Monday, August 16, 2010

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna.
Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful.
But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.
How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and all the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling. - A

Released: October 1st, 2006
Published by: HarperTeen
Series: Pretty Little Liars, Book 1
Page Amount: 290

Plot 7/10
Likable Characters 8/10
Problem Development 9/10
Solution Effectiveness 8/10
Writing Style 6/10
Character Development 9/10
Cover 10/10
Setting 7/10
Ending 10/10
Beginning 7/10

This is the one book that took me until the very last page of the novel to decide how I am going to grade it.

This plot is a plot that I have never read before. The whole idea of this mystery A person who is blackmailing these teenagers after their friend Alison disappeared. I think it is just so unique.

Most of these characters were likable. I found Hanna really annoying. I just found her habits really unnecessary and it just rubbed me the wrong way. She was just like ‘I am so perfect now. Oh no I am going to get fat!’ It kind of REALLY annoyed me.

Pretty Little Liar’s problem development phased itself well for a book in a series.

Since there are more books in the series, there is no real solution. But what did happen at the end of the book, I think, was excellent.

Shepard’s writing style annoyed me at times. This book is written in third person, which, honestly, is not my favourite writing style. It annoyed me a little during the book.

Most of the characters developed a little during this book. I think Emily developed the most in this novel.

I LOVE the cover for this novel. I love the whole idea of the Barbies and the whole “perfect girls” idea.

The setting in this novel was roughly described through this novel. I understood the neighbourhood that the girls lived in, but the thing about it was that Shepard didn’t describe the town as much as she did the neighbourhood.

For a book that is a series, the ending left me hanging and overall it was just a really fitting ending for this type of book.

There was something about the beginning that made the novel drag on a little bit and it felt like the beginning was just being dragged on. It just wasn’t pulling me in and it just felt like it was going on and on.

This book is a light, summer read that I am so glad that I finally picked up to read and I think everybody that loves chick-lit novels and suspense should defiantly go to you local book store and pick Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars up! So, what are you waiting for?


  1. ah, interesting, it looks like a good read from your review but like you I really don't like the third person writing style. Thanks for the great review :)

  2. Good review, I liked Pretty Little Liars, but then again, I cheated and watched the show first.

  3. Chapter Chicks- I am not watching the show. Is it any good? And thanks (:

    Cat- Thanks (: