Thursday, November 3, 2016

Review: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS by Sara Shepard

Rating: 2/5 stars

This book seemed like it was written by a middle schooler. The writing was awful and cliche and I found many editing errors. The writing was the main reason I rated the book so low.

But the story was good. Although different from the TV show, the story kept me fairly intrigued. Most of this first book was background and character introductions. It basically covers only one episode since this book ends how the first episode ends. I think the second book would be a lot more interesting because the story would finally get going, but I won't know until I read it.

The character development in this book felt flat to me, but that could be because the characters just didn't seem to have very much depth to them. There was a lot of detail to differentiate the main girls from one another, however, but their dialogue was so superficial that I couldn't connect to any of them. The girls sure act immature for being in eleventh grade. Their characterization was the other main reason I rated the book so low.

I think my middle school self or early high school self would have enjoyed this book and felt a lot more pulled in by the series than my current twenty-year-old self feels about it. Nonetheless, I think I may pick up book two to see how the story progresses compared to the show, but I don't know if I will actually be completing the series.

Overall, if you are questioning whether to read the books or watch the show, pick the show. It's amazing and suspenseful and a lot more mature than this first book, at least.

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