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Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf

(Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  639 ratings  ·  182 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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Razorbill
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Melanie (mells_view)
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Angela Staudt
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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
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
Sara G. Kaye
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2021 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Caro Reads
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


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  ·  review of another edition
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
ivy ✰
* 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
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
jodi brooks
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Neelam Babul
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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....
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, ya, 2020, arcs
[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  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
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
**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
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
Leslie - Shobizreads
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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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