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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.
Top Customer Reviews
The Lying Game is by the author of Pretty Little Liars which is one of the novels that has been packaged by HarperTeen for multiple media distribution. The book reads like a TV show (and the TV show is already in pre-production) and is a very entertaining and fast read. The mystery is intriguing but does not resolve at the end of the book (all of the characters are still suspects) there is a bit of resolution regarding a clue but the reader is still left a bit unsatisfied with the ending. The back cover (of my ARC) presents the novel as part Pretty Little Liars and part Lovely bones and honestly that's giving far more credit than the novel should get. The book is fun and trashy but can't be compared with a novel like The Lovely Bones (although if you can use this to convince your child that she should read The Lovely Bones then go for it).
Appropriateness: This is one of those books that will give conservative parents lots of worry. There is plenty of sex talk (although no actual sex), lots of drinking (complete with drinking games), criminal activity, mean girl bullying and even a bit of drug use.Read more ›
I haven't read Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series, but the television spin-off became one of my guilty summer obsessions. Come on. It's fun to escape to a world filled with beautiful, haunted, wealthy teens. Especially teens who were full of delicious, dangerous secrets. The show's characters kept me tuned in because they were pretty, yes - but also dimensional and flawed and I wasn't quite sure what they were going to do next.
When The Lying Game was released a few weeks ago, I was kind of excited. I thought it would give me a chance to get to know some more of Shepard's great characters on a more intimate level, and follow them from the start of a new series. I'm pretty sure that's what the publisher was banking on (especially with the entirely unoriginal name tie-in) because on it's own, The Lying Game is so very far from fabulous, I can't even imagine her character's recommending it.
Let me just back up and give a short synopsis: Seventeen year old Emma has just been kicked out of her last foster home when she finds out she has an identical twin sister living in the next state. Well, not exactly living. Sutton, who appears as a ghostly narrator in the story, has just been murdered, and when Emma takes a road-trip to meet her long-lost twin she finds herself pulled into her sister's life and searching for clues to explain her death.
Doesn't sound like a bad concept, right? It's really not. In fact, the first part of the book had me hooked. I'm learning about Emma's slightly clichéd but still fairly interesting life. I'm digging her affection for journaling about comebacks she should have used and writing news headlines for her life.Read more ›
But for Emma to discover just what happened she'll have to fool everyone into believing that she is Sutton. Emma, a girl who doesn't like to drink or to lie, and who has faced hardships that Sutton never had, will have to step into her Marc Jacobs strappy shoes and become the ultimate "mean girl" in order to uncover the identity of Sutton's killer.
And if Sutton could give her one piece of advice from the grave it would be to: "Always sleep with one eye open. Never take anything for granted. Your best friends might just be your enemies."
The Lying Game is a wickedly entertaining read. Almost all of the characters have a dark side and have the potential to have played a role in Sutton's death - including the recently deceased Sutton Mercer herself. And as the story unfolds the mystery continues to grow, as with every question that is answered, a new one takes its place.
The story moves quickly first page to last. And author Sara Shepard's clever use of the first-person narrative allows readers to get a peek at what's happening with both Sutton and Emma throughout - the only drawback being that it is easy to get caught up in Emma's story and the switch to Sutton's point of view can come as a bit of a surprise.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's just like Pretty Little Liars. Again. Why does Sara Shepard keep on doing the same story but with different characters? But I have to admit this was pretty good.Published 2 hours ago by sofia fortney
Was an okay read. It hooked me right away with its figure it out aspect. Sutton, who has disappeared (been killed? Read morePublished 9 days ago by MomReaderShopperNJ
It's a nice YA novel that's good for a quick read. The plot isn't really new but I enjoyed it.Published 15 days ago by Stacy Rivas
The story is about a girl named Emma Paxton that finds out she has a long-lost twin named Sutton Mercer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was a good bike and kwept my interest till the end.was diappointedPublished 2 months ago by brenda Mcfarland
I love most YA books. Read this one for my book club. I've seen the show and enjoyed it. The book was good and a quick read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Hays
I first started watching the Tv series and really enjoyed it but I was really disppointed when the Tv show was canceled. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Samantha
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|Will this be just like pretty little liars?||
Has anybody else heard anything about this series? I am dying to read it and find out more about it?
Oct 19, 2010 by Just Me! | See all 15 posts
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|Read the prologue & the 1st chapter!||Be the first to reply|
|Going to be a TV show!!!||Be the first to reply|
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