E Lockhart. I have a few of her other books waiting on my TBR pile. They have been there a while but having read the first two books in the Ruby Oliver series, I know that she is a writer I can trust. I may have to boost her other books to the top of the TBR pile.

The next two books in the Ruby Oliver series – The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon – and Me (Ruby Oliver #3) and Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren’t Complicated, I Wouldn’t be Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver #4) – will be released in August 2016. I can’t wait!

The Boy Book: A study of Habits and Behaviours, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver #2) by E. Lockhart is available now.

For more information regarding E. Lockhart (@elockhart) please visit www.emilylockhart.com.

For more information regarding Hot Key Books (@HotKeyBooks) please visit www.hotkeybooks.com.

4 Stars

The Boyfriend ListTitle: The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver #1)

Author: E. Lockhart

Pages: 229 Pages

Publisher: Hot Key Book

The Blurb

15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver

From E. Lockhart, author of the best-seller We Were Liars, and the highly-acclaimed The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, comes this hilarious and heart-warming series.

Ruby Oliver is fifteen and has a shrink. But before you make up your mind about her, you should know that she has had a pretty awful (and eventful) past ten days. She has:

lost her boyfriend (#13 on the boyfriend list),
lost her best friend,
lost all her other friends,
did something suspicious with a boy (#10),
did something advanced with a boy (#15),
had an argument with a boy (#14),
drank her first beer (someone handed it to her),
got caught by her mom (ag!),
had a panic attack (scary),
lost a lacrosse game,
failed a math test,
hurt Meghan’s feelings,
became a social outcast,
and had graffiti written about her in the girls’ bathroom.

But don’t worry, Ruby lives to tell the tale. Through a special assignment to list all the boys she’s ever had the slightest, little, any-kind-of-anything with, comes an unfortunate series of events that would be enough to send any girl in a panic.

The Review

There is nothing crueller than school kids….actually that is a bit of a fib; there is nothing crueller than a teenage girl. I speak from experience because a) I was one once and b) I work in a high school and see the repercussions of angst-ridden teenage strops every day.

The subject of E Lockhart’s The Boyfriend Book is the breakdown of female friendships due to the social pairings with the opposite sex. Is that too fancy a description for you? Basically, when boys get involved friendships go to pot. I would like to say that this is a problem exclusive to teenage girls but having experienced something similar in my late twenties I was able to empathise with protagonist Ruby Oliver.

Ruby’s seemingly happy world comes crumbling around her when her boyfriend Jackson breaks up with her. Things go from bad to worse but all this is going to be discussed in therapy. Yes, she is now being forced to go to therapy by her parents. All her therapist wants to do is discuss the boys in Ruby’s life much to Ruby’s discomfort.

The Boyfriend List is brilliant. It accurately depicts high school life and one of the pressures of being a teenager. It is easy to sympathise with Ruby because she embodies the gawky awkward teenage girl who is just trying to fit in. E Lockhart has managed to create a new version of Mean Girls but Regina George has nothing on some of the characters in The Boyfriend List. Yep, they are that vicious.

The great news about The Boyfriend List is that it already has a sequel available. The even greater news is that it has two more sequels due out over the next few months. I, for one, will be buying these! You should too.

The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver #1) by E. Lockhart is available now.

For more information regarding E. Lockhart (@elockhart) please visit www.elockhart.com.

For more information regarding Hot Key Books (@HotKeyBooks) please visit www.hotkeybooks.com.

4 Stars