Friday, 12 November 2010

Review: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard


Publisher: Atom
Format: Paperback
Released: November 4th, 2010 (TV tie-in)
Grade rating: B+/A-


Amazon summary:

Aria, Emily, Spencer, Hanna and Alison have been best friends since the third grade. They go everywhere together, thinking no-one can come between them. If anyone is the ringleader of the group it is Alison, and the other girls cannot help but confide all their secrets to her. One night, during a sleepover, Alison goes missing. Her body is never found. The girls mourn her death but move apart after time, assuming their secrets have disappeared with Alison too. Three years later and Aria is having an affair with her teacher; Emily is questioning her sexuality; Hanna is a thief; and Spencer is flirting with her sister's fiance. They all think their secrets are safe, until they starting receiving messages from the mysterious A - who knows exactly what they are all up to, and is threatening to spill the beans...

Review:

Finally, I think I've found the answer to my It Girl series withdrawal - Pretty Little Liars! This was exactly my kind of book, thanks to its scheming, scandal and abundance of spoilt little rich girls. Plus, it's has a creepy element to it, in the form of the mysterious 'A' sending cryptic, all-knowing messages. What more could I ask for?!

I'll own up now: I read Pretty Little Liars after I'd seen the first 3 episodes of the show. I think this definitely helped me get straight into the book, though it's not the way I usually do things - usually I like to imagine the characters for myself, rather than see them as the chosen actors and actresses. It didn't make any difference here though, and I was actually more than happy to picture Ian Harding as Mr. Ezra Fitz. (If you've seen the show, you know what I'm talking about, right?! Sa-woon!)

So, here's the gist: Emily, Aria, Spencer, Alison and Hanna were all BFFs up until seventh grade, when Alison mysteriously disappeared. Fast forward 3 years, the girls are no longer friends and Alison is still missing. The girls are taking part in numerous scandalous affairs, and someone called 'A' knows all about all of them, as well as their deepest darkest secrets. Are you hooked yet? If no, you should be! Each girl has her own quirks and personality traits, and each is as different as you can get. From studious to slutty, everything is presented here. I do have a favourite, and that's Aria - I'm *totally* jealous of her fling with hot teacher Mr. Fitz!

To read and enjoy Pretty Little Liars, you have to suspend disbelief. There's no way these girls are 15/16 years old and getting up to the things they're getting up to; it's like Gossip Girl all over again, minus the glitz and glam of New York. The characters are way ahead of themselves, but that's what makes it so deliciously scandalous. The gossip and backstabbing bitch behaviour will have you turning pages quicker than Superman on a good day which, as we all know, is very, very fast!

Pretty Little Liars is addictive like you wouldn't believe, with so many plot twists and turns I'm surprised Sara Shepard manages to keep track of it all. The mysteries of Rosewood Day High School will no doubt keep me guessing for months to come, and I can't wait to read the next book. I have a feeling this series will get better with each instalment!

11 comments:

Vivian said...

It definitely gets better with each book and I didn't think i'd get as addicted as I did. Great review btw!

Ladybug said...

I've been wondering about this book and the tv-series. I can stop wondering now, I really need to check it out! Wonderful review, Jenny :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I KNEW you'd love this series! It really is addictive.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I have weirdly missed this completely - the series and the books. I'm not sure why! Thank you for a great review!

Rebecca said...

Great review! I need to read this, been watching the tv series so far and its great!

SJH (A Dream of Books) said...

Great review - I want to read this even more now!

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Becky said...

I really don't think this is the book for me. It would only incense me. I am way toooo serious for this book. Give me rebelling demigods any day rather than spoilt rich girls. Baff!

SusanKMann said...

You have made me want to read these even more now. I don't know if I would have picked them up if I hadn't watched the show. I think you are right about their ages, I was no angel at their age but I certainly wasn't up to all that. I will need to add them to my Xmas list x

Lauren said...

Fab review! I love this book, so I'm a little relieved to see you liked it too. I've read the second and it's equally good, and I have the third around here somewhere... I must get to that. The show is pretty good too, although because I read the books first I'm having trouble with the characters not looking how I pictured them. I think your way might be better on this occasion.

Cliona said...

I just finished watching the first episode of the TV show and I now know I need to read the book!