- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Format: Paperback | 286 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 201mm x 20mm | 295g
- Publication date: 1 September 2007
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 006088732X
- ISBN 13: 9780060887322
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 8,035
The first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that inspired the hit ABC Family TV show Pretty Little Liars.In ultra-trendy Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four beautiful girls are hiding very ugly secrets. High school juniors Spencer, Hanna, Aria and Emily have grown apart since their best friend Alison DiLaurentis went missing three years ago. But now someone is sending them anonymous notes, threatening to reveal their darkest secrets. There's only one person who knows that much about them, but Ali's gone...isn't she?Full of unexpected twists and shocking revelations, this series opener that inspired the hit TV show is the perfect beginning for fans.The Pretty Little Liars Series Book 1: Pretty Little Liars Book 2: Flawless Book 3: Perfect Book 4: Unbelievable Book 5: Wicked Book 6: Killer Book 7: Heartless Book 8: Wanted Book 9: Twisted Book 10: Ruthless Book 11: Stunning Book 12: Burned Book 13: Crushed Book 14: Deadly Book 15: Toxic Book 16: ViciousDon't miss: Pretty Little Liars: Pretty Little SecretsPretty Little Liars: Ali's Pretty Little Lies
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By Randa 05 Sep 2012
Actual Rating: 3.5/5
I like this cover. It suits the story better than the new cover featuring the TV Show's actresses as the characters because they simply don't fit the descriptions of the girls in the story. Also, I think the best covers are the Australian ones, their covers for the series are simply beautiful *_* (except they don't have a cover for this particular book -the first one in the series-!).
Okay. I had the most fortunate and unfortunate luck to start watching the TV Show based on this series before starting the books. It was both good and bad. Good because I knew what to expect from the book and was thrilled to find more details and twists that are not available in the show. Bad because I was spoiled most of the book, I kind of knew what was going to happen. And also because the characters in the book aren't like the ones in the TV show.
However, I'm reviewing the book objectively as if I haven't watched the show. So this is my honest review of the book separately.
For those of you who have never watched the show or heard of it (like me less than 2 weeks ago...), here's a short spoiler free summary for you :).
This book is about five best friends Alison, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer. They've been best friends for sometime now and it's the end of seventh grade. They're now having a sleepover at the night to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation, however, Ali disappears that night.
The book starts by explaining what happened the day Ali disappears, but then picks up three years later with the girls getting ready for Junior year. They're no longer talking to each other and are living separate lives although they are still in the same small-town of Rosewood. It gives us a glimpse to what happened to each girl separately and how they've been dealing with Ali's disappearance. And throughout the story, we get to know more about each character's relationship with Ali and what secrets she had on them. How they've been living and what's up with them now.
Then suddenly, Spencer, Emily, Hanna and Aria start receiving anonymous text messages about past secrets that only Ali knew about and new ones that no one knows about.
At the end of the book, the girls try to bond back together.
What I liked:
- The storyline itself is very unique and compelling.
- It is full of mystery, sadness, twists, scary moments, thriller, loss and heartbreak.
- The girls' friendship is very unique. They had each other and all of a sudden it was taken away from them. We all could relate to that.
- I loved the fact that each chapter is told about a different characters. It is mostly in this order: Emily, Spencer, Hanna then Aria. But it changes a bit at the end.
- There's no specific narrator. The author tells you the story as she sees it.
- It deals with real high school problems.
- "A"! I love "A" as crazy as it sounds!!
By Erin PreFontaine 16 Dec 2011
I simply don't know what to say about this book. I'll be honest, it wasn't as great as I thought that it would be, even though I just had to finish it.
For me, I had to try to imagine what it would be like in this rich, preppy, high clad, high class society in order for me understand some of it. I will be perfectly honest, I didn't even know some of the brands of things that the writer was talking about half the time.
I did, however, enjoy that the writer took you through the lives of these four girls as they grew apart, I mean, you didn't go through 7th grade to 10th grade with each of them. You saw how their lives were in 7th grade before their friend, Ali, disappeared, and then you saw them three years later as their lives were coming back together again. Each chapter was about a different girl and what they were going through, it didn't jump around in one chapter, which I actually liked.
As for how it turned out...I honestly didn't expect the ending. I also enjoy a book where you don't know what's going to happen. Or that you are thinking, "well, this is how I think it's going to be" and then at the end, it surprises you.
I have to say, my heart felt bad for the character known as Spencer. She did something that was unforgettable, I wouldn't say unforgivable, and then to be treated the way she was by her parents just made me quite upset.
As for my rating. I simply gave it 3 of 5 stars because I was expecting more and I didn't get it. I was a little disappointed in that. I love Sara Shepard as an author though. I'm currently reading her The Lying Game series now.
By Amanda 22 May 2011
Okay, I have to admit that the first time I saw these books around the young adult fiction world; I wasn't planning on reading them. Do you want to know why? The covers! You should never judge a book by its cover, I know, but I just was really put off by the Barbie doll looking covers.
When they first aired the trailer for the TV show, I was very intrigued and after the first episode, I was hooked! So I made it a goal to start the series as soon as possible this year.
Now I can't wait to continue the series and can't wait for season 2 to air! ABC Family really did a great job at following the books. I mean, of course there is a lot of stuff that is in the books that aren't in the show, and vice versa, but the first book was amazing and the tv show is awesome!
But now I'm going to try and stop talking about the TV show now and continue on with my review of the first book in the series, ha ha.
Sara Shepard is a very good writer. I don't know how she has so many main characters without getting confused! I'm a writer myself and I normally only have one main character perspective in my novels, sometimes two. But never four! And all four have very different personalities! So kudos to her!
Pretty Little Liars is also a very easy and short read. It's another one of those awesome books that you can get through very fast because the words flow so well together.
I love the mix of drama and mystery. I know some people nearly consider them as part of the same genre, but not always. There can be a drama-mystery or just a plain mystery that just lurks on the mystery at hand and not a whole bunch of drama, if that makes sense at all.
I can't wait to pick up the second book in the series, I am definitely ready to speed through it to and catch up with the books. I'm a bit worried, though, too. I don't want to read the book and have an idea of what might happen in the show. It's so complicated! Ha ha.
Overall, this is a really good read. If you love the TV show, definitely pick the books up!
By TeensReadToo 23 Sep 2010
Alison, Emily, Spencer, Aria, and Hanna were once the best of friends back in the summer between seventh and eighth grade. They held private sleepovers, passed notes in homeroom, and shared their darkest secrets. Then a tragic incident shook the safe, suburban town of Rosewood: Alison vanished without a trace. Now years later, Alison still hasn't been found and the other girls are now in the eleventh grade, but are no longer friends.
Emily is the sporty teen, obedient, and every parents' dream daughter. Aria is back from Iceland, more mysterious and prettier than ever. Chubby Hanna has lost the weight and has transformed herself into a sexy "It Girl," while Spencer is a smart and preppy overachiever. Perfect lives, huh? Almost.
When strange, threatening messages began appearing from a mysterious "A", the girls must face their past and the dark secrets they thought they had buried forever.
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS is an eerie novel that gave me the chills with every chapter. Well-written and full of suspense, I'm sure it will attract many readers and also make a popular television show. With a cliffhanger ending, I definitely cannot wait for the sequel!
"Clique lit with a mystery twist.sure to make readers reach for the next installment." -- Publishers Weekly