Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Book Summery (via Goodreads): Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back?

Book Review:
Ok, so I'll admit it...I recently got hooked on the show. If you haven't seen it yet, you should really give it a chance. It's totally addicting! However, I broke my rule of reading the book before watching the show. Unfortunately, this means I didn't enjoy the book as much as I probably would have had I not known what was going to happen. Plus, they combined other books into the first season of the show, so I was waaaay ahead of the curve. Despite that fact, this was a fun, fast read. The characters are addictive and flawed. My only issue with them is that they were engaging in multiple behaviors that were seriously overkill. I mean drinking, smoking, sleeping around, cheating on your older sister's boyfriend all at the age of 14? Combined, it just seemed a little over the top. These behaviors are definitely toned down in the TV show. My favorite characters in both the book and TV series are Aria and Spencer. What I love about all the characters is that despite their poor choices, lies, and bad behavior, you like them. You want to get to know them better. I am hoping that they evolve over time, like they do in the show. I will still continue to read the rest of the series, but will most likely alternate them between other books that I plan on reading.

Favorite Quote:
"You thought only girls who entered beauty pageants ended up on the sides of milk cartons. Well, think again." p. 1

Cover Art Commentary:
It might seem a little corny to have plastic dolls on the cover, but I think it really works, especially with the types of characters and behaviors sprinkled throughout the book. The series looks colorful and whimsical together on my shelf.



  1. I just grabbed this one from the library yesteday because I like the show as well. Seems like you had some mixed feelings about the book. Thanks for the review. I have a feeling i might feel the same way.

  2. Have you gotten hooked on 9 Live of Chloe King yet? Same thing happened when they brought the books to tv. WAY different. Personally I find the fact that they took all the underaged boozing and misbehavior out (or toned it down) the audience got a better plot.

    I love Aria and Spence too!

  3. @Khadija
    Yah, I really did. I'm reading the second book right now, and it's definitely heating up a bit more. It'll be interesting to see how the rest of the series pans out.

    I agree...the plot of the show is a bit better with the poor behavior taken out. I definitely have to give 9 Lives a chance! :)

  4. Great review :) I love these series myself!

  5. I already know the ending so I don't bother reading these :( Sad.

  6. I'm hooked on the show too! And I thought the book was super-campy...but I'll admit I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. :-)

  7. @Gee
    Thanks! :)

    I am soooo tempted to ask you about the ending, but I'm going to good! :P

    Me too! :P