Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars Series #4)

Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars Series #4)

by Sara Shepard


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#1 New York Times bestselling series

The fourth book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that inspired the hit ABC Family TV show Pretty Little Liars.

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. These liars have tried to keep their scandals secret, but the truth is about to rock their pretty little world!

Full of unexpected twists and shocking revelations, Unbelievable is the fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Sara Shepard’s compelling Pretty Little Liars series. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060887414
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 11/25/2008
Series: Pretty Little Liars Series
Pages: 335
Sales rank: 117,041
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sara Shepard is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, as well as the series The Perfectionists. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA from Brooklyn College.

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Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1283 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
Ive watched seasons 1-6like a million times and im so glad that there is a season 7and A was cece then it was monaand ezra toby caleb its was really nvr one persn and in 7there an ad not a no more and i wont tell u who ad is but youll find out kisses-l
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
Don't belive everything you hear sweeties!~kisses, A
kariannalysis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable is an amazing title for this book. The secrets keep coming out about the girls in Rosewood. But the secrets are nothing compared to Hanna being hospitalized after being intentionally hit by an SUV when she figured out who A was. As she starts to recover, she tries to remember what happened to her and who A really is. The girls get another helper as they try to figure out who the killer is and who A is, or if they are the same people. Miss Mona also starts getting text messages, but remember don¿t believe everything you hear. Yes, this book will give you a little closure. You will find out wh A is and who killed Ali. They may or may not be the same person Wowza! I really didn¿t expect to love this series as much as I am. I thought it would be cute, definitely not as suspenseful and a page turner as it is turning out to be. After reading the first one and loving it as much as I did, I didn¿t imagine loving the rest as much. And this one is the best!I will say, I will most likely have withdrawals after reading these four books in such a short period of time. I have so many TBR books on my shelf though that I am going to practice restraint and not get the rest of the series yet. Hopefully I can stay away from Borders!After the 3rd book, I had an idea of who A was. It was a pretty intense hunch, but when I got into the 4th book, my hunch changed directions. Turned out my original hunch was correct. I love being right!I give Unbelievable 5 bookmarks!
trishalynn0708 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hanna is still in a coma in the beginning of the book and when she wakes up she can't remember anything about her accident or remember who "A" is. Her best friend ends up being someone bad and her mom tells her that she got a job in another sate and leaves Hanna the option to move with her, or move in with her dad and his fiance and her evil stepsister. Aria who is my favorite in the series is dumped by Sean when he finds out she was with her teacher, Ezra. Ezra ends up getting fired and moving away. I am hoping that in the next book he comes back. Aria and her mom were still not talking in the beginning of the book so Aria lives with her dad and his girlfriend. After Aria and her brother start talking again, Aria tells him about "A" and he makes her tell the cops which puts her in danger. She also runs into Jenna at her art class and later in the book Jenna reveals that Alison and her had planned the whole Toby thing because of what Toby was doing to her. But Jenna wasn't supposed to get hurt like she did. Spencer and her sister start to get along. Spencer debates through the whole book if she wants to tell the truth about the paper she stole from her sister to the people at the Golden Orchid award. She also finds out Alison had a thing with Ian which means Ian cheated on Spencer's sister. And Emily is sent to Iowa to live with her Aunt and Uncle but her cousins get her in trouble which gets Emily sent back home. But while she was in Iowa she meets Trista. Who she has feelings for only to find out Trista fools around with anything in site and Emily ruins things with Maya because of Trista.
krystal_osmond on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As with the other 3 PLL books, this one was great. The writing was consistant, the characters were true to themselves. In this book we find out so much but we're still left with a huge cliff-hanger at the end. I was really looking forward to reading this after the end of Perfect, to continue the story and see what happened! And boy oh boy did we learn some great things!! There was so much revealed in Unbelievable and it was truly exciting! Though I really enjoy reading these books, I've stopped reading them as of now, only because I'm not sure there was a need to continue the series. I feel like it could have been wrapped up in Unbelievable and left here for us to love. So I just don't feel like reading anymore of these right now. That's not to say that I'll never pick up the other books to read, but I have so many (new and different) promising books to read, that I'm just sticking with those.
BellaFoxx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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¿.
MiRo0820 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like I said , I Really like all the pretty little liar books . But I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did other ones .
vanzwieten31447 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After I read the end of the third book I thought that nothing could compare to how scary the end was, but boy was I wrong! I also read this book at one of my sisters gymnastics practices and every now and then I would just gasp and everyone would look at me thinking that i was weird but i'm not! its just really INTENSE. this book was so intense to me that every time i finished a chapter i would just put the book down for a few minutes and let everything sink in, evaluate to myself what happened. And it really helps! this is a great book, highly recommend the whole series too.
abirdsell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a GREAT book! It is mystary for young adalts. It is filled with action, mystery, & drama. I would recomend this book to the young reader.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm finding these books to be a quick read, and I like that because I want to know what happens. I found this book interesting, because we had some questions answered (and I was right about something), but even more questions emerged. Shepard does a really good job of tying up loose ends, while leaving even more dangling in front of us. I'm curious where she's going to go next.
RaCo0301 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was even more shocking than the previous books of the series and when i found out who a was i was so surprised because it was a person I never even suspected. I never knew what was going to happen and it had me guessing the entire time.
AnNo0724 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was probably my favorite book out of the series because I finally got to find out who A was and who killed Allison. I really enjoyed reading this.
readingdate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer are mourning the death of their friend Alison. Before she died, Ali collected secrets from all the girls and threatened to expose them to their friends and families. Now, the girls are being blackmailed by the mysterious ¿A¿ who knows all those secrets and more. ¿A¿ is always watching the girls and sending them threatening texts. We are left wondering ¿Who killed Ali?¿ and ¿Who is A?¿ No one is above suspicion in this addictive series.We are at the halfway point of the Pretty Little Liars series, and this may be the most satisfying installment yet! When we last left off, Hanna had a breakthrough and had figured out the identity of ¿A.¿ Unfortunately after the car accident she can¿t remember. She starts dating Lucas, who seems good for her and I thought made Hanna more likeable. Emily¿s parents try again to stifle her homosexual tendencies by shipping her off to relatives in Iowa- this after sending her to a program unsuccessfully in Perfect. Aria is dealing with the aftermath of her parents split and her doomed relationship with Ezra. And Spencer is trying out therapy to help sort out her memories.Amidst all of the usual drama and mayhem, there are some major answers revealed. Including the identity of Ali¿s killer and the circumstances of her death. As well as the identity of ¿A!¿ This was so exciting to get some answers in the series. There were some definite hints along the way that cast suspicion on ¿A¿ and finally a small mistake got ¿A¿ caught. However, we are only halfway through the series, so I¿m left wondering if there is not more to the story. There¿s more plot twists at the end of Unbelievable to keep you wanting more.When you have an overarching mystery such as in this series, it¿s usually a letdown when the mystery is resolved. However, Sara Shepard does a great job of setting up the next mystery and it feels like there are still more intriguing stories to be told.This was a satisfying installment for the midway part of the series. Looking forward to more OMG moments with the back half of the series, beginning with book 5 Wicked.
MadisonB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a very good book!! It is one of those books that you never want to put down. This is a great book for older girls who just want to feel like you are actually there with the characters. The only thing is that you have to read the books before this book in order to understand what is happening.