Ali's Pretty Little Lies

Ali's Pretty Little Lies

A Pretty Little Liars Prequel Novel

Book - 2013
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A tale set in the seventh grade in the weeks leading up to Ali's murder reveals her plots against Emily, Hanna, Aria and Spencer, as well as a dark secret that has the potential to destroy everything.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062233363
Branch Call Number: YF
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 24, 2017

Finally we get some truth, get to peek behind the scenes!
Great book out there for all who loves the series.

May 03, 2017

(Partial Spoiler?)
This is the book that explains it all. From the very first snapshot of the DiLaurentis and the twin sisters, Ali and Courtney. Two little girls, raised together, were the matched pair of century. Until they started getting into arguments, and disputes, and trouble. Ali, always jealous of Courtney, angered her sister to the extent where she then set her sister up to force her parents to send her to a mental institution. And it all spirals to when Courtney comes back to transfer to another institute, and four girls happen to hide in the backyard of the DiLaurentis'. Yes, these girls were the liars: Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily. Read on!
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Ali's Pretty Little Lies is the prequel to the Pretty Little Liars books; but reading it after the first four books or so will help you have a better understanding of the characters and setting. This book was over dramatic, and mostly very unrealistic, but that's what made it so good. We look into the DiLaurentis' life and family troubles, as well as a younger Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily and their thoughts on Ali. I won't reveal any spoilers, but if you've read this far through the reviews, you probably already know what happens and what big plot twist the author has cooked up. Overall, this book was very enjoyable to read, and should you be uninterested by any of the other Pretty Little Liars books, read this one. It's good.
- @loona of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 06, 2016

l loved this book. The end was so freaky l never knew that the real Alison would kill her sister. She deserves to go to that place for crazy people.

Jun 17, 2016

Out of all the books Sara Shepard has made, I truly believe "Ali's Pretty Little Lies" is the best one out there. This prequel novel basically explains the whole truth about the DiLaurentis household. Which the original Pretty Little Liars franchise failed to accomplish. It really wraps the whole series together more neatly. The story mainly revolves around Courtney, the misunderstood twin sister of the more well-known Alison.

This prequel book is a mega spoiler for those who are new readers. I highly suggest reading the original book series first before delving into "Ali's Pretty Little Lies". Preferably from the first arc to the second arc. Therefore you will be able to see the perspectives of both the DiLaurentis twins.

*spoilers beyond this point*

It is revealed Alison framed Courtney of having schizophrenia. When in reality it was Alison who was crazy. (In the original series, Alison makes it clear that Courtney was insane.) Alison was extremely jealous of her more popular sister at the time, so she forced Courtney to pretend a severe mental illness. If Courtney didn't obey her sister's orders, she had to endure serious physical abuse. So Courtney had no choice but to follow.

After Courtney persuaded their parents enough, they end up sending her to a mental institution for four years. But later on, Courtney had a temporary break from the psych ward for three days. So she went back to her family. Courtney was sick of being Alison's puppet, so she stole Alison's signature bracelet and made small talk to a group of girls (Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily) who were incidentally in the DiLaurentis' backyard. The parents thought Courtney was Alison because of the bracelet she was using, so they brought the real Alison to the mental hospital instead. The parents didn't believe Alison when she said she wasn't Courtney, because the real Courtney would always claim to be Alison in her fake crazy episodes as well.

For the duration of the story, Courtney lives Alison's life. She pretends to be her twin sister so their parents won't send her back to The Preserve. In the school, Courtney befriends the group of girls she met the other day and rejects Alison's old friends to avoid any suspicions. For the first time in Courtney's life, everything was finally fair. The crazy, ie Alison, locked away. And the normal, ie Courtney, stays. But then Alison returned home. And everything changed...

In a fit of pure rage, Alison murdered Courtney for stealing her life. (Which is why in the original series, the construction workers found a decaying body in a cement slab.) Their parents suspected something horrible happened after they couldn't find the other twin, so they sent Alison away to The Preserve again. Thinking she was Courtney. In the end, Alison blames Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily for The Switch. Believing if they were never in the backyard The Switch wouldn't have happened. Alison swore to torture the girls for as long as they lived. Thus Alison becomes A after Mona.

(I rated it four out five hearts because I wish the protagonists in the book were both the twins instead of one. I thought it would be interesting to see Alison's life in the mental hospital as well. But they only showed Courtney in the school.)

Jun 19, 2015

The ending was something that just left me hanging wit more questions than before. Amazing

eldynarzu Aug 01, 2014

this allowed me to understand what was actually going on

Mar 06, 2014

but who was the person who helped ali…..

Jan 12, 2014

We finally find out what happened to Ali!

comeaum21 Jan 11, 2014

Awesome book!!! really good Who was there with ali? Sara Shepard knows how to make you keep reading

Dec 26, 2013

AMAZING incredibly violent tho

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eldynarzu Aug 01, 2014

Violence: the girl make fire

eldynarzu Aug 01, 2014

Coarse Language: they curse alot

Oct 18, 2013

Violence: A girl kills another person


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