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Book Review: Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this book because my daughter and I watch (& love) the TV series on ABC Family. This is one of the few cases when the show is better than the book - the TV show does a great job of keeping things dramatic and suspenseful. Perhaps I didn't get as much out of the book because I had already seen the first season of the show, so I knew some of the "secrets" shared in this volume of the series.

I did like some of the character development that just can't be communicated on screen - some of the background on each of the girls' characters, and how they viewed certain situations. I also liked that each chapter was told from a different girl's perspective, so you got a taste of each character's thoughts, while still moving the overall plot along.

It's been a while since we watched season 1 of the show, but I believe the show stayed pretty true to the book, which is refreshing - quite different from the case of the differences between the Sookie Stackhouse books and HBO's "True Blood" (though I {heart} both the books, and the show!). PLL-the-show revealed the same secrets for each girl, and even the text messages from "A" were the same, possibly verbatim.

I intend to keep reading the Pretty Little Liars series - hopefully I'll get caught up with the show timeline, and read "ahead" - then I can judge more accurately how well the suspense keeps me hooked.

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