by Sara Shepard
Spencer, Hanna, Emily, Aria, and Allison were not only the most popular girls in the 7th grade, but they were the very best of friends. But even friends have secrets. After Allison disappears, the girls left behind see their friendship disintegrate. Now they are in the 11th grade, and those 7th grade secrets are coming back to haunt them. They think Allison might be behind the emails and texts threatening to expose them since she has never been found, but when her body is discovered behind the house she used to live in, it leaves them all questioning everyone they know.
Pretty Little Liars is about 'mean girls.' It's not a book with substance, though the plot line does draw one in, wondering who could be behind it all, and makes one want to read the next in the series to find out. The book is not for younger tweens, though is similar, though darker, to the Clique books. Not a great book to recommend young tweens, but could be a good guilty pleasure for older ones.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Series Information: Book one of the Pretty Little Liars series, currently 10 altogether
Grade Level: 8-9th grade