Pretty Little Liars
by Sara Sheppard
I was reluctant to purchase this series because it looked so frivolous. As a school library we are constantly trying to lift the type of “literature” our students read. But I succumbed to some reluctant readers who really wanted to read the series.
I’m very glad that I did and admit that I was wrong about the depth of the books, still not literature, but definitely much more complex and thought provoking than I imagined.
So, the story goes a bit like ‘I know what you did last summer’. The four friends have something to hide and somebody knows about it. Add to this the fact that their friend Ali, the leader of the group and a not-so-nice bully goes missing.
As the story progresses somebody seems to know more and more about the girls and their secrets. And all teenagers have secrets whether it is who they like, what they said to who or how things are going at home, in the crippling world of peer pressure some secrets are more damaging than others.
So starts this series of twelve books to date which became a popular TV series. Interestingly the TV show doesn’t mimic the books, characters that died in the books stay alive in the series, things that happened in one don’t necessarily happen in the other. So you can’t pretend you read the books by watching TV, as a librarian I think that is excellent news!
Recommended age 13+