Friday, April 30, 2010

READING : Flawless by Sara Shepard

Flawless by Sara Shepard

Publication date: March 15th, 2007
Published by: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
Rating: 3/5
Spencer stole her sister's boyfriend. Aria is brokenhearted over her English teacher. Emily likes her new friend Maya . . . as much more than a friend. And Hanna's obsession with looking flawless is literally making her sick. But the most horrible secret of all is something so scandalous it could destroy their perfect little lives. 
And someone named "A" is threatening to do just that. 
At first they thought A was Alison, their friend who vanished three years ago . . . but then Alison turned up dead. So could A be Melissa, Spencer's ultracompetitive sister? Or Maya, who wants Emily all to herself? What about Toby, the mysterious guy who left town right after Alison went missing?  One thing's for certain: A's got the dirt to bury them all alive, and with every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message A sends, the girls get a little closer to losing it all.

Book starts with an amazing first chapter, in which "the Jenna thing" is revealed.After that, there is Ali's memorial, which brings the girls closer, promising to call each other as soon as they get another text, e-mail, IM from A.That is not the case, of course, as it seems that the years they spent apart cannot be that easily forgotten.So, the girls struggle to stay sane as they receive more threats from A.,this time more evil and dangerous.But as the girls struggled, so does the book, in my opinion.

The first book(Pretty Little Liars)was such a great lead-in for Flawless, but  unfortunately wasn't taken advantage of.

Aria and Ezra's relationship is non existent.After a shockingly amazing fight scene between them at the end of Pretty Little Liars, in Flawless Aria acts like nothing happened, like they had just broken up, no big deal.She was so in love with him, she was willing to break the rules and have a relationship with him and now she doesn't seem to care at all, not even to try to explain to him what happened, that it was all a misunderstanding.

It was obvious that Toby was not A.because you,pretty much, already knew what Ali knew about him and threatened to tell, if he didn't take the blame for the fireworks.Thing is, why did the girls think he was A. in the first place?How could Toby be A. when throughout PLL, he was not even in Rosewood?It doesn't make sense!

What also didn't make sense was Aria meeting Sean for the first time and telling him everything that went on with her family.She didn't want to tell her friends because it was too private but she told Sean, the second she met him?Weird.And not Aria-like.

I liked Hanna's story,which showed that she pulls all these stunts not only because she is rich and spoiled but because her family is pretty screwed up and her parents' actions have hurt her deeply.*spoilers*

All in all, I don't think Flawless is a worthy continuation of Pretty Little Liars.It  seems it lost its attitude and its edginess, and I was left expecting more.I hope Perfect(PLL#3) makes it all better.

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