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Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Sara Shepard / Hardcover / Reading Level: Young Adult / 304 Pages / Book is published 2006-10 by HarperCollins Publishers

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      29.07.2013 19:00
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      a fantastic start to the series

      Pretty Little Liars follows the lives of five teenagers from Rosewood. Three years earlier they were all good friends but since the disappearance of queen b, Alison DiLaurentis, they have drifted apart.

      The book begins at an eighth grade sleepover which the five girls attended that night, Alison DiLaurentis, Aria Montgomery, Emily Fields, Hanna Marin and Spencer Hastings. I think this is an important part of the story as they always refer back to it, I'm glad we weren't left in the dark about that night.

      After that first chapter we move ahead three years where we meet the four remaining friends.

      Aria returns from her three year stay in Iceland and is first mentioned about in a bar where she meets Ezra Fitz. She gets too close to him and soon regrets it after finding out his profession.

      Emily begins a friendship with the new girl in town Maya but she has more than friends in mind.

      Hanna has made friends with Mona and is the new queen b in town as well as fighting bulimia. She finds herself strugging to cope with everything.

      Spencer has issues with her sister Melissa as they constantly fight because Melissa believes she is perfect and more important than the rest of the family. When Melissa introduces a new boyfriend, Wren, Spencer begins to have feelings for him.

      The crucial part of the book is the messages from someone calling themselves 'A'. All four girls receive messages from A who is watching them and knows their secrets. These messages can be in any form of communication and they have had letters on lockers, texts, etc. When the girls discover that they are all being contacted by A they reform there friendship to find out who A is and what happened to Alison. What will they discover?

      I enjoyed reading the notes from A best as I would try and work out who it was. I never did though and I'm still not entirely sure now. I liked how we always got to read things from A ourselves and we they weren't just referred to them by a character.

      The thing I am not keen on in books is when each character has a chapter, as was the case with this book. I find when it is this way you have to wait longer to continue the story of one character and waiting three chapters to further the story is a long time when it is this good a book.

      I was gripped throughout the story wanting to know all of the secrets and finding answers to mysteries but in this series the mysteries keep coming. This always leaves me with more questions therefore I have to continue reading.

      I found I didn't have a favourite character in this book as all of the characters were written so well and all had different personalities and were completely different to each other.

      This is the first book I had read from Sara Shepard and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. As a result I have continued reading her books and always know they will be brilliantly written and I am always left wanting more.

      I would recommend this book to older teens and adults. Once you've read the first one you will want to read the rest.

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      29.04.2013 17:54
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      Well written, great characters, interesting plotlines.

      I'm way out of the suggested reading age of this novel, Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard, but a few years ago I started watching the television show which is based on the book series. The show has become something of a cult hit and has amassed a huge following of fans who are both young and old, male and female. It is based around a tantalising mystery and feeds viewers clues every episode. Although the television series is not following the plot of the book series in every single sense most storylines are loyal to the original writing. When I saw this book reduced to a couple of pounds in my local store I thought I'd have a read to see what the original story was and what had been changed for the television show. I also thought I'd see if there were any extra clues in the book that might help me to figure out the secrets of this amazing story.

      The book I bought it a more recently published copy than the one pictured in the Dooyoo picture. The book was published with their original covers when the novel came out in 2006. The covers of the newly printed 2013 copies feature a picture of the now famous girl cast (Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale and Shay Mitchell) in a promotional shot for the television drama. The book is a paperback and the story covers 243 pages. There is also a short snippet from the next book in the series at the end of the book. The author is now currently writing her fourteenth novel in this series with thirteen books already published, so that's a lot of books to collect if you intend to begin reading this!

      The story and characters in the Pretty Little Liars was inspired by the author's own upbringing in Philadelphia's Main Line. The characters all live in a town called Rosewood. It's a town full of affluent high achievers where everyone seems perfect on the surface. However, everyone seems to be hiding a dirty little secret in Rosewood. The story centres around four girls who were once best friends along with their glamorous queen bee Alison Di Laurentis. The novel is set three years after Alison suddenly and mysteriously vanishes. The four other girls have all lost touch with one another and they have grown into different people. All of the girls harbour secrets about themselves and they also have one big collective secret which is so bad they could be in trouble with the law because of it. When one of the girls, Aria, returns to town after being abroad with her family the girls start to receive intimidating and scary text messages which threaten to expose all of their secrets.

      The content and language of the novel is not very challenging and I think this means that even quite young readers could attack it. I thought the author's attention to how teenage girls live, speak, dress and act was fantastic. There are many references to modern culture and issues that are really of interest only to the cool kids! It makes the characters feel authentic although I did feel there was too much similarity in the tone and content of dialogue to distinguish each girl as a true individual and not just an extension of the author.

      The themes in the novel are actually quite adult and serious. Topics range from having an inappropriate relationship with a teacher to dealing with being gay to the consequences of bulimia. I like the way the author approaches each sensitive subject and allows us to see into the minds of the characters dealing with these issues. I like the dynamics in the teacher-student relationship in the novel way more than I do in the television show. It feels just as sexy but I felt it was not being as endorsed as much as it is in the television show!

      I thought in this first novel of the series that the character of Emily was most well written. She is the character that is struggling with the idea of being gay and her mini evolution in this first novel is a truly beautiful thing to read. Overall though this does feel like an introductory novel though since we are only just learning about the characters and no huge dramas ensue, although little bombshells do explode here and there!

      As far as it's relationship to the television show goes there are a few major differences concerning ethnicity of the characters and family statuses. However, the actual core of the four main characters and most of the other major characters remains the same. In terms of scale this first novel basically covers the pilot episode in the television show. Are there any clues I picked up from reading this? Yes! But if you want to know more you'll have to read the book yourself!

      Overall I quite enjoyed reading this. It definitely felt like something that was aimed at young teens but I still liked the writing style, the drama and mystery and most of all I liked feeling like I was getting to know the four main characters. I would recommend this to younger readers aged about 11-17 who like fast paced, modern, mystery novels.

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      13.02.2011 18:20

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      MUST READ MYSTREY

      This book is amazing. Im not usually a big reader, however i read this in 1 day. I couldnt stop. I felt the need to know everything about each person.

      I LOVE how each chapter was about a diffrent charicter in the book, swiching from each one. Every time you think the mystrey has been solved you change you mind. This happens several times through the book. The secrets that the girls have could be true to anyone of use which makes it acsessable.

      As soon as i read this book i rushed out and bought the sequal, and read that straight away too. The book is extreamly similar to the TV series, other than the age is diffrent in the books.

      This book can be great if it is read by young adults, but in my opinion it is great for any age. Any one who loves Mystery NEEDS to read this

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