Author: Sara Shepard.
Series: #2, Pretty Little Liars.
Published Date: 3/15/07.
Barnes and Noble
"In the exclusive town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, where the sweetest smiles hide the darkest secrets, four pretty little liars--Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna--have been very bad girls. . . .
Spencer stole her sister's boyfriend. Aria is brokenhearted over her English teacher. Emily likes her new friend Maya . . . as much more than a friend. And Hanna's obsession with looking flawless is literally making her sick. But the most horrible secret of all is something so scandalous it could destroy their perfect little lives.
And someone named "A" is threatening to do just that.
At first they thought A was Alison, their friend who vanished three years ago . . . but then Alison turned up dead. So could A be Melissa, Spencer's ultracompetitive sister? Or Maya, who wants Emily all to herself? What about Toby, the mysterious guy who left town right after Alison went missing?
One thing's for certain: A's got the dirt to bury them all alive, and with every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message A sends, the girls get a little closer to losing it all."
Barnes and Noble
"Four pretty little liars have been very bad girls.
Spencer stole her sister's boyfriend. Aria is brokenhearted over her English teacher. Emily likes her new friend Maya . . . as much more than a friend. Hanna's obsession with looking flawless is making her sick. But their most horrible secret yet is so scandalous that the truth would ruin them forever.
And why shouldn't I tell? They deserve to lose it all. With every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message I send, I'll be taking these pretty little liars down. Trust me, I've got enough dirt to bury them alive."
First & Last Line:
"Spencer Hastings stood on the apple-green lawn of the Rosewood Abbey with her three ex-best friends, Hanna Marin, Aria Montgomery, and Emily Fields."
"'Poor confused Emily. I bet you could use a bug warm girl hug right now, huh? Don't get too comfortable. It's not over until I say it is. -A'"
As I've mentioned in my review of the first book, in the Pretty Little Liars series, Pretty Little Liars, I fancy every cover in this entire series! Sitting on my bookshelf , they can't help but catch your eye with their bright and vibrant array of colors. I'm more than excited to purchase the rest of the books to finally complete the collection.
Continuing on from the first book, the four main characters Hanna Marin, Spencer Hastings, Aria Montgomery, and Emily Fields are receiving emails, texts, and even hand written notes from this mysterious person, signing each with the letter "A".
The notes may sometimes include instructions that need to be followed, but they always contain a threat of leaking and spreading a secret of one or even all of the four girls. Not wanting to expose themselves and their doings in the "Jenna Thing", the four best friends can't seek help from the police. Instead they have to overcome their past and differences with one another, and stick together; they have no one else but each other.
But sticking together and promising to let each other know if another note was received isn't so easy when each note encloses one or more of their dirty little secrets. For instance, knowing that your dad is cheating on your mom with one of his students, your kissing and seeing your older sister's ex boyfriend, making yourself throw up just to look pretty or seeing guys you don't like just so classmates won't think your crushing on a girl.
All on their own, the four girls attempt to figure out who this "A" person is, and how he/she knows so much about each of them. And just when they think its all over, "A" strikes again...
For me, main characters make or break a book. If the main characters don't have some sort of interesting qualities, the story will become dull very fast. But Pretty Little Liars has absolutely no problem with that. The four girls each have so much going on, that at the end of each chapter you can't help but start reading the next one, and before you know it, it's well past midnight.
I love the television show, but I still have to admit, the books are twice as good!