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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Title: Pretty little Liars
Author: Sara Shepard
Pages: 286
Release Date: October 1st 2006
Publisher: Harperteen
Source: Bought
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


  1. I've read the first four and they're all as good as the first, I think. I agree with you about the writing. It really isn't the best, but gosh is it addicting!

  2. So addicting! I just couldn't stop. I read half of it in one day, without stopping! I am really excited to read the next!

  3. I love the TV show, too. It's super fun and addicting. And by the sound of your review, the book is the same way. But I dislike not being able to form my own visions of characters that I read in books. Just like you, I would probably see the characters in the books as I see them on TV which is unfortunate.

  4. The book is definitely fun like the book! Yeah, I did struggle with that but I got used to it after a while and I think there are enough books to get you out of the TV show and into the book!

  5. Lol, I've never read in the bath before, but I can see wrinkly toes happening if I did. I've definitely been considering this one since I read The Lying Game ^.^ Glad to see it was pretty good

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  6. I don't usually but it was so nice (except the wrinkly toes) so relaxing. I can't wait to read The Lying Games!

  7. This series is great. I was half expecting it to be like the show, since I was so in love with it. It wasn't at all, and that's such a great thing, too! Now when I read the books and watch the show, it's like I'm following two different stories.


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