Monday, January 31, 2011

Perfect by Sara Shepard

Yes, I read another Pretty Little Liars book. Yes, I'm going to throw together another ramshackle review. You can ignore this and hopefully I'll get into something of a higher quality in the future.

Anyways, Flawless ended with corpse number two, Toby Cavanaugh. He killed himself out of guilt over molesting his sister. Emily then feels guilty about Toby's death. She had asked him to Foxy, ran away from him, then hid out in her house while he OD'd in the woods. She decides that enough is enough, she will tell the cops about A.

It turns out that this isn't the right solution. In Perfect, A goes from passive observer to active meddler. Whoever A is, they are out to hurt. First, Emily's swim meet is interrupted when A posts pictures of her kissing her girlfriend Maya. Emily's parents are less than understanding and give her an ultimatum: complete the Tree Tops gay reprogramming class or be banished to her ultra-creepy aunt's house. Seriously, they make their children eat Cheerios and run through cornfields to repress sexual urges. That entire situation was absolutely disgusting and infuriating. Poor Emily is so confused as it is.

Aria's secret, seeing her father kissing a student and not telling her mom, was revealed in the previous book. Now there are a bunch of consequences as a result. Her mom basically blames her for the situation and kicks her out of the house. Aria moves in with her boyfriend Sean's family. Unfortunately, Aria soon grows tired of Sean and starts back up with her stupid damn English teacher again. In a pretty awesome scene, the cops show up and arrest Mr. Fitz. Sean had called them because of a tip from A. He then breaks up with Aria and kicks her out. Aria is now homeless, and though I think it's stupid to try to date your English teacher, her mom really should grow up and realize that it's not Aria's fault.

Spencer previously turned in one of her sister Melissa's essays as her own. It was then nominated for the important Golden Orchid essay award. The whole thing snowballs, with Spencer getting a newspaper cover. During a family game of Scrabble, A texts part of the essay to Melissa and the entire situation is revealed. A massive sister fight ensues resulting in Spencer pushing Melissa down the stairs. Spencer's parents also reveal her history of blacking out during traumatic memories. Spencer has flashbacks to the night Ali disappeared, memories of a fight and shoving Ali. Aria has a vision of Alison that points to Spencer as the killer as well.

Finally, Hanna is having problems with her best friend Mona. There's a police interrogation that interferes with their frenniversary dinner, then a skywriting mishap. Hanna's receiving texts saying that she can't trust Mona, but she doesn't take the advice. Mona has gone all mean girls on her, even disinviting Hanna from her birthday party and cozying up with their archrivals. Despite all the cattiness, when Hanna receives a dress from Mona's birthday court, she runs off to the party even though the dress is too tight. Unfortunately, this leads to public humiliation. Later on, she gets a text from A that shows the actual phone number, a number she recognizes. Hanna gets the other girls to meet her at Rosewood Day school. As she is getting out of her car to talk to them, Hanna is run over.

Then the text: "She knew too much." After that, there's the usual letter from A. Yes, I've neglected to mention that A has a little letter to the reader at the end of the books. A comes off like an even crazier, murder-obsessed Gossip Girl. I can't promise that I won't be reading and reviewing more of this series in the future. I do apologize because it's difficult to write reviews of single books in a series, and it's really kind of boring unless you've read the series or have a vague interest in the series. On the bright side, this was the best book in the series so far.

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