The Sinclair’s are a wealthy, perfect democrats. Harris and his wife Tipper have three daughters; Carrie, Bess and Penny. Tall, athletic, Ivy League education- all divorced with depleting trust funds and none of their children care. The eldest, Cadence, Mirren, and Johnny along with Gat they make up the Liars.
Every year in the summer holidays they come together on their own private island and generally act like privileged kids that they are – except for Gat who feels like an outcast because he isn’t related to the family and is of a different race. The other three Liars lie for their mothers who are competing for Harris’ inheritance of property and jewels.
In the beginning all of this infuriated me, a bunch of stuck up money grabbing people who only want to spend time with their family to gain their parents inheritance- pretty disgusting right?
What is rather enlightening is that the grandchildren (Cadence, Mirren, Johnny) aren’t like their parents they enjoy getting together as cousins in the summertime to have a good time. They don’t care about the inheritance, they see what’s important in a family relationship.
I enjoyed the issues surrounding Cady, and I was surprised by the ending. A little dramatic in some ways and in a way quite childish perhaps, but I can understand why the Liars felt they needed to do what they did to end the feud in the family. They wanted to be heard instead of ignored by their parents, all for some money, bricks and water.
I thought I may have trouble with reading the book because it was written in such a way that it would frustrate me, but having Cady as the narrator gave the book a melodramatic edge even if at times she was frustrating in pre-summer fifteen. I didn’t connect much with the characters, but despite this I surprisingly in the end felt compassion towards them in the end when they were helpless for doing something they thought would make everything better.