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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized3 Comments

Publisher: HarperTeen

Source: Borrowed from Library
Publication Date: 01 Oct 2006
Series or Standalone: Series (Book 1)
ISBN: 0060887303
Format: Paperback
Pages: 286
Place(s) Traveled to: Rosewood, Pennsylvania
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: Imagine it’s a couple of years ago, the summer between seventh and eighth grade.

The main reason that I picked up Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard was because Pop Culture Junkie was raving about it on Twitter. She became so addicted to this series to the exclusion of all other books for her at the time. I became curious about this series that could hold someone so entrall that I immediately put a copy of it on hold at my local library. Unfortunately, this series didn’t live up to my expectations of the story. The story is told from the point of view of the four main characters – bouncing between them all to keep the story going. I love stories with the multiple POV aspect because you tend to get a more well rounded look at what is going on.

In Pretty Little Liars though this multiple POV didn’t always work for me because I really didn’t like any of the characters. All four girls are horribly flawed and they don’t really have any redeeming qualities about them. Hannah, Spencer, Aria and Emily all used to be friends. Part of a clique held together by Allison who disappeared mysteriously one summer. Allison held the group together with secrets and lies and without her manipulation they fell apart and went their separate ways. But when the body of Allison is discovered, and the girls start receiving ominous messages from someone named A they are brought back together in a tense relationship.

For much of this book I kept waiting for something to happen. I kept waiting to be spooked by the mysterious messages. But instead I just ended up annoyed more than anything else. The writing of the story wasn’t the best and I kept getting reminded of the book Gossip Girls – which is another book about spoiled rich kids who get away with far more than they should because of looks and money. As with Gossip Girl I find that I liked the tv show better than the written text. In the book the girls just lack something that gives other characters life and makes them interesting. I was very meh about this story and am unsure if I’ll ever read the rest of the books. I’ve heard that they get better as more of the mystery surrounding Allison’s disappearance is revealed but I’m just not sure if they are worth the effort. I don’t know….maybe one day.

Pretty Little Liars Series Order
Book 1: Pretty Little Liars
Book 2: Flawless
Book 3: Perfect
Book 4: Unbelievable
Book 5: Wicked
Book 6: Killer
Book 7: Heartless
Book 8: Wanted

3 Responses to “Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard”

  1. Alea

    I told you, the first one isn’t very exciting it’s just the set up, it gets good in book 3!

  2. lisa :)

    Thanks for the review. I debated checking these out since I’ve heard a lot about this series, but now I probably won’t bother. I initially thought they might be a bit too heavy on the tweeny drama for my tastes, so I’ll stick with other reads for now.