Ruthless by Sara Shepard Review


Ruthless (PLL #10) by Sara Shepard

Spoilers below!

Summary from Goodreads: For years scandal has rocked Rosewood, Pennsylvania–and high school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have always been at the center of the drama. They’ve lost friends, been targeted by a ruthless stalker named A, and narrowly escaped death. And it’s not over yet.

Aria’s love life is on the fritz. Emily’s exploring her wild side. Hanna’s kissing the enemy. And someone from Spencer’s past–someone she never thought she’d see again–is back to haunt her.

But none of that compares to what happened last spring break. It’s their darkest secret yet and guess who found out? Now A is determined to make them pay for their crime, and the only thing scarier than A is the fear that maybe, just maybe, they deserve what’s coming to them.

This book was good. I don’t remember much about the beginning because I read it a while ago. I remember the prologue best so I’ll start with that. Spencer Hastings is an over-pressured, overachieving student. She befriends a girl named Kelsey and one night they’re at a bar or something like that. A boy overhears the girls’ conversation about how many AP courses they are taking and offers them something to help them. Easy A. A pill that supposedly helps you concentrate. Now, for how smart Spencer is she doesn’t make a smart decision. She takes the pills and convinces Kelsey (a girl with a drug addiction history BTW) to also. They get caught after they come back from a trip to refill their supply from a sketchy neighborhood. Spencer panics and the cops tell her a bunch of bull crap about how Kelsey is talking up a storm. When the cop leaves the room, Spencer calls her friends and asks them for help. Hanna agrees to go to Kelsey’s dorm and plant a bottle of Easy A there. We later told that Kelsey already had a stash of drugs there (what a GREAT friend…). From then on I don’t remember much. Emily’s sister is a rebel. Kay (Kelsey) becomes Emily’s new love interest. Hanna dates her dad’s rival’s son. He ends up being a player. Ezra comes back and surprises Aria. They talk about going to New York and living there. Klaudia is a total jerk and ends up stealing both Noel and Ezra. Noel comes back and tells Aria how he finally realized Klaudia is psycho. They kiss and make up. Spencer gets a letter from Princeton (later on she realizes its from Kelsey) saying that there is another Spencer Hastings. She kinda stalks him on the internet (Kelsey, again). Spencer is also in the school play as Lady Macbeth. She is told by the guy who is leading the play that she isn’t really in the role. Her costar, Beau, offers to help her out. They get close and he ends up helping her. He suggests to try method acting, but Spencer gets a little too into it when she hallucinates Kelsey and Tabitha. She ends up doing well in the play. Spencer meets up with Emily and the cast party and explains that she thinks Kelsey is A. Emily refuses to hear it and leaves Spencer. A little while later, Kelsey and Spencer have an alley fight that convinces Spencer that Kelsey is A. After Kelsey leaves the fight, she takes Emily to Floating Man Quarry. This is where Mona tried to kill Spencer. Kelsey tries to do the same to Emily. I read a review earlier saying how Shepard seemed to start reusing ideas. This scene is an example and seemed simliar. Kelsey OD’s and is sent to the same place Hanna was. Kelsey writes them several letters and the girls receive another A message and realize Kelsey can’t be A.

5 Stars because I love the series.

Read it if you like the PLL series or show, but read the books in order. It’s also a good idea to read Pretty Little Secrets (PLL book #4.5) as the events of the book are mentioned but if you haven’t read 4.5, you won’t know what they are.



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