Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shepard

While the adult me read these and thought they were kind of crap, I also know that the middle school me would have totally devoured them!

PLUSES: They are fun and juicy. The scandalous stuff is kept pretty PG-13. I have read the first two and quite enjoyed them The author does a good job of moving things along at a snappy pace and weaving together a pretty convoluted plot.

MINUSES: After a while, you realize that it is the same book over and over. And after a while you have a lot more questions about how there are NO people in the books who have an ounce of common sense and maturity! In the real word, someone would have picked up on this at some point. 

I don't know that I will be inspired to read more of them or watch the show, but they were kind of fun, and I do see why middle school girls like them.