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Pretty Little Liars

(Pretty Little Liars #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  194,610 ratings  ·  9,504 reviews

Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.

How do I know? Because I k
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Sai the show is amazing! I find that the show contains less mature content than the books and also less swearing. the ships in the show are different from…morethe show is amazing! I find that the show contains less mature content than the books and also less swearing. the ships in the show are different from the ships in the books and the books actually have 3 separate stories whereas the show has one. the books have different endings and are quite different from the series, but in all, the entire purpose and start of the series (A texts) are the same as the book and Ali goes missing in both. personally, i prefer the series.(less)
Nkechi I think you should watch the series but if you want to can finish the book then watch the series.

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Nov 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Darth J
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
(I think it’s extra hilarious to visualize Chris Lilley’s Ja’mie King character in the context of this book, especially with all of the snarky things she says, because it totally applies to PLL)

She’s the queen bee who knows how to make the girls feel like they belong, but digs at them to keep them insecure and put them in their place so they’ll never challenge her. Ali is Regina George minus Tina Fey’s writing, in that she’s a toxic manipulator but there isn’t the underlying dark humor or
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
Geraldine O'Hagan
Oct 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1), Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars is a series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard. Beginning with 2006's initial novel of the same name, the series follows the lives of four girls – Spencer Hastings, Hanna Marin, Aria Montgomery and Emily Fields.

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
hi my name is emma and a fun fact about me is that the fictional town from pretty little liars is set like 10 minutes from where i grew up.

my tiny town and the surrounding tiny towns get name checked in this series, and it's for this reason that i feel: my high school experience should have been significantly more exciting.

murder count: 0. blackmail count: 0. stalking: 0. mistaken identity-based plot twists: 0. creepy teachers: okay not 0.

still. the most dramatic thing to occur at my school was
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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A week or so ago one of my new friends on Goodreads asked what was taking me so long to finish Pretty Little Liars. Truth is, I finished it in one day waaaaaaaaaaaay long ago, but my reaction was . . . .

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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
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
I've been a long-time fan of the tv show so I thought I'd give this book series a try.

I don't know if it was because I've seen all those things happening in the tv series, in a much more lengthening and stretching way but this book lacked the thrill the tv show sometimes gives me. I was no surprised at all by anything happening in the book and I expected that there wouldn't be anything that would blow my mind away but I was disappointed by the fact that the characters in the book are a far-cry f
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
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adult Fans
Shelves: ebooks
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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
Kay Iscah
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who is the bored bitch who decided to read this series after watching it TWICE before?


So anyway, the book follows the lives of 5 former best friends- Emily, Spencer, Aria, Hanna and Allison. Allison is a queen bee, popular smart and wanted. When Allison first befriends them in 7th grade, the girl's are dazzled to say the least and follow everything she says like a holy grail. But over the years, they realise that many of what Ali says and does is wrong but no one can back out from their
Jessica Avery
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was a huge fan of the show...that being said there are differences in the book. the characters looking different is the main one. it was a quick read and i really enjoyed it
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
The nostalgia is real with this one. I hate all of the parents, and the characters make such bad choices, but I love them all. You can definitely tell this was written during the trash years of YA though since every piece of clothing or jewellery is called by its full name, brand and everything. Also, there is a lot of shit that's said that wouldn't fly today unless there was a strong character arc of learning and acceptance attached. I haven't read past the ninth book or so yet, so I'm not 100% ...more
Newport Librarians
Jan 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-fiction
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
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
3 years ago, Alison went missing. Nobody knows what happened to her, but now 3 years later, her 4 closest friends start receiving strange messages. Messages that say things that only Alison would know, messages that are signed simply A.
Is Alison really back? Who else could the messages really be from? And if Alison really is back, what does she want?

I watched the first season of this as a TV show and really liked it, but never got around to reading the books.
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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. ...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
Elizabeth Scott
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Boy, this is total teen drama. Love it!! These girls are up to their eyeballs in things more complicated than when I was in high school. Think I'm going to have to carry on in the series and start the second book. ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Borrowed from the Kindle Unlimited library.
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction

Wow! Christina finally finished a book--who would've thought?

I've been a PLL fan since elementary school. Maybe a little young for a show about messy people getting involved in messy situations, but the fandom was one of the first ones I was kind of involved in. I wrote literal fanfiction--yes, it was TERRIBLE & yes, it is long gone by now--and would dig through the internet searching for places to watch episodes I hadn't seen yet because I didn't have any streaming services at the time.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

I absolutely LOVE the Pretty Little Liars TV show, and when that show first started i wasn't a crazy reader, but i bought the first 8 books of this series. As the years went on i never thought i'd actually read them. I'll admit its taken me SO long to finally pick up this book and separate my TV thoughts from the book, but I'm so glad i picked it up!

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! I really enjoyed it.
I loved how each chapter was focused on a dif
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this a lot, except for the looks of the girls it related to the show quite a lot!
I'm definitely continuing this series.
Omygod. This is seriously amazing! I can't believe that I put off this book for 2 years thinking that it wouldn't be worth it to read the series! I know right, I'm too late for this hype. Lol! But seriously, the whole ride with this book has offered me so much fun and at the same time was very frightening to read. I can feel these goosebumps whenever "A" contacts them. It's just so creepy. It will really make you itch to know who the f* is A!!! Oh my, I wonder what will I do if ever I got a pysc ...more
Karen ⊰✿
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: uno_2018
This has been on my list for a while, and I'm glad to have finally read it, but I guess it just isn't really my thing. The whole rich-girl-does-bad-things storyline feels a bit overused and the part that actually is the most annoying is that there is no solution at the end of this to the mystery that is meant to be central to the book.
I guess I'm just not the target market.
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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. ...more

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