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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Title: Pretty Little Liars
Author: Sara Shepard
Age Group: Older Teens
# of Pages: 286
My Rating: 4.5/5

They all used to be great friends: Spencer, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and of course, Alison. Back in junior high, they always did things together. Alison was the prettiest of them all and everyone listened to her. But they had a secret. These five seventh graders knew of something very terrible. They made a pact to never let the truth be revealed.

One random day, Alison disappeared and never returned. Everyone freaked out, wondering what had happened to her. But the other four friends silently sighed with relief. With Alison gone, their secret was safe. For now.

Three years has passed and the once-friends are no longer together. Spencer is a goody-goody two-shoes, trying to keep her G.P.A. as high as she can as she also participates in other club activities. Aria moves back to Rosewood from Iceland. Maya is working hard on the swim team. And Hanna, who used to be the chubby one in the group, has become the hottest girl around!

But they have their little secrets. Spencer is crushing her perfect older sister's boyfriend. Aria is in love with her English teacher. Emily thinks she may like the new girl in town. And Hanna is doing something pretty ugly to be beautiful.

No one knows, so it doesn't matter right? But someone does. Known as A. And A also knows what they have been keeping in the dark three years before since Alison's incident. A is going to tell.

I wasn't sure what my reaction toward this novel was going to be. But it was much more satisfying than I thought!

Written in third person, the reader gets to view what is happening with one of the four characters every chapter. And as you can tell from the summary, their lives are pretty scandalous. Especially since they live in such an upscaled neighbourhood. Which is a bit of a problem for me. I am honestly tired of stories where the characters do "bad things" and are from a fancy background (ex. Gossip Girl). But one can definitely sympathize for the characters and their situations.

There is a reason why the Pretty Little Liars is a bestselling series. Intense, the novel made me dying of curiosity when A started messaging the four girls. Somehow, some way, A knows everything about the girls. Their little secrets and their big ones. It is creepy to have a stalker and makes you wonder how the hell they do it without being noticed.

When I was nearing the end, I gasped at the climax with my eyes bugged out. I rushed to finish it but even though the book ended, the story was not finished. If I wasn't outside reading this at the bus stop with my friends, I would have screamed, "WHY????". I wanted to know what the secret was that these four friends shared and who A was (yeah, the novel revealed neither of those, disappointingly). I was ready to slam my head against the wall because, dammit, I wanted to know!

Pretty Little Liars is definitely an intriguing read for the first in the series with lovely teenage girls and a dark, dark secret. I want to read the second one so badly now! I just wonder, how can it possibly last for so many volumes...

You can get a sneak peek of this fantastic novel here!

Review copy provided by HarperCollins.

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Amanda said...

This sounds really good. I'd added it to my tbr list awhile back and couldn't remember why, and I don't think that cover really puts across the feeling the reviews give. It feels more frivolous by the way it looks.

Diana Dang said...

It does. But I love it when covers fool you for the better.

wdebo said...

oo I've been meaning to start the Pretty Little Liars looks so good!! :)

Diana Dang said...

You should!

Liviania said...

I never looked twice at this series, but I may try it. I thought it was more of a GG type thing.

Diana Dang said...

Somewhat it is with the characters personal problems but I am more focused on the mystery aspect! : D

Anonymous said...

In your post you said one of the friends was Maya... her name is actually Emily, Maya is the new girl that Emily likes.

Diana Dang said...

Oops! Fixed :)

nerDgrl55 said...

i thought it'd be about more of the secrets but it sounds like its alot more about the Anonimous stalker