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Pretty Little Secrets

(Pretty Little Liars #4.5)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  9,880 ratings  ·  666 reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling series

A companion novel to the #1 New York Times bestselling series that inspired the hit ABC Family TV show Pretty Little Liars.

Taking place between books four and five in the Pretty Little Liars series, Unbelievable and Wicked, Pretty Little Secrets is a very special Pretty Little Liars tale revealing the liars' never-before-seen
ebook, First Edition, 480 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by HarperTeen
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Chule You can read it either before or after Ruthless. As long as you have read Unbelievable (#4) you can read it at any time, no matter where you're in the…moreYou can read it either before or after Ruthless. As long as you have read Unbelievable (#4) you can read it at any time, no matter where you're in the story.(less)
Tobias Solo los primeros 10 libros han sido traducidos al español. Los siguientes 6 libros y los extras(Este y Ali's Pretty Little Lies) no están…moreSolo los primeros 10 libros han sido traducidos al español. Los siguientes 6 libros y los extras(Este y Ali's Pretty Little Lies) no están traducidos(Ya se, respondí MUY tarde jaja).(less)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Pretty Little Secrets: A Pretty Little Liars Collection (Pretty Little Liars #4.5), Sara Shepard

Set between Unbelievable and Wicked, the book is told from the point of view of the second "A", Alison DiLaurentis, as she spies on the girls during their Christmas vacation. The novel is divided into a series of four short stories, with each one focusing on the exploits of a specific girl.

Spencer: Spencer and her family go to Nana Hastings mansion in Florida, and Spencer falls in love with a tennis
Tylah Marie
*2.5 rating*

Pretty Little Secrets was on the more disappointing scale of the series that I've read. It was predicable a lot of the time.

It honestly felt like I was reading fanfiction. I don't have a problem with fanfiction. I actually love reading it but you don't usually expect such a popular series to feel like fanfiction.. if that makes sense. It was a little immature if I'm honest.

Hanna was whiny and bitchy. She body shamed a lot and put people in boxes of who was beautiful and who was
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
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Sydney Chapters
If you are reading this series back-to-back, I wouldn't recommend reading this book because it doesn't really add anything to the story. I am rereading this series so that I can continue with the newer books so this book helped refreshed my mind a little (I tend to get the tv show and the books mixed up).

I enjoyed all the girls POVs (Spencer's was the best) but I didn't find myself enjoying this book as much as the others in the series because there was no A (well there was but not known to the
Ashley ❣️
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly really enjoyed this book. I really liked the story being told from the different perspectives. I enjoy the alternating chapters as well but I think it was done better like this for this book because it was easier to keep track of what was going on since they werent always together. I think this is my favorite one in the series so far tbhhh ...more
Geraldine O'Hagan
Sep 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ok, first of all I love the PLL books and the show. I couldnt 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
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 ...more
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Young Adult; Mystery
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: Insta like GAG!
Cliff Hanger: Nope.
Rating: 2.5 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Plot: 5
Characters: 5
World Building: 6
Flow: 4
Series Congruity: 1
Writing: 7
Ending: n/a

Total: 3

In Depth

Best Part:
None of the above.
Worst Part: Pointless stories.
Overall Feels Felt: Bored; Shut up!; That's what you get!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: nooooooooooooo

Short Review: Well since i read all 16 books, i figured i should
Apr 17, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Another stupid filler book about the same four stupid girls. What else is new?
Dec 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star
This book was one of the most boring, laughable, stupid, and incredibly offensive books I've ever read.

Hannah's Story: Stupid. I read all 16 main books, but this is the one where I really started thinking about how stupid Hannah is, and man oh man is she an idiot. There is not one smart decision made by Hannah during any of her story. Frankly, her decision making skills insult the human race.

Emily's Story: Laughable. Her story was the least annoying of the four, but it was still pretty bad. I
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella
Hanna's story - 5 stars
Hanna is one of the girls that I can kinda identify with (all girls have elements that I see in myself) and I therefore really like to read her POV. I liked her story and how she was dealing with things. She seems to have lost the most in the first four books and I'm curious to see what will happen next to her.

Emily's story - 4.5 stars
Emily is probably the character that I connect the least with but I found her story interesting nonetheless and a lot of fun! I also really
Paula  Phillips
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so gutted I've finished the whole series even the in between books :( they have been a joy to read and going to miss the characters! However I'm glad to finally have this series finished with. Hopefully Sara shepards other series are just as good. Loved the way this book had 4 separate stories for each of the characters really enjoyed them. This novel is worth 5 stars.
I liked this book but didn't love it. It wasn't as good as the rest of the books, which is why I gave it 4 Lily Pads. I still enjoyed it though, I love this series :)
Jennifer Girard
It took me way too long to read this book ... It was kinda boring and useless... I should have read it in December instead of July haha
paigeee [ a bookish brat ]
I mean you definitely dont need to read this one.
Its pretty much fluff. Fluff. Fluff.
Definitely read this one after the 4 like it says but, it definitely doesnt HAVE to be read.

Some things seemed far fetched to me.
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Semhal Hadgu
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
May 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: judge-me
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) ...more
Nicole (( lost in the book's world ))
It will be fun to learn about every girls' secrets!!!!

For Hanna, I don't feeling like it is right that Hanna's story is finish because there is little missing plot!!! I mean, she did made a call for AminoSpa and tell them that she is Dinah. Also, it have send to Dinah of 100 AminoSpa to sell in one month to earn money or pay it back to AminoSpa for not selling it. However, it didn't said anything about Dinah after she got 100 AminoSpa box. I want to know what Dinah's react when she saw box with
(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 mothers 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 player
Emily Benoit
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Concept/Ideas: 3.5./5
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
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I should have read this book in between books 4 and 5 rather after I've finished the series but I still enjoyed it.

As usually Sara Shepard didn't fail to make thus a great book.

I like how there is a secret for each of them but I would have preferred it if they corespondent with each other more. - June 2015

Re read- September 2017
Jun 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a waste. Didn't really find out anything new.
Loved all the recounts of the liars' 'Holiday Mischief'. Check out my review of the series on my review pages of 'Vicious'.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars*

6 books after, if I have to rank the liars in order I like them, it would go somewhat like this (in increasing order) :

Also, what's the deal with Aminospa? :p
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Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. She has lived in New York City, Brooklyn, Tucson, Arizona, Philadelphia, and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Sara's Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia's Main Line.

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  • Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)
  • Flawless (Pretty Little Liars, #2)
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