Author: Sara Shepard
Release Date: October 1st 2006
Rating: 4 out of 5
I think it is best that I tell you I love the show and this could have either enhanced or reduced my enjoyment of the book, so just take this into account. I imagine the characters as I saw them in the show therefore I wasn’t always thinking of them exactly how Sara Shepard wrote them to be.
It took me a while to get into it. It started quite slow and it was quite a foreign style of writing to me. It seemed quite simple and childish at first but it became more and more addicting. The brand dropping didn’t really bother me but it took a while to adjust.
My favourite character is Aria. She is so headstrong and confident and I love that in a character. I felt I really grew to understand all the characters really well and despite it being in 3rd person they all had their own voice in their chapters. It felt really personal when I was reading their chapters, allowing me to see what secrets they were keeping from their friends and themselves.
Because I have seen the show the things that happened in the book weren’t too much of a surprise. The book mirrors the first programme really well. Having said that I still really enjoyed it and some things still caught me my surprise. There is a LOT that happens so there isn't any opportunity to get bored. It moves very fast and keeps you on your toes!
Was it the best written book in the world? No. Did that affect my enjoyment? Not at all. I got so addicted that I sat in the bath reading it for hours, getting wrinkly toes. It pulled me in and I didn’t want to let go. It is all boy drama, secrets, gossip and I have to say I’m a sucker for all this. You should really go pick it up for a fun, light read! I'm so excited to read the next in the series as well!
4 out of 5 stars