Pretty Little Liars: Ali's Pretty Little Lies (Anglais) Relié – 2 janvier 2013
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“Shepard writes a suspenseful pageturner that will have teens thirsting for more.” (School Library Journal)
“Expect this teenage soap opera to fly off the shelves.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
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Perfect for fans of the #1 New York Times bestselling series and the hit ABC Family TV show, this Pretty Little Liars prequel novel reveals Ali's secrets from before she was murdered.
Rewind a few years to seventh grade: Alison DiLaurentis and her friends are the It girls of Rosewood Day. Boys want to date them. Girls want to be them. But even though they seem to have it all, these girls are hiding some major secrets—especially Ali. She knows better than anyone that if the truth gets out, it will ruin everything.
Set in the weeks before Ali's murder, Ali's Pretty Little Lies is the first Pretty Little Liars novel told entirely from Ali's point of view. After all, who better to tell her story than Ali herself, the prettiest little liar of all?
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This is the back story of Allison and Courtney, twins. Both girls were best of friends when they were younger. Something happened to drive them apart. One of the twins overtakes the others identity, and becomes them and live their life as them. However, as life proves, nothing really goes according to plan. Courtney lives Alison's life as Alison. To make sure things go off without a hitch, Courtney dumps all of Ali's friends, and strike up friendships with Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily. All of the girls think that this is the real Ali, and will do anything for her. Courtney has it all figured out, well, most of it. She didn't plan on one thing happening. Someone knows what Courtney did, and won't let her get away with it.
What I really liked about this is that at times Courtney was a sympathetic character, and at times we root against her. We get to see Courtney having doubts at what she is doing, and how she is treating Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily. Then at other times, she rules her friends with an iron first. She knows all of their secrets, and uses them as weapons against the Pretty Little Liars and controls them. She actually gets offend whey they don't tell her things. She feels she entitled to know everything about them. It really was interesting.
We also see the same scenes in the past books, but from a different point of view. There are also somethings in this book that clears up some of the factors in previous books. I don't' want to go into detail, because I don't want to spoil anything. Let's just say that it was an interesting read. Some events are explained and some new events are introduced.
If you have read all of the PLL books, then this is must read for you. It adds such an interesting element to the series. If you start this, I can promise you won't be sorry. I know I wasn't.
The next book in the PLL series comes out June 4, 2013, and I so can't wait.
The basis of Ali’s Pretty Little Lies is of how the Liars came to be. We start out with the story of the twins: Courtney and Alison, and their constant rivalry. I guess I am not far enough in the series to know about the whole Courtney situation. Did I spoil myself? I mean, I knew that a twin was in the equation because of some people who read the book, but I didn’t know that Courtney was impersonating Ali the whole time. If I ruined the rest of the series for myself by reading this prequel, then dang it.
Regardless of the spoiler, I loved this book. It was the kind of book that made me feel warm inside. Do any of you have those feelings with books? For me, that’s how I feel about the entire Pretty Little Liars series. But this isn’t a review on the series, it’s for the prequel. Basically, it’s a review of Alison and her manipulative views. Oops, I mean Courtney. No wait...Ali.
Courtney and Ali did not have a good relationship. Alison abused and tortured Courtney until she snapped. When Courtney attacked Alison, she was deemed as mentally unstable. No matter how much she tried to convince the Dilaurentis parents that Ali goaded her, they didn’t listen, She was sent to the Radley, a psych ward that treats patients horribly. I actually liked reading about the Radley because Radley Sanitarium and the patients (Mona, Spencer, Mrs. Cavanaugh ,etc) are my favorite story lines in the show. It was cool to read about the inspiration behind the version of Radley in the show.
When Courtney is released for a weekend home, she does something desperate. Courtney doesn’t want to go back to an institution. She know she not crazy, and she will do anything to prove it, including switching places with her twin. Courtney goes outside to talk to the Liars, and Alison is shipped away. It was incredible simple. When “Courtney” freaked out and screamed that she was the real Alison, the doctors thought that she had some major problems. Evem though she was telling the truth.
I felt a little bad for the real Alison because she didn’t deserve to be ripped from her family, but yet again, neither did Courtney, and Ali had been the sole cause of that. With the real Alison out of the picture, Courtney is free to rule Rosewood. And that is exactly what she does.
We all the know the next part. “Ali” creates a group of friends that were only chosen because they make her feel better about her self. She is manipulative and rude to all of them, but they fear her too much to say anything. In the book, Ali tries to control each friend with a different method. Let's go through some of the problems she causes.
Aria:Alison pays a huge part in ruining Aria’s family. One day on the street, Ali see’s Mr. Montgomery kissing one of his grad students that is certainly not his wife. Ali keeps waiting around for Aria to mention something, because “that’s what best friends do”. Honestly, if I was having major family problems, I wouldn't even tell my best friend. That’s just how I function. And it’s probably how Aria does as well. The thing was-Aria didn’t know about the affair. That means there was something really bothering her all the times that she was silent. Ali was so obsessed with getting Aria to admit the affair, that she completely disregarded her friend’s well being. To make it worse, Ali purposely led Aria to her father while he kissed another woman. I think this was a really crappy friend move. Ali should have had a heart to heart with Aria and been supportive. Ali feels that is Aria opens up to her, she will have power over her.
Hanna: Hanna’s main childhood struggle was overeating. She was on the heavier side of the scale and admits she has a problem. Alison holds Hanna’s secret of bulimic behavior over her head like a knife. Alison practically caused led Hanna to that point. She constantly jabbed at her weight and eating problems. Ali controlled Hanna by convincing her that she wouldn't fit in without her. I feel worst for Hanna in this book. She finally makes a friend with a new upperclassman, and Alison plots to change that. She pairs this new girl up with Hanna’s major crush at a party, but pretends she knows nothing about it. Hanna is already so insecure about herself, she doesn’t need any more pain.
Emily: Emily is just the sweetest. She is kind and friendly to everyone. No matter how much Ali puts Emily down, Emily’s feelings don’t change. She is in love with Alison. She is in love with a manipulative monster. When Alison finds this out, she uses it to her power. She slow dances with Emily, and even kisses her, just to make sure she remains devoted to her.
Spencer: now onto my favorite of the group. I love Spencer. I feel like I relate to her the most out of the group. Ali and Spencer have always butted heads over small stuff. Spencer won’t let herself be controlled by Ali. Ali has a plan to get Spencer back under her reign. Spencer’s crush is Ian Thomas, an upperclassman who happens to like Ali a bit. Whether this is a real crush or just a joke, it’s pretty weird. Ali and Spencer are both too young to go around kissing a guy like Ian. Ali’s plan involved a deal with Ian himself. She persuades him to kiss Spencer like he meant it, and he will get a kiss from Ali in return. Ian shows no problem with this, even though his girlfriend is Spencer’s older sister. Ali is planning to tell Spencer that she planned the kiss, so that Spencer would be eternally grateful to Ali. After the kiss, Spencer thinks that she stands a chance with Ian, and Ali doesn’t say anything. Later on, Ali threatens to tell Spencer’s sister about the kiss with Ian. With this threat, Ali regains control over the most rebellious of the group.
Now we see what a horrible friend Ali really is. She does different things to each friend depending on what hurts them most. She is a control freak. Her main task is controlling her best friends. Alison is just not a good person. The problem is that there are a lot of people that act like this in the real world. I know an Ali. I’m sure you know an Ali.
The only problem I really had with this book is the characters not acting their age-like I said with the Ian situation. When Courtney is released from the Hospital and comes to take her life back, she gets into a huge brawl with Ali. Courtney chokes her close to the point of death and drags her by her feet across the yard. I thought that this was a little unrealistic. These girls are in 7th grade! I guess it just proves the psychological problems of both the girls.
Besides that point, I loved the ending. It was so suspenseful. I was so scared that Courtney was going to pop out. And who was her accomplice in dumping her sister in the gazebo hole? Maybe it was Jenna? If you know-please don't tell me.
I actually thought is was a bit humorous that Ali’s plan didn’t work. She went through so much to get home from the Preserve, and plot, and ultimately kill her sister. And her parents sill don’t believe her. With Ali going back to the Preserve, what will happen next? I am so eager to continue the Pretty Little Liars series. I just got to the point when Ali came back to the Liars. She must have had some help from some people. On her way to the Preserve, she swears to get revenge on the four friends. This is basically saying that she becomes A. Makes sense, right?
Overall, this book was a great read and highly recommended for fans of the Pretty Little Liars series. I loved learning about how the friendship came together and the wretchedness of Ali. Check out my other Pretty Little Liars reviews to know more about the series!