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The First Lie (The Lying Game 0.5)

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Featuring Sutton Mercer before her tragic death, this stand-alone digital original novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sara Shepard is an exciting, must-read companion to the Lying Game series.

Back when she was alive, Sutton kept a million secrets. But how she got together with Thayer is her juiciest one of all. . . .

It's the summer before junior year and Sut
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Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by HarperTeen
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Joanna
Okay so I remember the movie Mean Girls from this novella and all the Miss Popularity-ranking, prank-ing, backstabbing, flirting and all lies that all flourish in high school and this concept has been used over and over again since no doubt, it's realistic BUT like what I felt after watching the movie and teasing the girls when they finally learned their lessons, I'm still amused by The Lying Game and how it all started.

I'm even as eager everytime I watch Pretty Little Liars to find out their s
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Chopette
Even though this is only a very short novella I knew I had to have it. Sutton although sometimes a complete bitch of a character has always intrigued me and I have embraced her from the start. I couldn't wait to get more insight into the type of character Sutton was before she was murdered. This was a great little novella but it doesn't really add much to the overall series at all. I was hoping for some hidden clues about who killed Sutton but there wasn't any. Guess I will just have to continue ...more
Zemira Warner
Oh,Thayer,Thayer. What you do to me... When he pulled the chair Sutton was sitting on... *fans herself* This boy if just amazing.

Sutton started out as a bitch but somewhere along the way she finally started to show her feelings to Thayer and they connected.

Hope we find out she isn't dead so they can be together again though he has great chemistry with Emma.

Fingers crossed Ethan ends up as the bad guy.
Kelly Hager
This was a novella, not an actual story. And because Sutton is still alive, there's no Emma in this story. It was interesting to see Sutton as a person (as opposed to as a ghost or to see Emma pretending to be Sutton).

I have been enjoying this series and this novella helps. It's good to get to see how Sutton really was, and I think she was a lot more sympathetic than she's been so far in the brief flashbacks we've seen in The Lying Game. (I think it's also safe to say that The Lying Game is real
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Lazar Lazarov
it was boring ...
Avril Marin
this ebook was amazing! it allowed us to see more of Sutton which i really liked..but it makes me mad how she onlys cares about herself. another thing was that it was wayyy too SHORT when i finished it i was like "Whoa Im done already!?!" So yeah it made me want to know more about Sutton before she died but again this ebook was too short, should have been longer cause i want to read more of Sutton's POV :)
Kez Green
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Meave
Feb 18, 2013 Meave added it
I don't even like this series. It's like eating a stale grocery store cupcake.
Christina
It's back to school for the Lying Game girls and what better way to start Junior Year than with a prank! Thayer, Madeline's brother, is back from soccer camp, and almost unrecognisable from the quiet, scrawny kid Sutton used to know. Now he's hot, knows it and apparently still has a crush on Sutton. Using this fact to their advantage the girls come up with Operation Loverboy - get Thayer to fall in love with Sutton and then publicly humiliate him to put him back in his place.

The First Lie sheds
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Olivia
I will admit, I am a huge Sara Shepard fan. I honestly will read anything she will publish. She's probably going to make, I don't know, six more Lying Game books and you will see me there reading them all. I was so excited to read this! I read that it was suppose to be about Sutton and Thayer, who I love so much. This short novella takes place before Emma ever entered the picture, so I was excited to see how things will be.

There wasn't anything revealed in this book, but I did really like it. It
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Brittany
Oct 18, 2013 Brittany rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The Lying Game diehards
How I Came To Read This Book: I literally read the other Lying Game novella (out of order by mistake) yesterday and wanted to get back in line with the series' order, so I picked this one up today and sped through it during my lunch break.

The Plot: The book documents the earliest days between Sutton and Thayer, and helps shed light on how he would ever come to fall for her, and why their relationship was decidedly secret. When The Lying Game girls dare Sutton to make Thayer fall for her after he
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Katrina Alcantara
Pre-quel to the lying game series. But it would be better if you read this book before you read the 3rd part of the series. There are some parts on the book that might turn out as a spoiler between the 2 of the main characters that revolve on the 3rd part.

Though the entire series (from book 1 to whatever the series would lead to) do not include Sutton as a "living" person; you'd love to read this book because you'd understand more of Sutton's character.
Everything that she does most especially
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Lisa Ottone
This novella, The First Lie, was short but sweet. It takes place before the start of TLG, in the summer before Thayer runs away. I was under the impression that it would include the events surrounding Sutton's actual death, but it mostly just depicted Sutton and Thayer's weird relationship. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable and I would recommend reading it after the fourth book, Hide and Seek.

What I liked about this book is that it's different from the rest of TLG because it's told from Sutton's POV
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Noémy

EDIT 07.12.2013 : Well. I changed my mind and bought it. Yes the price is insanely high. I do wish someone would have just lent it to me. But guys, I caved in because I just love this series so dang MUCH (once upon a time I was completely obssessed with her PLL books as well but now I really am confident in saying that Emma and Sutton's series is my favorite out of the 2. The story just gets better and better). And that's the reason why i was so frustrated when I hit those final pages. I wanted
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Kimmy
I don’t normally read novellas – for some reason, I’m not a big fan – but I do like this series, so I thought it would be worth a try. SPOILER ALERT for the main series – you’ve been warned!

Here is the Kobo store’s summary:

Featuring Sutton Mercer before her tragic death, this stand-alone digital original novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sara Shepard is an exciting, must-read companion to the Lying Game series.

Back when she was alive, Sutton kept a million secrets. But how she go
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Vicki
This novella was a good, quick read. The main character, Sutton, is just a little b----! However, I am going to give her a chance to redeem herself in the first book of the series.

Sutton is adopted and feels like she doesn't really receive as much love and attention as her sister, Laurel. Consequently, Sutton treats her sister terrible. I am not so sure I like Sutton's character because she is what I would call a "mean girl."

The book is short, so I didn't expect any ending to it as it; however,
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bella
In this novella, Sara Shepard tells the story of the summer before when Sutton is chasing after Thayer - all in the name of a prank for The Lying Game. What starts out as a prank ends up with Sutton feeling true feelings for Thayer, even though she convinces her friends it's just a prank.

I've only read the first two books in the Lying Game series. I've read a little about Sutton and Thayer's history and I was interested in finding out what happened to them. Their story unfolds in The First Lie.

I
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Steph Lam
This was a short book (The Lying Game #0.5), a novella. But I did enjoy reading it. It was entertaining, and much like Pretty Little Liars. I have not yet read The Lying Game #1 but apparently Sutton isn't the main character and she is murdered? I definitely need to reading this series. It seem really good! Perhaps I should've read the main series first....
Toolah hussain
How it all started, mostly..
I love the lying game and i loved this novella.
I think it's one of the best series i've read, i just love the mystery in it and how it was a light read.

I loved loved that it's the live sutton who's talking though i really thought we're gonna know more about what happend the night she died

But we did manage to find out more about sutton and thayer and how cute their relationship was. Even though i found thayer to be a little spooky for me

I don't remember much of wh
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cookiemonger
I was really surprised. This isn't normally my kind of story, but it had pretty good world-building for a short piece and the premise. I have no understanding of brands, so the constant name-dropping actually didn't bother me. What really saved it from being just okay was how it was resolved at the end.
Andrea
This one was a short novella that is a prequel to the events of Lying Game 1. Full of the ridiculous but delightful to read goings-on of a bunch of rich, spoiled children partying in Las Vegas, this book details them amusing themselves by the tricks and scams they call the Lying Game. It also developed the relationship between Sutton and Thayer a little more. Every character is a little awful and unredeemable but wow, are they fun to read about.
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Apr 17, 2014 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of The Lying Game
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by: Goodreads.com
I read this book online and it was really short, but good. A nice little story on Sutton and Thayer and how they got together. I really like Thayer, so I was happy to read a story on them and how they became a couple. But really good and enjoyed it a lot.
Michelle
This was in Sutton's POV when she was still alive and explains the beginning of her relationship with Thayer. There wasn't anything exciting about it and I felt like we were actually getting into some sort of plot when it ended, for someone who's read all of TLG books already it was a big disappointment...
Ash
The First Lie: A Lying Game Novella is very short. I read it in a span of an hour. It really doesn't give anything to the overall Lying Game series point of view with Emma as this one takes place entirely from Sutton's point of view. The main reason for this novella's existence is to show the beginnings of the Sutton and Thayer romance.

I liked it because it was nice to see Sutton as Sutton: a corporeal, fully intact of mental capabilities Sutton and no misleading flashbacks. It was interesting t
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Kendall Buckingham
Well that went about exactly the way anyone would expect it to. Rather disappointing overall, it didn't really add anything to the series as a whole; there were no exciting twists or moments.
Lauren
I THINK THE BOOK IS BETTER THEN THE TV SERIES BECAUSE THE PLOT IS MORE INTENSE AND THE CHARACTERS ARE MORE ORIGINAL
Andrew
Nice short novel in this series. Much shorter than i thought. But it was nice to get to know the real Sutton a little bit more through this book, the way she really treats her friends, her bitchy attitude and her likes to pranks...

After reading the first 4 Lying Game books before this one, you got to compare Sutton to Emma and there is a big difference between the two, and thats what i really loved about this book - it gives that little bit extra about Sutton we always knew in the books but now
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Carrie
I just love Sutton in this. I would love Sutton to show up and make those Glee kids cry, you know she would!
Sherri
It was fun reading this novella which showed how Thayer and Sutton's 'secret' relationship began.
Ashlea
I actually really enjoyed this. Reading from suttons perspective was a great change!
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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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