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Friday, September 23, 2011

The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1)

Author: Sara Shepard
Series: The Lying Game, #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Challenge: None
Format: Hardback
Pages: 307
Published: December 7, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: School Library
My Rating: * * * * *



The worst part of being dead is that there's nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It's enough to kill a girl all over again. But I'm about to get something no one else does--an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma's desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me--to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she's the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

I feel bad reading The Lying Game before Pretty Little Liars.  I loved the Pretty Little Liars show up to the point where I stopped watching it. Unfortunately, ABC Family was taken away from my cable, and I kept forgetting to watch it online. So...since I loved Pretty Little Liars, the show, I was expecting to begin those books first and love them. But, things did not turn out that way. I ended up reading The Lying Game first, which is not necessarily a bad thing, considering I loved it! It was amazing, enchanting, and a great mystery!

Emma is your average foster child. She has been moved from house to house. Sutton, on the other hand, is...not. She has had the privileged, spoiled life. So, it can rightly be said that Emma got the short end of the stick. Luckily, everything is about to turn upside down. Sutton dies. And Emma gets to live Sutton's life. Amazing, right? Wrong, because someone was out to kill Sutton...and Emma is next. The cherry on top of the sundae.

I love these types of mysteries, but at the same type, I become really frustrated. I just want to know who it is! Should I already know? Who knows? I am just going to wait until the author tells me, which probably won't be for awhile.

Oh, I wanted to talk about one more thing. The love interest. Garrett, obviously, is out of the picture for Emma. Sutton may have liked him, but Emma doesn't. Now Ethan, he is a hottie. "The brooding type," to be more specific. Just like how Emma likes them. But it appears that Sutton did something to him, just like she has done to many other guys. Will "that" tear them apart from each other? Read and find out.

About the Author:
Sara Shepard is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. Sara recently moved back to Philadelphia's Main Live from Arizona, where The Lying Game is set.


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