Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf by Haley Krischer. This tour is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. This book deals with some triggering topics, but I’m so glad I read it. See my review and top 5 reasons to read this book further down in the post, along with giveaway for USA/Canada.
Meet Haley Krischer
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 Letter, and the Hairpin. Her YA debut, SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ALI GREENLEAF will be released in fall 2020 from Razorbill. Hayley received her MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. Her first newspaper job was as an editorial assistant at the Boston Globe. She reads tarot cards.
About Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf
Title: Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf
Author: Haley Krischer
Publishing Date: October 6, 2020
Page Length: 320
Age Range: YA
Synopisis: 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 girl in school. They’ve never even talked to each other, until a party when Ali decides she’ll finally make her move on Sean Nessel, her longtime crush, and the soccer team’s superstar. But Sean pushes Ali farther than she wants to go. When she resists–he rapes her.
Blythe sees Ali when she runs from the party, everyone sees her. And Blythe knows something happened with Sean, she knows how he treats girls. Even so, she’s his best friend, his confidant. When he begs her to help him, she can’t resist.
So Blythe befriends Ali in her attempt to make things right with Sean, bringing Ali into a circle of ruthless popular girls, and sharing her own dark secrets. Despite the betrayal at the heart of their relationship, they see each other, in a way no one ever has before.
In her searing, empowering debut novel, Hayley Krischer tells the story of what happened that night, and how it shaped Ali and Blythe forever. Both girls are survivors in their own ways, and while their experiences are different, and their friendship might not be built to last, it’s one that helps each of them find a way forward on their own terms.
Content Warning: Intense scenes depicting sexual assault and drug abuse, Reference to an eating disorder, Mental illness, Trauma, PTSD, Bullying, Victim blaming.
Top 5 Reasons to Read Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf
Wow! This book! I am so glad that I read this one. This topic needs to be talked about! We need to have books that explore sexual assault and not just fade to black. This book, although uncomfortable to read at times because of the content, handled everything so well. There were moments where I felt so overwhelmed by Ali’s experiences that I had to stop reading, but I always wanted to read more.
Ali was written so realistically. Everything she did seemed so realistic and logical in the circumstances that it felt like this really happened. It’s hard to talk about this book without looking back on my own experiences and how I reacted. Although my own experiences were not the same as Ali’s, I felt that, in some cases, we reacted fairly similarly. To read a book that represented me in some where, a way that I have never seen in a book before, was overwhelming at times. There were moments where I was crying alongside Ali.
I wasn’t expecting to have the perspective from Blythe as well. I’m glad we did. We got to see just how manipulative Sean was to everyone in his world. It helped us see Ali’s world a little better and get a better understanding of what Blythe was going through. If we had only experienced this book from Ali’s perspective, we would not have been able to gain the empathy towards Blythe and her actions would always seem negative. I felt, although Blythe’s actions were horrible, I could see why she was doing what she did. There were “reasonings” behind them. I do not believe her actions were right or moral by any means, but she is an imperfect character that helps make this story even more believable.
As for the other supporting characters, I HATED the majority of them. Again, this seemed to be done on purpose. We got to see Ali’s support system and just how they interreacted with her and her distancing. We also got to see just how the popular kids acted in this situation. They are all horrible people – the ones from Blythe’s life (well almost all). We got to see just how toxic her friendships were.
The overall story arc was well written and followed a logical chain of events. Without going into spoilers, it felt very much like how one would experience this type of trauma, but still managed to explore it more. It felt more in depth than I had experienced in a book before. No fade to black; no tiptoeing around the idea of it. We get to see how this rape affected Ali and those around her and Sean.
I just wanted to mention that I do read books that could possibly trigger me – I don’t know why, but I always want to see how others react to a similar situation; to see another perspective and attempt to… I don’t know feel closure by seeing how things could turn out because I will never get that kind of closure. I know many cannot read books with this topic because it is too trigger and a toxic for their own health and I respect that. I understand and respect that. I do, however, believe that this is an important book to read and I am so glad that I was able to.
Finished copy of Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf. The giveaway ends on October 13th.a Rafflecopter giveaway https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js