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review 2017-02-12 17:45
Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard

I'm going to start by saying I have watched the first 3 seasons of the show, so my review is going to inevitably compare the two. I only got through binge-watching half of the show, because I ended up getting bored with the storylines.

Overall, this was a good read. The writing is pretty simple. It feels like it is a lot slower than the show. I kind of blew through reading it, waiting for it to get suspenseful. But this first book pretty much just sets the scene for all of A's future antics.

Having watched the show first, the book was a little dull for me because I know a lot of what happens later in the series. From what I have read online, there are some differences between the two, but the first book is pretty much the same as the beginning of the show.

I do feel that many serious issues such as eating disorders and cutting are not presented responsibly in the book, which upset me. Bulimia is treated as a gross way to lose weight, rather than an actual mental illness. I think Shepard had an opportunity to discuss these issues, but just uses them as cheap plot points instead.

Also, the whole access to alcohol really confused me. I don't get how the drinking age works in the book's universe, because the high schoolers are often ordering alcohol in bars and restaurants.

Also along the age line, the weird older man dynamic was creepy and also inappropriately addressed. Again it felt like a way to intensify the plot, rather than actually addressing a serious issue.

So the book was pretty good. There were just a lot of things that unnerved me about it. I prefer high school stories that address serious issues adolescents face or offer an important perspective. This one is all show.

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review 2016-04-23 00:00
Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard I haven't watched the tv show. I'm not a big fan of teenage angst and drama so I didn't think this would be for me. Surprisingly, I liked it quite a bit actually. In the beginning, I was worried that it was actually going to be middle grade level because that's where it starts, but most of the story happens when they are in the last couple of years in high school. The author does a good job of making you interested to learn who A is.
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text 2015-08-31 20:46
August wrap-up + Currently reading

August didn't go as well as I hoped to when it comes to reading, but I'm still okay with my wrap-up. I read the 1/3 of Great Expectations in July though, but for the rest I started and finished 5 books and I started two other novels.

  •  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 3/5 ★ review
  • Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen 3/5 ★ review
  • The Martian by Andy Weir 3/5 ★ review
  • Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys 5/5 ★ review

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 3.5/5 ★ review
  • City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare 3/5 ★

 

I read the first 436 pages out of 589 of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown so I'm still currently reading that one and I started re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (I'm currently on page 75 out of 831 pages).

 

As you can see I didn't loved most of the books and that got me a little bit in a reading slumb last month. However, I did watch many episodes of tv series (ha):

 

  • Gilmore Girls S01E20 - S03E07
  • Pretty Little Liars S06E05 - S06E10
  • Orphan Black S01E01 - S01E10
  • America's Next Top Model S22E01 - S22E04
  • American Horror Story S04E03 + S04E04
  • Great Expectations 2011 BBC mini-series S01E01 (there are only 3 episodes in total)

 

I've watched 53 episodes in total (wauw!). I've rewatched Gilmore Girls though and Orphan Black is my new favorite! I absolutely love that series.

 

Which was your favorite read of July?

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