Perfect: A Pretty Little Liars Novel

Perfect: A Pretty Little Liars Novel

Book rating: 04 Paperback Pretty Little Liars (Quality)

By (author) Sara Shepard

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 204mm x 22mm | 254g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0060887389
  • ISBN 13: 9780060887384
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 13,477

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In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four perfect-looking girls aren't nearly as perfect as they seem.Aria can't resist her forbidden ex. Hanna is on the verge of losing her BFF. Emily is freaking out over a simple kiss. And Spencer can't keep her hands off anything that belongs to her sister.Lucky me. I know these pretty little liars better than they know themselves. But it's hard keeping all of their secrets to myself. They better do as I say . . . or else!

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By Randa 13 Sep 2012 5

The cover:
This is by far my favorite cover :). I love the colors and the doll ^_^.

The storyline:
Okay. So this book is my favorite in the series so far. It had more action, more mystery, more twists and I swear I have no idea not even the tiniest bit who "A" is or what's wrong with Spencer and I love it!!
Summary:
Unlike the previous book, this sequel picks up three weeks after Toby's suicide (Yes, in these books, Toby is dead...), and the girls drifted apart again, especially since they thought "A" is gone along with Toby and the texts stopped coming. So they continued their lives as if nothing happened.
Spencer is now seeing a therapist who's helping her cope with what's happening in the family (between her and Melissa) and deal with Ali's death. She's back at her usual self, studying and playing nice, hoping her family would not know about her essay and what she did. Then she's on the papers for being one of the finalists and suddenly, things start to crumble and crash and the bitter truth hits her.
Aria is acting freely and following her heart in this book. She realizes she's not over Ezra, her crush and also her AP English teacher, and tries to deal with everything around her. She tries so hard to deal with her family issues until she makes them worse and gets Ezra arrested (although she didn't do the last one intentionally.).
Emily is trying so hard to hide and escape her true feelings for Maya and the fact that she is gay. She swims, does her homework, has fun with Carolynn, until everything spills out and things go from bad to worse and she has to make a serious decision.
And, last but not least, Hanna, I left her for the end because her parts in the book are my favorite. Hanna has a lot of problems, issues, complications and twists in her life that there could be a whole new book just about her! First, her dad is not talking to her at all and he won't even respond to her calls. Second, she feels betrayed by Sean for going out with her ex-best friend Aria. Third, and most importantly, she needs to stop her craving for food and throwing up. She has big plans for her and Mona and nothing else matters. Until everything with Mona goes real bad and everything she touches dies.
Somewhere in the middle of the story, a private homemade video of Ali, made by Aria and the girls, before she went missing gets leaked to the media. And clues start to gather.
The girls think that Toby is "A", and now that Toby is dead, "A" is dead, right? No. After a while, they start getting the most horrifying texts, threats and then "A" starts playing for real.

What I loved:
- The storyline is so different from the others and also, at the same time somewhat familiar (since I watched the episodes to the mid season finale...*_*). It had some intriguing details and storylines for each girl.
- The twists, mystery and thriller! I kept looking and wondering and trying to solve each new puzzle, SMS and chapter's title!
- This book could be scary if you read it at night (or actually listened to it at night).
- I don't know if I just realized it or if it has been this way since book one. But I think the writing is much much better than before.
- I loved both the main and secondary characters and how they had different personalities that added to the storyline. Each character in this book had something to do and it had a long lasting effect.
- Aria, Spencer, Emily and Hanna are finally a tiny bit close. They try to talk to each other discuss everything "A" related. It a huge accomplishment, if you read the previous two books you know what I mean!
- And then there was the ending!! I had no idea it was going to happen like that in the book and also it left me asking a billion questions!!

What I disliked:
Nothing really.

The audiobook:

The audiobook was amazing! The narrator did a great job of impersonating each characters, especially the girls, and the way she spoke in those scary moments, it made me feel like I'm being watched too!!!
If you're not sure whether you should read the books or you don't have the time, I highly suggest you get the audiobook version. It's amazing!

The characters:
Aria: Always the nice, friendly and unique girl who does an excellent job in her AP English class and tries to fix things by making them worse whether intentionally or not. She tries to help her mom get over her dad and what he'd done and she ends up getting kicked of the house and disliked by both her mom and Mike, her younger brother. When she tries to make the right thing and goes to Ezra's house, she ends up... Well, making bad choices again.

Emily: I really like her. She's shy, friendly and never hurts anyone. She also struggles with who she is and what she really wants but can't say or do anything to change things. Until her sexuality goes to the public in the middle of school and she has to stand up for what she wants.

Hanna: Ah, she has the most interesting side of the story, but she's not my favorite character, I'll tell you why. She acts as if no one is better than her, and she keeps gossiping about other people, calling them with bad names and making fun of them like she wasn't once one of those people. Oh, but fear not, the table turns real fast and she soon enough finds herself with nothing but her shame and loneliness, thanks to "A" and Mona.

Spencer: Seriously? I have no idea why she thought she could get away with plagiarizing her sister's essay. Spencer seems to be trying to be better than Melissa harder than she thought, but she doesn't acknowledge her tries until she meets the therapist again. But by going their, she doesn't only understand her relationship with her sister better, she also uncovers dark, deep and scary truths about herself. Truths that could get her in jail.

Other characters worth mentioning: Sean, Aria's boyfriend. He's a really nice, modest and athletic guy. He's fascinated by Aria and really likes her, until "A" spoils the beans about her "errands" and the nice Sean turns out to have a dark side. Ezra, Aria's crush and also AP English teacher. Since they first met in a bar before he knew he was going to be her teacher, Ezra loved Aria and thought, later when he found out she's his student, that it would be better if they stayed separated. But, he obviously couldn't hold on for much longer. He should have, though, because now he's in jail. Ian, Melissa's boyfriend then and now. He's a very handsome and nice guy who Ali and Spencer used to have a crush on. But even this Angel could have some tricks up his sleeve. Ali, even in her death, she still haunts the girls and their lives. It looked like everyone loved Ali and envied her for everything she had. But the gorgeous blonde had secrets too, ones she hadn't told the girls about, ones that could be the reason behind her death. Maya, Em's love interest. She's a very smart and courageous person. Maya encourages Emily to be who she is and not be afraid of what the others might think of her.

Favorite quotes:
Her sister froze. The little gremlin that Spencer was certain lived inside Melissa's head was confused. Clearly it hadn't expected Spencer to say something nice. --- Chapter 6: SIBLING RIVALRY'S A HARD HABIT TO BREAK.

SARAH WHITTIER, with that Milton quote, DEATH IS THE GOLDEN KEY THAT OPENS THE PALACE OF ETERNITY. Over the hill, Aria knew, were the graves of a dog named Puff, a cat named Rover, and a parakeet named Lily. --- Chapter 17: BECAUSE ALL CHEESY RELATIONSHIP MOMENTS HAPPEN IN CEMETERIES.

It's not like it'll be hard: everyone in this town has something to hide. In fact, there's something even juicier than the identity of moi bubbling beneath Rosewood's glistening surface. Something so shocking, you wouldn't believe me if I told you. So I won't even bother. HA. You know, I kind of love being me....

Buckle up, girlies. Nothing is as it seems.

Mwah!

-A

--- What Happens Next...

Conclusion:
Finally, I'm at peace, even for sometimes, in my brain that I could read and enjoy this book :).
This book is that good! I'm really excited to continue reading ^_^.
Now to continue with the series ;).

By Amanda 02 Nov 2011 4

Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)

Wow, I'm not really sure what to say about this book. It's just so weird compared to the TV show. But in a good way, I think. It's starting to get where a lot of things are different in the books than in the TV show (Which always happens, but I can tell why.), but it's still addicting.
I think I may have liked this one a bit more than the last two. They are getting better. I think I kind of wished now that I had read the books before watching the TV show, because of the fact that I keep getting confused when they describe a certain character and stop for a minute most of the time and go, "What?" because some of the descriptions are different in the TV show. And I keep picturing the actresses that play Aria, Spencer, Emily, Hanna and Alison. Ha!
I think this is kind of funny. If you ask me who my favorite character is in the TV show, I would have to say Aria or Spencer. Though I like all the characters, but those are my top two favorites of them. But if you asked me the same question, but with the books, I honestly don't know. The characters are a bit more crazy in the books. If that makes sense.
But anyway, I'm going to stop comparing the TV show and books. They are both great. The writing draws you in and keeps you reading. You can picture everything. At least I can. Normally I would have finished one of these books in a sitting or two in one day, but now I don't have much reading time. But I still can finish pretty quickly because of the writing style. It just flows.
Overall, this was just as exciting and suspenseful as the last two. Even though I had originally planned to read another library book from my challenge list after finishing this book, I couldn't wait to start the fourth book and dove right in. So get ready for that review next!

By TeensReadToo 23 Sep 2010 5

PERFECT starts out with a flashback to a time when Ali was still alive and part of the group. Ali receives a phone call but doesn't share with Spencer, Hanna, Aria, or Emily. But that's kind of how it's always been. Ali was always the leader. Playing the girls off each other and keeping secrets on each of them.

Now, Ali is supposedly dead and the girls have all gone their own way.

Spencer has been nominated for the Golden Orchid. It's only the most prestigious essay contest in the country. The only glitch...no one knows that it's an essay that Spencer stole off her sister's computer one night when she didn't complete an assignment.

Aria is still secretly crushing on Ezra, her teacher. When they first met, Aria didn't know Ezra was going to be a new teacher at Rosewood. There was an instant connection, but so far they've been good about not acting on those feelings.

Hanna has had a major falling out with her now best friend, Mona. This has caused Hanna to resort to overindulging with food again.

And Emily. Well, she doesn't want to be on the swim team anymore. And she does want to date her friend Maya, but knows how violently her family would react to that news.

All four girls are still getting cryptic messages from the unknown "A." Who can possibly know all of their secrets, the ones that only Ali knew? As the messages keep coming, each girl gets tangled up in a web of her own creation.

A cliffhanger involving the remaining girls leaves the reader ready for the next installment of the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series, UNBELIEVABLE, due out in May 2008. I picked up the first book in the series on a whim the fall of 2007. I kept being drawn to the cover. I sat down and quickly devoured the first story. From there, I was hooked.

The twisted lives of these girls at Rosewood are enough to keep anyone coming back for more!