Pretty Little Secrets (Pretty Little Liars, #4.5)
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Pretty Little Secrets (Pretty Little Liars #4.5)

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Rewind to junior year in Rosewood, Pennsylvania, to a winter break no one has ever heard about. . . .

Fat snowflakes fall onto manicured lawns, quilted stockings hang over marble fireplaces, and everyone is at peace, especially Hanna, Emily, Aria, and Spencer. Now that Alison’s murderer is in jail and A is dead, they can finally relax. Little do they know there’s a new A in...more
Hardcover, 450 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by HarperTeen
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Elisa
Sara Shepard has run out of ideas. Pretty Little Secrets is not exciting at all. It should really have been published after Unbelievable not after Ruthless.

Hanna's story: So unbelievably pointless and stupid. She just flirted with a guy that went for somebody else. How is that in any way scandalous?

Emily's story: Boring but a little bit more interesting than Hanna's. It's so stupid how Emily's just sent off to spy on some girls that are stealing stuff.

Aria's story: More far-fetched and surpris...more
Courtney
I took a very long break from the PLL series. However, I started this when a friend loaned it to me. I haven't read past the book 'Wicked', but this book sucked me in.

Hanna's story, as always, was witty, fun, fast paced, and depressing. Why must every single new character be as much as a bitch as all the other ones? Sometimes I wish one of the PLL would just met someone friendly and nice. But then again, if any of the girls were happy, it wouldn't be PLL at all. Sara Shepard seems to like to tor...more
Amrin
Ok, first of all I love the PLL books and the show. I couldn’t wait for the long breaks between the seasons so I decided to read the books and they are great although different from the show. So far Iv'e read the first 8 and decided I would go for pretty little secrets instead of twisted. This is as I thought, or hoped that there would be some intense and shocking secrets come to light. Also as its from A's point of view and takes place between Unbelievable and Wicked.
I won't go into too much de...more
Paula  Phillips
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Rosie M.
I wish she just finished the series already. I mean, the first four books--A's revealed, her killer is revealed, alrighty then let's go on with our lives. Nope! Another four books! Sure, I guess we could use some more closure I guess. So then, the next A is revealed, throw in a new crazy twist and character, etc. etc. and now it should be officially over. It has to be. But no, it's not. I feel like she's just doing it for the money now. And it makes me kind of sad because Pretty Little Liars act...more
Emily
Awful. I tried reading this on vacation, but it wasn't even good enough to be a beach read. I loved the first 8 novels in the series, as well as the other add on Ali's Pretty Little Lies, but this was terrible.

Firstly, it's not a cohesive story like the other books - it's just four short stories, one for each girl. To be perfectly honest, I only got about two paragraphs into the second story (Emily's) before giving up entirely. Mrs. Fields signed Emily up to be an elf at Christmas? I'm sorry, n...more
Emily, a Book and a Cat
Concept/Ideas: 3.5./5
Storyline(s)/Plot(s):
Hanna: 4/5
Emily: 2/5
Aria: 4/5
Spencer: 2/5

Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

I really enjoyed this one... I thought it was a nice touch to the series, and I like that it was centered around the Christmas holiday. The only thing that irritated me, was that it took place between Unbelievable and Wicked, which takes you way back. In a way, it was nice because it explained a lot of things that happened in the future books, but it also...more
Michael
Pretty Little Liars - among so many other YA series that I unabashedly read - have become one of those series that I automatically purchase every time a new installment comes out - usually the day it's released. It took me quite a while to buy Pretty Little Secrets, though, because it seemed like a really awkward add-on to the series: the tenth book was recently released, but this novel takes place between the fourth and fifth ones and revolves around the "scandalous" (I use that term loosely) e...more
Charlynn
Pretty Little Secrets was more than just a little disappointment. Taking place during the winter break between the end of Mona's reign of terror and the beginning of Alison's, the book shows Hanna battling her body image issues yet again, Emily is desperate to replace Ali's friendship in her life, Aria puts herself in a vulnerable and dangerous position in her quest to feel needed and loved, and Spencer, true to form, competes with Melissa for the affections of a guy in order to mask the pain of...more
Sarah
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This book contains 4 short stories – one about each of the pretty little liars.
Hanna – joins a fitness programme because she thinks the instructor is hot.
Emily – takes a job as Santa at a department store in order to spy on some girls who may have stolen one of her mother’s ornaments from the church.
Aria – accepts a marriage proposal from her Icelandic boyfriend and goes with him to Atlantic City to tie the knot.
Spencer – competes with her sister for a tennis...more
Semhal Hadgu
Pretty Little Secrets, a novel written by Sara Shepard, is definitely a must-read if you are into suspense, secrets, mystery, and drama. However, I do suggest that you first become familiar with the Pretty Little Liars series before reading this novel. This novel is a small side-story that accompanies the Pretty Little Liars series. It takes place in the time period between the series' books Unbelievable and Wicked. Although it is not necessary to read Pretty Little Secrets to understand the plo...more
Trisha
this series is such a guilty pleasure of mine. I just love everyone one of them and am instantly sucked back in as soon as I open the book and start reading!

I love how easy it is to roll right back into this! You can read one book and then no matter what time passes, it's so easy to just pick up the next book and get going again! Sara Shepard is just seamless in her transition to each book with just enough back story to remind you what you may have forgotten but not so much that you are annoyed...more
Hayden Casey
It kinda sucks that I'm bad at gushing, because my mind while reading this was nothing but gushy thoughts. I mean, one of the girls gets married, for Pete's sake. (I know, right?) Am I the only one who found that a bit sudden?

Oh, well. Now onto the book itself. The thing that surprised me about Pretty Little Secrets was that Shepard had turned off the switching narratives, and we got a solid 110-120 pages of each girl by herself. It was weird to read this way, because at the end of each chapter,...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Becky Courage
This book was completely ridiculous and quite honestly stupid. It takes place after the identity of A has been revealed and Ali’s killer is in jail. The girls are on Winter break and don’t know about the new A watching them. The novel is written through the perspective of the new A, so we get story lines about the girls’ new secrets and learn about them without the A & murder mysteries. In my opinion, this book takes away from the awesomeness that is the PLL’s series. Do yourself a favor and...more
Olivia
Pretty Little Secrets tells the stories of the four girls during their Christmas break. This book is supposed to take place between Unbelievable and Wicked. Judging by the summary, I thought that this book was going to be told from A.'s point of view. Meaning we would actually get inside Alison's head. However, that was not the case. Anybody can read this book, as long as they have finished the first four books in the series.

This book was a nice addition to the series. I adore the Pretty Little...more
Danielle
See now these girls are the Pretty Little Liars, I think the Spencer, Emily, Hanna, and Aria have been body snatched by some much dumber versions of themselves in Ruthless and Twisted, because there is absolutely no reason for them to still be so stupid. But with this book, I love my liars again and I understand them a little bit more, and though some people don't like it because there's no A, who I said was my favorite character, I still loved this book, because there was just enough A for me,...more
Michelle Shipe
This book is separated into four different sections. One for each character. There is little to no over lapping of the characters. And as of to the end of the book no other characters know about the others secret. I wish this book was out sooner so I could of read it in its intended place (between Wicked and Killer). But I am not convinced that this book was even needed to be added to the series. I much rather the format of the previous books where there is overlapping of the characters stories....more
Clementine
This book is just straight up trash. Pretty Little Liars used to be entertainingly bad; now it's just bad. None of this makes sense with the timeline. There's no way this stuff would have happened and never been mentioned in the later books. If A keeps threatening to expose the mundane things that happened in this book, why HASN'T she, over a year later?

None of the stories are compelling at all. Hanna gets "fat" and competes with a girl with big boobs for some dumb vitamin water salesman. Emily...more
Bonnie
You know what? I love the Pretty Little Liars books. When I was starting the series, I couldn't stop reading it. My roommate would know exactly what I was reading when I was putting off going to class until the very last minute. So yes, I do consider myself a fan, both of the series and of Sara Shepard as an author. I won a copy of this book through a Twitter giveaway and was very psyched to get started on it.

Unfortunately, I am in the camp which believes that this series might have overstayed i...more
Erika Aivazi
I chose this book because I really like the series and I enjoy reading along as the t.v. show itself is showing. This is the 11th book of the entire series and it's about what Aria, Spencer, Hannah, and Emily do during their christmas breaks. As always their stalker -A is following them around and watching their every move. Hannah is having relationship issues and jealousy is coming in between. To cope with that she starts to hit on her gym trainer which is absolutely ridiculous. Spencer is deal...more
Virginia
This "collection" of Liars stories takes place between two of the previous novels and explains the shenanigans the girls got up to over one eventful winter break. Each Liar gets her own separate section of the novel, which has the effect of intriguingly isolating the types of stories which are usually interspersed amongst each other in the regular PLL books. While the first two stories, which are by far superior to the latter two, benefit from this method, the predictability of the second half o...more
Kelly Hager
This is set post-first A and pre-second A. Like all the books, there is a storyline for Spencer, Aria, Hanna and Emily but unlike the others, it's all Hanna chapters and then all Aria chapters and so on. (I kind of prefer that, honestly.) I'm pretty sure the A in this book is second A, although if it's not, that may make her (I'm guessing it's a her) the A that is now tormenting them or there could be a fourth A. CRAZY TOWN.

I completely love this series. It's funny and fun and addictive. I keep...more
Eva Chafi
Un libro en el medio, entre Unbelievable y Wicked, sobre unas vacaciones... Descontroladas, sobre todo cuando se trata de las cuatro pequeñas mentirosas; Spencer, Aria, Emily y Hanna.

Lo que me gustó de este libro es que, esta vez, no termina con una gran intriga, las chicas perdiendo sus novios o arruinando sus familias; esta vez tienen su lindo final feliz, en algunos casos medio melancólico, como el de Aria, y en otros hilarante, como es el de Spencer.

SPOILER
Me encanta como creció la relación...more
Vanessa
I take back any complaints that I have ever made about the alternating chapters of the other books. If the stories were arranged in the normal style, I might be rating this a five. I started this before Christmas, but I didn't finish it until nearly February.

I just thought this book was kind of adorable. For once, Aria actually might have the best plot. Aria's story is ridiculous, but it is actually played for humor. I actually really liked Emily and Hanna's stories, too. Emily's felt like a PG-...more
Anonymous
Jun 21, 2012 Anonymous rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Me and hopefully u depending on who u r
Recommended to Anonymous by: Me, myself, and I
Books like these are so amazing. The only part that annoys me is I want to know what happens to all of the liars at the end of the books. So I read all the last chapters of the liars after I'm done reading the first chapters for them. However, for this book of the series it doesn't really work like that. So please reply to this post to give me spoilers if your awesome and really nice! Love ya readers!
Angel
Not what I expected...and not my favorite. I love the Pretty Little Liars series, but it may be time to wrap it up! The drama was interesting for the first 6 books, but the 7th and 8th got a bit silly. The 9th book redeemed the series for me, because it was actually exciting...I guess that's why I had high hopes for this one. I hope the 10th book doesn't disappoint me!
Abbie
Dec 11, 2013 Abbie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
Did not finish.

Hanna's story was quite silly, and after being told it gets worse with every story, i'm not going to bother finishing it.

In Hanna's story, the thing with Kate was ridiculous. As if she'd be doing that. (view spoiler)
Kricket
shepard admits in the acknowledgements that she pounded this book out before the birth of her son, and it shows. sloppy writing, tired plots, same old same old. i did enjoy spencer's story because i like revenge fantasies. unfortunately i had to read the other 3 to get there and they were all kinds of awful.
Gabrielle
This book is AMAZING even though i have'nt finished yet i did go threw two chapters but not just regular chapters it goes by the girl's storie the first one i read was about hannas life the next one was about emilys life. Everytime i read this book it get's me at the edge of my seat. On hannas life she liked this work out coach but losted him to this girl who pretended to be her friend to trick her into not liking the guy so she could get him and in emilys life she had to hang out with these tro...more
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Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona. Sara's Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia's Main Line.
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“She felt like Lady in Lady and the Tramp, one of Hanna's favorite movies as a kid. When Jim Dear and Darling had a new baby, they kicked Lady to the curb. Except Hanna didn't even have a scruffy bad-boy stray she could run off with because her supposed boyfriend was going to be hundreds of miles away soaking up sunshine on a nude beach with a skank.” 24 likes
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