There isn’t much I can say about We Were Liars without giving it away. I can tell you that it takes place on the private island of a rich Boston family. I can tell you that it’s about a group of four friends who call themselves “the Liars”, and that there are indeed a lot of lies in the story. I can tell you that the writing is fearless, razor-sharp and beautiful, and that I read it in the space of about three hours. But as for what it’s actually about? No, I can’t tell you that. The heavy, portentous suspense in We Were Liars is the book’s best feature. The phrase “unputdownable” gets thrown around a lot with new, hyped books, but I’m gonna say it anyway: you will genuinely not put this book down until you get to the end. As it says on the back of the book: Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart; Random House; 17.99; 13+ years old
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is a must-read for any young adult fiction lover. It’s received acclaim ranging from the ALA’s 2009 Printz Award to a starred review in School Library Journal—”An empowered female hero like Frankie is a rare and refreshing find.” The book became our latest read through its equally impressive word-of-mouth rave reviews.
After spending her first year at boarding school as a mousey debate-team nerd, Frankie undergoes a transformation on which many YA books are based: she dates the most popular boy in school. Yet Frankie doesn’t leave her analytical mind behind as she navigates the waters of the popular crowd.
Frankie’s plan to infiltrate her school’s secret society is daring and comical. She is a multidimensional character who can be at once a “nice girl” and a machiavellian puppet master. You will enjoy reading about her strong personality and keen outlook on the world. The narration is a charmingly intense inner monologue of wordplay and social critique. At the same time, Lockhart’s story is a lighthearted look at prep school teen culture.
Pick up a copy of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart next time you’re in the store (or call us to reserve your copy at 703-548-4092). Paperback, $8.99, Hyperion.