I have a confession to make: as someone who aspires to eventually be a novelist, I enjoy reading books which have been adapted into films or television shows. It does not matter what the genre is, but I enjoy reading the book to see what has made it so successful. When I began watching ABC Family’s new hit tv show, Pretty Little Liars, I quickly became addicted. I love shows which leave you with a little cliffhanger every episode as an incentive to find out what will happen next. When I found out that the show is based on the “Pretty Little Liars” book series by Sara Shepard, I knew I had to read it. Here’s what I found after reading the first book in the series.
Imagine Mean Girls meets I Know What You Did Last Summer, as this is one of the best ways to describe the plot of “Pretty Little Liars.” In the series, Sara Shepard writes about four girls: Aria Montgomery, Spencer Hastings, Hanna Marin and Emily Fields. The girls were best friends in junior high. On the night of one of their summer sleepovers, Alison DiLaurentis, who is the leader of their pack, mysteriously disappears.
Fast forward to three years later. The girls are now in high school and have all grown apart. Alison is no longer there to bond them altogether. They all carry a deep dark secret about something horrible that they were involved in before Alison disappeared…something that has made everything awkward, but that they all pray they can never be connected to.
Each of the girls is coping with her own struggles. Aria has been keeping a horrible secret from her mom and recently fell in love with a guy who turns out to be her new English teacher. Emily thinks that she may be attracted to girls. After Hanna’s parents divorced, she lost all of her weight by becoming bulimic and is now finding herself in the police station several times. Spencer, who strives for perfection, finds herself constantly competing with her sister – even when it comes to boys.
And now, each of the girls is receiving text messages and emails from someone named “A” – all about secrets that they were sure only Alison knew about. Could Alison be back after three years? Or is someone just messing with them?
Just like the ABC Family series of Pretty Little Liars, the book series is very suspenseful and pretty addicting. While it is intended for a teenage audience, it can be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys a good mystery. The writing style makes it obvious that it is meant for teens, but it has a certain quirkiness that almost anyone can appreciate. I have already purchased the next two books in the “Pretty Little Liars” book series and highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a new, different read.