Perfect: Pretty Little Liars #3

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Mystery overshadowed by mean-girl vibe, shopping.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 31 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Expect plenty of meanness, narcissism, and self-indulgence all around. These girls lie, cheat, steal, have sex with teachers, battle with bulimia, shop constantly, and plot against one another. There's also a mysterious character "A" that gets particular delight in torturing the four main characters and exposing secrets.


One girl pushes her sister down the steps as she remembers pushing another girl off a rock. A 7th grade girl is found underneath a slab of concrete in her own backyard. Another girl is hit by a car and left for dead. Police rough up a man during an arrest.


Students are described as sexy in the 7th grade. A character comes to terms with being a lesbian. A high school student has an affair with her teacher. A character's father has an affair with his own student and leaves his wife for her.


Some swear words, but not overindulgent.


Somewhere among all of the name brands -- Gucci, Van, Seven, Chanel, etc. -- there's a story about four girls.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are shown drinking and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this third installment in the Pretty Little Liars series stays on the "mean girl clique" gravy train. Sex, lies, murder, betrayal, cattiness, and shopping are recurring themes; teens drink and smoke. One high school student has an affair with her teacher; another is bulimic. The mystery is about the death of a seventh-grade girl found under a slab of concrete in her back yard.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJames L. December 12, 2017

I'm here it's good

I'm herd it was ok
Adult Written bydel18 June 26, 2011

good read

I'm 14 and I just finished the series. There's a lot of bad language, especially b*tch which is said at least once every couple of pages. The book des... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bytay13 August 29, 2019

Very Good!

Pretty Little Liars books are actually really good! They actually have the same plot and characters as the show, which is really important! Although they are pr... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBerry639 November 27, 2018

What's the story?

Four ex-BFFs have typical privileged-girl problems and one more serious problem: the murder of the leader of their disbanded clique in the 7th grade is still unsolved. Ali was the meanest of them all and many admit they are happy she's gone. But did they have a hand in her death? It seems someone thinks so -- a mysterious \"A\" is stalking the girls that are left, exposing their deepest secrets to the world.

Is it any good?

The book had potential, the cliffhanger ending was great, and the scary omnipotence of the mysterious character called "A" could have been unnerving. Instead, "A" comes off as annoying and the book is so full of name brands that it detracts from the rest of the story. Many teen girls will love the drama and fashion of the book, while parents will probably roll their eyes and worry about the bad behavior and materialism on display.

PERFECT is the third installment in the Pretty Little Liars series. Set against a backdrop of luxury and privilege, this novel has typical mean girls and their problems. Hanna's bulimic, Aria's having an affair with her teacher, Spencer's having flashbacks that make her look nuts, and Emily's having trouble coming to terms with being a lesbian.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about commercialism. Does material wealth make you happy? Why is there so much emphasis on branding in this book? Does it help or hurt the story? 

  • What are the repercussions for behaving the way the characters do? What involvement do the characters' parents have?

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