Review: Flawless by Sara Shepard.

Sunday, September 09, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-



 Title: Flawless.

 Author: Sara Shepard: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

 Series: Pretty Little Liars #2.

 Publisher: Harper Teen in the US.

 Date of publication: October 6th, 2009 in the US.

 Source: Bought.

 Format: E-book.

 Date read: September 9th, 2012.

 Favorite line: “An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind.” —GANDHI

 Rating: 3/5 stars.

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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. Hanna's obsession with looking flawless is making her sick. And their most horrible secret yet is so scandalous that the truth would ruin them forever.
And why "shouldn't" I tell? They deserve to lose it all. With every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message I send, I'll be taking these pretty little liars down. Trust me, I've got enough dirt to bury them alive.

From: Goodreads.

The cover:

I like it. It’s not bad neither good. However, I do love the font *_*. And if you didn’t know, this is Hanna Marin on the over. What’s cool, is that on the back cover you can see the real model for Hanna, it’s done in all the books.


The storyline:

Where should I begin?

Let me get directly to the point after the summary.


Flawless picks up right where Pretty Little Liars left off. In this sequel, we get to know more about The Jenna Thing, Toby and each girl’s secret.

Aria is no longer seeing Ezra, and somehow she gets caught up with Sean, Hanna’s ex-boyfriend. And her family’s situation is only getting worse.

Spencer’s attitude has completely changed. She’s now dating Wren, her sister’s ex, and she thinks everything is still fine. Until, her deepest secret is going to be out. And then things crumple down.

Emily is really messed up. She can’t make up her mind about her feelings. She becomes friends with Toby, and finds herself really liking him. Thinking by doing that she’s proving to herself that she’s not gay. Well, guess faith had other plans for her.

Finally, Hanna is dealing with her own demons. Not that this isn’t enough, her father comes back to add fuel to the already strong flames. Everything seems to be working against her.

And guess who’s ruining and manipulating them? Of course you’d guess, it’s “A”.

The girls meet and actually talk to each other, in the last chapters, in Foxy, a charity party, where they seem to not be able to find Emily and they think she’s in serious danger.

the book ends with them finally acting like friends and thinking that they’ve got everything figured out and there’s no more “A” until shim (a.k.a Him/She) sends a very threatening SMS to Emily. And that’s the end.

What I Liked/Loved:

- The storyline. It was amazing.

- The suspense and twists were unexpected.

- The way the chapters were laid and how each chapter had a very interesting title. It’s like I had to decipher the title and make possibilities of what might happen.

- The ending :).

What I disliked:

- Sometimes I would find the story fast paced and other times it’d be really slow.

- The characters were just not reliable. I know there are teenagers like them, but it was just too much.

The characters:

Aria: She’s a very charismatic character. Although sometimes she becomes really obsessed with fixing everything and becomes whiny. Despite all of this, she’s strong, protective and very friendly. Sometimes I find her a bit naïve even.

Spencer: The perfect student and child has gone wild. Since kissing Wren, Spence became more careless about everything. She tricked her parents and Melissa (thought she tricked her…). But her biggest secret yet, is about to be revealed and crash everything around her.

Emily: She’s in my opinion the most honest and the nicest character in this book (if not the series, but I can’t tell from two books.). She struggles with her true self and with everything going on in her life. Between her swimming, her feelings for Maya that she keeps burying deep within her and her new friendship with Toby, she has no time to deal with her secrets coming out.

Hanna: She the funniest, the most active character by far. She shops, gossips, keeps secrets and tries to get Sean back. Until her father comes back and brings a bunch of “gifts” for her, one of which turns out to be as deadly as ever.

Toby: I seriously have no idea what to say about him. In the books, he is friendly, nice and keeps trying to make out for the bad decisions he made earlier in his life. Until he ends up, well, you’ll know when you read the book.

Other characters worth mentioning are: Sean, Hanna’s ex-boyfriend and Aria’s current boyfriend. Jenna, Toby’s stepsister who is blind thanks to Ali. Andrew, Spencer’s date to Foxy. He’s the first of the class and the class president. Wren, Melissa’s boyfriend until Spencer made up with him and now he’s her boyfriend. Melissa, Spencer’s older perfect sister. Maya, the new girl living in Ali’s house now. She’s Emily’s new friend and possible love interest. Ben, Emily’s ex-boyfriend and fellow swim team member who keeps teasing her about being a lesbian and doesn’t stop.


Favorite quotes:

Emily gritted her teeth. “Yeah, but Toby is much, much nicer.” She also wanted to add, And don’t worry, he’s white, but she didn’t have the nerve. --- Chapter 18: SURROUND YOURSELF WITH NORMAL, AND MAYBE YOU’LL BE NORMAL TOO.

P.S. You hurt me, so I’m going to hurt you. Or maybe I should hurt a certain new boyfriend instead? You guys better watch out—I’ll show up when you least expect it. — A --- Chapter 20: LAISSEZ-FAIRE MEANS “HANDS OFF,” BTW

ONE NEW TEXT MESSAGE, her little Nokia said. Emily felt her heart speed up.                

Poor, confused Emily. I bet you could use a big warm girl hug right now, huh? Don’t get too comfortable. It’s not over until I say it is. —A --- Chapter 37: STRING BRACELETS ARE SO OUT, ANYWAY.


To be honest, I wish I’ve read the books before watching the show. Throughout the book I’ve been either spoiled or bored because I kind of knew what was going to happen.

Also, I read it in a very stressful and confusing time, so I didn’t enjoy it really and kept going back and reading each page because the next day I couldn’t remember what I read the day before.

So yeah, this is why the book was ruined for me.


The point? This book is really good. And I’m sure if I read it, like in nine months, I will probably give it 4 or 5 stars.


One more advice: Don’t read spoiling reviews or blurbs before you read the book, they might ruin the experience and the suspense element.


What’s next? Perfect of course!! I want more of “A”!!! :D.


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