Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My review:

“The universe is seeming really huge right now,” he told me. “I need something to hold on to.”

I didn’t care much for this book. At first, I honestly didn’t realize how hyped up it was because I was getting used to seeing it everywhere. I mostly decided to read it because of John Green’s praise on the cover. I assumed Green was a good “judge of story”. I was kind of wrong. Once again, this is one of those books that had potential. I’m always curious about books that make you question the truthfulness of the narrator (at least, that’s how I felt while reading), but there were a few things that bothered me. The premise was interesting enough, granted you try not to think about all of the cliché types of characters. The writing style seemed intentionally done to prove a point. To be artistic? Poignant? I don’t know. I appreciated the attempt but it was a failed one at that. I will say that, going into this book, it is best if you have no idea what you’re actually getting into. Fortunately, I had no previous knowledge of the book, but others hinted at a plot twist. And there’s nothing worse than going into a book knowing that there will be a plot twist.

★★★ (3 stars) because some things could have been done better. This book could have been really great. I’m a little surprised it was a Goodreads 2015 winner.

Book Review: The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Robert “‘Cali” Callahan is a teen runaway, living on the streets of Venice Beach, California. He’s got a pretty sweet life: a treehouse to sleep in, a gang of surf bros, a regular basketball game…even a girl who’s maybe-sorta interested in him.

What he doesn’t have is a plan.

All that changes when a local cop recommends Cali to a private investigator who is looking for a missing teenager. After all, Cali knows everyone in Venice. But the streets are filled with people who don’t want to be found, and when he’s hired to find the beautiful Reese Abernathy, who would do anything to stay hidden, Cali must decide where his loyalties truly lie.

My mini-review:

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this book. It had the potential to be really great, I think. Maybe it would have been better as a series. The thing is, I had no clue what it was about when I picked it up and I still kind of feel the same way after finishing it. I suppose I’m trying to figure out what the point of it was. I needed more (from the prince himself). Cali’s character never really materialized for me.

★★ (2.5 stars) because I actually think this could be developed into a pretty interesting television series. It has a Veronica Mars-y vibe to it.