Friday, January 21, 2011

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars is the story of a group of teenage girls who have SECRETS. They used to be BFFs, but drifted apart after the disappearance of their friend Alison. Alison was the glue holding the group together, their leader. She also was the one who got the girls to admit their secrets, because friends tell each other their secrets.

Two years after Alison disappeared, her friends started to get texts from a person called A. A knows all of their secrets, secrets that only Alison knew. Could the texts be from her? The secrets are:

Spencer: She kissed her sister's old boyfriend Ian. Spencer constantly lives in her sister's shadow, so it's almost inevitable that she keeps stealing her boyfriends. It helps that the sister is horrible.

Emily: She was in love with Alison and once kissed her. Now she is falling for new girl Maya.

Aria: She saw her father kissing one of his students and didn't tell her mother. After returning to Rosewood from Iceland, she started a relationship with her new English teacher.

Hanna: She made herself throw up so she wouldn't be a chubby loser anymore.

Other than the individual secrets, all of the girls share the secret of The Jenna Thing. It's only really hinted at in the first book, but it involves Spencer's neighbors Toby and Jenna Cavanaugh.

Near the end of the first book, *SPOILER ALERT*
Alison's body is found, so the girls know that she can't possibly be A. She was the only one who knew their secrets, but if she isn't A, then who is?!?

Pretty Little Liars was adapted into a show on ABC Family. I admit it, I like the show. The books seemed like easy fun reads, though I was only going to read the first one to compare with the show. Then I was hit with a sudden urge to download the second one right before going to sleep one night, and I just downloaded the third. These things are incredibly addicting. Plus, I've read the Wikipedia summaries, and some incredibly exciting and crazy things are coming up in this series.

In the not-so-distant future, I promise I will abstain from the fluffy book crack for something with more substance, if only so my blog gets some variety.

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