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* FairytaleMotifs: The chapter where Cadence finally remembers the true events of summer fifteen is told in the style of a fairy tale, with her grandfather as king and her cousins as the children of the princesses [[spoiler:and casting herself as the wicked witch who cursed them all.]]


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* BigFancyHouse: Clairmont, although this could pretty much go for all the Sinclair family's huge houses.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Sinclairs. Big time.
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Gat, Johnny, and Mirren.]]

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* %%* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Sinclairs. Big time.
* %%* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Gat, Johnny, and Mirren.]]



* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: The Liars.
** Cadence: The Apathetic
** Gat: The Realist
** Johnny: The Cynic
** Mirren: The Optimist
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Liars again.
** Cadence: Melancholic
** Gat: Phlegmatic
** Johnny: Choleric
** Mirren: Sanguine
* TheKillerInMe
* LaserGuidedAmnesia
* LetThePastBurn: [[spoiler:A dark variation. To the teenagers, Clairmont represented everything that was going wrong with their family. So they burned it down without really thinking it through, and the result was this: all but one of them died.]]

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* %%* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: The Liars.
** %%** Cadence: The Apathetic
** %%** Gat: The Realist
** %%** Johnny: The Cynic
** %%** Mirren: The Optimist
* %%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Liars again.
** %%** Cadence: Melancholic
** %%** Gat: Phlegmatic
** %%** Johnny: Choleric
** %%** Mirren: Sanguine
* %%* TheKillerInMe
* %%* LaserGuidedAmnesia
* LetThePastBurn: [[spoiler:A A dark variation. To the teenagers, Clairmont represented everything that was going wrong with their family. So they burned it down without really thinking it through, and the result was this: all [[spoiler:all but one of them died.]]


* [[spoiler:DeadAllAlong:]] [[spoiler:Gat, Johnny, and Mirren.]]

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* [[spoiler:DeadAllAlong:]] DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Gat, Johnny, and Mirren.]]



* [[spoiler:LetThePastBurn:]] [[spoiler:A dark variation. To the teenagers, Clairmont represented everything that was going wrong with their family. So they burned it down without really thinking it through, and the result was this: all but one of them died.]]

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* [[spoiler:LetThePastBurn:]] LetThePastBurn: [[spoiler:A dark variation. To the teenagers, Clairmont represented everything that was going wrong with their family. So they burned it down without really thinking it through, and the result was this: all but one of them died.]]



* [[spoiler:TraumaInducedAmnesia:]] [[spoiler:Implied. What actually happened during Summer Fifteen was so horrific and scarring that Cadence forgot it happened.]]
* [[spoiler:TwistEnding:]] What ''did'' happen in Summer Fifteen? [[spoiler:Gat, Johnny, and Mirren all died. Even though Cadence has supposedly been talking to them the entire book. Are they ghosts, or are they figments of her imagination? It's implied they're probably the latter. None of the readers saw this coming.]]

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* [[spoiler:TraumaInducedAmnesia:]] [[spoiler:Implied. TraumaInducedAmnesia: Implied. What actually happened during Summer Fifteen [[spoiler:Summer Fifteen]] was so horrific and scarring that Cadence [[spoiler:Cadence]] forgot it happened.]]
happened.
* [[spoiler:TwistEnding:]] TwistEnding: What ''did'' happen in Summer Fifteen? [[spoiler:Gat, Johnny, and Mirren all died. Even though Cadence has supposedly been talking to them the entire book. Are they ghosts, or are they figments of her imagination? It's implied they're probably the latter. None of the readers saw this coming.]]



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* AerithAndBob: The four Liars: Cadence, Mirren, Gatwick, and Johnny.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pay very close attention to when certain characters are "on screen" and when they're not. [[spoiler: Gat, Johnny, and Mirren are ''always'' finding excuses not to be around anyone but Cadence. Why? Because they've been dead for almost a year, and are either hallucinations or ghosts.]]


* LetThePastBurn

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* LetThePastBurn[[spoiler:LetThePastBurn:]] [[spoiler:A dark variation. To the teenagers, Clairmont represented everything that was going wrong with their family. So they burned it down without really thinking it through, and the result was this: all but one of them died.]]


''We Were Liars'' by E. Lockhart is a 2014 young-adult novel about [[BigScrewedUpFamily the wealthy, good-looking, all-American Sinclair family.]] The Sinclairs live under a facade of perfection, and they'd rather anything than admit and face their own problems.

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''We Were Liars'' by E. Lockhart is a 2014 young-adult novel about [[BigScrewedUpFamily the wealthy, good-looking, all-American Sinclair family.]] The Sinclairs live under a facade of perfection, and they'd rather anything than admit and face their own problems.
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''We Were Liars'' by E. Lockhart is a 2014 young-adult novel.

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''We Were Liars'' by E. Lockhart is a 2014 young-adult novel.
novel about [[BigScrewedUpFamily the wealthy, good-looking, all-American Sinclair family.]] The Sinclairs live under a facade of perfection, and they'd rather anything than admit and face their own problems.

Something vital and extreme happened during Cadence Sinclair's fifteenth summer on her family's private island with said family and their family-friend Gat, but she can't remember what. Whatever ''did'' happen left her with crippling migraines and intense depressive symptoms.

So what the hell happened?

Cadence sets out to find the answer to this question when, after a year of separation and isolation, she reunites with her family and Gat. But it's not as joyous as she expects it to be. This summer, she gets to watch her entire family fall apart over something she doesn't remember, and something they won't tell her.



* BigFancyHouse: Clairmont
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Sinclairs
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Gat, Johnny, and Mirren.]]

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* BigFancyHouse: Clairmont
Clairmont, although this could pretty much go for all the Sinclair family's huge houses.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Sinclairs
Sinclairs. Big time.
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:DeadAllAlong:]] [[spoiler:Gat, Johnny, and Mirren.]]



* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: The Liars

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* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: The LiarsLiars.



* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Liars

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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The LiarsLiars again.



* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
* TwistEnding

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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Although one couldn't truly call Cadence ''insane,'' her mental state is scrambled and awful by the present time, and she's an unreliable narrator.
* TwistEnding[[spoiler:TraumaInducedAmnesia:]] [[spoiler:Implied. What actually happened during Summer Fifteen was so horrific and scarring that Cadence forgot it happened.]]
* [[spoiler:TwistEnding:]] What ''did'' happen in Summer Fifteen? [[spoiler:Gat, Johnny, and Mirren all died. Even though Cadence has supposedly been talking to them the entire book. Are they ghosts, or are they figments of her imagination? It's implied they're probably the latter. None of the readers saw this coming.]]

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*DrivingQuestion: ''What happened at the end of Summer Fifteen?''

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*BigScrewedUpFamily: The Sinclairs


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*TheKillerInMe


* AnachronicOrder: The story jumps around, mainly between the present summer and Summer Fifteen

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* AnachronicOrder: The story jumps around, mainly between the present summer and Summer FifteenFifteen.
*BigFancyHouse: Clairmont



* FourPhilosophyEnsemble:

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* FourPhilosophyEnsemble:FourPhilosophyEnsemble: The Liars



* FourTemperamentEnsemble:

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* FourTemperamentEnsemble:FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Liars


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*LaserGuidedAmnesia

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->''We were warm and shivering,\\
and young and ancient,\\
and alive.''


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*DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Gat, Johnny, and Mirren.]]



* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness

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*LetThePastBurn
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadnessThroughTheEyesOfMadness
* TwistEnding

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''We Were Liars'' by E. Lockhart is a 2014 young-adult novel.

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*AnachronicOrder: The story jumps around, mainly between the present summer and Summer Fifteen
*FourPhilosophyEnsemble:
**Cadence: The Apathetic
**Gat: The Realist
**Johnny: The Cynic
**Mirren: The Optimist
*FourTemperamentEnsemble:
**Cadence: Melancholic
**Gat: Phlegmatic
**Johnny: Choleric
**Mirren: Sanguine
*ThroughTheEyesOfMadness

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