Sunday, May 24, 2009

Review by Alex- Wicked

Wicked: A Pretty Little Liars novel, by Sara Shepard

From amazon: In idyllic Rosewood, Pennsylvania, where Burberry earmuffs keep diamond-studded ears warm, four very pretty girls have done some very wicked things. . . .

High school juniors Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria have paid dearly for their sins. A stalker named "A" terrorized them for months and revealed their darkest secrets. But now that A's true identity has been revealed, the girls can finally go back to their pretty little lives.

Only, once a pretty little liar, always a pretty little liar—and these girls just can't help but be bad. Hanna will do anything to be Rosewood's queen bee. Spencer starts stealing . . . from her parents. Emily can't stop thinking about her new boyfriend. And Aria approves a little too strongly of her mom's taste in men.
As the secrets get darker and the scandals juicier, the consequences turn deadly. After all, girls who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. And in Rosewood, someone is always watching. . . .

This is the 5th book in the Pretty Little Liars series, and it starts a new plot ARC. The old A is dead and gone (literally), but a new one has appeared... Creepy huh?

It's the same four girls but with different problems and a new stalker. Ali's killer is in jail and soon to be on trial. But then he escapes. Each girl has new secrets and the whole novel is shrouded with suspense and worry.

I actually quite like the Pretty Little Liars series. It's interesting, and different. It's normal teen drama with a twist- a serious and creepy twist, but a twist nonetheless. And while all four girls, Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria, are being stalked and still being sent creepy text messages, they have other problems, and those problems don't take a backseat.

And when you think about it, Pretty Little Liars deals with some interesting problems. Spencer is a Supergirl, a girl who needs to be perfect and the best at everything. I read about this in a magazine, and it's almost like an illness. Hanna has a need to be popular, the most popular. Even though she has a great and sweet boyfriend, she longs for girls to gossip and shop with. And she'll sacrifice her boyfriend for it. Emily is dealing with her sexuality- she thought she was a lesbian, but now that she has feelings for a boy, really, what is she? And then Aria just feels like the oddball. She's an artist, and has never fit in, even in elementary school. She feels insecure and lonely a lot, and her recently broken up family is pretty raw.

So yeah, the characters are quite relateable. I don't know if I believe in the plot 100%, because to me, it seems a bit farfetched. But I guess it can happen. Hopefully never to me though. Shudder.

4/6, an entertaining and a bit of an on the edge of your seat read, especially at the end. But I won't spoil that. ;)


1 comment:

  1. Oooh, this sounds like an interesting series, I've never read any of them.


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