When I make “If you like…” posts, (see “If you like the Bluford series…“, “If you like If I Stay…“, and “If you like Ellen Hopkins…“) they are almost always a result of a reader’s inquiry. Generally, I am asked for a book “like” another popular book I haven’t read. Even after some extensive searching I don’t find an up to date read-alike list or post, or one that I think is comprehensive enough. So I make my own.
This list of books for fans of Pretty Little Liars is no different. I haven’t read the series, and I assumed that because it is so popular, a read-alike list would already exist online. But I searched to no avail. There were several out-of-date ones that had books published around 2009 and earlier. I included several books I found on these lists because I am all about promoting backlist. But I knew there had been tons of murder mysteries full of high school drama published more recently, so I rounded up some of those as well.
Books for Fans of Pretty Little Liars
The police think that Jaycee’s best friend died because of gang activity…but she knows there’s more to the story.
Four girls at an elite prep school who run in different social circles have one thing in common: they are part of a secret society that takes out revenge on other members of their class.
This fast-paced murder mystery told from multiple characters point of view is perfect for fans of PLL.
Mystery? Check. High-school drama? Check.
This mystery has a heavy dose of sarcasm and a fast-paced plot. Who is telling the truth? Spoiler alert: NO ONE.
A murder mystery and a narrator struggling with addiction and her bisexuality make this a thrilling, emotional ride.
While there isn’t a murder in this one, this explores the trials and tribulations of girls in high school in shockingly real detail.
Sometimes you just want some juicy, soap opera style drama.
Full of twists and turns, this is a story about when all your lies finally catch up with you.
These three girls are from very different worlds, even if they all go to the same high school. What brings them together is a desire for revenge.
Lauren Wood ruined Helen’s life back in eighth grade. Helen’s only saving grace was that her dad got a new job, and her family had to move out of town before freshmen year. Now it’s senior year and Helen has returned to town. However, Helen has returned as Claire, a reinvention of her former self, and Claire’s only mission is to get revenge on Lauren Wood.
Popular students are being murdered in the order of a list post on an anonymous blog. Can Madison solve the mystery before she’s next?
Secrets, mystery, and a hint of the paranormal make this page-turner a good fit for fans of PLL.
What books would you recommend to fans of Pretty Little Liars series? Have a suggestion for another “if you like…” post? Leave me a note.