What is the shocking secret at the heart of We Were Liars?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is about a New England family who lives on their private island off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard for the summer. “No one is a criminal. No one is an addict. No one is a failure,” are three lies, the first of many, that the book presents. The narrator, Cadence Sinclair, describes her summer filled pain while being surrounded by her family’s addictions, deaths, and tragedies that affect everyone. Cadence is a girl who has been broken and has been trying to put the pieces of her life back together. The raw emotions that her family feels are covered up by their politeness. The secret that is revealed at the center of the book is more shocking than most readers could imagine.

After reading this book in 8th grade, I told all my friends about it and lent it to them. Each week in 8th grade, we had to read one book and then write an essay regarding our thoughts on the book as well as how we could relate to the characters. Every week, We Were Liars was always signed out at the library because one of my friends was reading it. We all really enjoyed this book because of the captivating story. This thrilling book is original and like no other. I quickly finished the book as I kept turning page after page way after my bedtime. Knowing the ending of the book makes you want to tell everyone but seeing their faces after reading it is an even better feeling. If you are into a quick novel that still has a great story, I highly recommend this book.

You can search for We Were Liars on the BCCLS catalog at the Hoboken Public Library.

Written by: Bianca Pino. Bianca recently graduated from the Norte Dame School of Manhattan. She is a life-long user of the Hoboken Public Library and enjoys creating art, playing soccer, and watching movies in her free time.

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A Powerful YA Biography About Overcoming Trauma

Moving halfway across the world was hard enough as Chessy Prout, a freshman at boarding school, experienced one of the most intruding actions on the human body, sexual assault. I was inspired to write about I Have The Right To after reading it in school and having Chessy Prout come and speak to my classmates and I about her experience. This book includes difficult content but it motivated many people around the country to understand what consent really means. Because of Chessy’s young age, it helps young adults and teens to connect with her. In the memoir, Prout describes her childhood growing up in Japan doing the same activities that I remember doing such as riding my scooter and playing Just Dance on the Wii. I enjoyed the story because it was non-fiction and because it was from her point of view.

Now at Barnard, Chessy was able to come to my school and I was able to get my book signed. I admired her strength and bravery while going through the legal process. After a victory over her perpetrator, she still must live with this awful experience.  Although this is a memoir about a horrific event, it looks at schools and institutions that turn a “blind eye” to such behavior and how society (most of the time) blames the victim rather than the perpetrator. Learning about her tough experience and how brave she was to report her assault made me unable to put the book down. Prepare yourself to be inspired by Chessy and her story of survival, advocacy, and hope after facing tremendous trauma.

I Have The Right To by Chessy Prout is available on the BCCLS Catalog.

Written by: Bianca Pino. Bianca recently graduated from the Norte Dame School of Manhattan. She is a life-long user of the Hoboken Public Library and enjoys creating art, playing soccer, and watching movies in her free time.