Pretty Little Liars, Book 1

Book review by Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

First book in cliquey girls' series shows off bad behavior.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 42 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 181 reviews

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age 13+

Love it!

Pretty Little Liars is a fictional book about five beautiful teenage girls... and one day, queen B Allison disappears... when the girls start getting threatening text messages from mysterious "A", it's up to them to decide who is behind this... but "A" doesn't want them digging for answers, and soon, it begins to seem like it's a matter of life and death. I loved this series. I thought it was developed and well-written. As for the age rating, however.... It's easy to tell this is a mature book just by hearing the basics about each character: Hanna Marin, the beautiful girl with the acting disorder, who steals jewelry even though she's rich. Emily Fields, who's in love with another girl - and her parents don't know. Spencer, who's dating her sister's fiancé, Wren. Aria, who's dating her English teacher, Ezra. There's a ton of language. There's a lot of romance. There's lots of underage drinking. There's some violence, but not too much. But in all, it's an amazing book and you should read it!
age 13+

SUPER EASY TO READ, BUT LOTS OF SEX AND LANGUAGE

It's a good book, but maybe not for your kids. There's sexy stuff and bad language. Also there's bad relationships/relationships that shouldn't exist, and it could scare some kids. Also there's some smoking and drinking.

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