Pretty Little Liars Paperback – Aug 21 2007
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Grade 9 Up–Rosewood, PA, is filled with mansions, Mercedes, and fortunate girls like Alison, Spencer, Emily, Aria, and Hanna. These five friends are bound together by a horrible secret–never fully revealed in the book–until the summer after seventh grade, when Alison goes missing. Now high school juniors, each of the remaining girls is going through a trying time and has a new secret. Spencer is falling for her sister's boyfriend, Aria is involved in a relationship with her teacher, Emily has issues with her sexual identity, and Hanna has an eating disorder. They think that no one knows about these things, until all four of them begin to get mysterious notes, e-mails, and text messages from someone by the name of A. They are afraid that Alison is back, and the mocking tone of the messages makes them worry that she could be ready to divulge their hidden past. In the end, her body is found, but they still receive the messages, leaving readers to wonder what happens next. Shepard writes a suspenseful page-turner that will have teens thirsting for more. The plot is quick-moving and encapsulates the feelings of many teens.–Kristen M. Todd, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
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Of all the girls in the book, I would say I like Hanna the most. At times I really do feel sorry for her as I don't think she really knows who she really is yet and I sympathize with her. I do feel sorry for Spencer as well, although she did ask for it and brought it on herself. However it's her family I really dislike since they do treat Spencer like dirt. The characters in the book aren't really that deep or well rounded, but then again this book is meant to be a light fast read and really all you want is to get to the bottom of the plot, not worry about character development.
The plot is well done and very fast, it kept you going and kept you turning the pages until the very end, and even then it leaves off at a cliffhanger ending that makes you want to ask for more. The only thing I would have to dislike though, is the designer label name dropping that happens. It didn't occur much in the beginning but it started to become a more common thing through the end. That bugs me. It bugged me the most when for the second time in my life a bloody thong was labelled (and it's the same brand name too!) I wonder if both authors know each other and share tips on which kind of designer labels to add to their novels? hmm.Read more ›
This is the first book in the YA series by Sara Shepard which was originally published in October 2006 by HarperCollins. The story is about 5 best friends. Alison is somewhat the leader of the group. She is the one that the other girls go to and tell their deepest and darkest secrets which no one else knows about. During a sleepover one summer something happens and Alison walks out never to be seen again. After her disappearance the other girls have nothing holding them together so they each go their separate ways. Fast forward three years and the girls are now juniors in high school each living their own lives.
• Emily is a dedicated swimmer who is shy and sweet. She becomes friends with Maya the girl living in Ali’s old house, and struggles with her bisexuality.
• Spencer is extremely competitive in everything she does. She strives for perfection and competes against everyone especially her sister who seems to always be one step ahead.
• Hanna is the nice girl who becomes much prettier when Ali disappears. She struggles with insecurities of her appearance and turns to bulimia/anorexia to ensure she stays in control of her weight. She becomes friends with Mona a girl with whom she made a pact to become beautiful/popular after Ali is out of the picture
• Aria is artistic and independent. After Ali disappears her family leaves for Iceland while her father is on sabbatical. When she returns to Rosewood she feels like she doesn’t fit in anymore.
When the girls start receiving mysterious text messages and emails signed ‘A’ which reveal their inner secrets. They start wondering if Alison could be back and how they will keep their secrets hidden. Who is A?? Will everyone’s secrets be revealed??
I really enjoyed the book.Read more ›
In a ritzy town in Phillidelphia the alpha in a clique of five "it" girls suddenly goes missing...
Three years later the four remaining clique members grow apart and no longer speak with one another.
Hanna transforms herself from socialy awkward to the ruler of the school, Rosewood Day.
Aria moves back to Philly from Iceland bringing with her a new personality.
Emily is every parents dream and the same goes for Spencer.
The four girls come together again as they each recieve surprising E-mails, texts, and notes about secrets from their past and present from a mysterious person named "A".
As the girls try to resolve the "A" thing they find out that: Alison is found dead and "A" knows more about each of them than they know about each other, and is ready to tell everyone.
I found this book really exciting and I couldn't put it down. The book changes views and has a lot of background characters, so you need to remember everything. And with a cliffhanger ending It can easily be the best book I have read, ever.
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This book was pretty awesome. I really enjoyed reading this book the second time around. I think every teenager should read this series.Published 13 months ago by Leah Asselin
I was disappointed by this book. The pace was too slow, and attempts in trying to create a suspenseful atmosphere fell flat. Read morePublished 15 months ago by mqdiesel
This product is awesome. Really good quality. I really enjoyed it, it's interesting and fun. Definitely a must have and to keep on w/ the series.Published on July 14 2013 by gg
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I admit that I love chick lit and a wickedly riveting series, such as the Pretty Little Liars Series. Read morePublished on May 29 2010 by BeatleBangs1964
This book is amazing! I honestly couldn't put it down! It's fun, funny, creepy, and smart! It really keeps you at the edge of your seat! Really, everyone must read this book! Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2008 by Rebecca
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