Tuesday, April 22, 2008
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS by Sara Shepard
Three years ago, five seventh grade girls were best friends. Then one of them disappeared. The remaining four thought their deepest, darkest secrets were safe ... until their past comes back to haunt them.
When ultra-popular Alison vanished, the girls' friendship fell apart. She had been the glue that held the group together, and with her--and her power over them--gone, they went separate ways.
There's Aria, whose family moved to Iceland and is only now returning to Rosewood with a mature, Eurochic attitude. When boredom drives her to the local bar, she winds up making out in the bathroom with a hottie college grad. Surprise when she shows at school the next day to find her hook-up is her English teacher.
There's Emily, who threw herself into sports, becoming a star swimmer like everyone else in her family, and dating a swimmer-boy. When a new family moves in next door--into Alison's old house--a new friend makes her question everything she thought she wanted.
There's Hannah, who transformed herself from a chubby hanger-on into a slutty, recovering-bulimic it-girl with a penchant for shoplifting. When memories resurface and her boyfriend takes a vow of virginity, she starts feeling the urge to purge.
There's Spencer, who followed in her older sister's footsteps, becoming the perfect preppy good girl who does everything that's expected of her. When she finds herself resenting her sister's long-reaching shadow and lusting after her sister's soon-to-be live-in boyfriend, she might not stay little miss perfect for long.
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS is the story of four girls who have taken different paths away from the same traumatic incident. Their stories are individual and yet interwoven, in a way that they lead inevitably to the same place. Full of dark secrets--what happened to Alison? what is "the Jenna thing"?--and deep mystery--just who is the mysterious A who keeps sending the girls seemingly omniscient texts and emails? This is only the first in a series of eight--yes, eight!--that promises to keep the reader furiously rushing through, trying to unravel all the secrets.
There are a variety of controversial topics addressed in PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. Some of them are major taboos, some are just kinda rotten. Which one is the bottom of the barrel? I wanna know what you think.
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