Pretty Little Liars: "A" Day

Got a secret…can you keep it?

For a while, I was hesitant on showing my love of Pretty Little Liars. Well, actually for a while I was hesitant to even watch the show. I usually only watched ABC Family for reruns (Gilmore Girls, Boy Meets World, etc.) and the Christmas movies countdown, but I was talked into watching PLL. My younger sister and cousin, who were 16 and 15 at the time, kept saying, “Come on! It’s so good! Believe me, you’ll like it!” (Little did I know I’d love it.)

Luckily, I got into the show at the right time. There was a first season marathon for those who didn’t watch to catch up. I DVR’ed the shows and my sister and I watched them back-to-back commercial free.

The show is based off of a series of novels by Sara Shepard. It revolves around four best friends – Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Emily (Shay Mitchell), and Hannah (Ashley Benson). They were separated for a little because their fifth best friend Alison had disappeared and the unknown tore them apart. Alison was the leader of their group. She is what brought them together. We learn a lot about her from flashbacks from each girl. They reunite in the first episode, Ali’s body was found, and they start receiving texts and messages from this “A” character. I think the ladies have perfected their shocked/’what the hell is going on?’ face.

Pretty Little Liars is about the mystery around “A” and Alison’s murder, but it is also about the strong bond of these four girls. It’s that friendship that everyone wants and needs. A bond that is so strong that even if someone (mostly “A”) tries to tear them apart, they come back together stronger than ever.

I sometimes feel like it’s a modern day Now and Then. Each girl reminds me of a character from the movie- Spencer is a Sam, Emily is a Roberta, Hannah is a Chrissy, and Aria is a Teeny. The movie and show are both about a strong friendship between four girls and a murder mystery in a small town. Instead of contacting each other through bells, flashlights and walkie talkies, it’s all through texting. Oh, I just looked it up and it just happens that the writer, Marlene King, wrote the movie and writes for the show. Hmm crazy!

The writing is awesome. I love all of the characters- the liars, the friends, the families, the pretty boys- but Spencer Hastings is my favorite. I look forward to her smart tactics and witty comebacks. Her lines are gold and Troian’s delivery is perfect. In Season One, the “Since Labor Day” line cracks me up every time. If I were ever an actress, this is definitely a role I would want to play. Also, the fact that she gets a lot of cute guys doesn’t hurt!

Sometimes it’s funny to me to think that this teen show makes me eager and excited to watch every week. I have gotten looks and eye rolls from friends and co-workers while talking about the show. But hey it has got me hooked! Between the mystery, the friendships, the relationships and having a good looking/talented cast, it all has me coming back for more.

The season two finale is tonight. I can’t believe it is here. #ADay is here. Yeah, I’m as excited as a teenager. So what! “A” will be revealed. The one person who has been threatening to reveal secrets (sometimes really doing it), placing the letter A everywhere, plotting them against each other, putting them in serious danger, aiding in their arrests- the list goes on and on. Friendships, families, significant others- all threatened to be torn apart. No relationship is safe from “A”. They change their suspicions just as fast as we change ours. Every episode makes you say, “OMG I really think he/she is ‘A’!” Basically any character could be “A” and the PLL people say that the reveal will be shocking!

I’m not going to say who I think is “A” because honestly it’s always changing. Although after talking with my sister, I do have one person at the top of my list. If you haven’t seen the show, I highly recommend it. It’s definitely not one of those shows that you can jump right in and watch. Rent, buy, borrow, DVR the shows, whatever you have to do. Catching up on the series will be worth it, I promise!

Featured Image via Google. “A” Day Episode Image via ABC Family.

  • Chelsea Jonkman

    I am 24 and started watching PLL just before Christmas, I caught up and have been watching live since early February, I CANNOT WAIT FOR TONIGHT’S EPISODE! Thanks for your great post!

    • Samantha Kirschberg

      Thanks! : )

  • Kellyn Carole Denton

    I started Season one when it first came out. I got like three episodes in and decided that I couldn’t wait to find out what happens. I bought the box set of books, read them all and found out who A is!

    • Jane Quigley

      the producers said that A isn’t going to be the same person in the TV show! They are too good to us!

  • Jane Quigley

    I think I will die with excitement!

  • Brittany Woodell

    I love this show, and it’s a total guilty pleasure. I heard that A isn’t the same person as in the books, so I’m pretty excited to find out who they picked for it to be – and even if it is the same person, I’ll still be excited to see the reveal.

  • mikaela

    this is my absolute favorite show and i’m so excited for tonight wahhhhh

  • Alise Versella

    so excited for tonight !

  • Andrea Hernandez-Venegas

    I am so excited! I woke up today, and was like, “It’s A-Day.” I’m 22 and I have no shame.

  • Ali Golightly

    27 years old and I look forward to PLL every week. I can’t wait to find out who A is!!

  • Amanda Drucker

    Almost 23 and I too love this show. Though I must admit, I have even read the books. Love the reference to Now and Then, such a great movie!

  • Samantha Kirschberg

    Glad to see I’m not the only 20 something watching!!

  • Frollein Schultheis

    i’m 29(!) and i love love love this show! it’s so intelligent and exciting, the girls are great!
    now after A-Day i’m so bummed! i’ve had a feeling it was *********** (for the readers who have not seen it yet ;)) and i can’t wait for the third season.

  • Rachael Anderson

    I’m 26 and LOVE PPL! It’s the show I most look forward to each week. Now that we know Mona is A, who did you think it was before?

    • Samantha Kirschberg

      Before the finale, I was starting to think it was Vivian/Alison because those visions seemed too real. But Mona was always up there on the “A” list.

  • Tara Stuart

    I love that i’m not alone in my crazy obsession with this show despite being above the age demographic. You all make me feel a little more sane.
    Very disappointed with the finale, Mona? Really? As if we didn’t see that coming. No shock at all.
    My money is still involved in Aria being involved somehow, head of the A(Aria)-Team??

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