Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is a story about Ali, Our ‘Ali’, and how she ended up at the bottom of that hole.
Who killed Ali? How did it really happen? And who else was involved?
This book had its ups and downs, but boy was it worth reading to actually witness what really happened to Ali, and how she died!
I have to say that I liked this more than the book published before it – Burned. I don’t know if it was because we were back to the very beginning, back to when Ali was alive, but this book was just more interesting. I liked how we got to know Ali a bit, I liked how we got to witness things that we’ve only heard about in the other books – like Ali asking Ian to kiss Spencer, and Ali seeing Byron and Meredith together.
The best thing we got in this book though was that we actually got to be there at the time that Ali was killed. We got to witness the scene in the barn with the other girls, we got to know who was really in the woods that night, and we got to know who pushed Ali, and how she died, and some other interesting little things too! While this book was a bit dull in places, I really liked being able to actually see how things happened, and I liked that we basically got a bit of an inside look into what really happened to Ali, and how she did the things she did.
The ending was kind-of obvious, I mean, duh, we all know Ali dies, but we were left with a little bit of info that we didn’t have before, that was really quite interesting, and might give us some kind of indication of who A. is, and how deeply involved in all of this they were.
Overall; well worth reading to find out how things really went down.
7.5 out of 10.
I’d recommend reading this book after book 12 ‘Burned’, as this is the order in which the books were published. Even though this is a prequel novel (0.5), it contains masses of spoilers for the previous books, and definitely should not be read before starting the other books in the series.