Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars Series #4)
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Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars Series #4)

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by Sara Shepard

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Four pretty little liars' charmed lives have turned into living nightmares.

Emily's been shipped off to Iowa to live with her überconservative cousins. Aria's boyfriend is behind bars—because of her. Spencer's afraid she was involved in Ali's murder. But Hanna's fate is far worse: She's clinging to life in the hospital because she knew too much

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Four pretty little liars' charmed lives have turned into living nightmares.

Emily's been shipped off to Iowa to live with her überconservative cousins. Aria's boyfriend is behind bars—because of her. Spencer's afraid she was involved in Ali's murder. But Hanna's fate is far worse: She's clinging to life in the hospital because she knew too much.

If these girls don't start listening to me, Hanna's going to look like the lucky one.

Editorial Reviews

Sometimes lies come back to bite you. In the case of four pretty little Pennsylvania liars, the chomp really hurts. For years, cuties Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily have survived and thrived with nifty prevarications; now, in this series clincher, it's time for them to 'fess up-or pay the piper! Clever plot turns; great characters.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Pretty Little Liars Series, #4
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5.30(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Pretty Little Liars #4: Unbelievable

Chapter One

The Zen is Mightier Than the Sword

Aria Montgomery woke up mid-snore. It was Sunday morning, and she was curled up on a blue vinyl chair in the Rosewood Memorial Hospital waiting room. Everyone—Hanna Marin's parents, Officer Wilden, Hanna's best friend Mona Vanderwaal, and Lucas Beattie, a boy in her class at Rosewood Day who looked like he'd just arrived—was staring at her.

"Did I miss something?" Aria croaked. Her head felt like it was stuffed with marshmallow Peeps. When she checked the Zoloft clock hanging over the waiting room entrance, she saw it was only eight thirty. She'd been out for just fifteen minutes.

Lucas sat down next to her and picked up a copy of Medical Supplies Today magazine. According to the cover, the issue featured all the latest colostomy bag models. Who puts a medical supplies magazine in a hospital waiting room? "I just got here," he answered. "I heard about the accident on the morning news. Have you seen Hanna yet?"

Aria shook her head. "They still won't let us."

The two of them fell gravely silent. Aria surveyed the others. Ms. Marin wore a rumpled gray cashmere sweater and a pair of great-fitting distressed jeans. She was barking into her little Motorola earpiece, even though the nurses had said they couldn't use cell phones in here. Officer Wilden sat next to her, his Rosewood PD jacket unbuttoned to his mid-chest and showing a frayed white T-shirt beneath it. Hanna's father was slumped in the chair closest to the intensive care unit's two giant double doors, jiggling his left foot. In a pale pink Juicysweat suit and flip-flops, Mona Vanderwaal looked uncharacteristically disheveled, her face puffy from crying. When Mona looked up and saw Lucas, she gave him an annoyed stare, as if to say, This is for close friends and family only. What are you doing here? Aria couldn't blame everyone for feeling testy. She had been here since 3 a.m., after the ambulance came to the Rosewood Day Elementary School parking lot and swept Hanna off to the hospital. Mona and the others had arrived at various points in the morning, when the news had begun to circulate. The last update the doctors had given them was that Hanna had been moved to intensive care. But that was three hours ago.

Aria reviewed the previous night's horrific details. Hanna had called to tell her that she knew the identity of A, the diabolical messenger who had been taunting Hanna, Aria, Emily, and Spencer for the past month. Hanna hadn't wanted to reveal any details over the phone, so she'd asked Aria and Emily to meet her at the Rosewood Day swings, their old special spot. Emily and Aria had arrived just in time to see a black SUV mow Hanna down and speed away. As the paramedics rushed to the scene, put a cervical collar around Hanna's neck, and carefully lifted her onto a stretcher and into the ambulance, Aria had felt numb. When she pinched herself hard, it didn't hurt.

Hanna was still alive . . . but barely. She had internal injuries, a broken arm, and bruises everywhere. The accident had caused head trauma, and now she was in a coma.

Aria shut her eyes, ready to burst into tears again. The most inconceivable thing about all of this was the text Aria and Emily had received after Hanna's accident. She knew too much. It was from A. Which meant . . . A knew what Hanna knew. Just like A knew everything else—all their secrets, the fact that it had been Ali, Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hanna who'd blinded Jenna Cavanaugh, not Jenna's stepbrother, Toby. A probably even knew the truth about who killed Ali.

Lucas tapped Aria on the arm. "You were there when that car hit Hanna, right? Did you get a look at the person who did it?"

Aria didn't know Lucas very well. He was one of those kids who loved school activities and clubs, whereas Aria was the type to stay far, far away from all things involving her Rosewood Day peers. She didn't know what connection he had to Hanna, but it seemed sweet that he was here. "It was too dark," she mumbled.

"And you have no idea who it could have been?"

Aria bit down hard on her bottom lip. Wilden and a couple other Rosewood cops had shown up the night before just after the girls received their note from A. When Wilden asked the girls what happened, they all insisted that they hadn't seen the driver's face or the make of the SUV. And they swore over and over that this must have been an accident—they didn't know why anyone would do this on purpose. Maybe it was wrong to withhold this information from the police, but they were all terrified of what A had in store for the rest of them if they told the truth.

A had threatened them about not telling before, and Aria and Emily both had been punished once already for ignoring those threats. A had sent Aria's mother, Ella, a letter telling her that Aria's father was having an affair with one of his university students, and revealed that Aria had kept her dad's secret. Then A had told the entire school that Emily was dating Maya, the girl who had moved into Ali's old house. Aria glanced at Lucas and silently shook her head no.

The door to the ICU swept open, and Dr. Geist strode into the waiting room. With his piercing gray eyes, sloped nose, and shock of white hair, he looked a little like Helmut, the German landlord of the old row house Aria's family had rented in Reykjavík, Iceland. Dr. Geist gave everyone the same judging stare Helmut had given Aria's brother, Mike, when he discovered that Mike had been keeping Diddy, his pet tarantula, in an empty terra-cotta pot Helmut used to grow tulips.

Pretty Little Liars #4: Unbelievable. Copyright © by Sara Shepard. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1266 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable picks up where Perfect left off: moments after Hanna's accident. While her friends and family pace the hospital's waiting room to learn Hanna's fate, "A" continues to threaten each girl. Emily is sent to live with her cousins after her parents learn she kissed the new girl, Maya. Little does Emily (or her parents) know that her cousins aren't so innocent and have issues of their own. Meanwhile, Aria is trying to cope with her parents' imminent divorce. Just recently broken up with her boyfriend, Sean, Aria has no place to live. She's forced into moving in with her father and his mistress and isn't thrilled to hear their latest news. Spencer is up for the Golden Orchid award. . . something she has always dreamed about. The only problem is she plagiarized her sister's paper. When she learns she made the finals, will she come clean and confession or will "A" out her? Hanna is in the hospital recovering from her accident. She doesn't remember the events of that fateful evening, although pieces of memories flood her mind.

Unbelievable finally reveals "A's" identity and the motive behind the threats and texts. As each girl begins to remember their past friendship with Ali, each slowly realizes that Ali just wasn't the sweet, innocent girl everyone loved. Ali kept secrets of her own. . . secrets that could have killed her.

I figured out "A's" identity after reading book 2: Flawless, however after reading the last chapter in Unbelievable, I just can't help but to wonder is there more to "A" and these four former best friends. I mean, the series isn't finished yet. . .
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
The now not so fab four have all new problems on their hands. Emily has been sent out to the country, only to find that her problems will follow her wherever she goes. Hanna's still in a coma, but will she still remember A's identity when she wakes up? Aria's trying to piece not only her life together, but also the pieces to the enigma that is A. Meanwhile Spencer still hasn't learned her lessons about cheating or forbidden fruit- lucky for her, A is an ever patient tutor in those matters. This is an amazing bone chilling suspensefull novel. It was hard to put down and I just loved it. Romance and action all in one amazing series. If u want to read this you better have time on your hands because you just can't put it down. I wish I could say I didn't see it coming, but I can't. I did enjoy the ending of this book, however. Some stuff is still left in the dark so the series could continue, but for the most part, everything is out in the open and explained. A got pretty sloppy in this book. I think there was also a lack of good ideas on the author's part. Is it just me or are these books better when Ali isn't mentioned in every chapter? 
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily are back, some in a better state than others, and ready to bring down A. When we last left the pristine Rosewood, Hanna had just discovered who A was, but she knew too much and A made sure she couldn't say anything by "accidentally" hitting her with a car. Now, as Hanna fights for her life, the other three girls have to clean up the mess that A has made.

Spencer finally remembers what happened the night of Ali's death and what she remembers isn't good. Could she really have killed Ali? Not only does she have to deal with the thought that she could have really killed her best friend, but she's got to reason with the guilt of stealing her sister's AP Economics paper, which got Spencer nominated for an award her sister should have won. With the feeling that A is constantly breathing down her back, will Spencer be able to keep her cool composure, or will she finally pop?

After A let it leak that Emily likes girls, Emily's been living on the edge of sanity. Her parents don't know what to do with her, so they send her off to her ultra-conservative relatives in Middle of Nowhere, Iowa. When she arrives, Emily knows she won't last long -- then she meets Trista, an interesting girl who seems to understand Emily and doesn't mind talking to her. Will Emily last, or will she flee back to Rosewood and hope that she is accepted by those who love her most?

Aria's been kicked out of her mother's house after her mom found out she had been keeping the fact of her father's affair a secret for the past three years. Once again, we have A to thank for unveiling this bit of information. With nowhere else to go, Aria moves in with her father and his horrifyingly peppy girlfriend, Meredith. All Aria wants is for her life to go back to normal. When she starts an art class over at the neighborhood college her partner is none other than Jenna Cavanaugh, the girl who was the terrible victim of a nasty prank that Aria was a part of. Can Aria ever escape her past or will it keep catching up with her?

Then there's Hanna, who really is hanging on for dear life. She can't remember anything from the night of the accident, especially the identity of A. The rest of the group doesn't want to pressure her too much, but they really want to know who A is. If this isn't enough, Hanna has to deal with her feelings for Lucas. She remembers hanging out with him a couple of times, but that's it. It seems, though, that a lot more happened. Will Hanna be able to get her memory back and solve the mystery of who A really is?

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS has always been a favorite series of mine. I mean, who can resist the scandalous secrets of others, especially of those who live in Rosewood? UNBELIAVALBLE completely blew all three of the previous books out of the water. It could almost be a stand-alone book if all the information we learn in the preceding books wasn't crucial to the plot...

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with many reviewers who felt that A's identity seemed a bit rushed & anti-climactic, so I was relieved that there were 4 more books in the series. This means that while you know who was A, there was undoubtedly someone in the back pulling the strings ensuring that "A" discovered the right secrets and sent the right texts. That being said, I was glad to finally see the humanity in many of the families. The whole "mean, ruthless, and competitive" thing made for good reading for a while, but it wasn't entirely believable that everyone would turn their backs on their kids. Whether that will continue into the next book is anyone's guess, but it was still nice to see that some of the parents really cared for their kids' well being. Sara shepard definitely knows how to keep you in suspense. I am so glad that there are four more books after this one. I can't get enough of this series. The ending was unexpected. Even with A being revealed, you still can't help but wonder who else may be involved. There are also many more secrets to be revealed. The characters also start dusting off memories that they have tried so hard to forget. They then start realizing that these memories are all part of A bigger puzzle. I highly recommend reading this book if you are into suspense. You might want to have book five on hand to get started immediately after you finish this book. I have been plowing through these books. I can't put them down. Being an avid fan of the previous three books, I eagerly awaited "Unbelievable." When I finally got it, I devoured the book in one day!     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is insane! Its by far one of the best books in this amazing series! Like all of these books r fabulous and you have to read read them! Luv this book!
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book. It has kept me entertained for hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it. It leaves me on the edge of my seat!Sometimes I lay awake in my bed trying to unfold the mystery myself!Let me tell you something ... it isn't easy. # LOVE THIS BOOK
barlowfan More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and well you Have to read this book in the series cause it finally reveals who A is! For those who don't read the series A is a person who knows all four girls secrets that only their friend Alison who was murdered knows of.For those who did read the series,the last book finishes when Hanna was ran over and this continues when Aria is in the hospital waiting to see what happened to Hanna. For me i HAD to buy this book the next day because of all the suspense, and questions i had in my head afterward. But please do yourself a favor and read the previous books before reading this one, it is vital to read all books because of information and details that you might miss. I totally recommend this book especially for young teens who aren't thrilled about reading because im pretty sure this series might change your mind!
KelseyReal More than 1 year ago
In the book Unbelievable, author Sara Shepard ties up some loose ends in the series Pretty Little Liars. We find out who hit Hanna, why they hit Hanna, and who the infamous 'A' is. The book follows characters Emily, Aria, Spencer, and Hannah, revealing new secrets and scandals about each of them.
When we last left Rosewood Hanna had a deadly encounter with `A¿ (Rosewood¿s Stalker) that nearly cost her everything. Now she¿s left hanging on for dear life, and isn¿t able to remember anything from the night of the accident, including the identity of A. Spencer, on the other hand finally remembers what happened the night of Ali's death and fears she could have killed Ali. After A let it leak that Emily is homosexual, she is sent to live with her conservative relatives in Middle of Nowhere Iowa. Just when she thinks things can¿t get any worse, she meets Trista. Aria has been kicked out of her mother's house after keeping the secret of her father's affair, and now with nowhere else to go Aria moves in with her father and his peppy girlfriend Meredith. In the end, the Rosewood Stalker and Allison¿s murderer are revealed, but just when you think it¿s the end, there will be more.
I started reading the Pretty Little Liars series last year in my free time and it quickly became a favorite of mine! Then when I had a class assignment to read a book of my choice, I knew just the one to pick. After reading the first book, I was hooked; I just couldn¿t put it down. Who can resist scandalous secrets and crazy drama? Unbelievable was by far the best of the three books.
There are several things about this book that I loved, including the characters and their conflict both with each other and themselves. Each girl had her own secrets and drama. They felt like real people with real issues, and that made them easier to relate to. The plot was also great. It was full of suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. I kept turning the pages trying to find more secrets and uncover more answers. Shepard did a great job of hiding the identity of `A¿ through the final chapters. As many questions were answered, more would come up, leaving the book to end open-ended.
In conclusion, I loved this book and was super excited to hear that the Pretty Little Liars drama isn¿t over yet! The next book, Wicked, will come tomorrow! So in the meantime; I would definitely suggest beginning the series, while we wait on the arrival of the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to read the books in order or u dont know whats happening, you find out who A is in the 8 book and the others after that is their life after. The books are so good i finish the first book in 2 days Sara Shepard is an amazing writer and the more you read the more you wanna know who A is. I think you should be at least 12 years old because there is sex sences. Hoped i help! Xoxo
Yasmine Kerbs More than 1 year ago
the series is sooooo good ! i just finnished this book i am finnishing each book each day and buying a new one because the books keep the suspense !!!! it is quite the thrill ride (: i dont think the ccharacter they believe is the killer is becauseee i just dont believe that but i sooo knew Mona was A i pieced that together in the beggining . but Hanna nd Lucas should go out !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A is Mona. Yep. Kay, thats all. ~kisses
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Allison9516 More than 1 year ago
The book keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are so good i find my self reading one a day. They are filled with drama and suspense and it is great. The girls have great fashion sence and attitude and idk if it is a good thing but a boy told me that i should be one of the pll becaus i am beutiful just like them....... in my opionion kinda creepy because my name is Allison and eveybody justvcalls me Alli andbthe only diffrenc is that we spell that diffrently. Also i do not even know the guy who told me yis. Hopefully it isnt a sighn tht he is goingvto come and kill me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! Full of drama. I couldn't believe who "A" was! I'm not going to spoil it. It's someone you wouldn't expect to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love theses books and i feel like i am living the girks lives!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can not believe im saying this but im starting to like these better than the tv version! The charaecters are less forgiveable but its so much more logical and exiting! Luvluvluvluvluv! (Ish)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I can't wait to read the next ones (:
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