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review 2017-10-13 15:43
I'm Still Shaking my Head
The Heiresses - Sara Shepard

Deleting this at 23%
Poor little rich girls, who have to deal with having it all handed to them with some expectations. Aww, how sad. Imagine being expected to act with decorum in public, family, work and socially ?!?! Who has to do such a horrible thing, right ? We should all be drunk, cheating, lying, manipulating, disrespectful spoiled jerks free of judgement. All these expectations make a spoiled rotten little princess upset   

Oh the horror for these precious sweet trust fund angels when when daddy steals money from the poor and puts their fortune in danger and they have to.... oh it's too ugly,  are you sitting down ? < shutter >, work. Yes they have to work !  

I hope you didn't faint. They don't have to work with the common folk at least. No, they work for their family business, in their tower, with their name on the building. 

I'm a princess, she's a princess, you're a princess. Well, now lets gets this on the table because there isn't enough specialness unicorn sprinkle powder already. Somebody or somebodies, I didn't care enough to get their names, is semi royal and oh so precious. I know this because it is mentioned over and over already.  

Snobbery, brand name dropping, social status lines, selfishness, self centered horrible characters. I couldn't dislike this book more.

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review 2017-05-26 00:50
The Lying Game - Sara Shepard

Despite its short length, this book felt like it took me forever to get through. It took me a week to finish and I was only able to finish it that quickly because I started binge-reading it just so it would be over. (Note: I hate not finishing books.)

This is a mash up of Jawbreaker, Pretty Little Liars, and The Lovely Bones. While I wasn't a huge fan of Pretty Little Liars, it was still an interesting read that made me want to find out what happened next. This one? Not so much. I really couldn't care less about any of the characters. They didn't feel real. They were all very two-dimensional and dull.

My biggest pet peeve about this book was the narration. Sutton is supposedly the narrator, but she refers to herself in the third person at times, then goes back to first person narration. This was very irritating. It read like it was originally written in the third person, then some first person comments were hurriedly added in without editing the rest.

The story itself was weirdly similar to Pretty Little Liars. I was hoping for something different, but it's the same rich teenage girls being absolutely horrible to each other and everyone else, just with long-lost twins thrown into the mix.

The plot was also surprisingly predictable and the cliff-hanger ending was a big letdown. I think it's pushing it to give this book a two-star review, but I don't feel like I hated it enough to give it one star. I'm sure there is something redeemable somewhere in the text; I just can't think of it right now.

Not a very good read. I'd recommend it to someone who enjoyed the Pretty Little Liars series and wants to read a regurgitated version of it.

I have the sequel to this book (hooray dollar clearance section), but we'll see if I work up the effort to read it.

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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 2016-09-15 00:00
The Lying Game
The Lying Game - Sara Shepard Girl finds her long lost twin, and when she goes to visit her, it turns out that she is murdered. The girl is threatened by the killer to pretend she is her long lost twin, so nobody knows she's gone, or else....
Yes, that sounds bad, doesn't it?

I managed to get myself over that improbable plot, only to find myself annoyed by the improbable choices of our main character. So many times I wanted to scream at my book, because she kept making stupid decisions.
The characters were cliché; mean rich girl, dull jock, attractive loner, etc.
And do girls really talk the way they do in this book? With al those abbreviations and references to fashion brands or famous people?
And another thing that annoyed me was the unclear switch between 1st person and 3th person narrative.

Sorry this review turned out more as a rant.
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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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