Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily were best friends, and Alison was their leader. Ali brought them together, and made them stand out. She knew how to make each one of them feel special, but she also knew how to manipulate them and make them feel worthless. She knows all of their deepest, darkest secrets, but they know few of hers’. However, one day Ali disappears after a silly fight with Spencer, and never returns.
Three years later: Hanna has transformed from the chubby wannabe that they used to love, to a gorgeous, mean-spirited devil. Emily is a swimming champion, Spencer’s one of the top students, and Aria’s just returned from a year in Iceland. They haven’t spoken to each other since Alison disappeared, but when they all start receiving messages from a mysterious person named “A”, they get pulled back together. A knows all of their secrets and threatens to tell if they don’t obey him/her. A also always knows what they’re doing, which means A is always watching. At first, the girls think A is Alison, but when her body shows up in her old house, they’re left clueless.
It took me about a year to finally start reading this book. I saw the TV show first, so I thought it’d be pretty pointless to read the books after seeing every single episode. However, I must admit, I was wrong. This book was amazing, and while there were many things that I knew ahead of time, there were also many new discoveries for me. The book goes deeper into the lives of each girl, so you get a better picture of what they’re really like. There are also certain facts that are different in the book than in the TV show. For example, Emily has an older sister in the book, and her mom is racist. Aria takes her little to a bar, where they both get drunk. A forces Hanna to tell two of her enemies that she is a bulimic and Sean broke up with her (not the other way around). There are many more differences, but I don’t want to give away the whole book, so read it to find out! Pretty Little Liars will keep you on your toes the whole time as it takes you on a VERY emotional journey. Don’t think that because you’ve already seen the show you can’t read the books!