Friday, July 29, 2011

Review: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Author: Sara Shepard
Pages: 286
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller
Reading Level: 14 years old+
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Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back?

I was apprehensive to start this series, despite the many raving reviews I had read of it. I had seen an episode of the TV show, and it really turned me off from it, but I didn't want to immediately shut down the book, too, so I just waited until the hype died down a bit. I was actually really surprised by how much I liked Pretty Little Liars when I read it.

The book is actually much darker than the cover or the synopsis led me to believe, and that was my favorite aspect of it. The story revolves around a group of girls that each have their own secrets and problems which only grow worse as things progress. Years after their fiery and all-too perfect friend Alison died, they start getting weird messages from someone named "A" who seems to know everything their doing and is more than willing to use it against them. Even though they've all grown apart in the years after Alison's death, these freaky and mysterious events will bring them together again, but not always in the best way...

I really liked this book. I might even say that I loved it. It was nothing at all like I expected. Sara Shepard had a great writing style, and even though she wrote about several characters, I connected with all of them on some level. I connected with Spencer the most, mostly because at the end, when her parents completely just... disowned her, my heart just broke for her.

If you were skeptical about reading this series like I was, I definitely recommend that you give it a try. You never know, you might end up loving it just as much as I did. I give this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

2 comments:

  1. I really didn't expect to love this series, but I do. I'm currently reading Wicked. Each book gets more and more heavy, and secrets are revealed...leaving the reader shocked. Great post!

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  2. I just picked this book up at the Borders closing sale! Happy to see someone else hadn't read it right away either! ;) Looking forward to starting it now.

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