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Published June 12th 2013
A little lie can change the course of everything. . .
Like every other eighteen-year-old in love, Olivia has dreams of spending forever with the love of her life. Luke is all she’s ever wanted – until she overhears something she was never meant to. In a matter of seconds, Olivia’s heart is shattered. Olivia handles it the only way she knows how - she runs- leaving behind her family, friends and the boy she loves.
Seeking comfort and an escape, Olivia finds it in resident bad boy Deacon. He’s everything Luke isn’t – and that’s fine with Olivia.
Now, seven years later, Olivia is older, wiser and headed back to Chicago looking forward to a fresh start and reconnecting with her best friend Pyper. What she doesn’t expect, is to come face to face with the boy she left behind and discover that even though she may have left, her feelings for him didn’t.
Can Olivia put aside the pain in her heart and trust Luke? Will the ties to her past ever let her go, or will she continue to let her life be affected by pretty little lies?
How many of us have heard something that we shouldn't have heard? I know I have. Well that's what happened with Olivia. But unlike me, she really let this become the reason behind all her sudden decisions. Instead of staying and confronting the person that hurt her, she runs. And that's where her life changes.
I really enjoyed this story. There are several things that made me this book more enjoyable than most. In every chapter in this book, you get very impressive fashion tips. I wish I would have highlighted my favorite to share some with you. But they're all very useful tips. Look out for them.
Another thing I liked about this novel is how well Olivia handled her divorce. In a bunch of books I have read, the author would make the woman a blubbering mess. Like divorce is the absolute worst thing in the world and their life is over. Maybe I'm being insensitive But I don't like weak protagonist and granted I have never experienced a divorce. But I sure hope if I ever did, I'd stay a strong woman, like Olivia did. I was happy to see she was strong and was able to move forward.
Now, it does help that Olivia has Pyper. Pyper is the kind of friend everyone needs. Someone who would not let you sit on your butt and wallow in self pity. She's a get off your butt and let's pamper ourselves kind of gal. She definitely helped Olivia when she needed it the most. I really hope I get a chance to read more about Pyper. Maybe a sequel about her is in the future for Ms. Miller.
And lastly when it came time to it, Ms. Miller didn't play the back and forth game with Olivia and Luke. The whole, I love him but I hate him game is overrated. He hurt me so I'm running away. Olivia showed growth from the young girl she was, who first ran away from a horrible situation, to the woman that stood and confronted the situation. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Luke and Olivia and enjoyed that fact that she let them continue where they left off.
So if you haven't gotten by now how much I enjoyed "Pretty Little Lies", I did. I really enjoyed the writing style in this book. However as much as I enjoyed the story there was something that really bothered me. There were parts in the story where Olivia and Luke spend time together and they talked about this past. I think because I have been blogging so long, I can see the difference in those scenes. She did a lot of telling vs showing. I would have rather they reminisced and go back to that time then telling me about it. That was it. Overall, this book was really book. I give it 4 stars and a definite Good Choice for Reading.