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Review:Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Author: Sara Shepard
Title: Pretty Little Liars
Series: Pretty Little Liars # 1
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Source: Personal Purchase
Format: Paperback
Pub. Year: 2006
Purchase: Amazon/ B&N

Blurb from Goodreads:
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? A strong launch for a suspenseful series.

What I will remember: I like the show as much as the book

Pretty Little Liars, the only reason I picked this series up is the television series on ABC Family. I didn’t know about this series until I saw the show, which I like very much. I really love watching TV, I’m always surprised by the TV series and movies that are based on books. The first book in the series doesn’t tell you anything that the first season of Pretty Little Liars hasn’t shown.

The four girls are Emily, Aria, Spencer and Hanna who all have secrets that only Ali knew and someone is threatening to expose them. The threats are coming from someone called “A” and “A” hasn’t done anything series but it is freaking out the girls. I like that Shepard took the time to show us the secrets that are eating up the girls. Spoiler Alerts coming up. It took me awhile to see that Hanna had an eating disorder in the show but in the book, it’s more obvious. Aria has to deal with affairs. Emily with her sexuality. Spencer with being the in the shadow of her sister. What matters is that the secrets are different from each other and that each oh the girls are different and unique. There is no way to confuse them with each other which is fantastic. Nothing is more annoying than characters that cannot be differentiate from each other.

Ali was the girl who bonded the girls together and kept their secrets but she also was the one who taunted them with their secrets in front of company. She was a good friend to stand by instead of being against. She was quite manipulative, using her friends trust to corral them into unsavory acts. She definitely enjoyed the power she had over them. It would have been hard for the girls to leave the clique Ali started so I can see why they stayed in the clique.

This books is just the set up so nothing interesting happens (like in most first book in any series). Towards the end, it does get interesting because Jenna and her brother, Toby, arrive at the memorial for Ali whose body was found after three years. Throughout the book, the girls are afraid to talk about the Jenna Thing so I’m curious as to what that is. I’m curious as to who “A” is as well but considering this series has over 10 books, it’s going to be awhile before “A” is discovers. “A” certainly has way more knowledge that she lets on and is obviously a stalker since she/he acquires new information at a rapid pace.


5 BB- Total Keeper