“Yeah, I couldn’t believe that she was A!”
“I know! And the ending!”
“I still can’t believe it!”
Right away, you know exactly what these two are talking about. More than half of the girls at my school, maybe even some of the guys, watch the show on ABC Family. However, not as many have read any of the books. The show is actually based on a book series by Sara Shepard. Both share the name Pretty Little Liars.
I think that the reading level would be 8th grade up because of the language used and the discussion of murder, bullying, eating disorders, the desire to seem perfect, and underage drinking, although I started reading the series three years ago when I was in sixth grade.
I give this book a rating of 5, and recommend it to anyone because the story focuses on real problems that teenagers face today, while at the same time telling a fictional story of the impact of Alison DiLaurentis’ death on Rosewood, Pennsylvania. For example, the story doesn't only focus on Hanna Marin, the girl whose best friend was murdered, but also Hanna Marin, the girl with the eating disorder. In my eyes, this allows the reader to relate to any character on a more personal level, leaving the reader wanting more. I know I can’t wait to read the next book!
Reviewed by Anonymous, 9th grade
Editor's note: We have some of the books, and we also have Seasons 1-3 of the TV series available for checkout should you need to catch up!