I’m still here, bitches. And I know everything
I have watched the first few episodes of Pretty Little Liars and really liked it, but stopped once I heard it was based on books. I finally got my hands on the first novel and liked it.
Book Review: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Title & Author: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Release date: October 1 2006
Series: Pretty Little Liars
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?
I give Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard four out of five hearts because I really liked it but there were some things I didn’t love.
All the girls were so different from each other and before Ali’s disappearance were held together loosely by Ali and then especially by the Jenna Thing. Which is also the reason why they grow apart, they have nothing in common.
Spencer is an over achiever and doesn’t flinch away from things that are owned by her sister to take them. Her parents are horrible for giving everything to her sister and own praise overachieving.
We don’t get to know much about Alison, because she disappears. She was the Queen Bee and was horrible to the other girls.
Hanna is the chubby kid and after Ali’s disappearance goes on a weight lose spree and becomes Queen Bee together with their groups most hated girl Mona. I don’t understand her, she is a kleptomaniac, feels like she isn’t loved and her mothers solves everything by having sex with everyone.
I love Aria, she is trying to find herself and that is real life at that age. She doesn’t really know who she is and has tried several kinds of Aria and haven’t found herself yet. When she finds someone who she thinks is great, it turns out he is her teacher. It is not that I am against that relationship, but I just wonder whether Ezra isn’t too old for her and in a completely different stage of life.
Emily is the most ‘flat’ character of the group (maybe even flatter than Ali) because she is the athletic lesbo with racists parents. I found this pretty stereotypical. But I didn’t mind too much, that’s why I wouldn’t say it is the worst.
I loved who Sara told the story. It is not too obvious what is going to happen next and the novel is with a light layer of mystery. Of course I knew most of what was going to happen, but I still really liked it.
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