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Pretty Little Liars [Kindle Edition]

Sara Shepard
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Book Description

I’m still here. And I know everything. –A 

The first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that inspired the hit ABC Family TV show Pretty Little Liars.

In ultra-trendy Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four beautiful girls are hiding very ugly secrets. High school juniors Spencer, Hanna, Aria and Emily have grown apart since their best friend Alison DiLaurentis went missing three years ago. But now someone is sending them anonymous notes, threatening to reveal their darkest secrets. There’s only one person who knows that much about them, but Ali’s gone…isn’t she?

Full of unexpected twists and shocking revelations, this series opener that inspired the hit TV show is the perfect beginning for fans.

The Pretty Little Liars Series

  • Book 1: Pretty Little Liars
  • Book 2: Flawless
  • Book 3: Perfect
  • Book 4: Unbelievable
  • Book 5: Wicked
  • Book 6: Killer
  • Book 7: Heartless
  • Book 8: Wanted
  • Book 9: Twisted
  • Book 10: Ruthless
  • Book 11: Stunning
  • Book 12: Burned
  • Book 13: Crushed
  • Book 14: Deadly
  • Book 15: Toxic
  • Book 16: Vicious

Don’t miss:

  • Pretty Little Liars: Pretty Little Secrets
  • Pretty Little Liars: Ali’s Pretty Little Lies


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Amazon.com 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: 1381 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006088732X
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Rev Mti edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SGGUWS
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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
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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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you won't want to put this one down!!! May 4, 2007
Format:Hardcover
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 book...my 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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16 of 17 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
Format:Paperback
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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who is "A"? January 12, 2009
By Shon
Format:Paperback
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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I really liked the book.
Published 1 day ago by Courtney Niglio
3.0 out of 5 stars On the fence about this one.
I've never been one to jump on bandwagons so I have never seen this tv show and am just now getting around to reading the books. I figured maybe the books will be better. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Lina
1.0 out of 5 stars I feel scammed. It had no ending. It ...
I feel scammed. It had no ending. It just stopped. Obviously, I am supposed to buy the next book. It's not going to happen!
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It's a really good, suspenseful book for teenage girls!
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The author tried to write a story including abuse, gays, eating disorders, etc. I felt she had written the required number of pages and ended the book. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jill P. Bray
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A good read.
Published 6 days ago by Nichole Abernathy
3.0 out of 5 stars Chick Lit
Entertaining story of 4 high school girls, coming of age, mystery. Long time since I was in high school, but stories still the same. Definitely Chick Lit.
Published 6 days ago by Floridagal
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
I love the show and it is not much like the book it it a mystery trying to find out who A is seen the show i really want to know how the book ending :) ;)
Published 6 days ago by Renana Patrick
1.0 out of 5 stars I consider this to be the worst sort of pornography
Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard. I had a chance to get this for free, so I thought I'd give myself a chance to read some YA directed toward girls. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jeff Goelz
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I really love the book so much once I started to read it I wanted to read more. In my opinion I think you should read the book before watching the shows. Read more
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Hello! I'm from outside Philadelphia, lived in New York for a long time, Arizona for less time, and now I'm in Pittsburgh, PA, which is way nicer than it sounds.

I've always been a writer. I made up stories about my sister's blanket, BeeBee, when I was four. From there I wrote about squareheaded creatures, an environmental saga about little yellow men who live in vegetable gardens, teenage dramas well before I was a teenager, a book series about a Japanese girl who finds out her ancestors are samaurai (and she must be one, too), a bunch of arty short stories, and some books that maybe you've heard of. The PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series is based on my experiences there...kind of. Sort of a hyperbolic version of them. Plus some random stuff thrown in.

I've also written THE LYING GAME, which is about a dead twin and an alive twin, THE HEIRESSES, which is about a rich family's curse, and THE PERFECTIONISTS, which is about five somewhat strangers who get everything they wanted...but that comes at a price. I wrote THE VISIBLES, which is about jackalopes and mental illness, and EVERYTHING WE EVER WANTED, which features a guy who discovers his ex lives on a commune.

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