Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars Series, Book 1

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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: ViciousDon't miss: Pretty Little Liars: Pretty Little Secrets Pretty Little Liars: Ali's Pretty Little Lies
Publisher: 2009
ISBN: 9780061975561
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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RobertC65
Jun 02, 2020

Sara Shepard certainly knows how to create a great set of characters and a truly dark story in this brilliant novel. The plot begins with the disappearance of the golden girl Ali and the secrets of her four friends, Aria, Emily, Hannah and Spencer as they encounter via texts, the elusive "A". The library also has the CW TV series Pretty Little Liars in their collection-Enjoy all seven seasons! Be prepared to be scared!

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red_yak_154
Apr 29, 2020

Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars is a thrilling novel that narrates the dark drama of a murder mystery, hidden under a veneer of wealth. The first book in a series spanning four arcs, it give fans a peek into the luxurious and affluent world of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, a fictional town on the Pennsylvania Main Line. Centered around four girls, Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria, the book follows them as a mysterious stalker, “A”, threatens to reveal all their dark secrets and punish them. “A”, whose identity reminds unknown throughout the book, is originally thought to be Alison, the pretty, popular, and deceptive leader of their friend group who went missing three years ago, and the only other person who knew all of their secrets. When Alison’s dead body is found buried in her backyard, the girls realize that someone else must know their secrets….but who?
I found this book equally captivating and mysterious, and read it in a few days. The suspense and Sara Shepard’s masterful writing will keep you on the edge of your seats, waiting for the next twist to the novel. If you have time in quarantine, this is a must-read.

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MariamAmir
Mar 04, 2020

The book was amazing! I read the book in four days because I could wait to read it all. But there was a lot of swearing and details about the intimate moments. I already watched the show before reading and I'm really disappointed with how the characters on the show were. All the girls were brunettes but Emily had black hair and I did not approve of the actress and Hanna was the only blonde girl. Caleb shows up and jeopardizes her real story with Mike. I really thought the show makes would go with the books for Aria and Spencer but they proved me wrong. I honestly don't like Maya and it's a good thing they ended her part but she being killed was too much. Is Bethany Young supposed to be Courtney because she was killed by Alison but in the show by Mona and then buried by Melissa? A lot of disappointment and shocking changes.

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chaviegutnicki
Dec 01, 2019

what age do u think its appropiate for? my daurghter is into murder mysteries shes 12 is this book ok for her age?

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jorahlikestobike
Dec 02, 2018

I love the way Sara Shepard writes, because she just has a very unique voice that is very relateable to girls the Liars' age, and even if most of us can't relate to the rich-girl lifestyle, Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hanna have such dominantly human voices that I can imagine everything. I feel like I've known them my whole life (I've read the whole series). NOt to discredit the show at all-- the show is BAD-ASS!! PLL is the best invention. ever.
Thank u sara

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pelumiokix
Nov 23, 2017

I really love the movie, it's definently of the best murder/horror movies i've watched and i prefer the movie than the book because you can actually see what's happening.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 23, 2017

The first novel or Pretty Little Liars is a bit concerning and too idealistic. As much of a fan, I am of the series and the tv show; I can't help but wonder what was going through Sara Shepherd's head when she was writing the series. The concept is alluring and exciting and quite literally a 'Desperate Housewives' for teenagers, but I can't help but wonder why these events of drinking, drugs, and sexual activity were being done to these girls at the mere age of 12. Of course, it would be naive to think these events and practices don't happen to children at this age, but the majority of these children, act and learn things fit: for children. My concern is how this book might portray adolescent girls and how non-adolescent women can see it. I read the novel when I was also the same age as these girls, and as a 12-year-old who saw these girls doing these activities, I felt as a child that I should be partaking in these life events and that I was missing out. These girls were portrayed as perfect and YOUNG. Despite the author's fantastic storyline, it discomforts me that it wasn't carefully thought out on and not given more concern to what these young girls in the story were doing and how it could affect its readers. @Moonlightbae of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

A mystery, suspense, teen thriller that gets more compelling as you read on. 4 girls the drift apart and are brought back together because of the disappearance of their best friend. Or at least that's what I would have hoped for. The problem with this book is that all the information is given to us, and that's something that you never want when you read a mystery novel; you want to be able to piece together clues and hints yourself to figure out what's really going on. The characters are also super hard to relate to and mostly super dull, which also made it tough to get through. Overall, good ideas in theory, but kind of a mess in practice.
- @loona of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I didn't watch the show, but the actresses were so pretty and this was reason #1 why I decided to read the first book. Also, there was huge buzz about this series 11 years ago when I wasn't booky, which made me want to read it even more but unfortunately the first book was unexpectedly dull. The writing style was a problem here, and it was a ''storytelling writing style'' which was pretty annoying. It was like the author was telling grade 2 students a story, and this ruined the best thing about reading books, which is living the events and being inside the characters' world. Besides, it would've been better hearing from the characters themselves and reading about their thoughts directly. The second issue with the book is the characters, so I couldn't feel sympathetic to any of the female characters who kept doing mistakes and continuing with them, and for the boys... pretty much all of them were jerks. Regardless of the issues I had with the book, I don't actually hate it. The idea is unique and I'm sure I would have liked it more if it had a positive message, less characters and more specifically BOYS, and less boring-unnecessary-pointless chapters. My rating for the book is 5.5/10, and it's for people who'd like a darker version of Mean Girls with more boys, because each main character had at least two guys falling for her, and for the age range this book is for people who are grade 8 and up.
- @rahmamawlood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 07, 2017

First off, I really do think that the book series is better than the show. By a lot. The characters I imagined here were nothing like the ones I saw watching the first few seasons of the show. But enough said, this intro to the series hit it off with just the perfect amount of tension. the characters are all elaborately real, each with their own problems. Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily are four completely different girls, bonded over one girl: Alison. More specifically, their loss of her. But now, they are faced with a bigger issue: the threats and blackmail from a mysterious "A". What will they do to cover up their dark, deadly secrets? 5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The novel Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepherd follows the story of high school teens Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer who begin to get creepy texts from an anonymous person named “A” who threatens to spill all of their deepest, darkest secrets. The only person who knew their secrets was their best-friend and queen-bee Alison Dilaurentis who incidentally disappeared about a year ago. After Ali’s body is found, they must figure out who “A” is - before it’s too late. The books are a bit different from the show but they are still so amazing and captivating. 5/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I really enjoy reading the Pretty Little Liars novels. In the book four liars are trying to uncover the secret between the murder of Alison DiLaurentis and who this mysterious A is, who is clearly trying to ruin their lives. I think that the book really shows a lot about what these four girls are dealing with when they think that they have lost their best friend. I think what the book is trying to explain is that when you lose someone of importance they are still there watching your every move. This might be what the main characters, Hannah, Aria, Emily and Spencer are dealing with. They think that their friend Alison is gone but what they don't know is that Ali is watching them every step of the way. I recommend this book series and give it a 4.5/5 star rating.
- @PrimaBallerina of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Who hasn’t heard of the mysterious and thrilling show of Pretty Little Liars, but who knew that it was a book adaptation? These novels had me at flipping through feverishly to finish and solve the mystery. The various perspectives gave a unique light to each character, and Sara Shepard knows how to write a true thriller. In this first installment, we meet each of the girls and are informed of their weaknesses, strengths and pasts. For me, Aria was the most interesting and not only because Lucy Hale plays her on the show! She has that ‘open book’ personality but she hides a lot more under the layers. Rating 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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dylankemp
Sep 25, 2016

First of all, I'm aware I'm not the person this book is pitched at. It's very definitely, very deliberately pitched at teenage girls. So as a Librarian, I still might recommend this book to teenagers. As someone who reads all sorts and kinds of books, I just didn't think it was very well written. Be aware too, that this book really just sets the scene. A mystery is named, and it's not solved in this first book of the series. The series is 18 books and counting, so prepare yourself for the long haul. Contains sex, drugs, and some hints at violence, but really it's all pretty mild stuff. I'd say it's aimed at 14 years old and up.

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mayahe
Aug 22, 2016

The author really knows how to create suspense and drama. The books are so different compared to the show, but of course, the books are better.

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Jun 13, 2015

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May 15, 2015

indigo_camel_48 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 29

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Oct 18, 2014

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eldynarzu Aug 01, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: the A notes

eldynarzu Aug 01, 2014

Coarse Language: alot of curse words

eldynarzu Aug 01, 2014

Sexual Content: a girl tried to have sex with someother boy

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sapphicatthedisco
Oct 18, 2013

Coarse Language: Yup.

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sapphicatthedisco
Oct 18, 2013

Violence: No actual killing, but the girls imagine it

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lovepuppies
Aug 13, 2012

Sexual Content: Weird stuff...

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lovepuppies
Aug 08, 2012

Coarse Language: Couple of bad words.

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lovepuppies
Aug 08, 2012

Violence: Some killing scenes.

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lovepuppies
Aug 08, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Death and killing scenes and spooky stuff.

SCL_Justin Jan 22, 2012

Coarse Language: Swearing

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kaitlynchanthas
Jul 25, 2016

Pretty faces can hide hideous secrets. Be careful with who you trust, for they might just be the one to put that knife in your back. A group of five popular beautiful and rich girls had everything. Until their friend gets murdered and when they all run into each other again, someone called A, is threatening them, playing nasty, dangerous games. Who will make it out alive?

medina_musical_bee Jun 09, 2015

When a girl from a group of really close friends goes missing the close friends try everything in their power to find her. When all hope is lost, the rest of the close girls start to drift apart. Three years later the girls find each other and their lives take a turn for the worst!

eldynarzu Aug 01, 2014

a girl named allsion goes missing her friends try to solve the mistery

jasleen_mahil Oct 15, 2012

5 best friends, Aria, Spencer, Hanna, Emily &....Alison. Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily are four nobody's who become something when Alison DiLaurentis (the most popular girl at Rosewood day) choose them 4 to be their best friends. Soon enough they are the most popular girls in school. And they're pretty mean. They make fun of people, call them names and tons of other stuff. But once Alison disapears in their sleepover! They don't know who kidnapped Ali. Now it's been 3 years and the girls kind of split up. Acting as if they barely know each other. But soon after getting some threatening texts from someone who goes by the name of "-A" they are reunited and will do anything to figure out who it is. Read the books to find out who the shocking -A is!

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lovepuppies
Aug 13, 2012

There are 5 best friends who are really popular at their school Rosewood Day, especially Ali. One night the girls were at a sleepover at Spencer's barn in her backyard and they were all sleeping and then Ali suddenly went missing and Spencer thought she heard a scream so she went to check but she couldn't find Ali anywhere. By the time Spencer got back to the barn all the other girls were awake and they asked her where Ali was but Spencer said she was gone. Now it has been 3 years since the dissapearence and Ali has still not been ound. All the girls have gotten so different and gone their own ways but after some texts and letters the 4 remaining girls reunite over a mysterious person named "A"...

chrisgotstacks Jul 28, 2012

i love this book and i love this show and this is the best show ever its fun and crazy

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serena_tam
Jul 16, 2012

This book is about four different girls, Spencer (my first fav), Hanna, (my second fav), Aria (my third fav), and Emily (the eh one out of the cique; well in my opinion). These girls re unite over a death of thier very best friend and and thier worst enemy, Alison Dilaurents (also known as Ali). But how do they bond? Let's just say that a certian someone is digging up all these girls secrets, and well- using them against thier will. A certian someone also known as "A". These girls don't just live in Rosewood for nothing.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 06, 2012

4 girls who find themselves with dangerous secerts and dirty lies...dirty sexy romance

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lyskia
Jun 02, 2012

Four former friends are hiding a secret kept for 3 years, which has caused them to grow apart. Suddenly, a mysterious entity who calls itself "A" begins sending each girl snarky notes that give clues to the fact that "A" knows their secret. What will the girls do to make sure their secret stays secret?

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mihe
Feb 01, 2011

This novel is about a clique of girls who's best best friend goes missing one night at their sleepover. Three years later the girls, who have grown apart, begin to recieve notes from someone named A about all of their deepest, darkest secrets. The girls are positive it is their old best friend Alison, but then her body is discovered in her old backyard. Eventually the notes begin to rule the girls' lives...

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sapphicatthedisco
Sep 25, 2013

Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret

jasleen_mahil Oct 15, 2012

“My dad got me Pigtunia in Germany. She advises me on my love life.”
-Aria

jasleen_mahil Oct 15, 2012

“You didn’t tell them about . . . About The Jenna Thing, did you?”
-Aria

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lovepuppies
Aug 13, 2012

" I wonder what your little pig puppet will say about this.
- A"

chrisgotstacks Jul 28, 2012

crazy , fun and loveable

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lyskia
Jun 02, 2012

"I'll be watching, -A"

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MacBarbie07
Mar 18, 2012

"never trust a pretty girl even though she's telling the truth" -@

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MacBarbie07
Mar 18, 2012

"Never trust a pretty girl with a ugly secret" -A

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Farifroggy
Jul 20, 2011

"Shit," said Hanna

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