Book: Pretty Little Liars [Pretty Little Liars book #1]
Author: Sara Shepard
Review: When popular, manipulative and sometimes charming Alison DiLaurentis disappears from a sleepover in Rosewood, PA after 7th grade, her clique of friends lose touch with each other. Now, three years later, they start receiving mysterious text messages from someone called "A" who knows their past and present secrets. Readers are introduced to Spencer, an overachiever interested in her sister's boyfriend who was the only girl to ever stand up to Ali; Hanna, a previously fat girl who bent easily to Ali's will who has transformed herself into the most popular girl at school; Emily, a swimmer who was fiercely protective of Ali and has feelings for a new neighbor that her conservative family won't approve of; and Aria, an eccentric girl who just moved back to Rosewood after a few years in Iceland who begins an affair with a young teacher.
I decided to read this series after catching a few episodes of the new t.v. show on ABC Family. Although there are distinct differences between the books and show, the show encompassed the first few books in a handful of episodes so a lot of the book was somewhat repetitive. That being said, it was still a fun, easy, read that I devoured in a few hours. Each chapter is written from a different characters perspective and watching them struggle with high school, relationships, secrets and family are a nice reminder that I never have to go back to high school again!
A fun, summer series for anyone looking for something "light."