Book Review: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Everyone has something to hide especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna.
Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily has a crush on the new girl at school and Hanna is using some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.
How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were and the naughty girls they are now. And guess what? I'm telling.
When I read the back of this book I instantly thought of Gossip Girl (this isn't a bad thing) and it does have a similar feel but i think it is slightly darker but still just as far-featched.
The girls friend Alison went missing over 3 years ago and they have all tried to get on with their lives in separate ways. You get the idea that Alison was very controllong when she was around and this doesn't appear to have changed as she still has a hold over each of them by knowing their deepest, darkest secrets.
The whole story line is based around secrets, the girls all have something to hide. The reader finds out some information but we are left with a lot of questions at the end.
Sara Shepard packs a lot into this book, we have affairs, eating disorders sexuality, shoplifting and so on. All these different elements give the book a really strong pace; there is something happening in each chapter.
I did find it a little hard to keep track of who was who with there being four main characters. I think this will be less confusing as the series goes on and you get to know the characters more and more.
Pretty Little Liars is a really good book for young adult readers and I think it will be an extremely popular series. Everyone likes a good secret and this book is bursting with them. I can't wait to read Flawless which is the second book so I can find out what the girls plan to do next.

Many thanks to Atom for sending me this book to review.


Nadia said...

Dot, this book sounds like such a fun read. They actually created a television show based on the books here in the US and from what I've seen it looks like a good show. I have yet to watch it, but perhaps I'll get caught up before next season begins - I've heard that they stick pretty close to the book's storylines. Thanks for the great review - made me interested in read the books and watching the show. Cheers!

Dot said...

Nadia- Ys, we are just getting the show in the UK now but I have to admit that I keep on missing it though! I think this is going to be a really popular series with young adult readers!

Charlie said...

Like you I want to watch the show but keep missing it! I like what I've heard of it and thus heard of the book and it does sound quite different.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a fun read! Not my usual fare, but I need some fun every once in a while :)

Dot said...

Charlie- I was worried that it was just going to be the same as Gossip Girl but it has a very different feel to it!

Irisonbooks- Everyone needs a fun read every now and again and it's only short!

Brenna said...

I'm not going to lie I watched the ABC family series and loved it! It sounds like the book is just as fun.

Dot said...

Brenna- Good for you, I love shows like that so I am going to have to try and catch up!

Jean said...

Am a fan of Pretty Little Liars especially its television series. The story is great and interesting and I can't help it but to hook on it. Anyway, thanks for the wonderful review. It made me more interested.

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