Pretty Little Liars–Book Review

To make the best of my four days of tech hell migrating laptops, I read Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard.

Ms. Shepard is going to be speaking at the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA so it was prime time to read something she wrote.

The books made me think Gossip Girl meets The Babysitters Club.

I loved having the four POVs of each of the best friends who became strangers after the mysterious disappearance of their fifth best friend in middle school. The story unfold three years later.

The pacing is fantastic. A definite page turner. By spending a chapter with each of the four girls, the reader gets to watch everything unfolding in their lives.

There are a few mysteries in the story. Firstly, all four remaining friends are receiving notes and texts about their biggest secrets from the past and their current secrets. Things only their missing friend would know and things no one should know now. Then there is the mystery of something they did together back in 6th grade and refer to as The Jenna Thing from 6th grade.

And finally, the mystery of what happened to their fifth friend, Alison.

There’s a good amount of flirtation and sexual situations too. I found myself rooting for Spencer and Wren.

“Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret” is a fantastic hook.

It was a fun read and a fast read. Definitely worth checking out. I can see why it made the NYT Bestseller list.

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24 Responses to Pretty Little Liars–Book Review

  1. Samir says:

    Is your new Mac up & running?

    • It is! I love it. Had a bad CD of Microsoft 2011 on top of all the other tech issues. But Microsoft resolved that on Tuesday afternoon. Phew. Now to catch up on all the work I missed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Marc Schuster says:

    Great cover, too!

  3. crubin says:

    You seem to be good about reading a wide variety of genres. I usually toddle back and forth between thrillers and literary fiction. I should probably broaden my horizons, but I guess I get rigid in my old age. This one does look intriguing though.

    • Part of it is that I am trying to categorize what I write. So the more books I read, the better my chances of getting the genre category right. ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL. I tend to write hybrid books that cross genres too. So I need to be very familiar with the standards of each genre. YA is a tough one. Some of it is very crossover to adult and some I find myself having trouble relating to. This is also a show on tv so you could check out an episode and see how it resonates with you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Though the show is a faster pace than the book.

  4. I have got to stop, sit and read here pretty soon. I always have a book and lately it’s gathering dust. This looks good. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It’s a fun YA read. I liked the multiple POV aspect. I tend to write first person. Oh, I can fix that. Migrate a laptop. You’ll finish a book in 4 days. Because of all the waiting and time spent with tech support. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. jmmcdowell says:

    Given that my current WIP is down to 6 POV characters, it’s a safe bet I like books with multiple POV! ๐Ÿ™‚ I usually read sci-fi and mystery, but I see a lot of adults are enjoying YA books these days. Like Carrie, I may have to check into some different genres. And if all goes as planned, I’ll soon have a Kindle…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • YA is a cool genre to read. Sometimes books are a bit too young for me (just can’t relate to the protagonist), but I’ve been enjoying the ones I’ve read. This one is all about girls with secrets and blackmail. It has a bit of an old school soap opera feel to it, so I really liked it. It’s kinda like chick lit for teens with a dash of danger. Oooh. Kindles are so nice when traveling. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love that you read so many genres, Kourtney. This book sounds like a perfect read for my nieces. I haven’t yet dipped into YA, but I did love the babysitters club mysteries way back when. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thanks August. How old are they? There is a little bit of drugs, underage drinking, making out with older guys. One girl has bulimia. It’s touches on a lot of “edgy” topics. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. โ€œNever trust a pretty girl with an ugly secretโ€ certainly have to agree that’s an attention grabber.

  8. Nah, they’d probably get too interested in high school girls to appreciate the theme here. ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. Yatin says:

    “Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret”
    Even if I don’t get chance to read the book, the advice itself is very useful ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I’m obsessed with the TV show!

  11. The Vampire Diaries is so addictive. Love that show. Sometimes I watch episodes a few times because they ae that good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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