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Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars, Book 4) (edition 2008)

by Sara Shepard

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Title:Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars, Book 4)
Authors:Sara Shepard
Info:HarperTeen (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 368 pages
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So this is the one where you find out who A is!

Which means that this is finally my opportunity to extricate myself from the strange pull of this series and move on to something else... but then again, I hate to leave things unfinished. So let's be honest, I'm totally going to finish this series. :-)

*Edit: I just noticed this book has a 4.27 average rating (higher than, like, 97% of the books I've read on here!)... which means basically everyone who reads it loves it. I don't know if that means the books are way better than I'm giving them credit for, or if it just says something about the people who read these books? ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
I pretty much found the whole 'boy who cried wolf' thing a little annoying. What they were saying was true. But because A is such a bitch, and good at hiding, nobody believed them. ( )
  momma182 | Jun 23, 2015 |
Unbelievable was full of twists and turns. I absolutely loved Lucas' introduction to the series. He is incredibly sweet--pretty much the perfect guy. Shepard continues to develop the four girls beautifully and (even though I know it's not over) I felt relief when they found out about Mona. ( )
  momma182 | Jun 23, 2015 |
This is classic Y.A. fiction revolving around privileged teen-age girls. Petty rivalries and jealousies, pressure to excel (from parents), to fit in (from peers). Plus the added angst of having a secret that could destroy their lives and someone who knows the secret and threatens to tell. The four girls have no idea who knows and who they can trust, they don’t even trust each other.

The 'story' comes to a conclusion in this 4th book. It is not the end of the Rosewood Day School girls. Pretty Little Liars continues, but we know who "A" is and we know who killed Alison. These books have a very real feel to them. Even if the world they live in is vastly different from any I lived in, the attitudes and emotions given to them are very 'teenage girl believable'. ( )
  BellaFoxx | Feb 14, 2015 |
It is my understanding that when Sara Shepard first approached publishers, her plan was for a four-part series of young adult novels. However, in our sequel-happy age, somewhere along the line it was decided that the series could go on — and on. Last I heard, they were up to #15 in the series.

However, with the completion of the aptly named Unbelievable, I think that it may be time for me to, at least temporarily, climb off the PLL train.

***Spoiler Alert: Read No Further If You Haven’t Read the Book***

So this is the volume in which mysteries unravel, villains are revealed, and heroes prevail. But what heroes? After her profound humiliation by Mona and rescue by Lucas, Hanna’s amnesia has put her right back where she started, in terms of awareness and humility. Spencer, with her parents’ blessing, is still going for an award for the essay she plagiarized from her sister, Melissa. Aria is finally reconciling with her parents and her father’s new partner, but I’m not sure how much she learned from the Ezra débâcle. Emily has a horror-show whirlwind tour of rural Iowa, and almost moments after declaring her love for Maya, is sizing up a horny bisexual blonde.

It’s hardest for me (former valedictorian of my high school class) to understand how and why Spencer would take a suggestion from their nemesis, A, and plagiarize her sister’s essay. Spencer supposedly aced her PSATs. She’s supposed to be a smart girl, an intellectual powerhouse, but she’s plagiarizing and going along with her parents’ sick glory-grab? I know, at the last minute, she decides to ‘fess up (thus showing she has better morals than her parents), but still….

As the story winds up to its unlikely and unsatisfying resolution, we find out that Jenna, the blind girl, was in on the accident that blinded her — that Alison had planned it together with her to stop Jenna’s brother from molesting her (again?). Finally, it is revealed that Mona, my pick from the get-go is A. And Alison’s murderer is probably Ian, Spencer’s sister, Melissa’s, former and current boyfriend. However, he pleads guilty, and there are enough loose ends left lying around that it’s clear that Shepard’s plans for the series had shifted long before she fished this volume.

There are a whole lot of highly improbable things about Mona, alone, being A. I would think she would have needed a small squad of minions to spy on everyone, hack their computers and email, etc., etc.

So, it’s the improbable ending to an improbable day in the life of these morally deficient women. I’m kind of happy to be setting this series aside, at least for a time. ( )
  CandaceVan | May 15, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060887419, Paperback)

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.

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"Emily's been shipped off to Iowa to live with her berconservative 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"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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