The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

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I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

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 a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents goodnight? And can she keep up the charade,even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books,comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

Let the lying game begin.


About Sara Shepard

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Sara Shepard is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series. She graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. Sara recently moved back to Philadelphia's Main Line from Arizona, where the Lying Game is set. You can visit her online at
Published December 6, 2011 by HarperTeen. 336 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This first in an intriguing new series reunites long-lost twins, but only after one has been murdered.

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Sara Shepard, author of the bestselling series Pretty Little Liars, has released the first book in a new series entitled The Lying Game.

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Because of the nature of the series, it would be difficult to use these books for classroom reading or book clubs -- there are simply too many books that would have to be read to get through the whole story.

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Suite 101

Boy is a coming of age story for every ordinary teenage girl.

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Gather Books

I prefer some of a story to continue on through a series, but do like to see some sort of resolution to the current happenings within each book.

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Common Sense Media

I have read many books (such as bloody jack, l8r g8r, etc.) where characters actually have "it" and the book is only rated on for 12 and up.

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Common Sense Media

If you look a little deeper, you'll even find a few examples of warm relationships, like those of Sutton's parents and the one that her sister, Laurel (Allie Gonino), strives to have with Sutton's stand-in, Emma.

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Common Sense Media

Emma is a bit of an outsider, and is shocked by the girl's behavior, providing readers with a more relatable narrator than many of these kinds of books -- but the pranks are intense enough that the author includes a plea to her readers to "please don't try any of these Lying Game pranks at home."

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