Rainer Maria Rilke

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Pretty is in the Eyes of the Beholder

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shephard

Teen Fiction

Once upon a time, five little girls decided to play a big girl's game and one of them ended up the ultimate loser.  Hanna, Aria, Spencer, Emily and Alison are best friends and the worst kind of enemy--one who knows all your secrets.

At first, the book reminded me of the Clique series except every third word wasn't a brand name.  And, these pretty little liars play for keeps.  This is a story of bullying gone extreme, a Queen Bee (Alison) who pushes her BFF's until one snaps and the Queen winds up dead. But which of them is guilty of the deed?  All are too scared to say and all are secretly a little glad the Queen Bee, Alison, disappeared.  And, yet, if they had to be honest......their lives are not better for her death.

This mystery is so addictive!  The plot line develops slowly and had me guessing which of the other teens could be the guilty one (still haven't decided!) and what exactly happened to Alison on that fateful night and why!  In the end, everyone is a suspect-a move that would make even Agatha Christie proud.

I literally could not stop reading it once I started.  It is full of juicy gossip, teen naughtiness and unexpected plot turns.  In my opinion, completely inappropriate for anyone younger than a teen, I (as an adult) was enchanted and rushed straight to the second one in the series.

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