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Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf

(Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  77 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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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
Marta :}
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, arcs, 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
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
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: october-tbr
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
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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
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
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
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
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
Izzy Gilles
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
To start, I really appreciate that the author did put a content warning in her note at the beginning of the book, especially given the content matter and how thoroughly it was depicted. I think the dual perspectives were interesting, and appreciated that the author gave different views of manipulation and trauma. There were some things that didn't sit right with me, however. First was the choice of naming a Chinese-American character (Suki) a Japanese name, as well as her and Cate just being see ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, 2020, arcs, ya
[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?
Jennifer Moffett
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roaring20s
Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf is propulsive, unflinching, and cathartic AF. Expertly told in a dual POV that sidesteps a typical one-sided cautionary tale, this book is a complex and extremely realistic exploration of sexual trauma, rape culture, and the complicity of characters so blinded by their own baggage they struggle to see the most horrifying realities right in front of their iPhone-lit faces. Krischer dives deep into the complicated dynamics between damaged characters amid the ine ...more
Michayla McMahon (Blonde and Bookish)
Actual Rating:
4.5 Stars

I want to start out this review by saying that this book deals with a very sensitive and triggering topic-rape. In my opinion, I don’t believe the content is too graphic but I also don’t feel as though I am able to make that distinction since rape and sexual assault are not things that I have ever encountered. If this is a triggering subject for you, then I would suggest maybe skipping this one, and the author even states in her acknowledgments that if this is not a topic
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC of the below book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Title Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf

Author Hayley Krischer

Release Date October 6 2020

Initial Thoughts

It ended up taking me longer than I thought it would to read this book, not because of anything bad, but because it was so completely accurate to my own experience with my own trauma that I had to read it a little bit at a time. While Ali’s story is not the same as mine in many ways, it i
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Razorbill for a copy of this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I devoured this book. Once I started I could not put it down. I was so intrigued by the relationship between Ali and Blythe. What I found most interesting about it was that both girls know the relationship is built on false pretences yet they still become close and come to rely on one another. Ali knows how close Blythe is to Sean, she knows that the only reason Blythe is talking to her is to make her
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Lisa McCarthy
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Huge thank you to the Penguin Teen Influencer program, Razorbill, and Netgalley for providing this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

I don’t really know how to review this book. Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf is the story of Ali, who was raped by popular it boy Sean, and Blythe, who is the queen bee of high school and is Sean’s best friend. Hayley Krischer tells the story of Ali’s rape, the events that follow, and how both girls are forever affected.

Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf i
Neelam Babul
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thought provoking novel that focuses on rape and the effects it could have on an innocent young girl..

Ali Greenleaf has a major crush on the most popular boy in school, Sean Nessel. When he invites her to a party, she leaps at the chance, wanting to show him how smart and attractive she is. What unfolds is unfortunately something that happens way too often. A boy uses his enigmatic pull and popularity to lull a girl into following him to his room where she is raped and made to feel like it is
Sophie McDuffee
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an absolute rollercoaster; from start to finish it had me absolutely entranced and I never wanted to put it down. Usually when I read a book I have a fairly good idea what I'm going to rate it by the time I'm halfway through it... THIS book however, had me skipping from 2 stars (halfway through) to three stars (50 pages later) to a solid 4 by the end of story. I've never had such difficulty picking a rating before, but I'm glad I decided on 4 stars for this masterful novel.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ali Greenleaf had a major crush on the most popular boy in school, Sean Nessel. So when he tells her he wants her to come to a party, she leaps at the chance. What unfolds is unfortunately something that happens way too often. This is the story of a survivor, the strength of friendships and the far-reaching consequences of one fateful night.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I want to thank Penguin Teen and Netgalley for this ARC!

This book intense and a difficult one to read. I feel the best review for this is one that describes the trigger warnings: alcohol and drug use, rape, mean girls, emotional abuse, mental illnesses. It feels wrong to say this is a good book, but it is, and it is one that if you can handle the trigger warnings it it worth reading.
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, my opinions on the characters were the downfall of this for me, but I really appreciated the emotional journey I went on.

Spoiler-free Review:

I received an ecopy of this book through Penguin Teen via Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Erin Laidley
3.5 stars

Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf is an emotional exploration of rape culture, from the aftermath of sexual assault to victim blaming and the ways in which we can be complicit or enable this behaviour (both knowingly and unknowingly). It also highlighted the extent to which trauma permeates into one's everyday life, and how the process of coping with and recovering from this trauma is non-linear. While I felt that this topic was handled sensitively, it could be a triggering subject so
Candice Ryan
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow this story broke my heart. Broken forYoung girls who have gone through this, broken for those who will go through this, and broken for my own three young daughters to have to grow up in a world where this still happens.
This story is hard to read. It’s emotionally draining, heart wrenchingly painful, but one that is unfortunately needed. Ali’s story is a common one. One that is usually silent. Girls are afraid of what will be said of them, and how they will be perceived. A lot of times we as
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, thank you to Penguin Teen for sending me an eARc in exchange for an honest review!

CW: rape

Well, this was an amazing book, but it was definitely difficult to push through. Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf follows Ali, who expresses her interest to soccer player Sean Nessel, who ends up raping ali when she resists. Ali runs from the party, and Blythe, beautiful, popular girl, sees her running from the party.

But Blythe is best friends with Sean, despite knowing what he does to girl
Andhisnosestuckinabook (My Spoiler Free Review)

Trigger Warnings: Rape, Sexual Assault, Slut Shaming.

This was a really raw and emotive dual 1st person POV on how a life can change in just one night with someone not respecting and acknowledging the word No.

This story is woven with so many subtle nuances that mirror factors in society. It will leave you questioning what is your right to cast stigma on others for the way they dress and the way they live their lives. People wear masks and facad
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