Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. 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, the naughty girls they are, and all the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling.Taken from GoodReads.
Ok, let me get this out of the way before I say anything else: I am really not a fan of the show, Pretty Little Liars. I think the acting is atrocious, and I think they've made it into a glorified Gossip Girl for ABC Family. That, in a nutshell, is why I almost never read this book. Now that that's out of the way, I'll get onto the review.
Pretty Little Liars follows the story of four girls, Hanna, Spencer, Aria, and Emily, as they make their way through the junior year of high school in the wake of their best friend, Alison's, disappearance. Alison was the ringleader, and the girls flocked around her, but now that she's gone, secrets that were meant to remain hidden are surfacing again, and a mysterious person that simply calls herself/himself "A" is hell-bent on getting their attention by whatever means necessary. Is it possible that "A" really is Alison, and if so, why is she trying so hard to ruin the other girls' lives?
Frankly, I didn't like high school for many of the reasons I was reminded of while reading Pretty Little Liars. Girls are catty, and high school is cruel, but this book takes it to the next level when Alison, who was once a best friend to Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily, seeks only to pull them down. That said, I liked the pace of Pretty Little Liars. The story is fluid and, while ridiculously easy to read, it's entertaining - far more entertaining than that
shitshow on TV by the same name.
I believe there are eight (8) books in this series (correct me if I'm wrong), and I'll definitely be getting my paws on book number two, Flawless. I give the book a 4 out of 5 for sheer entertainment value, and a fun, swift read. I would recommend this to teens and up, and I want to add this disclaimer: If you're not sure you want to read this series because of the show, I highly recommend you try it...it's fun, and I bet you'll want to read the rest of the series, too.
Have you started reading this series? If so, what are your thoughts on this/the show?