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: 1st ed
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062233363
006223336X
Branch Call Number: YF SHEPA-S
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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ChilliChichi
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.

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.)

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survivalthoughts
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

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fluffyunicorns
Mar 06, 2014

but who was the person who helped ali…..

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tink05
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

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sapphicatthedisco
Dec 26, 2013

AMAZING incredibly violent tho

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callmeprincess
Nov 26, 2013

We all know the storyline pretty well by now. The pretty little liars do something bad, and then "A" founds out about it and threatens the liars with it. What's new? Perhaps the most fascinating lie could be the one we already knew, the lie that started it all. "Ali's Pretty Little Lies", a prequel to the "Pretty Little Liars" series. Before "A", there was Alison DiLaurentis, the girl who the readers only know through memories and flashbacks of the liars. This is a story like no others, for this goes back to the night where she was murdered, her last thought and her perspective on the whole event. It was only after finishing reading this book, that I realized why she is the "It" girl that the liars had all admired and dreamt to be with. She's Ali, and she's truly fabulous. It was a wonderful idea to give "Alison" a voice, to know her side of the story since she is the whole center point of the story, the reason why it all got started in the first place. I have been a hard-core fan of the "Pretty Little Liars" series for a long time, and was it a breath of fresh air when finally it wasn't Emily, Spencer, Aria, or Hannah whose side we're hearing from! "Alison" to me has always been such a vibrant, mysterious character. She was described as the queen bee of Rosewood, the girl who was not afraid to do whatever it was to get what she wanted, the girl who I believed had a vulnerable side to her. She was cruel, and often used her friends' secrets to blackmail them into doing things they didn't want to do. Still, I had a feeling that maybe there's more to her than skin-deep, that maybe she truly liked the liars and had reasons for the thing she did. Finally, on January 2, 2013, the answer to my prayers came! This book was the best one Sara Shepard had ever composed, there were so many reasons for the answered questions in the series, so many details and background added to important flashbacks. Plus with "Alison" 's sassy and fierce voice as the main narrator, it was the cherry on top. It begin by telling the readers that once upon Alison and Courtney were best friends, until Alison started to get extremely jealous of her twin sister. She would torture Courtney and put the blame on her. As a result, their parent thought Courtney was mentally ill, so they sent her off and Alison was happy. Courtney, "Ali", was never really the crazy one, it was Alison all along. One day during her visit back home, Courtney finally saw her chance at a normal life. She pretended to be Alison by talking to her sister's classmates and her parents also mistaken the real Alison for her. She had became "Alison". But from their things begin spiraling out of control all leading up to her tragic end. Her pretty little lies that led to her death. By the end, I didn't want her to die. Because I know how bad she had it and she just wanted a normal life. She wanted to be out of the hospital and be herself, not Alison, not crazy Courtney, but the real her. I felt powerless and hopelessness for her because I knew what her fate was. If only the liars could read this book, they'd be so happy to know that "Ali" did love them. No matter what she said, they were her precious friends.

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eldynarzu Aug 01, 2014

Violence: the girl make fire

eldynarzu Aug 01, 2014

Coarse Language: they curse alot

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Oct 18, 2013

Violence: A girl kills another person

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