The Book That Inspired Me To Write: We Were Liars

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All writers have that one book that moves them to the point where they find themselves prompted to write like the author. It may not be their favourite book, it may be flawed, or even a failure, yet there is something within its covers that connects with us and provides that latent writer within us the spark of life. For me, that book was We Were Liars by E. Lockhart/ Emily Jenkins.

Ever since this book was published, it had garnered rave reviews both from readers as well as critics. I’d been wanting to read it for some time but always got put off by its YA tag. I used to think – YA is for kids. I’ll invest my time in a ‘deeper’ book.

This book not only changed my perception about YA but also proved to me that even teenager mysteries can be deeply moving when they’re handled cleverly. So when in the summer of 2016 I injured my knee badly enough that I had to spend most of my day horizontally, I finally picked it up. And I didn’t put it down till I had finished it… within a day. I’ve only done that with one other book – Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, and Liars far surpassed the other, more technical story…

9 thoughts on “The Book That Inspired Me To Write: We Were Liars

  1. I felt and thought the same way about YA fiction too. At least, until I was asked to read Wendy Orr’s ‘Peeling the Onion’ about some teenagers who, after being in a car accident, find their lives changed forever.

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