Sunday, August 5, 2012

Perfect by Sara Shepard

(Pretty Little Liars series, book 3)
In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four perfect-looking girls aren’t nearly as perfect as they seem. Aria can’t resist her forbidden ex. Hanna is on the verge of losing her BFF. Emily is freaking out over a simple kiss. And Spencer can’t keep her hands off anything that belongs to her sister.
Lucky me. I know these pretty little liars better than they know themselves. But it’s hard keeping all of their secrets to myself. They better do as I say…or else!

After finishing the third book in this series, I think it’s safe to say that each book gets a little better, a little creepier, and a lot more destructive. Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily thought they had it figured out when all signs pointed to Toby Cavanaugh being Ali’s killer and the mysterious, all-knowing “-A.” Well, that is until he turns up dead from an apparent pill overdose and leaves behind a suicide note; a note that explains his secret that he was so ashamed of…and it had nothing to do with Ali’s murder. They are now back at square one trying to figure out who could have wanted Alison dead, and there is now a Rosewood Stalker lurking around their town. With all that going on, it does seem the girls have one positive thing going for them: they haven’t heard from “-A” in weeks, and they start to think that maybe they can finally breathe again knowing their secrets are safe…but are they really?

Aria is dealing with the fallout of her mom finding out that her dad was cheating on her before they moved to Iceland…and then resumed the affair when they moved back to Rosewood. So, her mom has every right to be pissed. Cheating isn’t cool and adultery is way less cool. HOWEVER, her mom’s attitude towards Aria is incredibly uncalled for. Granted, Aria knew about her father’s infidelity but a child should never be put in the middle of that kind of situation. Her dad should have never asked her to keep the secret in the first place, but her mom shouldn’t be a raging bitch to her for not telling her either. It’s not her place to tell her mom that…she’s not the one cheating! For real y’all…her mom blows this sh*t way out of proportion and after Aria tells her mom what she did to Meredith in an attempt to get her out of her dad’s life, her mom kicks her out of the house. SHE KICKS HER DAUGHTER OUT OF THE HOUSE! B*tch is unstable. It made me really dislike her mom…even more so than her dad and he’s the one that cheated! As if that isn’t enough to deal with, Aria is getting heat from Hanna for dating her ex-boyfriend and she still has serious feelings for her English teacher, Ezra. I’ll say this…you will never expect how that whole sitch ends. Sh*t gets real.

Emily’s family finds out she is a lesbian and I’m fairly certain her mom almost has a mental breakdown. They try to rectify the situation by sending her to Tree Tops, a “reform” program that will “fix” her homosexual feelings. If she doesn’t complete the program successfully, they’re shipping her off to live on a farm with her aunt and uncle in Iowa. Yeah…this is going to work out wonderfully… *eye roll*

Hanna is probably my favorite of all four girls, and she just can’t seem to catch a break. I just really feel for her because I think she really is a good person, she just let herself get caught up in looking perfect and maintaining her huge popularity. Unfortunately, it looks like she’s taking a huge fall from grace. She has lost her boyfriend to Aria, she lost her father to his new fiancé and soon-to-be stepdaughter, and now she’s losing her best friend Mona to a new group of girls. I actually got a little teary-eyed during Hanna’s whole fiasco at Mona’s birthday party…I just felt awful for her.

Lastly, Spencer; she stole more than just her sister’s fiancé and when her parents and sister find out what she did, sh*t hits the fan. Or hits the stairs…hard. She is also trying to remember the night of Alison’s disappearance because she is starting to feel like there are chunks of memory completely gone from that night…which all makes sense when her mom reveals something about Spencer that even she wasn’t aware of.

“-A” comes storming back into the girls’ lives and stirs up some serious sh*t…that is until “-A” gets sloppy. Instead of texting with an unknown number, they screw up and text from a local Rosewood phone number…and Hanna thinks the number looks a little too familiar. The other three girls come to their own conclusions and end up pointing the finger at one of the four of them…but could one of girls really be capable of killing Alison?

Once again, I feel like the books each get a little better than the last one. The mystery steps it up a notch, relationships fall apart and new love blossoms, and “-A” will clearly do anything to keep the girls from finding out who is behind the mysterious texts and emails. Oh, oh, oh!! And I can’t freaking wait to find out what happens to Ezra and Aria!!! Can’t. Freaking. Wait!! In the words of Jay-Z: “On to the next one…”

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