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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Book Review: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard


BLURB:

where I got my copy: B&N
where else to buy: Borders, Amazon

Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors spencer, aria, emily, and hanna.
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 know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and all the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling.

THOUGHTS:
If you haven't read the book and saw a promo for the new TV show that will air on June 8th 8/7c at ABC and caught yourself thinking... "Is this some type of a Gossip Girl wanna be?" I'm telling you right now. It's not. At this point it is really hard to say which show is more scandalous. Here are some Promo photos and promo videos shared by Meg Roberts of New Media Strategies.


Pretty Little Liar starts with five friends.. The "It" girls of Rosewood Day. A private school in Pennsylvania. Four girls bonded by their leader. Allison.After the "Jenna thing."
Everybody seems to love and worship Allison, even though her personality is a bit rotten. She sounded great. Pretty, fun to be with, full of life but she is also one manipulative biatch! Ger clique harbors a lot of personal secret that only she knew and promise not to tell, until she disappeared...

It has a Sorority Row and Gossip Girl feel to me. Pretty girl suddenly disappears, the rich and the bratty, and scandalous secrets. I think I like it a lot. Each girls have their own charming secret.

Spencer Hastings is extremely competitive, no matter what she do, she's always been second best at everything. And have this unfortunate attraction to her sister's boyfriends / ex-boyfriends.

Emily Fields, swim champ and the most demure of them all but is seems like she might be a lesbian. In a suburban town which her parents might also be a racist, not good.

Aria Montgometry struggled to fit in and like normal Rosewood boys, after being a resident of Iceland, European culture has changed "Identity crisis Aria" into "Icelandic Aria", bold, fearless and seductive. It shouldn't be a problem when she met this guy named Ezra at a pub and made out with him but the shock of finding out that he is her English teacher, not as cool.

Hanna Marin. She was the chubby girl of the group until three years later. She transformed herself as this popular and perfect girl in her high school. But that does not come without a price. Along with her fabulous physique is an eating disorder, and occasional shop lifting at high end clothing and jewelry shops.

I like it for the most part. I kept an excited face in the prospect of reading about "Jenna thing", only to be disappointed that it is not all there. Only vague references that it is something really big. And Who the hell is the "A" person that keeps sending them text messages, IMs or e-mails about their most guarded secret. I'm pretty sure it is not Allison because of the last chapters of this book. So who is it then? Ahh the suspense!!

1 comment:

Rex Robot Reviews said...

Hmmmm.... 3.5 stars? Mayhaps I will read it before I watch it on ABC Family ;)

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