Author: Sara Shepard
Published: September 2007 by HarperTeen
Genre: YA Mystery
How I got the book: I bought it
IN ROSEWOOD, PENNSYLVANIA, FOUR PERFECT-LOOKING GIRLS AREN’T NEARLY AS PERFECT AS THEY SEEM.
Aria can’t resist her forbidden ex. Hanna is on the verge of losing her BFF. Emily is freaking out over a simple kiss. And Spencer can’t keep her hands off anything that belongs to her sister.
Lucky me. I know these pretty little liars better than they know themselves. But it’s hard keeping all of their secrets to myself. They better do as I say… or else!
I bought this book a long time ago when I first decided to read the Pretty Little Liars series before the series had ended. Needless to say, this was my first time reading it.
We continue to follow the four girls individually as they continue on with their lives after the death of their ring leader, Ali. They all put on an act as though they’re perfect and that they’re okay, but none of them really are. They all have secrets that they’re keeping from each other and only one person knows them all: A.
As far as plot goes, not too much happens. We learn a little more about the characters as their secrets are told, but that’s about it. Despite it being new secrets, this book was very similar to the previous one.
Hanna loses her best friend, Mona, as Mona begins to feel left out. Aria cheats on her boyfriend to try things out with her English teacher. Spencer is in the Golden Orchid essay contest, something very prestigious, but she plagiarized the essay from her sister. And Emily’s parents threaten to ship her away to her aunt and uncle’s house if she doesn’t “stop” being gay.
Naturally, the girls get in trouble with their secrets. They don’t interact at all with each other in this one other than one scene where the police talk to them. It was just like reading four different stories, which got a little boring after a while.
Each chapter alternated between the girls just like the other books. It wasn’t until the last two chapters that something big happened, and those last two chapters was a grand total of 7 pages combined.
There was a prologue in the beginning that was well done since prologues can be iffy. It was something that was brought up throughout the story. However, every time it was brought up, the scene was rewritten as though it was my first time reading it. So you can imagine how quickly it became redundant.
This wasn’t a bad book. We learn more about the girls, but that’s about it. I wish more plot happened.
Perfect by Sara Shepard gets…
3 out of 5 stars
“We don’t always love our friends every minute.” –Sara Shepard, Perfect
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