Some of Miss S’s friends watch the Pretty Little Liars television series. To keep up with what is going on in her world, I decided to read the first book in the series, Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. I must say, I found the experience to be educational; in particular, I learned to hide the book’s cover from my fellow commuters on the train so I didn’t feel as if they were judging me…
The story is about a group of five young teenagers, Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna, who orbit around Alison, the ‘It’ girl of their community. Alison is the prettiest, the cleverest, the most fashionable, the sportiest, but she is also the one no one else in the group can stand up to, no matter how much they want to.
When Alison disappears after an argument during a sleepover, the girl’s friendship group falls apart. Alison was never found and their seemingly idyllic community changed forever after the events following her disappearance.
The story starts again a few years later when the girls are about 16 years old, by which time Spencer is spending way too much time making eyes at her older sister’s boyfriends, Aria has a crush on her new English teacher which is reciprocated, Emily is falling in love with the girl who has moved into Alison’s old house and Hanna, who used to be sweet and overweight, is now mean and thin. When the girls start receiving anonymous messages and threats signed ‘A’ about secrets only they and Alison knew, life as they know it starts to become complicated.
The girls try to find out who ‘A’ is and I have to admit, I was very interested to learn who this is too, but the end of the book came and the mystery was not resolved. I turned to Google, and discovered that there is a whole series of these books with more twists and turns than a television soap opera. I satisfied my curiosity regarding ‘A’ via these means, raising my eyebrow at some of the more unbelievable twists in the story, then decided enough was enough.
I found the characters in the story to be nasty and shallow, and the writing itself could have been better. The mystery is intriguing though and I can see why this series is so appealing to teenagers, but I’m too old for Pretty Little Liars. Luckily Miss S is not overly interested either.