Secrets, mischief, and romance! What else could you ask for? This book has it all, the Freeform TV series of the same name is based on this series! If you watch the TV series you MUST read these books!
Here is the official description from Amazon:
“In the exclusive Philadelphia suburb of Rosewood, Alison is the Queen Bee of her elite seventh grade hive. BFs Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily vie for her attention, even as each of them hides a hideous secret only Alison knows. So when Alison goes missing after a slumber party, never to be seen again, each girl is heartbroken, but also a little relieved. Now it is three years later, and though the four girls have grown apart, they are each still hiding something. Artsy Aria is carrying on an affair with one of her teachers, fashionista Hanna shoplifts to accessorize her trendy outfits, blue-blood Spencer is sleeping with her older sister’s boyfriend, while straight-A Emily is trying to ignore her attraction to a new female classmate. When the girls begin receiving threatening text messages and emails that from someone known only as “A,” they must confront the fact that against all odds, it appears Alison is back. Could Alison still be alive? And if so, why is she so determined to uncover all their dirty little secrets?”
I started watching the TV series last year, and finally took the plunge and started the book series. So far it’s as awesome as the show, with few differences (other than characters appearances) and more detail. You build an attachment to the characters through their insecurities, which may be similar to ones you had in high school.
To me the characters are even more relatable in the books, because you are allowed into their own thoughts. You get to see the whole picture, instead of just the outside. I like Aria a lot more in the books because of how unique she is. She’s the weird one of the group, not just the girl who’s having relations with her teacher. Her situation is more believable in the books, and a whole lot more enjoyable.
My only problem with this series is that it’s a little heavy on the romance, I’d prefer to learn more about ‘A’! I want more mystery, I want to be just as scared as the characters! The initial fright is down played a little in this book, I want it to creep me out, not just make me feel curious. I understand that the ‘boyfriends’ have roles in the downward spirals of the girls, but I feel like there’s paragraphs of unnecessary garbage about the boys, and even unimportant boys that have no role in the story line.
I recommend this book to teen girls most specifically, though young adults and some boys make take an interest in this. Other books like this are ‘Dead Girls Don’t Lie’ by Jennifer Shaw Wolf and ‘Get Even’ by Gretchen McNeil.
4/5 on the official book score! Good mystery, with a lot of romance on the side.
I’d love to hear what you think!