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Perfect: Pretty Little Liars #3

Mystery overshadowed by mean-girl vibe, shopping.
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What parents need to know

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

Some swear words, but not overindulgent.

Consumerism

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.

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Sara Shepard
Genre:Contemporary Fiction
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperTeen
Publication date:August 21, 2007
Number of pages:320

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Teen, 13 years old Written byisaz1010 December 31, 2010

Love This Dirty Little Book

It's such a good book, but it has some really inappropriate stuff in it!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 11 year old Written bylilytooth November 3, 2010

Piece of trash-- not worth anyone's time

This review is about "Killer" in the Pretty Little Liars series: Bad words, worse values, sex, lying, girls fighting over boys, drugs, alcohol, and brand names permeating nearly every sentence. Not only does the book "Killer" convey countless bad messages, it is horribly written! The titles of the series and this book gave me sufficient warning about the quality, but I had to find out for myself, so I read the whole thing (a painful process).
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old July 25, 2010

A real eye-opener!

I know what you're thinking educational?! But, hear me out. There are many references to old english literature in this book. It also opened my eyes to teen gayness and just how far bullying can go,so parents my review is great for mature 12 year olds and anyone older than 12! I also REALLY enjoyed the series.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value