I’ve been considering reading the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard since the television show came out last summer. I have not checked out either, and while I am not a literary purist who finds it necessary to read the books before watching a movie/television series, I have a fondness for YA chick-lit (a term I am growing to hate, by the way, but it is so useful) that makes me want to read the books first. Pretty Little Liars has the dual appeal of also having an underlying mystery to it, one that has me intrigued and already guessing the end-game. Unfortunately, I am basing these guesses off promos for the show, and if anyone out there has read the Sookie Stackhouse novels and compared them to True Blood, they know how dangerous comparisons like that can be.
Gossip thrives amid the Mercedes-Benzes, mega mansions, and perfectly manicured hedges in the exclusive town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania. Behind their big Gucci sunglasses, beneath their perfectly pressed Polos, everyone has something to hide, especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna. Spencer covets her sister’s gorgeous new boyfriend. Aria is having an affair with her English teacher. Emily is infatuated with the new girl at school. And Hanna is using some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. Deeper and darker still is a horrible secret the girls have shared since sixth grade—a secret they thought was safe forever.
Then the girls start receiving threatening messages signed by someone named “A.” Could “A” be Alison, the ultra-popular girl who disappeared three years earlier? Alison was their best friend. She knew everything about them. But if Alison isn’t “A,” who is? And how could anyone else know so much about the bad girls they were and the bad girls they’ve become? Suddenly, their secrets—the big ones, the little ones, even the long-buried ones—no longer seem so secret. Suddenly, nothing is safe in Rosewood.
I am looking forward to reading Pretty Little Liars this week, and I hope after I finish it I will immediately devour books 2-9. If not, then at least I gave the series a try. I have a feeling I will enjoy it more than Gossip Girl, as I need a little substance while reading about the lives of the rich, and what looks like something which could potentially be a murder mystery definitely fits the bill.