Friday, February 3, 2012

Review: Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard

Author: Sara Shepard
Series: Pretty Little Liars (#1)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 21, 2007
Pages: 286
Read in: 4 days

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.

D, A, & P's Review:

Pretty Little Liars, the first installment of the series, named “Pretty Little Liars” (hence the title) is the chilling story of four girls: Spencer Hastings, Aria Montgomery, Hannah Marin, and Emily Fields. After their popular best friend, Alison DiLaurentis, is murdered at a summer sleepover during middle school, the four friends begin to slowly drift apart and forge their own paths in high school. Each girl has humiliating secrets that they don’t want the world to know, except a mysterious figure “A” has the scoop on all of these pretty little liars. “A” threatens each one with exposing their secrets if they don’t do what “A” says.

We thought this book was enthralling and gave us an adrenaline rush as we read it. “What’s going to happen next?” we asked ourselves, and we kept the pages turning. Four sleepless nights of reading couldn’t stop our hunger to know how the story would unfold. We liked the way the author told the story from the different points of view of each girl because it gave the plot and characters more depth. We liked Spencer the best because she wasn’t afraid of anything, despite A’s threats and taunts.

But, we have to admit we were disappointed to the lack of detail about who A was in the first book. As readers, we thought it would have been nice to get some clues as to if Ali was still alive rather than leaving us hanging. Although, this is a good tactic to leave us wanting more!

Overall, Pretty Little Liars was an electrifying book that evoked a lot of emotions from us. We thought it was a good start to the series yet we look forward to hearing more about A’s identity in the next books. Certainly check out this book! We exhaustively recommend it (:


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