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Who is A?
Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard
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Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard
Advantages: lots of mysteries to solve
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.
Summary: a fantastic start to the series
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