Friday, March 4, 2011


Wanted by Sara Shepard (NY: HarperTeen, 2010).

This is the final installment in the Pretty Little Liars series, and it's as compulsively readable as its seven predecessors. Lots of snark and snotty label name dropping from these teen queen wannabes. As the novel opens, Ali's killer is finally behind bars and the new drama is that Ali's secret twin sister Courtney has moved in with her family after years in a mental hospital. Should Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily befriend her? Well, duh! Of course they should! Only Aria puts up much of a struggle as she recalls Ali's duplicitous nature and has qualms about trusting her lookalike twin. Courtney says all the right things, but Aria feels as though there's something off. And what about the Polaroid pictures she finds in the woods? The face doesn't really look like the killer who's being held. It looks more like a girl....but who is it?

Nothing deep here, but great easy reading. Recommended for teens and tweens, ages 12 & up. Sexual situations, drugs, alcohol, narcissism, greed.

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