Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1) by Sara Shepard

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 someone in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back? A strong launch for a suspenseful series.


Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer are not your average teenager girls. Drugs, alcohol, cheating, and secret student-teacher interactions are just some of the things that these girls are involved with. They all became connected through their best friend, Allison. Alison went missing one night after a slumber party and hasn’t been seen since.

Several years later, the girls are each living separate lives and are no longer close like they once were. But one by one they start receiving anonymous texts from someone called “A”. Some texts state things no one else, but Alison would know. Which begs the question is Alison still out there alive and watching them? Or is someone else with a twisted sense humor taunting them? 

What I liked:
 Each chapter is dedicated to a different girl, which helped to keep track of everyone. It took a bit to get used to that, but once I did, I liked it. Aria and Spencer are my favorite characters so far.  Spencer is a bit of an over-achiever, and just happens to want something she should not have…her sister’s boyfriend.
After going to a bar one day Aria meets Ezra, a cute guy who shares some of the same interests as she does. After they part ways, the last place she thinks she will see him again is at her school. Surprise! She finds out he is her new teacher. Things start to become a little complicated for Aria and Spencer rather quickly. I loved it.

What I did not:
For me the only downfall to this book is that I have to keep reading the other books to find out what actually happen to Alison. But that is what makes it fun. J

Final thoughts: 
Pretty Little Liars, was a fun and easy read. All the drama, lies, secrets, and backstabbing made for highly entertaining times. I discovered this book thanks to the television show, and both are now my guilty pleasure; one that I happily enjoy. Pretty Little Liars is a book series, which at the moment goes up to book number 13. This book series proves just how deadly keeping secrets can be…

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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