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review 2019-04-22 13:49
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard

This was okay.
It was like Clueless in a lot of ways, but with added mystery. That was never solved.
I felt like the characters and their teenage ways were the best part of the story. The writing was a little scattered though in the beginning. I found it hard to know what was going on, but I caught up in the middle and it got better for me.
I even have the first season of the show now, so I can see how the adaption is. It's quite popular after all. You'll see what I think about that too.



Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2019/04/pretty-little-liars-by-sara-shepard-17.html
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review 2018-07-04 00:00
Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard The plot is good but I can't force myself to suffer through the writing anymore.
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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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review 2015-10-12 00:00
Pretty Little Liars #16: Vicious
Pretty Little Liars #16: Vicious - Sara Shepard It is over!! I finally made it to the end of the PLL series and I am really glad that there's not a 17th book coming, though I have to say that Sara Shepherd definitely knows how to keep certain doors open and finish off the last book in a series with a cliffhanger...
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