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Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars)

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ISBN13: 9780060887308
ISBN10: 0060887303
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Gossip thrives amid the Mercedes-Benzes, mega-mansions, and perfectly manicured hedges in the exclusive town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania. Behind their Gucci sunglasses, beneath their perfectly pressed Polos, everyone has something to hide, especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna. Spencer covets her sister's gorgeous new boyfriend. Aria is having an affair with her English teacher. Emily is infatuated with the new girl at school. And Hanna is using some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. Deeper and darker still is a horrible secret the girls have shared since sixth grade — a secret they thought was safe forever.

Then the girls start receiving threatening messages signed by someone named "A." Could "A" be Alison, the ultra-popular girl who disappeared three years earlier? Alison was their best friend. She knew everything about them. But if Alison isn't "A," who is? And how could anyone else know so much about the bad girls they were — and the bad girls they've become? Suddenly their secrets — the big ones, the little ones, even the long-buried ones — no longer seem so secret. Suddenly nothing is safe in Rosewood.

Synopsis:

The four naughty girls at the heart of "Pretty Little Liars" think their secrets are safe with Alison, but now they're receiving creepy messages from someone named "A." A primetime WB show based on this series is in development for fall 2006.

About the Author

Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona. Sara's Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia's Main Line.

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Cinnamon, June 7, 2010 (view all comments by Cinnamon)
Often described as a mix between I Know What You Did Last Summer and Desperate Housewives PRETTY LITTLE LIARS by Sara Shepard promised to be an exciting and suspenseful read. Sure enough, it met and exceeded all of my expectations.

The first thing that I will say about this book is that I was really expecting something a little more superficial and juvenile. I had never read anything by Ms. Shepard before, so I didn't know what to expect. What I received was a book that would be great for any teen and most adults I know. Ms. Shepard's writing is far from juvenile and made for a story that had me hooked from the first few lines.

Allison, Emily, Hanna, Aria, and Spencer are best friends. Okay, maybe they're really good friends. Well, wait. What definition of friends are we using here? Allison is wildly popular and completely gorgeous, so it's no surprise when Emily, Hanna, Aria, and Spencer practically fall over themselves trying to be her friends. Although Allison can be mean at times, she's their friend, right? Sure, she may not a few dirty secrets about them, but she'd never tell. Friends are in it until the end. All bets are off, however, when Allison goes missing. First torn apart by their grief and the awkward rebuilding of their personalities that follows Allison's disappearance, the girls later discover something deeper within themselves; an almost pleasant acceptance of Allison's disappearance. At least now, each of their dirty little secrets is back to being safely hidden.

Sounds good right? Girl goes missing and eventually her friends get on with their lives. Well, if this were the end of the story, the book would be about seven pages long. No, Ms. Shepard isn't going to let you off that easily. Tossed into the chaos right from the beginning of the book, the girls each separately start to receive mysterious text messages signed by "A". As they attempt to figure out who "A" is, the messages get more and more disturbing, some hinting at secrets that only the missing Allison knew.

Cue the suspenseful music!

So really though, if I could have had a suspense soundtrack playing while I read this book, I'm fairly certain that I would have jumped out of my seat in shock a few times. This was a beautifully crafted book with a well thought out plot line that easily hooks readers and then draws them in. The complexity of the story was what really made this a great read and I can't imagine the amount of time and planning that went into crafting the various plot twists and turns that pop up throughout the pages. Think you know something about someone? I can pretty much guarantee that by the next page you'll be proven wrong. When everyone is suspect, who can you trust? Ms. Shepard answers that one for us - nobody.

One part of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS that may trip a few people up are the varying points of view throughout the story. Each chapter is really told from a different girl's point of view although they all aren't necessarily labeled by girl. Still, I found it fairly easy to figure out who's chapter we were in and didn't really notice too much of a disconnect between the four stories when reading. Ms. Shepard does an amazing job with her consistency; although each girl's chapter takes place in different places and settings, they tie together well and occasionally we even see just a little bit of overlap.

The last part of the book that I briefly need to discuss is the character development. In a book like this, especially for the first in a series, character development is vital to a successful story. Ms. Shepard did this wonderfully. My proof is in the way that the characters, Spencer especially, still roam through my mind, picking at my brain when I have little else to do.

I highly recommend PRETTY LITTLE LIARS to any fans of drama or YA fiction out there. Looking for a good thriller? I would definitely point to this book. Although filled with topics that young adults can relate to, I don't see much here that would turn an adult off from the book. Indeed, I think adults too will very much appreciate the adrenaline rush this book provides.
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prettylittlelier08, January 29, 2007 (view all comments by prettylittlelier08)
this book is amazing everyone NEEDS to read it u will not want to put it down!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060887308
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Subject:
Friendship
Author:
Shepard, Sara
Author:
by Sara Shepard
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Social Situations - Teen Lifestyle
Subject:
Suspense/Thriller
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Pretty Little Liars
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Pages:
286
Dimensions:
8.42x5.80x1.06 in. .93 lbs.
Age Level:
14-17

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"Synopsis" by , The four naughty girls at the heart of "Pretty Little Liars" think their secrets are safe with Alison, but now they're receiving creepy messages from someone named "A." A primetime WB show based on this series is in development for fall 2006.
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