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|After watching the series for so long, I was really excited for the books (I know, they came first, but I hadn’t gotten a hold of them until recently.) But now that I’ve read book one, I gotta say, seriously not impressed. The girls were completely unlikable (beyond moments of feeling bad for Spencer and a little on the Hanna self esteem thing). The sex, alcohol and drugs was just too much. And I kept thinking, these girls deserve more or less what they’re getting…
The characters were pretty unlikable which is always a strike in my book. Emily was probably the most likable, but even she was sort of… hard to get along with. She was too much of a pushover without enough redeeming individual characteristics that made her her own person. She just felt like some token lesbian character (which annoys me, especially since Jenna from Hex Hall was so epic, awesome, and just happened to be a lesbian, because lesbians are just normal people and are not just some stereotype thrown in for the sake of having a “diverse cast of characters” thank you very much). Allison was unlikable (which was the point), but honestly, I had less of a problem with her than the other characters. Aria was snobby and superior. Spencer was, quite frankly, a boyfriend stealing, judging, overly competitive jerk (with moments of sympathetic character development, which I appreciated). And Hanna? God, Hanna was awful. All of the depth that seeped into the show (which, okay, maybe took a few episodes to really happy) is obliterated in the books. She is Queen of the Unlikable. Yes, I felt bad for her at times, but it wasn’t enough to justify who she’d become.
The writing was okay, the events that take seemed very unrealistic, and I’ve already mentioned my disdain for the characters. Not to mention, the most interesting part was Ali’s death and they barely even dealt with that! This book felt like one long, annoying, mean girls prologue and I was really disappointed. All of this “poor little rich girls” stuff has become obnoxious. Is this really how the other half lives? Because if it is, I’ll deem myself lucky for not having money in my pocket. It hardly seems like a fair trade.
I have the next three in the series, so I suppose I’ll get to them, but I wouldn’t really recommend this series unfortunately.
P.S. There’s a chance that this series will get better, but honestly, the first book was so off putting that it’ll take me a minute to get to the others, which I’m only going to read because A) I have them and B) I want to see if they get to be anything even half as good as the series.
Title: Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1)
Author: Sara Shepherd
Approximate Length: 286 pages
I have a 2006 publish date soft cover edition, not the TV-series tie in.