Saturday, January 8, 2011
Review: Flawless by Sara Shepard
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Personal Copy
Category: Young Adult
Alison DiLaurentis has everything, she was the leader of her pack and she was the “it” girl. When her body goes missing, her friends grieve and continue on with their lives. They distance themselves from each other, and move on. However, Ali is no longer missing, her body has been discovered. When the new tenants move into the DiLaurentis’ former home and begin renovations Ali’s body is discovered under concrete.
“Flawless” picks up right where “Pretty Little Liars” ends, the evening of the funeral. Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily are disturbed that Ali was always near them. Since Ali is dead, the girls wonder who possible can “A” be? The text messages, and letters continue, to their horror some of their secrets are revealed, and the threats are becoming more vicious. “A” is threatening the girls to reveal their deepest, darkest secret, “A” knows about “The Jenna Thing” and the girls are unnerved. While the girls may have grown apart, “A” is bringing them back together. The police have re-opened the case, now a murder investigation, and the girls have been warned that they will be questioned once again. To make matters worst Toby Cavanaugh, Jenna’s step-brother has come back to town. Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna’s worlds are falling apart.
Aria is trying to get over her biggest crush, their connection was undeniable but he’s her AP English teacher. Aria has other issues to worry about, she realizes that the problem she thought vanished, may still be a problem. Her father is not very discreet, and someone else discovers the secret. Spencer was secretly dating her sister’s boyfriend, her parents are disgusted by her actions, and Melissa hates her. Her home is very quiet, because everyone refuses to talk to her. Although, she ears straight A’s and is on every committee, she will never be able to step out of her sister’s shadow. Emily is trying to hid her feelings for her friend, she can’t be a lesbian, her parents would never accept her. Her swim coach offers her a proposition she could never turn down. Hanna is desperately trying to hold together the world she created after Ali disappeared. As things seem to spiral out of control, her father walks back into her life. He’s spent years away and Hanna is not sure that she should do. “A” knows all their dirty little secrets, and the girls are walking on egg shells. Who can they trust? Can they trust each other? Can they trust themselves?
“Flawless” is every bit suspenseful, mysterious, and captivating as “Pretty Little Liars.” It’s a great book, and I love Sara Shepard’ style. Her ability to create these amazing secondary characters is remarkable. Each character is memorable, enjoyable, and realistic. I even love the titles, the titles of each chapter foreshadow the upcoming predicament of each character. The narrator is completely unreliable. Another death occurs, and I didn’t see that coming either. Honestly, this series is addicting. Yes, I said addiction...I can’t put these books down. I’m quite surprised that I love this series as much as I do.