I don t know if it was because I ve seen all those things happening in the tv series, in a muchlengthening and stretching way but this book lacked the thrill the tv show sometimes gives me I was no surprised at all by anything happening in the book and I expected that there wouldn t be anything that would blow my mind away but I was disappointed by the fact that the characters in the book are a far cry from those of the tv series The only character that the book and the character have that is somewhat the same, is Aria I don t mean they re different looking, they re different characters, different personalities and that was what mainly let me down.
The plot was unraveling fast enough and that s the only good thing, although that was practically the first episode of the tv show, as far as the mystery goes The writing was mediocre and I thought Mrs Shepard would be a better author than this Her characters are swallow I much prefer those of the tv show and the writing is a tad bit sloppy and it left me completely indifferent.
My point with this review isn t to compare the tv show to the book but just clarify the major differences between the two I m most definitely sure that even if I had read this before watching the tv series I would have still given it three stars.
If you re a fan of the tv series then I don t recommend you read this, I d say stick with the tv show, instead If then again, you re interested in or looking for some contemporary ya with shreds of mystery in it and have never heard of the tv show then go ahead and read this, you may actually end up enjoying this.
Find all of my reviews at week or so ago one of my new friends on Goodreads asked what was taking me so long to finish Pretty Little Liars Truth is, I finished it in one day waaaaaaaaaaaay long ago, but my reaction was so I never got around to writing a review Want a sneak peak into the world of Mitchell and Kelly and how to tell if they didn t like a book Yep Not a note, not a highlight, not a comment, nada This time the problem stems from one issue and one issue aloneIn case you don t already know since there are like eleventy trillion of these books and also a television series , Pretty Little Liars is the story of a group of girls whose frenemy, Alison, disappeared during a slumber party Fast forward three years and each of the girls begins receiving notes emails texts threatening to divulge some dirty secrets Dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnn Now, if I were able to jump in the way back machine I would probably dig on this series Not to mention the T.
V show From my addiction to all things of the 90210 and Melrose Place varieties as a tween, I m fairly certain I would just lap this shit up too However, since I m now 1,000 years old, reading watching Pretty Little Liars makes me feelthan a bit like thisSo yeah This one gets a low rating because I really just didn t like it The writing wasn t great, the storyline was juvenile and read like middle grade material, and it was just sooooooo predictable I can only muster up a 2 Star.
This series feels like it ll be a total guilty pleasure It really reminded me of some of the R.
L Stine and Christopher Pike books that I read as a teen, and that s definitely a good thing It s not literary genius but it s fun and easy to read I started watching the TV show based on this series and I wanted to find outbecause the episodes weren t coming out fast enough for me I didn t feel like reading and watching the same series was redundant, it feltlike they complimented each other I have to say though, that I didn t get enough answers with this one, I ll definitely be checking out the next book This series follows a group of four girls that fell out of touch after the disappearance of their mutual friend They ve all gone their separate ways but something is bringing the girls back together ominous notes and texts that hint at a secret that only the girl that disappeared would know Is she watching from the shadows, or, from the grave I was surprised at some of the topics this book touched on death, homosexuality, cutting, drug and alcohol use among minors, improper teacher student relationships, and bulimia, to name a few Obviously I m old enough to read about these things so it didn t bother me, but I thought I d mention it anyway I actually really liked how the author threw in these controversial topics it really added a real feeling to the otherwise absurd plot absurd in a good way though Really I can t wait until I can read the next book and find out someof the puzzle I am definitely intrigued and I will continue to watch the TV show as well.
Before I being, I would like to admit that by choosing to read this book of my own free will, without compulsion or obligation, I made a rod for my own back and have no right to complain about any suffering that followed Nonetheless, I am going to do so The previous holder of my most unappealing first sentence of a book series award was the awe inspiringly stupid Charlaine Harris, on grounds of grammar alone, for Dead Until Dark sI d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.
However this did at least have the decency , as you have no doubt noticed, to mention a vampire Sara Shepard effortlessly breaks this record with the following Imagine it s a couple of years ago, the summer between seventh and eighth grade You re tan from lying out next to your rock lined pool, you ve got on your new Juicy sweats remember when everybody wore those , and your mind s on your crush, the boy who goes to that other prep school whose name we won t mention and who folds jeans at Abercrombie in the mall I very nearly stopped reading immediately This book is clearly not aimed at me It s apparently for horrifyingly vain and privileged US 15 16yr olds who are unable to describe someone of a tanned appearance with any grammatical accuracy However once I got over the shock I reflected that if someone six years older than me feels justified in writing this and aiming it at the delicate minds of teenagers, then surely I m justified in criticising it as I see fit And even if not, who s going to stop me To that end, I would like to say that any teenager whose first reaction upon seeing the picture of a missing young girl is to rate her cuteness in relation to their own is in need of urgent psychological help in order to amend the way in which she interacts with the world.
As the book opens we are introduced to five vile, spoilt bitches Their leader is Alison, signature phraseI m Ali and I m fabulous , who is perfect and adored by everyone as well as the kind of girl who enjoys mocking dorks to their face and calling her friends fat or a slag The whole group are not only rich, they are the sort of rich people who snub the nouveau riche for having the wrong type of mansions and pride themselves on their noble bloodlines They are also absolutely obsessed with Abercrombie which I believe to be a chain of clothes stores aimed at Sloane Ranger types and given to oppressing minorities and women and inappropriately sexualised for their age, blushing at older boys and admiring theirtotally grope worthy stomach muscles , running about naked in cornfields for fun and playing a game called Olympian Sex Goddesses Having said that, 3 years later one of them is embarrassed by thinking the term boob parts in reference to a bra So maybe they re not as mature about sexual matters as they think Their inane nothings are interrupted when 13 year old Alison mercifully goes missing, a fact which is reported to the police a mere 36 hours laterNobody is particularly bothered by this disappearance, and we move on 3 years to Alison s parents throwing all her belongings onto the pavement and leaving, opening the way for a new girl from San Fran to move into the neighbourhood and Alison s bedroom Thirty seconds later, peer pressure from this new girl with awful taste in music has led Emily to smoking pot, in a scene difficult to take seriously as no one has ever actually offered anyone a joint with the wordsWant a hitAt exactly the same time Aria moves back from Iceland, where she has become a vain Hipster, and immediately commences swanning about driving without a license on the advice of her mum , whining about how much better European beer is, misusing the word irony and sleeping with a stranger in a pub toilet Will that come back to bite her Yes, it almost immediately will Meanwhile fat friend Hanna has developed into an uber popular bulimic flasher and become best friends with the previously uncool Mona, now an attention seeking poor little rich girl shoplifter Finally our fourth heroine Spencer is occupied being jealous of her sister and planning to steal her current boyfriend, the stupidly named English Korean Wren, as well as talking about such mysterious acronyms as Aps, GPAs, VPs JVs.
Once everyone s teen drama problems are set up glamorous issues only, none of them ever has a pimple or anything dirty like that they meander about mentioning products, brands and shops every 4th line, most of which I am unaware of and or not interested in Suffice to say, they all have an obscene amount of labelled clothes and expensive jewellery to wear whilst they shag their teachers, drink red wine, incongruously quote Sartre and have glamorous panic attacks at the thought of their dead friend Alison The only interruption to this is some vaguely sarky but strangely apposite texts messages and notes each of them receive at inopportune moments, signed A Who could it beVarious cheesy seductions occur the kiss on the cheek between female friends that goes a little too far, the hot tub massage on spurious medical grounds and a seemingly endless parade of fashion designers are mentioned as we hear far too many details of the girls wardrobes Characters worry about such difficult to sympathise with issues as how calorie laden vodka and lemonade is The girl Emily fancies repetitively mentions how great everything was back in Cali once every two minutes and reminisces about cutting herself in order to tick another box on the teen issues chart Spencer continues to encourage the inappropriate behaviour of her sister s boyfriend, even though he seems somewhat of a stalker pervert type During a traditional teen horror movie dream sequence Aria s doorbell rings to the tune of American Idiot by Greenday, which brings a much needed note of mockery to proceedings Unfortunately it s only one note against the symphony of logomania and status obsession Hanna experiences the kind of drink related total memory loss that only happens on TV even though a car crash is exactly the type of thing that normally leaves a couple of memories, particularly in someone who wasn t even actingthan mildly tipsy In summary, a lot of people do stupid things.
The d nouement is the finding of Alison s body, which turns out to have been buried in a large hole in her own garden, which was filled in for no reason by suspicious builders just after she disappeared There is no mention of either the builders or her family being questioned regarding this, nor of an internal investigation into what the hell the police were doing totally failing to consider this possibility until the new owners of the house decided to dig up the garden for a new tennis court This bring our 4 heroines to the same location, namely the memorial service, where they eventually discuss the matter of their knowledgeable stalker No one actually learns anything, except that all four of them are too stupid to think to turn their phones off at a funeral The stalker remain unidentified Their silly dramas drag on The secret of what exactly they did to their unfortunate victim Jenna remains hidden And everyone wanders off to wait for the next book.
Most Random Accusation Directed at the Reader You thought only girls who entered beautypageants ended up on the sides of milk cartons No I didn t Where the hell would I get that idea from The only thing I can even vaguely connect with this is JonBen t Ramsay, and I don t believe she was missing long enough to be cartonised Not unless US milk production works a lot faster than I was aware I guess I just don t naturally connect kidnapping and popularity contests the way you do, Sara Shepard.
Least Appropriate Item of Clothing for a 13 Year OldAnIRISH GIRLS DO IT BETTER baby teeWhich I think is a tiny t shirt At any rate, not being allowed to wear this by your parents does not make me feel any great sympathy for your strict upbringing If being disallowed from wearing this is considered a harsh rule, then god knows what the other girls look like.
Most Air Headed Metaphor Before Ali, the girls had felt like pleated, high waisted mom jeans but then Ali made them feel like the most perfect fitting Stella McCartneys that no one could afford Worst NamesSpencer Hastings female Mona VanderwaalChassey Bledsoe female Phi Templeton female Maya St.
GermainByron MontgomeryMichelangelo MontgomeryWren Kim male Ezra FitzCasey Kirschner male Alyssa PennypackerDevon Arliss female Mason Byers m Most Mysterious Statement She was a nearly straight A, four time state champion butterflyer Is this some type of slang term I m unfamiliar with It later reoccurs on a magnet in the following form COED NAKED BUTTERFLY Which I can only take to be code of some type.
Least Flattering Assessment of a Nationality he claimed that all Icelandic boys were pussies who rode small, gay horses Most Unoriginal Relevant Background Song Oops I Did it Again whilst Hanna steals some Tiffany diamonds Again.
Oddest Response to a One Night StandTexting him a haiku at 2 30am.
Most Childish Response to a Medical Conversation Spencer tried not to giggle at the word sac Most Oxymoronic DescriptionDoringbell Friends, the ultra hip QuakerschoolOverall, the book reads like a collection of teen problem pages have come to life and just happen to live in the single most unrealistic and unidentifiably elite town possible The simplification of every example of teen angst and misery Shepard can come up with into a TV ready series of vignettes featuring unattainably beautiful and rich heroines who are simultaneously incredibly academic and total airheads and whose lives revolve around brands and boys frankly leaves a very sour taste in the mouth By making her creations so ridiculously fantastic the author has ensured that not only can a teen reader have no chance of seeing herself in the pages and taking comfort in relation to her own problems, but she is also presented with an unattainable standard of victimhood What this book tells you is that not only is it fashionable and exciting to have problems like bulimia, self harm, a tendency to drive drunk and an older man preying on you sexually, but that there s no excuse to not have the body, wardrobe and hair of a Barbie doll whilst you re attractively suffering.
Pretty Little Liars Pretty Little Liars 1 , Sara ShepardPretty Little Liars is a series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard Beginning with 2006 s initial novel of the same name, the series follows the lives of four girls Spencer Hastings, Hanna Marin, Aria Montgomery and Emily Fields 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 A strong launch for a suspenseful series 2016
Okay, I m hooked I started watching the TV show when it first came out, and liked it well enough So I decided to see how the book series would compare This book follows a former group of friends three years after their leader, Alison, went missing Now they are getting mysterious text messages from a person known only as A A knows secrets only Alison knew and trust me, these girls have plenty of them Despite being only 16, these girls haveskeletons in their closets than the cast of Desperate Housewives The girls have to confront secrets from their past while dealing with issues of their present.
I liked this book perhapsthan I m willing to admit Its a guilty pleasure read for sure The girls are each different and have their own personalities Aria is the free spirit who holds the secret of her dads affair, while trying to hide a tryst of her own Emily is the demure jock who is questioning her sexuality and overall personality Hanna is the new queen bee desperate to stay ahead And Spencer is the competetive over achiever who is fruitlessly trying to please her parents.
I liked all of the girls, despite their faults But I did remain unattached from them through out the book The plot is full of twists and turns and I have absolutely no idea what will happen next I m not sure whether or not I like the TV show or book seriesWhile they obviously have similarities, they have their fair share of differences, and I think they might be going in different directions So as of now, I like them both.
Next installment please I m ashamed to admit I ve read this book, and the only reason I m copping to it is because I need it for my reading challenge Pretty Little Liars is not the type of book I usually read, but after a friend admitted the show was one of her guilty pleasures, I decided to check out the book Unfortunately, I got no pleasure from reading this, only guilt and frustration Pretty Little Liars tells the story of Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hanna, four girls whose best friend, Alison, disappears one night during a slumber party After their devastating loss the four girls drift apart, leading their own separate lives Aria spends two years abroad in Iceland, Spencer immerses herself in her academic and extracurricular actives, Emily focuses on swimming, and Hanna loses weight and becomes the new it girl at their posh private school, Rosewood Day Three years later, each of them begin receiving ominous text messages from someone named A, who threatens to expose their secrets secrets only Alison knows The best thing about this book is the premise In the hands of a good writer, this could have been an engaging read, but there is not one aspect of the story, other than the mystery, that was handled well The characters are vapid and shallow, and an extraordinary amount of time is spent describing their appearance, in particular their designer clothing The messages are appallingly unhealthy One of the main romances is between Aria and her English teacher, which is presented as true love rather than an inappropriate affair between a young girl and a much older man, who as her teacher holds a lot of power over her There are also implied messages about the importance of being thin, wealthy, and wearing designer labels The writing was very clunky and unpolished The dialogue was unrealistic, particularly when it came to the parents There was an excessive use of dialogue tags and an excessive use of words other than said Characters squeaked, whispered, spat, murmured, and threw in all on one page, in the course of one conversation While I m hardly a stickler for the only use said rule, I found it very distracting here Instead of relying on the dialogue itself to show how the characters are speaking, the dialogue tags tell us how the lines are being delivered Shepard also tends to abuse adverbs throughout the text Most times they were unnecessary, and sometimes they were downright awkward In one example, a boy messily dribbled beer down his chin The word messily is unneeded because it s implied by the situation I won t be reading on in the series, although I m mildly interested to know who A is The mystery is intriguing, but I don t care what happens to any of the characters, and I can t suffer through glorified student teacher relationships, or poor writing to satisfy my curiosity Those who enjoyed the Gossip Girl series will probably enjoy this one.
Pretty Little Liars has been my favorite book I have read so far It is filled with drama, suspense and mystery, but it also brings together friendship and bravery Four best friends, Aria, Hanna, Emily and Spencer, are separated by the death of their friend Alison DeLaurentis, as she has mysteriously disappeared They each shared secrets with Alison and one very important one that nobody could find out the Jenna secret All four friends soon drifted apart, but were brought back together when they start receiving mysterious text messages from A Could A be Alison Were all of their secrets about to become secret noThey must work together to find out who it is soon, because all the information Alison kept confidential is no longer safe Aria Montgomery is a free spirit she became best friends with Alison, Spencer, Emily and Hanna and made documentaries about their friendship She is crushing on her English teacher and she used to live in Iceland When she returns home and learns that her friends have all separated, she is shocked to find mysterious texts from A Now she learns that she must work together with her old friends to find out who A is, before they tell their old secrets and ruin their lives Hanna Marin is the most popular girl in school She is dating Sean Ackard, the hottest guy in school and she is also best friends with Mona Vanderwahl, together they are the elite clique of the school and they are totally gorgeous, rich and popular, they never used to be though In the seventh grade, Hanna was chubby, ugly and totally self conscious about how she looked, and Mona was completely weird, clingy and she desperately wanted to be popular They both decided that in the summer of seventh they would transform themselves into glamorous, beautiful and totally popular people and they would be best friends for life They showed up freshman year looking totally hot, and nobody cared about the dirty secrets they used to stay beautiful, nobody that is, until now Hanna starts receiving terrifying messages from A that could ruin her perfect reputation and send her life spiraling out of control Emily is a pale skinned, redheaded, swim jock She is the un girlish of all of her friends and she is constantly attending swim practice and striving to get a swimming scholarship and go to a good school like her sister Carolyn Emily soon finds out that she is attracted to girls, and when a mysterious text message she receives from A threatens to display this horrible secret, Emily is forced to stay away from the new girl and her new crush Maya Will A tell her deep dark secret Only time will tell Spencer Hastings is your average over achieving, well rounded, athletic, smart, beautiful, rich teenage girl She plays field hockey, does extremely well in school and lives in an amazing house, she has a picture perfect life, except for one tiny flaw, her menacing older sister, Melissa Spencer is always trying to live up to Melissa s greatness, besuccessful then her, have a cuter boyfriend then her, but when Melissa catches her boyfriend and Spencer making out, Spencer s life is plummeted downhill fast Then when mysterious text messages from A start coming, it seems like Spencer s life couldn t get any worse, or can it read this totally awesome, action packed book to find out
HannaHanna basically Longbottoms and now has an eating disorder and steals things Spencer I HATE SPENCER No apologies I just do We ve all known someone like this, haven t we The over achiever the person whose only motivation for doing things is because it will look good on a college application I get that colleges are competitive and you need to pad that r sum , but doesn t it strike anyone else as phony when someone is doing charity work just to brag about it Yeah, I have a little rant about that, but there are things you do out of the goodness of your heart and not just because you want recognition for which is why people like Spencer get on my nerves Further, Spencer is hyper competitive with her sister and is hell bent on beating her old records She even makes out with her sister s fianc and while the attraction appears mutual, that is seriously messed up to do to your own sibling The thing is that the competition is one sided as Melissa doesn t even appear to care if her younger sister is trying to blow her own records out of the water Spencer is basically playing against a ghost, which is really pathetic but all too common these days.
I just see her as deeply unhappy and no amount of awards or good grades will fill her Type A emptiness Nothing will ever be good enough for people like this, and it turns into a vicious cycle of trying to one up everyone else even when nobody else is playing.
AriaNothing really special about her in this first book, at least She comes back from to the states from being abroad and kinda looks down at how Americans live Le sigh at all her pretentious ex pat BS Also, she hooks up with an older man in a bar actually, it seems all of the kids are drinking underage and nobody is carding in this community who just so happens to be her English teacher.
EmilyShe s on the swim team, she s questioning her sexuality, and her parents are probably racists She s a flat character in the book, and she seems like a token one on the show as they change her ethnicity so that she s both non white and non straight Great going for diversity, I Marlene King What s next A problematic representation of a trans character Oh wait, you already did that.
The WritingWhile not the best, it s certainly fast paced Despite all of the name dropping of brands that makes the story feel dated, there s a lot of honesty in how many of the characters interact This is the kinda book you can pick up and read if a few hours while you jump on a last minute flight to the beach for the weekend It s fluffy and little pulpy, though a pretty solid popcorn read overall.
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 A Strong Launch For A Suspenseful Series