Quick Thoughts: “Pretty Little Liars”

“Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1)” by Sara Shepard

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery

Other Pretty Little Liars books

Source: Freebie

Summary from Goodreads:

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 a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back?


  • I really hated the characters.
  • Like really, really hated them. I was cheering for the awful things happening to them because of how awful they were.
  • This story might as well have been classified fantasy for how outlandish it was. Completely ridiculous. Stealing your bf’s dad’s car and then your mom sleeps with the cop to get you out of a ticket? An underage teenager hooking up with a random guy in a bar who turns out to be her new teacher? The list goes on and on.
  • It was just bad. Not even the it’s-so-bad-it’s-actually-good type of bad.

The bottom line? Yuk. I’m glad I read it because now I know that I was right in my assumption that I don’t like these types of books.

7 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts: “Pretty Little Liars”

  1. I actually like how outlandish it was because it cannot happen in real life then. I have started the second one but not finished yet (started over a year a go though). Have you watched the program, I like it but have not been following it recently.

  2. I think I got this book for free off of iTunes or something but I don’t think I’ll ever get to reading it. But then again, it depends on what type of bad it is. Is it kind of satirical? Because I’m a huge fan of satire books.

  3. Haha this was a guilty pleasure series for me!!! The TV show is really different from the books. The biggest difference: the girls are actually good friends on the show and try to help each other. In the books it’s just kind of like everyone fend for themselves. I didn’t finish the book series (but I read up to book 10 or something… yikes kind of embarrassing!!!). Sara Shepard has a hard time knowing when to pull the plug… I think there are like 16 or 18 books total!

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