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I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there's nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It's enough to kill a girl all over again. But I'm about to get something no one else does--an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma's desperate...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by HarperTeen
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Maija


Lets start with what I didn't like, shall we:

* crazy teenage girls who pull evil pranks on everyone
*apparently stupid parents and police that do nothing about it


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* the idea that if you are popular, you don't have to do homeworks, teachers really hate you + your friends may too
* Madeline wasn't all that mad about her brother running away, even though she knows that Sutton is to fault
* you're waiting until you turn 18 and only then decide to have sex? Garrett wanted to have sex with Sutton, so she...more
Beth
I had high hopes for this one. I was in the mood for a fun guilty pleasure, a kind of Veronica Mars meets Gossip Girl. Being a twin myself, though not an identical one, I love a good twin-switch mystery. I was prepared to accept a little stupidity, a few plot holes, for the sake of a fun soap opera.

But The Lying Game disappointed me even by my fairly low standards. It just felt so...cheap. All the characters were flat clichés - not in itself a bad thing - sure we've all seen the dumb jock or the...more
Mandy
I was absolutely addicted to the television show Pretty Little Liars this past summer. So,when I heard the author of the book series the show was based on had a new YA series in the works, I quickly added the new title to my “must read list.” The Lying Game does not disappoint. It is filled with just the right amount of suspense, teen angst, and awesome clothes* that teens are sure to love. Sara Sheperd’s latest series follows down on her luck Emma. Emma’s life in her foster home is unbearable....more
Trameka
Jul 10, 2011 Trameka rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: ages 13-16
Ok, let me start by saying that I'm 21 years old and I started reading this series because I love the show Pretty Little Liars.


Cover: The cover is cute with the black background and the accents of pink. However, the images of the girls are quite juvenile, which should have been a hint that the book was most likely made for a younger age group.


Characters: I felt that the characters were introduced oddly. Names were just thrown around without any indication of who they were. I have a hard time kee...more
-k The Lady Critic
Even if this is only half as good as the Pretty Little Liars books were, it’s going to be amazing. I can’t wait to read this when it comes out!
Cory

I don't normally read this type of book, but since I received it through a Goodreads giveaway I figured I might as well give it a try. That was a mistake.

This book is like Gossip Girls meets a very bad Law and Order spin off. I don't even want to read the sequel. And I read three of those horrible Blue Bloods books.

I had high hopes for this. But I should have done my research on the author first. Apparently she wrote Pretty Little Liars, which sounds like one of the dumbest things to ever hit...more
Kristy
This was my sort of last chance, shot in the dark with Sara Shepard. I could not get into "Pretty Little Liars" at all and it ended up being a Can't finish book. So, I wasn't expecting much with this one... but something kept nagging at me to try it out.
Shockingly, it has been a stepping stone for walking me out of my reading slump this summer. I read it in less than 1 day. I haven't gotten into a book in a while, so this was a huge deal to me.
Is this book mind-blowingly good? No, but it was fun...more
Olivia
WOW! I liked it a lot! The characters were great and there was A LOT of funny parts. There are a few spoilers through-out, so be careful when reading this :)

The beginning was a little slow for me. I didn't get that interested until she went to meet Sutton and Sutton's friends kidnapped her to that party. I was suspicious of Laurel from the beginning. I wasn't too sure about Ethan, but I was almost positive he had nothing to do with what happened to Sutton. I liked the parts when Sutton voiced he...more
Jianne
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard is a mystery-packed, thrill-suspense novel that will keep you guessing and thinking till your heads hurt. Oh yeah.

The story revolves around Emma Becker, who grew up to be a foster child. When she found out that she has a twin sister, Sutton Mercer who looks exactly like her, she went in search of her hoping that she will finally find her family. However, Emma learns that Sutton is dead. Murdered. So who has murdered Sutton? In order to find out her twin's killer, E...more
Kristin
I didn't know this was going to be a series.... I'm a bit confused how it's going to be stretched out over multiple books, because even when I had a chapter or two left, I fully expected everything to resolve, then... it didn't.
It was well written, and definitely intriguing, but I sort of feel like I'm not trendy enough for this series. A lot of the brand names mentioned I'm sure are supposed to be famous, but it did nothing for me because well, I don't spend money on things like shoes and sun...more
Lori (Pure Imagination)
Secrets, lies, drama, and murder. Really, what more could you want? Sara Shepard is the master of YA mysteries and she definitely doesn't disappoint in The Lying Game. Emma is foster kid who has been moved from one home to another ever since her mother abandoned her. Sutton is a wealthy spoiled rich girl who has it all. Until she was murdered. When Emma finds out about her long lost twin sister she goes to visit her and gets forced into impersonating Sutton. Someone knows she's not Sutton and th...more
Sophia
I don't really know what I expected from this book. The concept was certainly very interesting, but I'm still not sure of how I felt about this book.

Sara Shepard's writing in The Lying Game was better than her writing in the Pretty Little Liars books, I'll admit, but even with that, it was still mediocre. Maybe I'm just so used to super phenomenal writing (such as Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, J.K. Rowling, etc.) but this book wasn't really memorable.

The book was intriguing enough to finish...more
Danny
First, this is my first book from Sara Shepard, I haven't read Pretty Little Liars, BUT I watched the TV show and I absolutely adore it. So when I got the chance to read this book in her new series I immediately wanted to read it.

I wasn't disappointed - this was a quick read full of mysteries to discover and of course the end leaves you hanging in the air and waiting for the next book.

The story is told from a dead girls Point of View. Sutton suddenly wakes up seeing a girl that looks exactly l...more
John Egbert
Apr 04, 2011 John Egbert rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Nobody
Stupid plot, stupid story, incredibly stupid characters. You'd have to pay me to read the next book.
Anne Nikoline
The Lying Game is usually not my kind of genre, however, I must point out how much better the story is than so endless many in this genre. I only read the book because I fancied the Danish cover which I found at the library earlier today.

What annoys me with the book is how the reader is still left with many unanswered questions. I'm aware that it's necessary for the author to leave some questions unanswered for the next books in the series, but come on! You only get to know very little, but tha...more
Heather
Spoiler Alerts! I was torn. There was so much I disliked about this book, and yet, when I finished, I thought, "Eh? You did ok, Shepherd." It was a complete story. I enjoyed it. Good commercial voice.

1. So there is a narrator every now and then: The ghost of Sutton. The biggest problem I had with this is that the voice of dead Sutton as a ghost and the alive Sutton, the devil child the family and friends describe, are NOT THE SAME PERSON. You can't suddenly make Sutton likeable because you nee...more
Jen Petro-Roy
Seventeen year old Emma Paxton has bounced in and out of foster homes since she was four years old, when her mother left her at a friend's house for a play date, never to return again. After being framed by her leering, skeevy foster brother for petty theft and facing an uncertain future, Emma is shocked to discover a video uploaded online that shows a blindfolded girl being strangled and falling unconscious--a girl who looks exactly like Emma. After making connection with this doppleganger, Sut...more
Rebekah
I really, really wanted to like this book…

I haven't read Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series, but the television spin-off became one of my guilty summer obsessions. Come on. It’s fun to escape to a world filled with beautiful, haunted, wealthy teens. Especially teens who were full of delicious, dangerous secrets. The show’s characters kept me tuned in because they were pretty, yes - but also dimensional and flawed and I wasn’t quite sure what they were going to do next.

When The Lying Game...more
Mari - loves to read
***I gave this book a 4.5 star rating on my blog***

The Lying Game was such a suspenseful and dramatic read. I didn’t quite know what to expect from Sara Shepard since this was my very first Shepard. But WOW I was like an addict from the first page; I just kept craving more and more. I wasn’t actually aware that The Lying Game was the first book in a tetralogy(yes, I just learned a new word, that means there will be four books) so I was a bit surprised when I understood that there was just to few...more
Elisabeth Jondahl
I wish books like this were around when I was 13. YA is so much better nowadays and there's a lot more variety.

One thing I have a slight problem with is the POV. It switches between Emma and Sutton in a disjoined way that repeatedly took me out of the story where I had to remember which sister was the first-person narrative. It's not a deal breaker, however, and I was able to fully enjoy the story in spite of an awkward format.

I like this book's reaction to the Mean Girl culture. The protagonist...more
Aimee
Feb 23, 2012 Aimee rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of murder mysteries and bitchy best friends
I really enjoyed The Lying Game. I've never read Pretty Little Liars, so I didn't know what Sara Shepard's writing style was like there, but it was really good here.

Sutton was murdered. Now, her long-lost twin sister Emma is pretending to be her, at the same time searching for Sutton's murderer. So far, the prime suspects are: Sutton's friends Charlotte and Madeline and Sutton's sister Laurel.

My guess of who the murderer is: (view spoiler)
But that's just my guess as of the...more
AtenRa
OK,it's official.I absolutely love Sara Shepard!I adore her series, Pretty Little Liars ,and honestly,I was expecting a lot from The Lying Game and it definitely didn't disappoint!

Emma is a foster home kid who has never stayed in one place for very long.Descriptions of her bad and sometimes violent foster parents make you really think of what these kids go through from a very young age through no fault of their own.In Emma's case, her mother Becky abandoned her when she was little and even thoug...more
Paulette Simonian
This book is full of mystery and dramatic scenes. Emma, a foster child, watches a video online that changes her life forever. She finds out that she has a twin sister and decides to go see her. Things go wrong when her sister doesn't show up. She finds out that her sister had been murdered and everyone thinks that Emma is Sutton, her twin. No one believs her that she not actually Suton. The person who killed Sutton send Emma letters threatening to kill her if she told anyone who she really was....more
Anna Serra i Vidal
I so wanted to like this book even more.
The Lying Game has become my new obsession TV show and I'm loving it. But reading the book has been a bit off. I kept trying to give characters in the book the faces and the attitudes of the characters in the show but it felt different.

The book tells the story of a girl living in foster care system who discovers she has a twin sister, tries to contact her but when she walks into her sister's life she discovers things are not as good as she wished. Her si...more
Trinity
Holy Moly!!! Have you ever read a book where you are just sitting still reading the pages, feeling like you can't breathe after every word? This is exactly what this book did to me! It is such a page turner!! I need the next book and I need it now!!!

Emma:
Okay, Emma is our foster girl who is Sutton's twin sister, she soon finds out Sutton is dead and is being threatned to play as Sutton or she will die next. There are so many suspects you have no idea which one to trust!

Sutton:
I have to be hones...more
Brittany
Emma is a foster kid. She's been tossed around from home to home ever since her mother abandoned her. In her latest home, the mother agreed to let her stay and finish out her Senior year, even though Emma will turn eighteen soon. However the foster mom's real son isn't too keen on sharing with Emma and frames her for some money he stole from his mom. On top of that he found an online video of a girl being strangled, a girl who looks exactly like Emma, and the foster mom doesn't like this one bit...more
Rebecca
A fun, easy read. The plot is somewhat ridiculous but so what.

Seventeen year old Emma has spent most of her life in foster care but, when someone shows her a video of a girl who looks like her being choked, Emma realizes she has a twin sister. She travels to Tuscon to meet her only to find out that Sutton is dead. In fact, Sutton is now a ghost following Emma around. Through a series of silly events, Emma winds up taking Sutton's place. It's easy to see why she'd want to, foster care isn't pleas...more
Manbir Gill
This book totally deserves a 5 STAR.The only reason i gave it 4 stars is because i didn't get to know the murderer in this book, i was reading this book so desperstely because i thought i will get to know who is it by the end but i didn't which was so dissapointing but that explains why it's a series.GOD! I wonder how long do i have to wait to know the murderer.Anyway this is my first mystery book and i totally love it, this book has raised my opinion on mysteries.I loved this book from the very...more
Chloe Thomson
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard is a very good book. It is about a girl named Emma who lives with her foster parents, who treat her very poorly. Emma believes she has a twin sister and wants to find out more. She messages her on facebook and gets a reply, little does she know about whats yet to come. Emma leaves home and travels to Arizona to meet with her sister.

While Emma is waiting for her sister, someone puts a bag over her head, later finding out that it was only Sutton's friends pulling...more
Lulufrances
Wow this was such a fast paced book!
It took me some time to read but only because last week was crazy busy and I was happy when I managed reading a bit at all!
There was not a single boring page in this book and Emma is sweet, although I don't really feel like I know her that well yet, wonder of that will change in book two.
Liked the whole concept of this book, cool idea!
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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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