As the new year dawns, it seemed like the perfect time to share my favorite books of 2014. Though I read roughly the same number of books in 2014 as 2013 , 94 to last year’s 90, I read the largest number of pages yet!
Over the month of January I will share my favorite books across four categories: short stories, fiction, memoirs & real history and young adult fiction. Today is the final day: YA Fiction!
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I rarely rate new books a 5/5, but this one more than fit the bill. All of the things that challenged me about Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence and Gone Girl made me love We Were Liars. I loved the unreliable narrator, the sudden twist close to the end and the slightly unlikeable characters. It’s everything that Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls wanted to be.
But I am getting ahead of myself. We Were Liars is about a young girl recovering from a traumatic accident. She’s spent the last two years trying to remember what happened the summer she lost her memory, but something is keeping her from remembering. The book follows Cadence as she returns to her family’s summer home and tries to put pieces of her past, and herself, back together.
With a narrator that inspires the same fierce readerly devotion as Sharp Objects, the atmosphere of A Hundred Summers, and capturing first love and loss like Sarah Dessen or Stephanie Perkins, We Were Liars is the perfect book to pick up this summer!