The Lying Game

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

age 14+

Suspenseful series starter full of pranks and mean girls.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 29 reviews

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age 12+

It's ok for kids over 12

This is a Sara Shepard book, so I was shocked by how mild it was compared to her other popular series, Pretty Little Liars. There was hardly any language, drinking was nonexistent, and there wasn't that much violence - even though the story centers around a murder. At the end of the book, the author warns the readers not to try this in their own life - but it's in the back of the book, which most kids don't read. It's a great idea to have kids read this as long as they know that these "pranks" are not ok. The "pranks" involve kidnapping, murder, ect. One of the main pranks between the girls was (SPOILER ALERT) that they tied up Sutton, their friend, blindfolded her, and dragged her into a car. This was all supposed to be fun, but when does "fun" get too far?
age 14+

Watch to show for your gulity pleasure fix, vs. reading the book!

The book is much racier than the TV series, which is toned down almost to lameness. *Caution* teens who think the series will mirror the book will be disappointed! Anyway, I'm not sure under 14 year olds are ready to be exposed to "snuff videos" and kinkiness. Definitely for an older teen who is sensible and can distinguish between reality and fantasy and has a good set of values. If your child is reading this for suspense, mystery, thriller value, fine. But if you're concerned she may be looking for role models, beware, these girls (except Emma) are over the top mean and nasty.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Book Details

  • Author: Sara Shepard
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: December 7, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 14
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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