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Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf

(Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,402 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Perfect for fans of Rory Power and Laurie Halse Anderson, this sharp, emotional debut follows two girls as they navigate tumultuous relationships, the effects of trauma, and what empowerment means to them.

Ali Greenleaf and Blythe Jensen couldn't be more different. Ali is sweet, bitingly funny, and just a little naive. Blythe is beautiful, terrifying, and the most popular g
Published October 6th 2020 by Razorbill
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Hayley Krischer This is a stand alone book. There was a mistake from goodreads about a #2. It's not a series, so no cliffhanger!…moreThis is a stand alone book. There was a mistake from goodreads about a #2. It's not a series, so no cliffhanger!(less)
Hayley Krischer Oh I’m sorry I didn’t answer it sooner. I think it would be great for a book report. Please let your teacher know there are sensitive issues first. :)

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Melanie (mells_view)
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Angela Staudt
Thank you to PenguinTeen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Did I like this book? Did I not like this book? Honestly, I have no idea. The point of this book was very powerful and I definitely understood it, and had a range of emotions reading. I just don't really know how I felt as a whole.

Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf is told from two perspectives, one is Ali and the other is Blythe who is queen bee miss popular at their highschool. Ali has a crush on Sean and they start talking
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf by Hayley Krischer, and it left me thinking about all the girls who’ve been victims of rape and all the misery that comes after; the misplaced anger, the shame, guilt, self-doubt … all from someone else’s vicious actions. Every painful emotion on the painful emotion spectrum is laid open and raw and why? Because that girl dared to have a drink at a party, wore her skirt too short or maybe she thought that a kiss should stop at a kiss? The victi ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnfed
Usually when I don't like a book I just not rate it, but this book is HORRIFIC. Maybe if I had just kept on reading I would have seen more sides to it, but Blythe is a horrible person. She doesn't care if her best friend rapes another girl? Because she is infatuated with him because he ran after her on the playground when they were kids and she was thrilled he caught her and throw her on the floor hurting her? She criticises her mom for taking pills because her mother is bipolar but then she dri ...more
Marta :}
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, ya, feminism

Thanks to The Nerd Daily and the publisher for offering me an ARC of this one!
You can find my review on The Nerd Daily as well.
Hayley Krischer’s raw debut deals with so many important subjects such as sexual assault, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, mental illness, manipulation, and toxic friendships. The nuanced story focuses on Ali Greenleaf’s empowering journey of finding her voice and coping with the trauma after being raped by her crush, but then also on Blythe Jensen who befriends Ali in ord
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please don’t be fooled by my star rating...I think this was a well done and important book, but I wouldn’t say it was a book I enjoyed reading per say. This book needs trigger warnings for sexual assault, substance use, bullying, and mental health. I think this book got 5 stars from me because it was an uncomfortable read. There are lots of books about sexual assault especially on teens. It’s sadly a common topic as it’s a common issue that our children have to face. This book goes a step furthe ...more
Sara G. Kaye
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Hayley. I finished your book last night. I found it hard to put down. I kept thinking more girls (and their moms) need to read this book. I can count the number of young adult books I have read and at first I was startled but the rape. I quickly moved passed that as I learned this book is not just about the actual act. It was clear to me that it was book about friendship, loyalty and misplaced loyalty. Your voice is authentic and purposeful. This story needed to be told and (sadly) wi ...more
I won’t lie, I had to read this synopsis a few times because what?

This book was an interesting dual POV between the victim and a sort-of witness/sort-of apologist in a story centred on rape and rape culture. And it’s hard to read, especially the beginning. I can’t advocate on if this book is a good representation on the aftermath, but it was interesting to read Ali and Blythe’s perceptions and developments throughout the story.

(I’m glad Ali had a great support group who did their absolute best
Rhyan Mathis
i finished the us book over the weekend but forgot to put it on the good reads 🥴 this book was pretty good besides the fact the initiation is literal child endangerment and illegal…😬 but the ending was good and mans got what he deserved i give it a 3.5 ⭐️
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf is a very important story as too many people have been in sexual scenarios where they were confused afterwards but knew something was not right. I hope this book empowers others to not doubt those feelings and to talk to those closest to them.

I liked Ali in this story. She was naïve like all teenage girls should have the opportunity to be, but she had that stripped from her. Even after though, she still worked hard to find that sweet part of herself ag
Content warnings: rape, sexual assault

Something happened to Ali Greenleaf at a party.

When Sean (Ali’s crush) led her upstairs, she was elated that her crush noticed her. But when she told him to stop, he didn’t- instead, he held her down and raped her. Sean’s best friend and one of the “Core Four” at their school, Blythe, decided to befriend Ali to help Sean keep Ali quiet. Blythe’s motivation was her quiet love for Sean, who also happened to be her boyfriend’s best friend. Blythe and Ali had m
Nicole Alycia
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars

WARNING: The book contains sexual assault

This book was so incredibly powerful in so many ways ... I really think this is something young adults need to read as they’re getting ready to enter high school. It is so important to have stories like this, where you can see what it is like to be a victim and what they go through...
As someone who has experienced assault before this book was incredibly relatable. It is so hard to come to terms with what has happened to you and it takes a lot
Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf
By Hayley Krischer

This was an amazing debut novel about Ali and Blythe and the relationship they form out of a very painful event that happened to Ali. Ali was raped by Blythe's friend Sean. Blythe tries to befriend Ali to keep her quiet knowing what Sean did to Ali.

This was a powerful read about privilege, popularity, friendships and sexual assault. This story is intense and I recommend this read. I thought Krischer did a great job developing the characters a
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ALI GREENLEAF may be one of the most important YA novels ever written about sexual assault.

Ali’s crush Sean rapes her at a party after which she flees the house. He gets his best friend Blythe to “talk to Ali”, convince her nothing bad happened. Blythe has her own experience with coerced sexual contact from freshman year. She sees The Initiation as empowering protection, rather than for the crime it is.

Blythe decides to befriend (use) Ali, never expecting to come to like a
* 4 stars *
tw : rape, assault, bipolar disorder, consumption of alcohol, overdose, drugs



ali greenleaf has always been obsessed with sean nessel, the golden soccer captain with the good looks and the flirty nature. she's even put her heart into making collages of sean's pictures from the local newspaper and adding hearts and stars to it. so when sean stops to invite her to a party at a student's house, ali -- eager and naive -- en
Caro Reads
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Although this book tackles some very important subjects, in general I found that it attempted to tackle too many subjects at once and therefore left some of them relatively unaddressed, or perhaps under-addressed. Before I begin my review I would like to point out that I am a clinician specializing in adolescent trauma, as well as a developmental researcher specializing in adolescent and youth development.

First, it's important to note that this is a very intense book, and there is on-the-page ra
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


This is a daring story with diabolical characters, at times difficult to read, but deep and gripping.

The main theme of the story is rape, which is a very serious and sensitive issue and one that should be handled carefully. I thought the author did a very nice job in writing the story. The characters deal with the situation in a very realistic manner. Moreover, I applaud the author for providing the resources for victims to h
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

TW: Rape and sexual assault of minors (details described), underage drinking, drug use, bullying, manipulation, victim blaming and gaslighting.

This was not an easy book to read. In fact it was one of the hardest books I've read this year but despite this I could not put it down. I was gripped from the start to the end.
This is a YA book for ages 14+. I personally don't think this is right for anyone under 16 to read. The themes in my trigget warnings are heavy and encapsulate the entire b
jodi brooks
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just Wow!
I was really taken with this beautifully told and strongly important story. Truth be told, I haven't been able to concentrate on many of the books on my bedside table due to the state of world affairs lately. Then a friend gave me an advance copy of this marvelous novel. I could not put it down. The story and characters becoming my escape (from the daily news) into a deep dive of high school and female relationships. So authentically genuine the girls in this story and the way they
Leslie - Shobizreads
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Sexual assault, rape, substance abuse

[I've read this a while back but I forgot to add it here.]

Very briefly:

++Amazing 2020 find-definitely more people should be talking about this book.

++Krischer's writing was direct and to the point. It wasn't overly dramatized, and it shouldn't have been judging by the subject issue. There was just raw descriptions of facts, stripping down sexual assault to its disgusting self.

++The story is told by 2 POVs, Ali's and Blythe's. I prefer multiple
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Penguin Teen for this ARC on Netgalley!

This book tells the story of two high school girls: Ali and Blythe. One night at a party, Ali is lead upstairs by her crush, Sean, who rapes her. Sean then convinces his super popular best friend Blythe to talk to Ali for him and try to smooth things over and convince her that what happened wasn't a big deal. The book follows the aftermath of that night, and the unconventional friendship between these two girls that follows, as Ali experiences
Rhiannon Rabby
Nov 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites-ya
This one had been sitting on my TBR for ages, and I don’t know why it took me so long to get to it. I wish I had read it sooner. I’ve now read both of Hayley Krischer’s novels, and both have earned an immediate spot on my favourites shelf. This really was an exceptional read.
Both MC’s had such a powerful voice. And while they couldn’t have been more different from each other, it was interesting to learn what they had in common. How those things helped them understand each other in a way no one e
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TW: rape, description of rape, overdose, drugs, alcohol usage

Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf is a heart-wrenching story about a girl’s journey with her rape and how the rapist’s friend befriends Ali in attempt to make amends. This story is so raw and real. As someone who has experienced those experiences and feelings, the story was an accurate depiction of the inner-struggles of a victim.

Ali is such a strong character that grows and develops to be able to tell her story throughout the book.
Rachel Barnes
The ending and accuracy of this book made it not a 2 star read
I don't know how to talk about this book without spoiling it. This is one hell of a debut! Very well written, accompanied with well developed characters, it will hit you so hard that you won't know what's happening.
This book should have come with trigger warnings. I had no idea what I was getting into, which I guess, allowed me to grasp in all of the elements described in the book.

Raw and emotional,as powerful as Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, this book is something you'll never forget....
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
This was a tough read. My heart really does ache for sexual assault victims. This book explores the topic of consent. What an important message.

I really didn’t want to like Blythe but I understand she was a victim too. Ali was such a beautiful character all her emotions from grief to shame really makes you feel empathy and rage.
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trigger warning: Mentions of rape and/or sexual assault

This book really is something else. I was organizing books one day at work, and read the short synopsis of this book. I was intrigued but fair warning, this book is not at all what I had imagined it to be (which is a good thing). I ended up buying a copy and this book—to say the least—has me distraught. Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf is a very hard book to read. It addresses rape, bullying, coercion, breaches of loyalty, and overall jus
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fall-2020
Girls are still "date raped" in this country. Boys still do not know that they are not owed sex if a girl exhibits a certain amount of affection. The author and I are contemporaries and remember a time when a young woman, if assaulted by a boy she knew, would not be believed if she told. If the boy happened to be popular, you might not even dare to question for yourself whether or not you consented. You must have brought it upon yourself by being too flirty, cute , or perhaps intoxicated (never ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, arcs, ya, dnf
[ARC] Made it to 65% and couldn't be bothered to keep going. I didn't care about the characters and their whole world, of casual heavy drug use and so much drinking and The Initiation, felt utterly implausible and unrealistic.

Notes I took while reading:
They are doing SO many drugs and drinking and smoking for high schoolers. Completely blasé. "Her mom gives us wine." Uhhh kayyyyy

A book filled with collages of your crush? Really? That's obsessive and creepy af and yet no one seems to think that?
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Hayley Krischer has been an award-winning journalist for over 20+ years.

She is a contributing writer for the New York Times, where she has covered feminist roller skaters, Instagram obsessed moms, profiled Gabrielle Union, Tatum O'Neal, and S.E. Hinton.

She has also written for many publications about women and teenage girls including Marie Claire, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Lenny

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