1. Do you trust Cady’s narration? Is she lying…or hallucinating?
I was forced to trust Cady’s narration, as she was our only narrator, so it’s hard not to believe the things she’s telling us. However, I also took it all with a grain of salt due to the fact she referred to her cousins and Gat as “the Liars”, and she had a traumatic brain injury and couldn’t remember certain things. In regards to lying or hallucinating, I think it’s a mixture of both. She obviously is hallucinating certain aspects of her interactions during summer seventeen. If the end of the book is true, which I believe it is, then the interactions with her cousins and Gat are all a hallucination and thus a lie. But ultimately, the hallucinations lead her to the truth of what occurred in summer fifteen.
2. Were the Liars justified in any way to commit the crime they committed?
I was completely blown away when I learned the truth! I don’t think any crime can be considered justified. I understand their intentions of wanting to bring the family back together, and they ultimately did but only due to tragedy, but I definitely think an alternative method could have been found.
3. Is the Sinclair family acting of their own free will or are they in some way merely moving through patterns established in fairy tales that existed long before them?
This is an interesting question, and I loved how Cady paralleled her family’s life to fairy tales. I think the Sinclair family acted of their own free will, and I don’t think anyone recognized the parallel except for maybe Cady and Gat. But despite recognizing the parallel, free will still existed, and the fairy tales only further show that history has a way of repeating itself.
4. Was the ending a surprise…or did you see it coming?
Total surprise! I knew something big was awaiting me at the end but I was just not expecting that ending.