Ali's Pretty Little Lies (Pretty Little Liars Series)

Ali's Pretty Little Lies (Pretty Little Liars Series)

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by Sara Shepard
     
 

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Before there was A, there was Alison DiLaurentis. Boys wanted to date her, girls wanted to be her, and somebody wanted her dead. . . .

It's the end of seventh grade, and Alison DiLaurentis and her friends are the girls of Rosewood Day. Ali runs her clique with an iron fist, and she's got enough dirt on Hanna, Emily, Aria, and Spencer to keep them in line

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Before there was A, there was Alison DiLaurentis. Boys wanted to date her, girls wanted to be her, and somebody wanted her dead. . . .

It's the end of seventh grade, and Alison DiLaurentis and her friends are the girls of Rosewood Day. Ali runs her clique with an iron fist, and she's got enough dirt on Hanna, Emily, Aria, and Spencer to keep them in line. But Ali's hiding a dark secret of her own, something so huge it would destroy everything if it ever got out. She's desperate to keep the perfect life she's worked so hard to build, but in Rosewood deadly secrets have deadly consequences. . . .

Set in the weeks leading up to Ali's murder, this special Pretty Little Liars tale is told by the prettiest little liar of all: Ali herself. For the first time ever, we see how the mystery began . . . and how Alison DiLaurentis's life ended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062233363
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/02/2013
Series:
Pretty Little Liars Series
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
781,896
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.14(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Pretty Little Liars

Ali's Pretty Little Lies


By Sara Shepard

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright © 2013 Sara Shepard
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-06-223336-3


Excerpt

CHAPTER 1

THE PRINCESS OF ROSEWOOD DAY


Alison DiLaurentis strode down the hallway at Rosewood Day Middle School, her kitten heels clacking, her blond hair bouncing, and her plaid uniform skirt riding high on her thighs. The earth science teacher poked his head out his classroom door and raised his eyebrows. The overhead lights, which made everyone else look washed-out and pale, brought out the honey tones in Ali's skin and the green flecks in her eyes. Her footsteps seemed to march in time with the school's "between classes" classical music. And as she rounded the corner toward the cafeteria, the crowds parted for her as they might a regal queen.

Which she sort of was.

It was springtime, almost at the end of her seventh grade year, and Ali and her friends ate at the best table outside, a large, square four-top that had an excellent view of the baseball diamond. Emily Fields, Spencer Hastings, Aria Montgomery, and Hanna Marin were already seated and taking out their lunches: sushi rolls from the Fresh Fields counter and soft pretzels from the cafeteria.

Ali waved at them from the doorway. Spencer brightened. Hanna pulled an extra container of sushi rolls out of her bag and set it in Ali's place. Emily gazed at Ali with a small, excited smile, perfunctorily brushing a few stray leaves off Ali's favorite seat. Aria laid down her knitting and gave Ali a huge smile.

As Ali walked across the courtyard, everyone's eyes were on her yet again. She could hear the admiring whispers and the appreciative whistles. Devon Arliss, who was in Ali's history class, ran up to her as she passed and slipped her that afternoon's homework, which she didn't even have to ask Devon to do for her anymore.

And Heather Rausch, whose sister worked at the Sephora in the mall, handed her a gift bag full of samples from the newest makeup line. "You're the only person besides the employees who gets to try these out," Heather said proudly.

"Thanks," Ali said to Devon and Heather, shooting them aloof smiles. It felt like she was a VIP celebrity: She was so precious and desirable, you had to be on a waiting list just to get near her.

Ruling a school was, in a word, awesome. She had trends to launch (she'd single-handedly gotten everyone at Rosewood Day to wear lime-green nail polish this spring); people to cut down (planting that fake love note from Kirsten Cullen to Lucas Beattie was perfect revenge for when Kirsten had criticized her field hockey skills); parties to plan (the spring-summer season was the busiest); and girls to upstage. Including her very best friends.

She walked up to them at the table. "Hey, bitches!" Her friends smiled brightly. "Hey, bitch!" they all said in unison, though Emily looked embarrassed. Even the teachers barely flinched when they heard bitch in the halls, but Emily had practically been brought up Amish, and she was still cagey about swearing.

Ali pulled out the old Polaroid camera her father had given her and snapped a photo of them, the girls grinning happily. Even though Aria was the group's official photographer/ videographer, the Polaroid was Ali's thing - she never went anywhere without it. At first, she'd carried it around so she wouldn't forget certain details about her new life in case she got caught and sent to the Preserve. She wanted proof of the cute boys she was friends with and the sunniest spot on the patio where she and her friends sat for lunch every day. Now, taking regular pictures had become a habit.

"So what's up?" Ali asked as she lifted the lid of the sushi. Hanna had picked Ali's favorite - spicy tuna roll with extra wasabi.

"I saw Lara Fiori after gym," Aria said. "She was wearing the same Marc Jacobs sandals you had on last week.

A total copycat."

Ali snorted. "Not it," she said, referring to the game she'd re-purposed from her brother, Jason. It was the catch-phrase she and her friends said about anyone unpopular or uncool.

"Agreed." Spencer fished something out of her bag and handed it to Ali. "Kirsten Cullen gave me an invite to a party at her country club this weekend. Should I say yes for us?"

Ali studied the invite, which was on creamy card stock.

"It looks perfect, Spence. Definitely."

Spencer looked pleased. "We'll have to shop for dresses, huh?"

"Ooh, Bloomie's got a new shipment of DVFs in," Hanna said excitedly. "I called them obsessively all morning and had the salesgirl put some on hold for us."

"Nice," Ali said, holding her Vitaminwater bottle up to Hanna's in a toast.

Emily leaned forward. "Have you heard from Matt today?"

Ali picked at her nails. "Only a million times." Matt Reynolds had been Ali's boyfriend, but he moved to Virginia last week. He wanted to do the long-distance thing, but she wasn't feeling it. Although he was the cutest boy in seventh grade, she'd never really been that into him. But as the cutest girl in seventh grade, it was only right that they dated.

"I'm over him," Ali went on. "I'd rather hang out with you guys any day."

Her best friends of a year and a half blushed just as gratefully as they had the time Ali had recruited them to be her new clique. And Ali had a lot to thank them for, too. If they hadn't been in her family's backyard that day, right at that critical moment, things would be very different. Everyone at Rosewood had accepted Ali's new group quickly, and the other girls' popularity had skyrocketed. It was a win-win for everyone.

They'd had a lot of fun times. Like at her family's mountain house in the Poconos. Or at the many parties they'd been invited to, holding court while all the other girls tried to impress them. Or that time last year when they'd skinny-dipped in Pecks Pond, the many sleepovers they'd had, the hundreds of hours of phone conversations and shopping trips and spa days. Ali had made these girls over. They'd gone from nothings to somethings, all because she was Alison DiLaurentis.

Of course, what they didn't know was that she wasn't Alison DiLaurentis. But Ali didn't like to think about her past anymore. It was something she'd learned in group therapy a zillion years ago: If you think only positive thoughts, it will lead to a positive life. Her old existence as Courtney was gone.

She looked at Aria, who'd just picked up her knitting needles and a skein of pink mohair. "Are you making another bra?"

Aria nodded, then held up half of a C cup. "You like?" Ali fingered the soft fabric. "You could seriously sell these at Saks." Then she looked at Spencer, who was penciling something into her day planner's calendar. "God, Spence, you have the best handwriting."

Spencer brightened. "Thanks!"

Ali told Hanna the new sunglasses she'd bought from H&M were amazingly chic, and she tugged on Emily's ponytail and said the boat neck T-shirt she was wearing really showed off her muscular shoulders. Paying the girls compliments felt good - not only because they complimented her back, but also because it drew them closer together. There was nothing in the world more powerful than a clique of girls who were honestly best friends - not just frenemies. It was something Ali had wished for all her life.

All the same, Ali couldn't resist asserting that she was just slightly better than the rest of them. She pulled out her cell phone, looked at the screen, and mustered a laugh. "Cassie sent me the funniest text earlier," she said, referring to Cassie Buckley, a girl on the JV field hockey team with Ali. "She's so hilarious."

"You're still hanging out with her?" Emily sounded wounded. "Field hockey's been over for months."

"We got pretty tight," Ali said breezily. "In fact, I'm hanging with Cassie and a few other girls from the team this afternoon."

There was a pregnant pause. Ali peeked at her friends, satisfied by their worried, intimidated expressions. She knew they wanted her to invite them along, but excluding them was the whole point. It wasn't to be mean, exactly. It reminded her of what Spencer's Labradoodles, Rufus and Beatrice, did in the Hastings's' backyard: They would play for a while, and then Rufus would climb on top of Beatrice and pin her down to remind her who was the alpha.

"Hey," Spencer said after a moment. "We need to figure out what we're doing for the end-of-seventh-grade sleepover. If you don't already have plans that night, Ali." Her tone was light, but she gave Ali a cautious look. "Please say you don't have plans!" Emily said anxiously. "I wouldn't miss our sleepover." Ali looked at Spencer. "What if we had it in your barn?" The Hastings family had an old barn in their backyard that they'd converted into a gorgeous apartment for Spencer's older sister, Melissa. With its lofty ceilings, enormous closet, and marble bathroom complete with a soaking tub, it was the ultimate bachelorette pad. Spencer twisted her mouth. "Not unless we want Melissa playing truth or dare with us."

Ali rolled her eyes. "Kick her out for the night! It would be perfect, don't you think? We could set up sleeping bags in that big main room, watch movies on the flat-screen, maybe even invite some boys ..." Her eyes sparkled.

"Like Sean Ackard?" Hanna asked excitedly.

"Noel Kahn?" Aria braved a smile.

Spencer picked at her nails. "What if we had it in your backyard instead, Ali?"

Ali made a face. "Have you forgotten about the gazebo we're building? My backyard is a disaster area." Then she laid her head on Spencer's shoulder. "Please ask Melissa?

I'll be your best friend."

Spencer sighed, but Ali knew she was considering it.

That was the power she had over all of them. They would do anything for her, even things they didn't want to.

Just like she had done for her sister, all those years ago. The bell rang, and everyone stood. "Call us later?"

Hanna asked Ali, and Ali nodded. Usually the girls did a five-way phone call at the end of the day to catch up on gossip.

Ali held her head high as she rounded the corner toward the gym, her next class period, the jealous gazes of her classmates like warm summer sun on her skin. But suddenly, something in the hall stopped her short. There was a new display in one of the cases, called ROSEWOOD DAY DRAMA CLUB: A LOOK BACK. In the center of a poster board was a picture of this year's drama club after the performance of their play, Fiddler on the Roof - there was Spencer, who'd played a supporting role, right in the front. Fanning out in a sunburst pattern around that central photo were pictures of plays from even earlier. Ali spied a younger Spencer playing a tree in A Midsummer Night's Dream. There was a picture of Mona Vanderwaal, her hair arranged in pigtails and her mouth full of braces, playing a cowgirl in Annie Get Your Gun. There was a younger Jenna Cavanaugh, singing a solo, her lips naturally pink, her hazel eyes wide, seeing everything.

And right next to that, delivering a line to eye- patch wearing Noel Kahn, was her own face. Except this was a play before sixth grade. Before Courtney had become Ali, and Ali had become Courtney. If you really concentrated, the differences between the two girls were obvious.

Her sister's eyes were wider and a little bluer. She stood straighter, and her ears didn't stick out as much. But not a single person had ever noticed those differences - people rarely paid attention to details.

Ali thought about the Preserve at Addison-Stevens. She'd visited a few times, and it was even worse than the rumors. The patient ward had peeling blue walls, dark corridors, and bars on the windows. Kids shuffled through the halls despondently, some of them muttering, others screaming, most twitching. Her sister was one of them now. She'd been insisting she was Alison DiLaurentis for over a year, working herself into a lather. It was a beautiful catch-22: The more the real Ali insisted she'd been unjustly imprisoned at the Preserve, the more ammunition that gave the staff to keep her there. They had her on so many meds she was drooling most of the time. Ali glanced over her shoulder, suddenly getting the queasy sensation that someone was watching her. That feeling struck her now and then, though mostly she just chalked it up to being stressed about graduating. She turned back to the photo. It felt dangerous, somehow. how. Ali could never, ever let anyone find out her secret; she wasn't going to the Preserve as long as she lived. She twisted open the latch of the display case, stuck her hand inside, grabbed the picture of pretty, fifth-grade Alison, and slipped it into her bag. She would burn it when she got home tonight.
(Continues...)


Excerpted from Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. Copyright © 2013 by Sara Shepard. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
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Meet the Author

Sara Shepard is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, Pretty Little Liars and the Lying Game. She graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. Sara's Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia's Main Line, where she lives today.

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Ali's Pretty Little Lies (Pretty Little Liars Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 160 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, this book was amazing. Even though Sara has dragged out the series, she does not lose her touch. It dragged me in. This book is about Alison & Courtney Dilaurentis. One day, Courtney decides to take Ali's place. Ever since she has gone to mental instuitions when she was about seven, Ali has been free, free, free to do whatever she wants. And Ali plans to keep Courtney in them. Ali lies to her mom and dad saying that Courtney attacked her. But it isn't true. So, one day, Courtney waits for her oppertunity-- and she gets it. Everyday, Courtney pretends she is Ali, she is even starting to call herself Ali. The end is extremely surptising.(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sara Shepard is an amazing writer and i literally could not put this book down from start to finish. It was the best book i have ever read and it is so suspenseful!! If you are a fan of sara shepard and the pretty little liars series u should definitely read this book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It really helps you understand things from Ali's point of view. You also get to see how everything started. Highly recommended to fans of the PLL series. Don't read it if you haven't read the rest of the books; you will be super confused.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love it love it love it
vampirefanatic More than 1 year ago
I feel bad for Courtney,at first I thought she was mentally unstable but after reading this book,I realized I was wrong. She and her sister use to be friends but as they got older they went threw the sibling rivalry phase all kids go through.I know cuz' I went threw with it with my brother.But she definitely wasn't crazy...if anything Alison was the mentally unstable one.After reading this book I felt bad for her.She got sent away to a mental home for 3 years where she saw horrible things that messed with her head,all because of her sister's issues. And Alison was definitely the crazy twin,not her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SPOILER.. I think the second A in the 13th book is Nick. ( you have to have read it to know what i'm talking about) Think about it, how many people in the story has a name that starts with an N?? Plus, Nick was " busy" the night of ali's sleepover, and ali told him over the phone about the construction in the backyard, which was where she was buried alive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for a book from Ali's point of view for SO long! It tells all of it; how Ali came to be, how she died, and take splace the weeks leading up to her death- theres alot goig on behind those pretty blue eyes! It reveals one of her killers; the second one Ali reconizes, but she dies before she can connect a name with the voice. But I have my suspicions....:D. Only the future books will tell! @Allie@
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dead girls can't smile. Stop looking. - A
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You need help. Go see a doctor. 25 children. Im sorry for your children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of sara shepard and especially pretty little liars. I've read the first six books and i love them so much. I even turned a couple of friends to read the books. Sadly I haven't read the whole ali's pretty little lies i only read the sample but after one sentence of the book i already wanted to buy it . I will soon and that's a promise i'll keep!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives us a great view into "alis" pov of what happened keep writing your books are amazballd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SHOULD I BUY THE BOOK IS IT WORTH IT? AND WHAT IS BETTER THE BOOK SEREIS OR THE TV SHOW?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love pll a lot i watch all the time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About........ two twin sisters named ali and courtney its kinda counfusing because they may or may not switch lives and you wont know whos witch
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. It feeds off all kinds of information about Ali's past. The ending is scary though....kind of a cliffhanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. Sara really had you wanting to read every second. You finally get to know how Ali tells the story. Great book! P.S. read all the other books first :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aria! How is Noel? If I remember correctly, you two didn't spend a lot of time together on your cruise. I wonder why that is? Oh, I didn't mean to worry you. But after what happened with Real Ali, I'd be worried too... I'll be watching!~A ... Spence-I thought you were a smartie. Straight A's, Honors classes, VP! But I was obviously wrong. You should listen to Emily. Alison isn't dead. In fact, she's helping me. Those flashes of blond hair?-- Oh dear. I've said too much! Good luck with this one! ~A ... Emily, what if my loose lips anonymously told the cops about you hiding a criminal? You'd be in trouble over your head. Oh yes, and how about spreading that you were pregnt throughout the school? These loose lips, I'm telling ya! After all, Ali told me how you and lips go... Smooch! ~A ... Hannabanana, I have so much dirt on you, I can't fit it in one text. But let's say that if the cops hear about me, the only dirt... will be covering you!~A
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ayyyyeee. Best books ever<3
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Are you hereL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very mature and i would think she would livie it i do
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DO NOT read review # 53!!!!!!
Allison9516 More than 1 year ago
I love that Sara Shepherd is showing us Ali's backstory, how she came to be, her life. Ali is an intriguing character, she's the character that you love to hate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It just said who was A
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1) Alison fakes her death 2) Toby is the first boy A, Mona is the first girl A 3) No one knows who A is anymore 4) Mona is now dead :( 5) Spencer and jason are half siblings