Pretty Little Liars keeps viewers guessing

Kelly Kramer, Staff Reporter

ABC Family’s new hot summer series Pretty Little Liars is a drama based off the novels by Sara Shepard. The show is basically a soap opera for teens, but it really draws the viewer into the story.

Popular girls and friends Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Emily (Shay Mitchell), and Hanna (Ashley Benson) are brought back together a year after their best friend Alison (Sasha Pieterse) mysteriously disappeared, when her body has been found. They start getting texts from “A,” an unknown person that knows all of their secrets – secrets only Alison knew. “A” threatens to reveal everything, including Aria’s relationship with her English teacher, Hanna’s shoplifting problem, Spencer’s stealing of her sister’s boyfriends, and Emily’s crush on the new girl, Maya (Bianca Lawson).

Their biggest secret, however, happened while Alison was still around. They blinded a girl, Jenna (Tammin Sursok), while burning down her garage and blamed it all on her creepy step-brother Toby (Keegan Allen). They thought this was all behind them, until Jenna and Toby come back to school… with the police investigating everything.

The acting is not great and the characters are slightly unbelievable, but the drama and storyline makes up for that. It sucks you in and always leaves you waiting for the next episode. It’s addicting and impossible to stop watching after one episode. As soon as it seems like “A”’s identity will be revealed, another character with a motive pops up.

This show is 100% drama-filled, with the final episode of the first season ending with a possibility that one of the four girls is dead. The second season airs in January 2011, and once you watch it once, you just have to watch it again.