A review by mulders
Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard

funny lighthearted tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.5

I’m still here, bitches. And I know everything. —A

Iconic and fun and truly, thoroughly mediocre. Something I definitely would have eaten up back in primary. I was surprised by how seemingly uneventful it felt, but I guess that's why there are sequels. It's interesting to read now having watched the show as a tween and find all the differences, especially in the girls' characterisations. The relationship between Aria and Ezra especially stands out to me in the book, even if only because Aria reads as so much more of a child than Lucy Hale ever played her. Emily's character also stands out and to me, as the biggest upside of reading this, since she gave a whole lotta nothing in the show, so her point of view here was pleasantly surprising. My reviews tend to be a little deeper and a little more eloquent, usually, but there is simply nothing to take away from this past the surface level. A quick two-day read, but I don't know if I have it in me to read the rest of the series, even just for mindless entertainment. 


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