Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)
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Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1)

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Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins recei...more
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Jessica
Jan 05, 2011 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenage girls, people who like young adult books/series.
"Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead."
-Benjamin Franklin.

The first book in the series, Pretty Little Liars, is about five best friends - Emily, Aria, Hanna, Spencer and Alison. Alison is the girl everyone loves, but secretly hates because they’re envious. She is what you could call the secret keeper of the clique, the one that holds the deepest and darkest secrets of each of the girls that nobody else knows and that they wouldn't dare share with another person. During a sleepover...more
The Holy Terror
This series feels like it'll be a total guilty pleasure. It really reminded me of some of the R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike books that I read as a teen, and that's definitely a good thing. It's not literary genius but it's fun and easy to read. I started watching the TV show based on this series and I wanted to find out more because the episodes weren't coming out fast enough for me. I didn't feel like reading and watching the same series was redundant, it felt more like they complimented each...more
Morgan F
Okay, I'm hooked. I started watching the TV show when it first came out, and liked it well enough. So I decided to see how the book series would compare.

This book follows a former group of friends three years after their leader, Alison, went missing. Now they are getting mysterious text messages from a person known only as "A". "A" knows secrets only Alison knew and trust me, these girls have plenty of them. Despite being only 16, these girls have more skeletons in their closets than the cast o...more
Alix
Jul 17, 2010 Alix rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adult Fans
Shelves: ebooks
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Victoria
Jan 31, 2008 Victoria rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenage Girls
Shelves: realisticfiction
Pretty Little Liars has been my favorite book I have read so far. It is filled with drama, suspense and mystery, but it also brings together friendship and bravery. Four best friends, Aria, Hanna, Emily and Spencer, are separated by the death of their friend Alison DeLaurentis, as she has mysteriously disappeared. They each shared secrets with Alison and one very important one that nobody could find out: the Jenna secret. All four friends soon drifted apart, but were brought back together when...more
Lisa
I'm ashamed to admit I've read this book, and the only reason I'm copping to it is because I need it for my reading challenge. Pretty Little Liars is not the type of book I usually read, but after a friend admitted the show was one of her guilty pleasures, I decided to check out the book. Unfortunately, I got no pleasure from reading this, only guilt and frustration.

Pretty Little Liars tells the story of Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hanna, four girls whose best friend, Alison, disappears one night...more
Crystal Starr Light
“I'm still here, b!tches. And I know everything."

Once upon a time, five girls were friends: Alison, the ringleader, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer. Then one day, Alison just up and disappears.

Three years later, the girls begin to receive threatening texts, IMs, and notes about their secrets, past and present. Aria is flirting with the English Teacher; Emily is hanging out more with the new neighbor girl, Hanna has a dirty way of keeping thin, and Spencer is out for her perfect sister's boyfrien...more
Geraldine O'Hagan
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Kay Iscah
I've really enjoyed the TV series, and I'm anxious to know who A is (DON'T TELL ME). So I thought I'd try reading the Pretty Little Liars book series, by Sara Shepard. There's supposed to be 12 in total, but after reading the first one, I don't think I could take 11 more.

The TV show has good writers. I was not impressed by the writing in the book. The TV versions of the characters are generally flawed but likable. The characters in the book are slutty or unpleasant in other ways or one dimension...more
Lesleigh
Who would want to read a book with a doll on the cover? I mean, isn’t that for like middle graders? WRONG. Pretty Little Liars might start off with the characters in their middle grade years, but before long, they’ve already bloomed into full fledged high school students with personalities of their own.

Hanna, Spencer, Aria and Emily were all nobodies, until Allison found them. Together, they built a friendship, but it was all based on secrets. The only secret the girls didn’t realize was that A...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
*Edited for slut-shaming; I wrote this review when I was like 15 and didn't understand why that was problematic at the time, but my use of the word "slutty" has now been removed. Sorry about that!*

Original review (1/13/09):

Honestly not sure why I read it, since I pretty much looked at it and thought, "I'll probably hate this." Well, I didn't HATE it, but it didn't give me any more than I expected. Pretty much every cliché known to realistic teenage literature was in it: My sister's boyfriend is...more
Elizabeth Scott
Okay, this series? Like a drug! I picked the first one up on a whim while at Target (more proof that if I go anywhere that sells books, you'll find me picking up one. or twelve.) and bam! I'm totally hooked. I'm hoping to read the rest of the books that are currently out while I'm on vacation.
Lina
So, ever since Pretty Little Liars came out on television people have been filling up my Facebook feed and twitter talking about how much they have to catch this show. Now, I watched the first episode, hated it and allowed the season to fly by without paying it any mind again. This summer however, I started watching the show and while it is still trash, it's ABC Family soap opera entertainment. Benign viewing was possible.

Once I brought up my viewing of the show people told me I should read the...more
Ivonne Rovira
It wouldn’t be fair for me to rate this book. I’m not only not the correct target demographic — clearly tweens and teens — but I fall into the reviled substrata of the novel: earnest smart girl. I don’t know how much I would have liked the book at 15, much less at 55. If you hated — just hated — high school, chances are that mean girls like these were the reason why.

The novel begins with an alliance amongst five seventh-grade students who become the mean girls clique of Rosewood Day School, loca...more
Jen
WOW! I give this five stars on account of its sheer unputdownableness. I'm quitting life for the next few day and devoting all my time to reading the rest of this series.
Tatum
Pretty Little Liars by:Sara Shepard

This book is about 4 girls and they had a best friend named Alison and she was missing and kidnapped. The 5 girls when they were friends they were known as the “mean girls”. Each person in there group was trying to find out who would ever do this kind of thing to there best friend. Everyone in the town all had secrets. No one knew who to trust and who to tell things to. These four girl after Allison's disperane Emily, Hannah, Spencer, Aria these four girls wer...more
Robert
As I wandered through the hallowed high school halls, with a target on my back, being judged and ignored in equal parts, feeling like a space alien with three heads, my shoes squeaking on the hard linoleum, scared that I would be stuffed in a locker before third period and left for three more, I tried to picture a happier place and time, possibly being stuffed in a wooden coffin and buried six feet under, or chained to a basement wall by my ankles. No, high school wasn’t that bad, but it could h...more
Newport Librarians
Hmmmm. Lots of readers love this series. But to me it read more like a shopping list than a novel: "He rubbed his fingers over the cuff of a hung-up pair of Joseph trousers. She slid her Tiffany Elsa Peretti heart ring up and down her finger . . . Spencer's Sidekick vibrated . . . Emily struggled to operate her Nokia." Even when a body is identified by a ring, it's not just any ring: "She remembered Ali's white-gold initialed ring. Ali's parents had gotten it for her at Tiffany's . . ." As a mem...more
Celine South
Jun 10, 2011 Celine South rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who's brainless and wants to read about rich stuck up brats.
Recommended to Celine by: Every teenage girl :/ I will never trust them again
Shelves: horrible-books
EVERY teenage girl I know seems to love this book series, they all are all like ''OMG IT'S SOOO GOOD'' and blah blah blah. I, for one, am a teenage girl and can't stand this book. It was painful to finish, and I can't believe I continued on with the series, probably because I had to kill time. Ha, whatever. I thought they were supposed to get better as they went on, but nope, they got friggin worse.

I will explain why this book only got one star:



...- I could litteraly NOT relate to ONE SINGLE CHA...more
Rita Walbridge
Pretty little Liars is written by Sara Shepard and the book revolves around the lives of 5 friends at first, but then one of them mysteriously disappears. Her 4 other friends are determined to find out who and why wanted their friend dead or gone. As they try to figure out the author of this evil act they are being haunted/ stalked by a mysterious person named "A" with all their secrets that only their "dead" friend knew. The girls are now trying to deal with their friends death and a stalker. W...more
Steph
A doll on the cover was intriguing at first.
But then i read the first 100 pages and wondered why the hell there was such a big fuss over this book.
THE WRITING IS TERRIBLE.(view spoiler)...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Safia Abdul for TeensReadToo.com

Alison, Emma, 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.

Emma is the sporty...more
Belle
I've been putting off writing this review for so long because, goddamn, I hated this book. I don't have many nice things to say about it. And you know what they say...

I was really surprised at just how intensely I disliked Pretty Little Liars. I'm completely obsessed with the TV show, and I was expecting the book to have a similar appeal: four pretty friends are tormented by the mysterious 'A', who somehow knows all their secrets and manipulates events to create juicy twists at every turn. But w...more
Kim
"Hell is other people" - You got that right.

This scores high on my guilty pleasures rank. I'll admit, the cover didn't really do much for me, I recently tried to read Cum Laude and I expected this to be more of the same, but no!

This is interesting, creepy, weird, entertaining and I can't wait to find out more.

5 rich bitch friends, one of them disappears. After that the other 4 grew apart and years later, suddenly everybody starts getting weird messages from somebody who goes by 'A.' They all th...more
Petra Sýkorová
Kniha byla vážně dobrá! Seriál se přesně drží originálu a i když jsem díky seriálu věděla, co se bude dít, čtení jsem si užila. Stojí to za přečtení.
Hayden Casey
This book has officially been read by me 1.1 times. For further explanation, please keep reading.
Pretty Little Liars has always been one of those series I was in doubt about everyone liking. I mean, seriously, the covers were garbage. Dolls, bright colors, fancy cursive script . . . I almost puked every time I walked by the extra-special PLL stand in the Barnes and Noble store.
And then when the media tie-in covers were released . . . blech. They were even worse than the first ones. I made sure I...more
Shonda
Imagine you are BFF with the most popular girl in school. Everyone else wants to be you. Of course you love the power you have that so many people are envious of you, but secretly you truly wonder if being her BFF is a blessing or a curse. Now imagine it's the start of the summer between seventh and eighth grade and you and your BFF are celebrating by having your annual summer sleepover. Things don't go quite as planned and the two of you end up fighting and she walks out of your house. The very...more
Kat Alexander
Ah, scandalous! Every now and then, I do enjoy the occasional fluffy, stereotypical trash novel. And upon seeing an ARC of it at a 50-cents-an-inch sale at a library, well, how could I resist?

Pretty Little Liars is typical of teenage-girl fiction. Five friends, one supposed dead. Lots of drugs/drinking, and some of that scandalous behaviour. Oh, and everything has to come crashing down on their pretty little heads--it IS a teenage girls' novel. Still, enjoyable enough to read. There were genuine...more
Sella Malin
So my friend lent me this book, saying I must read it because it's really good. I cannot agree with her.

This book sucks, in every meaning of the word.

To start out, the whole thing is just really boring and stupid. This is one of those shallow, lame, ridiculous chic flic books about cliques and boyfriends and popular girls and cliche high school life and all that stupid stuff. I hate these kind of books. Everything about it is unrealistic; these kind of things just don't happen in real life. And...more
Tiny Pants
I had avoided this series because the title is stupid and the cover art is heinous. Then I read the second one, Flawless, and I LOVED it! My only regret is that I didn't read the first one first, since when I then devoured this one, it took a lot of the snap out of the "oh snap!" moments.

These are kind of a thriller/mystery type series, which I've never been into before, but are really, really good. Yes, the characters are still white and wealthy and blablabla, but actually all different from e...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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