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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

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Topics: First in a Series, Friendship, Secrets, High School, Blackmail, Suspenseful, Dramatic, Betrayal, Gossip, Female Friendship, Strange Happenings, Text and Instant Messages, and Series

Published: HarperTeen an imprint of HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061975561
List price: $9.99
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Oh My God! I loved it!
I am such a Pretty Little Liars fan, I love the show, the mystery, the secrets... so good!more
its an amazing book . I thoroughly enjoyed it ! ? this has been my favorite TV show ever since it came out. I liked the book cause I kinda understood the story better than on screen . but I love both . There's so much excitement and twists and its a really good book for teenagers ! you are amazing Sara Shepard ! ?more
its an amazing book . I thoroughly enjpyed it ! ?more
Love It I watch the series
more
Awesome luv ktmore
Love this book alot, really different from the Tv series! more
I love it
more
OMG best book ever and I am a 31 year old mother of a teenmore
i love the book and the tv showmore
Can't stop to put it down ?more
amazing movie AND books ?❤ PLLmore
tell for secrets.more
wanna readmore
This series is amazing!more
The best book of my lifemore
My go-to for Gossip Girl alternatives. A suprisingly complex story in a pretty package. I like it because the girls may be rich and privilaged but they encounter real consequences. Maybe that makes the series less appealing. Also features two lesbian characters that aren't written to deliver a message.more
Pretty Little LiarsEveryone has something to hide- especially high school juniors Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna. While Spencer is having a secret relationship with her sister’s boyfriend, Aria’s having a forbidden relationship with her English teacher, Emily’s crushing on the new girl at school, and Hanna uses some pretty ugly tricks to stay beautiful. While these are very big secrets, these four girls have all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Allison vanished. Even with all their efforts at keeping the secret, someone has found out and is now sending terrorizing text messages. Will these four girls uncover the mysterious text messager’s identity. Or will they get themselves killed?I found the book very intriguing. There was a lot of suspence. However, there is cursing, bulimia, smoking, drinking, drugs, drunk driving, shoplifting, pranking, and all kinds of bad behavior. Even though there are a lot of bad things about it, there are also some good things about it. For example, it’s fun and easy to read. It’s also about how these four girls are just trying to live their lives with highly expecting parents. It’s a good book on teen drama. Anybody who reads it can relate to it. Even though most people can’t relate to the major issues, you can at least relate to the minor ones like your parents not understanding you sometimes and so forth. I found this book amazing because it is a genuine mystery book. It reminded me of a teen Sherlock Holmes story. This book is about murder, drama, and mystery. I highly recommend this book, but not to anyone under the age of twelve. If you are younger than twelve, you could be seriously disturbed by this book.A review written by Madeleinemore
This book follows the high school lives of four girls, who used to be best friends before their fifth friend Alison DiLaurentis went missing. Spencer Hastings is a highly motivated, perfectionist involved in many activities. She finds herself always competing with her older sister, Melissa to be the best. Hanna Marin was a chubby, average girl when she was friends with Alison and now has transformed herself, along with her best friend Mona, to become the slim, beautiful, queen bees of their school. Aria Montgomery often describes herself as kooky, and artistic. She is independent and was abroad in Iceland for three years after the disappearance of Alison where her father was taking his sabbatical. Emily Fields is very shy, and committed to following the rules. She is a champion fly swimmer, and is the most devastated over Alison’s disappearance. Alison herself was extremely popular; all the boys loved her, and all the girls wanted to be her. However, she also was cruel at times, and held secrets over her friends and enemies alike. Although this book is for young adults, and this novel has many twists and turns the reader will not expect, and is a page-turner. I would recommend this book to teens, and young adults who enjoy series such as Gossip Girl, or The Clique. Overall, a very good read that keeps you thinking, and twists the story just when you think you know what is coming next. Nicole M.more
What to say about this book?? I liked the story. Normally, a book like this, I could finish it in less than a day. The fact that it took me several days (because I kept picking up other books to read while I was in the middle of this one) says a lot about the book. I am not sure if it was because of the too-frequent (in my opinion) jumps from character to character or if the characters themselves just weren't enough to carry the story, but whatever the reason I just couldn't get into the story very well. I actually read the entire Lying Game series (though there are only three out right now) and two other books between starting this book and finishing it. I think that series (TLG) is a lot better, even though it is by the same author and a similar storyline. I think that the reason I had a hard time with this one is the fact that literally every chapter switched character POVs, which got very annoying after awhile.more
An addictive, fun read in the vein of Gossip Girl.more
I don't want to say I liked this book, because mostly I felt like the whole storyline was jerking me around, but I have to admit that even before I managed to warm up to the characters I wanted to know what was coming next. I'd grabbed it looking for a quick YA read and didn't realize I was into some sort of 12+ volume saga with a tv series attached, though, so I'm not sure it's going to really be worth the investment to find out what comes next after that cliffhanger ending.more
To be honest, I didn't think that I would like this book much, even though I read my fair share of YA fiction. But I was pleasantly surprised! The first few chapters are a slow start, and there are way too many names and characters thrown in at once, but once the book gets going, it's interesting. Each chapter deals with one of the former friends.I thought that the secrets that each girl keeps were well done. Sure, some of them seem fairly "common" - Emily doesn't want to swim anymore and finds that she likes kissing her new friend Maya more than kissing her boyfriend Ben, Hanna struggles with an eating disorder and shoplifts, etc - but when you're sixteen, like these characters are, that's a BIG deal. Heck, I still haven't told some of my family members that I'm gay (which, I presume, Emily is as well), and I'm more than double the characters' ages. So who am I to say what a big secret is or isn't?The book ends on a cliff hanger; A is just getting started, it seems. I swore up and down that I wouldn't start yet another continuing series, but, well, here I am, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book.more
An amazing beinging to an amazing seriese. The way each character has there own chapter makes somethings easyer to understand, and want to read more to get back to that person.more
Okay, so let me start off by saying that I LOVE Sara Shepard's Lying Game series! I figured I might as well give this series a go while I'm waiting on the next installment there. I found myself very interested in what was going on and I especially like Aria's & Spencer's story lines. I did feel that because there were so many narrators that we barely scratched the surface of the story, but I guess that's where the next 10+ books come in. :) There's something about Shepard's writing that I really enjoy. I liked the ending and how all the girls found themselves together again. I also am really intrigued about what's going on, so I'll definitely be reading more in this series.Audio Specific Comments: The narrator for this and the Lying Games is incredible. I really enjoy listening to her read.more
Mini Review:I tried to read this book before I watched the TV series but...god it was just so bad. I couldn't connect with the characters at all. But I did love the TV series and since I'm about to finally start watching all of my recorded episodes of Season 2 so I thought I should write this review. I definitely won't be continuing this series unless absolutely necessary.Rating: 1 out of 5 Starmore
This book tells the story of Aria, Hanna, Spencer and Emily – who were all friends with Ali. Ali disappeared three years ago, never to be heard from again. Over time the girls drifted apart and moved on with their lives.Until now, when they suddenly start getting menacing texts from “A”. Things that only Ali know about them. Threatening to tell everyone all those secrets that she knew about each of the girls.I loved this book! I really loved the mystery element of this book. It was really a case of “whodunit” where you’re left guessing who A is. And even at the end I’m still trying to guess!Definitely written to intrigue you to continue on in the series, this book really sets the scene and starts us off on the journey that is to be continued over the books in the rest of this series, I really loved the sub-stories that ran throughout the book.Each of the girls have gone in such different directions with their lives, and yet they all have these huge skeletons in their closet. I loved the scandal of it all, and the fact that it was a fun short read certainly left me hungry for the next book in the series, which I will be reading shortly!If you don’t like the television series (I personally really enjoy it!) I would still recommend the books since they do differ from the television show and are really quite well written!more
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Reviews

Oh My God! I loved it!
I am such a Pretty Little Liars fan, I love the show, the mystery, the secrets... so good!more
its an amazing book . I thoroughly enjoyed it ! ? this has been my favorite TV show ever since it came out. I liked the book cause I kinda understood the story better than on screen . but I love both . There's so much excitement and twists and its a really good book for teenagers ! you are amazing Sara Shepard ! ?more
its an amazing book . I thoroughly enjpyed it ! ?more
Love It I watch the series
more
Awesome luv ktmore
Love this book alot, really different from the Tv series! more
I love it
more
OMG best book ever and I am a 31 year old mother of a teenmore
i love the book and the tv showmore
Can't stop to put it down ?more
amazing movie AND books ?❤ PLLmore
tell for secrets.more
wanna readmore
This series is amazing!more
The best book of my lifemore
My go-to for Gossip Girl alternatives. A suprisingly complex story in a pretty package. I like it because the girls may be rich and privilaged but they encounter real consequences. Maybe that makes the series less appealing. Also features two lesbian characters that aren't written to deliver a message.more
Pretty Little LiarsEveryone has something to hide- especially high school juniors Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna. While Spencer is having a secret relationship with her sister’s boyfriend, Aria’s having a forbidden relationship with her English teacher, Emily’s crushing on the new girl at school, and Hanna uses some pretty ugly tricks to stay beautiful. While these are very big secrets, these four girls have all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Allison vanished. Even with all their efforts at keeping the secret, someone has found out and is now sending terrorizing text messages. Will these four girls uncover the mysterious text messager’s identity. Or will they get themselves killed?I found the book very intriguing. There was a lot of suspence. However, there is cursing, bulimia, smoking, drinking, drugs, drunk driving, shoplifting, pranking, and all kinds of bad behavior. Even though there are a lot of bad things about it, there are also some good things about it. For example, it’s fun and easy to read. It’s also about how these four girls are just trying to live their lives with highly expecting parents. It’s a good book on teen drama. Anybody who reads it can relate to it. Even though most people can’t relate to the major issues, you can at least relate to the minor ones like your parents not understanding you sometimes and so forth. I found this book amazing because it is a genuine mystery book. It reminded me of a teen Sherlock Holmes story. This book is about murder, drama, and mystery. I highly recommend this book, but not to anyone under the age of twelve. If you are younger than twelve, you could be seriously disturbed by this book.A review written by Madeleinemore
This book follows the high school lives of four girls, who used to be best friends before their fifth friend Alison DiLaurentis went missing. Spencer Hastings is a highly motivated, perfectionist involved in many activities. She finds herself always competing with her older sister, Melissa to be the best. Hanna Marin was a chubby, average girl when she was friends with Alison and now has transformed herself, along with her best friend Mona, to become the slim, beautiful, queen bees of their school. Aria Montgomery often describes herself as kooky, and artistic. She is independent and was abroad in Iceland for three years after the disappearance of Alison where her father was taking his sabbatical. Emily Fields is very shy, and committed to following the rules. She is a champion fly swimmer, and is the most devastated over Alison’s disappearance. Alison herself was extremely popular; all the boys loved her, and all the girls wanted to be her. However, she also was cruel at times, and held secrets over her friends and enemies alike. Although this book is for young adults, and this novel has many twists and turns the reader will not expect, and is a page-turner. I would recommend this book to teens, and young adults who enjoy series such as Gossip Girl, or The Clique. Overall, a very good read that keeps you thinking, and twists the story just when you think you know what is coming next. Nicole M.more
What to say about this book?? I liked the story. Normally, a book like this, I could finish it in less than a day. The fact that it took me several days (because I kept picking up other books to read while I was in the middle of this one) says a lot about the book. I am not sure if it was because of the too-frequent (in my opinion) jumps from character to character or if the characters themselves just weren't enough to carry the story, but whatever the reason I just couldn't get into the story very well. I actually read the entire Lying Game series (though there are only three out right now) and two other books between starting this book and finishing it. I think that series (TLG) is a lot better, even though it is by the same author and a similar storyline. I think that the reason I had a hard time with this one is the fact that literally every chapter switched character POVs, which got very annoying after awhile.more
An addictive, fun read in the vein of Gossip Girl.more
I don't want to say I liked this book, because mostly I felt like the whole storyline was jerking me around, but I have to admit that even before I managed to warm up to the characters I wanted to know what was coming next. I'd grabbed it looking for a quick YA read and didn't realize I was into some sort of 12+ volume saga with a tv series attached, though, so I'm not sure it's going to really be worth the investment to find out what comes next after that cliffhanger ending.more
To be honest, I didn't think that I would like this book much, even though I read my fair share of YA fiction. But I was pleasantly surprised! The first few chapters are a slow start, and there are way too many names and characters thrown in at once, but once the book gets going, it's interesting. Each chapter deals with one of the former friends.I thought that the secrets that each girl keeps were well done. Sure, some of them seem fairly "common" - Emily doesn't want to swim anymore and finds that she likes kissing her new friend Maya more than kissing her boyfriend Ben, Hanna struggles with an eating disorder and shoplifts, etc - but when you're sixteen, like these characters are, that's a BIG deal. Heck, I still haven't told some of my family members that I'm gay (which, I presume, Emily is as well), and I'm more than double the characters' ages. So who am I to say what a big secret is or isn't?The book ends on a cliff hanger; A is just getting started, it seems. I swore up and down that I wouldn't start yet another continuing series, but, well, here I am, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book.more
An amazing beinging to an amazing seriese. The way each character has there own chapter makes somethings easyer to understand, and want to read more to get back to that person.more
Okay, so let me start off by saying that I LOVE Sara Shepard's Lying Game series! I figured I might as well give this series a go while I'm waiting on the next installment there. I found myself very interested in what was going on and I especially like Aria's & Spencer's story lines. I did feel that because there were so many narrators that we barely scratched the surface of the story, but I guess that's where the next 10+ books come in. :) There's something about Shepard's writing that I really enjoy. I liked the ending and how all the girls found themselves together again. I also am really intrigued about what's going on, so I'll definitely be reading more in this series.Audio Specific Comments: The narrator for this and the Lying Games is incredible. I really enjoy listening to her read.more
Mini Review:I tried to read this book before I watched the TV series but...god it was just so bad. I couldn't connect with the characters at all. But I did love the TV series and since I'm about to finally start watching all of my recorded episodes of Season 2 so I thought I should write this review. I definitely won't be continuing this series unless absolutely necessary.Rating: 1 out of 5 Starmore
This book tells the story of Aria, Hanna, Spencer and Emily – who were all friends with Ali. Ali disappeared three years ago, never to be heard from again. Over time the girls drifted apart and moved on with their lives.Until now, when they suddenly start getting menacing texts from “A”. Things that only Ali know about them. Threatening to tell everyone all those secrets that she knew about each of the girls.I loved this book! I really loved the mystery element of this book. It was really a case of “whodunit” where you’re left guessing who A is. And even at the end I’m still trying to guess!Definitely written to intrigue you to continue on in the series, this book really sets the scene and starts us off on the journey that is to be continued over the books in the rest of this series, I really loved the sub-stories that ran throughout the book.Each of the girls have gone in such different directions with their lives, and yet they all have these huge skeletons in their closet. I loved the scandal of it all, and the fact that it was a fun short read certainly left me hungry for the next book in the series, which I will be reading shortly!If you don’t like the television series (I personally really enjoy it!) I would still recommend the books since they do differ from the television show and are really quite well written!more
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