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Pretty Little Liars [Kindle Edition]

Sara Shepard
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (522 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews Review

In the exclusive Philadelphia suburb of Rosewood, Alison is the Queen Bee of her elite seventh grade hive. BFs Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily vie for her attention, even as each of them hides a hideous secret only Alison knows. So when Alison goes missing after a slumber party, never to be seen again, each girl is heartbroken, but also a little relieved. Now it is three years later, and though the four girls have grown apart, they are each still hiding something. Artsy Aria is carrying on an affair with one of her teachers, fashionista Hanna shoplifts to accessorize her trendy outfits, blue-blood Spencer is sleeping with her older sister’s boyfriend, while straight-A Emily is trying to ignore her attraction to a new female classmate. When the girls begin receiving threatening text messages and emails that from someone known only as "A," they must confront the fact that against all odds, it appears Alison is back. Could Alison still be alive? And if so, why is she so determined to uncover all their dirty little secrets?

Debut author Sara Shepard's shamelessly addictive blend of Desperate Housewives and I Know What You Did Last Summer is absolutely delicious. Her infusion of mystery and murder breathes new life into the tired genre of high society chick lit, and will give fans of Gossip Girl and The A-List something new to dig their French-manicured nails into. A cliff-hanging ending will leave readers craving the second title in the planned four-part series. --Jennifer Hubert

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–Rosewood, PA, is filled with mansions, Mercedes, and fortunate girls like Alison, Spencer, Emily, Aria, and Hanna. These five friends are bound together by a horrible secret–never fully revealed in the book–until the summer after seventh grade, when Alison goes missing. Now high school juniors, each of the remaining girls is going through a trying time and has a new secret. Spencer is falling for her sister's boyfriend, Aria is involved in a relationship with her teacher, Emily has issues with her sexual identity, and Hanna has an eating disorder. They think that no one knows about these things, until all four of them begin to get mysterious notes, e-mails, and text messages from someone by the name of A. They are afraid that Alison is back, and the mocking tone of the messages makes them worry that she could be ready to divulge their hidden past. In the end, her body is found, but they still receive the messages, leaving readers to wonder what happens next. Shepard writes a suspenseful page-turner that will have teens thirsting for more. The plot is quick-moving and encapsulates the feelings of many teens.–Kristen M. Todd, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
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Product Details

  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Rev Mti edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
The summer after seventh grade started out fine, but when Alison "Ali," one of Rosewood, Pennsylvania's most popular girls vanished, things changed. While her closest friends (Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily) have all moved on, and are now juniors in high school, she was never seen again. The girls, wanting to move away from the secrets Ali took with her, broke apart, and made new friends. Putting the scandalous past behind them. Spencer began competing non-stop with her older sister, Melissa, for her parents affections, but one little slip-up, and her good girl image is shattered; Aria moved away to Iceland, but has returned, only to find that everyone she used to know (including the guy she was always crushing on) has stayed the same, stagnant, stuck in one place; Emily has tried to move on, and forget about the feelings she held for Ali, but when a new girl moves into Ali's old room, she must come to terms with the truth; and Hanna, who went from "little piggy" to Paris Hilton-wannabe, has found herself in deep water, being questioned by the police on an almost weekly basis. But now, they must confront their old secrets, and join forces once again, for someone known only as "A" is onto them. Someone who knows things about them that only Ali knew. Someone who gets off on sending them threatening messages. Now the girls are confused, since Ali was never found, how on earth could she be contacting them. She should be dead. She should be on some other plane, millions of miles from them. But maybe...she's not.

I have one guilty pleasure. No, it's not chocolate, or sweets. In fact, it has nothing to do with food. It's books about the rich. Their scandalous lives, and the constant shopping they spend most of their time doing.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you won't want to put this one down!!! May 4, 2007
Okay, I found out about this book from one of my freshmen. She brought it in one day and asked me if I could please read it, because she absolutely LOVED the book and needed someone to talk to about it....and said that her friends weren't really "into reading." I took the book home, thinking that I'd get around to it later.....maybe next week. Maybe not. I was wrong. I started reading when I got home and couldn't put the book down. You won't want to put it down either. It really IS that good.

Other reviews have basically told the story here: five friends are bound by a secret, referred to as "the Jenna thing," until one of the girls, Alison, goes missing at the end of their seventh grade year. Skip ahead to eleventh grade, when the remaining four girls begin receiving alarming text messages. It's a mystery that grabs you and won't let go.

I've seen several copies of this book (and #2 Flawless) floating around our school lately, thanks to word of mouth advertising. I'm 30something and LOVED the students are 14-18 years old and also love it. Friendship, mystery, boys, all of the big topics pop up in this book. Grab a copy and get hooked!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who is "A"? January 12, 2009
By Shon
Imagine you are BFF with the most popular girl in school. Everyone else wants to be you. Of course you love the power you have that so many people are envious of you, but secretly you truly wonder if being her BFF is a blessing or a curse. Now imagine it's the start of the summer between seventh and eighth grade and you and your BFF are celebrating by having your annual summer sleepover. Things don't go quite as planned and the two of you end up fighting and she walks out of your house. The very next morning you hear from her mom and you just know something terrible has happened. Suddenly days turn into weeks and before you know it the summer has ended, school has started and still no word from your BFF. She just simply disappeared off the face of the earth. Although you do not wish her any harm, you have to admit, there's a part of you that's relieved that she's gone. You start to feel freer and less burdened because all the secrets she knows about you, have vanished along with her. Horrible to think, some might say, but if they knew what she knew about you, they might feel exactly the same.

This is how it is for Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily. Alison, Ali, disappears during their slumber party. After her disappearance, the four friends gradually drift apart until no one can even recall they were once friends. It's now three years later and the teens are about to start their junior year.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Am Not "A" Liar When I Say This Book is Great May 30, 2010
The beginning of the Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard, starts out with five best friends Hanna, Spencer, Aria, Emily and most importantly their leader Alison who lived in a very exclusive neighbored called Rosewood. They are having their end of the year summer slumber party in Spencer's barn. Spencer and Ali get into an argument. Ali leaves the barn and disappears. From then on, their best friend Alison was missing until three years later when Spencer, Hanna, Aria and Emily are in 11th grade and begin to get taunting messages from someone called "A" about deep dark secrets that only Ali knew. There is one big secret from sixth grade the "Jenna Thing" that they thought was safe, but their not so sure anymore. "A" will do ANYTHING to ruin these four high school juniors. This book is filled with mystery and the secrets of these four pretty little liars. "...Ali knew more about them than anyone else did,
including the bad stuff they wanted to bury--just like
a body. It was horrible to think Ali might be dead,
but...if she was, at least their secrets were safe.
And they were. For three years, anyway."

What I liked about this book was the mystery of Ali's disappearance and who "A" was? I enjoyed the little clues that the author drops into the story about what happened that first night of summer. I also enjoyed that each chapter focuses on Spencer, Aria Emily or Hanna and their sub plots. I do enjoy the hooks because it makes you want to read more. This book is hard to put down and is so exciting because of all the suspense. This book would be great for young teenage girls cause you can really relate to Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily and their fashion references.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Curious about the book
I took a chance on reading the first book of the series, but found it too sophomoric. (I'm not a teen, but it was suggested by another older girl). Read more
Published 1 day ago by A. McIntire
5.0 out of 5 stars book and tv fan
Book is just as good as the tv show and provides a little more background! Definitely suggest to anyone who enjoys the show
Published 5 days ago by a1
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit different from the tv show
I've watched the show before I considered reading this book, and it is a bit different from the show, but I really enjoyed it.
Published 6 days ago by Renee Heustis
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty little liars
It's a good book that's gets you jumping like what happens and I am going to download the next one!
Published 6 days ago by Lorin Rock
4.0 out of 5 stars Addicting
Its just or more mysterious then the series. Once you finish this first book you are going to want to finish the series.
Published 14 days ago by Ellie Luna
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
This book is a great teen novel and talks about almost everything that God through a teens mind and their troubles and problems.... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Molly
5.0 out of 5 stars Pll
Good book but I don't
Get why you are MAKING me write this but any way good book but it could be a little more mysterious
Published 20 days ago by sheryl gannon
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap
Bought a used "like new" copy of this book, the book was great but physically, it is in what i consider horrible condition. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Madeline F
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm addicted!!
I don't know what I'll do when there is no more show or books!! I've reread these several times!! I'm addicted!!
Published 21 days ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Best book ever
Read!! I would read it again and again
Sara Shepard is a fantastic author and she a good touch of drama!!
Published 22 days ago by Raleigh Loomis
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I am originally from outside Philadelphia, and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS is based on my experiences there...kind of. Sort of a hyperbolic version of them. Plus some random stuff thrown in.

Well, after many years of avoiding the area, I've moved back to suburban Philadelphia again. I spend most of my time eating chips and cereal straight out of the bag. I am also a proud hypochondriac. I took out my tongue piercing when I was eighteen because I thought it was giving me a sinus infection. And I often think I have a brain tumor when it's really just a headache.

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