Review of Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Review of Pretty Little Liars by Sara ShepardPretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Also by this author: , The Amateurs, , The Perfectionists, The Good Girls
Series: Pretty Little Liars #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2010-06-08
Genres: Adolescence, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Everyone has something to hideóespecially 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.

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You can read PLL #1 on the Harper Teen Website for a limited time.

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. That's so cool about the free full access to some books. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Enbrethiliel says


    Hmmmm. I don't know about this one. =S It sounds like an edgier, more cynical, more amoral Gossip Girl to me–and as you can tell, I don't like Gossip Girl very much.

    But thanks for the review, anyway, April. =) Would you believe this is the first review of Pretty Little Liars I've read?

  3. Like crack definitely sums it up! These books are addictive. I've only read the first two but I probably read each one in a couple of hours too. As I recall, things got a whole lot twistier in book two. Great fun.

  4. I love the Pretty Little Liars series.

  5. (Bookish)InABox says

    I recently got hooked on the tv show and was wondering if the books would be worth a try. Thanks for the review!

  6. I loved reading the PLL series – and it just gets better and more soap-opera-y as the books progress.
    Hopefully you will read those as well.

  7. Vampires and Tofu says

    Thanks for the link, I'm gonna check this one out =)

  8. Great review! I think I'll keep my fluff paranormal romance and romantic comedies, but it's amusing reading your feelings on the books.

  9. Tiffany the StorySnoop says

    I couldn't agree more! Started reading these with my 15 year old daughter and we were absolutely addicted! Such a thoroughly enjoyable guilty pleasure : )


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