Monday, 7 October 2013

Sarah’s Review of Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)

I really enjoy the television show Pretty Little Liars, so I decided it was finally time to pick up one of the books that started it all.

The book, Pretty Little Liars, takes place in a small, upscale town called Rosewood. Four best friends have gone their separate ways after their fifth best friend mysteriously disappears. The book then picks up three years later and the four best friends are going to be brought back together through a series of puzzling texts, emails and letters written from an unknown person, A. These four girls learn that secrets are not always hidden, but secrets can make you do unpredictable things.

The four main characters are so well laid out. You get to know each one of them on a personal level. The way Sara Shepard writes, you almost feel as though you are one of them, she writes so you feel as though you are a part of it. There is Spencer, the uptight, scholarly one who has secrets concerning her sister’s boyfriend. Aria is quirky and finds herself dreaming about her English teacher. Emily is timid but finds herself lusting over a new female student at Rosewood Day School. And Hanna has brought popularity upon herself but with an ugly secret as to how she got there. Allison was the one friend that bound them altogether and knew all of their secrets, but when she disappeared they fell apart. Now they are getting mysterious messages from someone known as A who seems to know all of their secrets and is watching them even now. The girls have to question, is Allison still alive?

Sara Shepard is an amazing writer. The book is read with such ease, the storyline is simple to follow. I could hardly put it down. And when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it, wondering what would happen next. I can easily see how this book was picked up and is now a hit television series.

I am now onto her second book in the series, Flawless.

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