Also by this author: , The Amateurs, , The Perfectionists
Series: Pretty Little Liars #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2010-06-08
Genres: Adolescence, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna. Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. And Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished. How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were and the naughty girls they are now. And guess what? I'm telling.
Work can be such a drag sometimes. You get all of your tasks done. You get future tasks done before deadline, so you may be left twiddling your thumbs, just dying for the phone to ring. Or you may end up surfing the internets, if you have an office job like me. Enter the geniuses at Harper Teen who have a few of their books in ebook format online with free full access for a limited time. Friends, I devoured Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepherd in that post-lunch until 5 p.m. time frame.
Although not great works of literature, Pretty Little Liars is like crack. Oh my god, I could not stop reading. Pretty Little Liars is like a soap opera, but for teenagers, so it’s not like oh, Chadwick is not the father of the baby, it’s more catty. I LOVE IT. I am a glutton for this stuff. Right, so the story starts in the summer between eighth and seventh grade. Five girls are the best of friends, bound together by the secrets. One of the girls goes missing. Consequently the group falls apart. Flash forward a few years in the future, the girls are in high school, I think they are juniors at this point. They’re all carrying their secrets. These ladies start to get crazy text messages about their secrets from a mysterious person named A. Drama ensues.
Honestly, I had fun reading PLL. I didn’t know what to expect, but I could guess at some of the secrets. I grew to care about the characters even though they live a life I would never be able to relate to (they are very privileged). One character is an overachiever because her parents love her perfect sister more. One girl is a lesbian (now that is not a negative thing at all, but she is not out). One girl has low self-confidence. One girl has a penchant for older men. These girls combine to be a train wreck. I could not stop reading. I wanted to know what would happen and who A was. However, not all of the answers are provided in the first book, which is unfortunate, but I suppose that is how series work, the author does not give you every answer, instead they try to keep you reading.
I do recommend PLL when you are between books or bored out of your skull at 1:30 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon.
You can read PLL #1 on the Harper Teen Website for a limited time.