Don't believe everything you hear.
Quote of the Book

Unbelievable is the fourth book in the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. It was published on May 27, 2008.

Emily is on the cover. Under the dust jacket on the front of the hardcopy book it says "Never understimate a pretty little liar. -A".

Book Summary

Back Cover Summary

Four pretty little liars' charmed lives have turned into living nightmares.

Emily has been shipped of to Iowa to live with her ultraconservative cousins. Aria's boyfriend is behind bars-because of her. Spencer is afraid she was involved in Ali's murder. But Hanna's fate is much worse: She's clinging to life in the hospital because she knew too much.

If these girls don't start listening to me, Hanna's gonna look like the lucky one.

- A

In Detail Summary

Emily returns home when she sees her parents on TV, who tell her that they love her and accept her for who she is.

Mona and Hanna's friendship is restored, and to celebrate Hanna's recovery, Mona and Spencer plan a party for her. Spencer is surprised to discover that she enjoys Mona's company, and even more so when Mona tells her that she has been receiving messages from "A". Hanna is thrilled that Mona approves of Spencer, and they consider letting her join their clique.

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Meanwhile, "A" tells Aria that Meredith has a secret job at Hooters, and she goes there with Mike, only to discover that "A" was lying. Darren Wilden and several other cops are there, and Aria is tempted to tell them about "A". When Mike realizes that something is troubling his sister, he urges her to tell Darren, and she eventually does.

On the night of Hanna's party, Aria tells Jenna what happened the night she was blinded and apologizes for not stopping Alison, but Jenna reveals that she and Alison had planned it together to get rid of Toby. Aria asks Jenna about "A", but Jenna becomes scared and quickly leaves, hinting that she knows who "A" is.

Emily and Maya are reunited, but once Trista Taylor, a girl who Emily had met and flirted with in Iowa, comes to visit, Emily and Maya's relationship is shattered. While Emily does flirt with Trista she doesn't understand where her heart is at. After Maya catches Emily and Trista dancing very close on the dance floor she storms out in anger. Emily is saddened further when she sees Trista and Noel hooking up.

Melissa confronts Spencer about seeing Ian behind her back, which Spencer denies, and when she leaves, Spencer and Mona discover another note from "A" and suspect that Melissa killed Alison because she was jealous of her relationship with Ian. They inform the others, and decide to turn Melissa in. Mona drives Spencer to the police station, and Aria tells Emily and Hanna the truth about The Jenna Thing. When Hanna says that one in four boys sexually abuse their sister, Emily tells her not to believe everything she hears, which causes Hanna's memory to return, and she is horrified when she remembers who "A" is: Mona.

Spencer is hesitant about turning in Melissa, but Mona comforts her and convinces her otherwise. Moments later, Spencer receives a text from Emily, telling her that Mona is "A". When she receives several more from the girls, who are worrying about what Mona will do, Mona realizes that they finally figured it out.

While Aria, Emily and Hanna go to the police station to tell Darren that Mona is "A", Mona drives Spencer to Floating Man's Quarry, where she explains that she saw what happened on the night of The Jenna Thing, and when Maya moved in, she found Alison's diary, which contained the girls' secrets. Using the information to her advantage, she got a new phone and became "A" to get revenge on the girls for blinding Jenna. Spencer accuses Mona of killing Alison, but Mona says that it was Ian who killed her, as Alison had blackmailed him about their relationship.

Spencer secretly calls Darren, who overhears her conversation with Mona and learns of their location. Mona tells Spencer that she originally planned to frame her for Alison's murder, but recently grew to like her, and thus decided to frame Melissa to do Spencer a favor. She then offers Spencer her life in return that she becomes "A" with her, as they could pin the blame on someone else. Spencer refuses and Mona attacks her. They fight on the cliff's edge, and in the struggle, Spencer accidentally pushes Mona off the cliff to her death.

Aria, Emily and Hanna arrive on the scene with Darren and police, and find Mona's body and an unconscious Spencer. Hanna is shaken with the news that Mona is dead, and that her best friend was in fact her worst enemy all along. Spencer wakes up and tells Darren that Ian killed Alison, and Hanna finds Mona's Blackberry which she used to be "A".

A while later, the truth about "A" is made public, which helps restore the girls' relationships with their families. Hanna still has Mona's Blackberry, and before turning it in, she deletes all the messages Mona sent her to keep all her secrets safe.

Ian is arrested and the girls go to his court hearing, where he pleads not guilty. As they leave, the girls are relieved that they can move on with their lives and forget about "A", but Emily catches a glimpse of someone who resembles Alison and is unsure if that will ever happen.


Prologue: How To Save A Life (All The Girls)

  1. The Zen Is Mightier Than The Sword (Aria)
  2. Abracadabra, Now We Love Each Other Again (Spencer)
  3. Emily's Own American Gothic (Emily)
  4. If You Believe It, Then It's True (Hanna)
  5. This Means War (Aria)
  6. Emily's Just A Sweet, Innocent Midwestern Gal (Emily)
  7. Barbie Doll...Or Voodoo Doll? (Spencer)
  8. Doesn't Everyone Talk About This Stuff In A Hospital Room? (Hanna)
  9. It's No Fun Being The Scapegoat (Emily)
  10. About As Far From Mindless As Aria Could Get (Aria)
  11. Welcome Back...Sort Of (Hanna)
  12. On The Lam (Emily)
  13. Only Losers Get Hit By Cars (Hanna)
  14. Interrogation, With A Side Of Spying (Spencer)
  15. Guess Who's Ba-A-ack? (Emily)
  16. A New Victim (Spencer)
  17. Cats Can Fight Nice, Can't They? (Hanna)
  18. Now, Introducing, For The First Time Ever In Rosewood, Jessica Montgomery (Aria)
  19. Wandering Minds Want To Know (Emily)
  20. No Secrets Between Friends (Hanna)
  21. How Do You Solve A Problem Like Emily? (Emily)
  22. If The W's Walls Could Talk... (Spencer)
  23. Behind Closed Doors (Hanna)
  24. Spencer Gets The Guillotine (Spencer)
  25. When It Rains, It Pours (Emily)
  26. Delightfully Tacky, Yet Unrefined (Aria)
  27. Bizarre Love Triangle (Hanna)
  28. Poor Little Dead Girl (Emily)
  29. No One Can Hear You Scream (Aria)
  30. Three Little Words Can Change Everything (Spencer)
  31. Some Secrets Go Even Deeper (Aria)
  32. Hell Hath No Fury... (Emily)
  33. The Moment Of Clarity (Hanna)
  34. I'll Get You, My Pretties... (Spencer)
  35. The Chase Is On (Aria)
  36. An Offer Spencer Can't Refuse (Spencer)
  37. Seeing Is Believing (Hanna)
  38. The Final Piece (Spencer)
  39. The All-New Montgomerys, Disturbing As Ever (Aria)
  40. All That Glitters Is Not A Golden Orchid (Spencer)
  41. Presenting, In Her Return To Rosewood, Hanna Marin (Hanna)
  42. Dreams -And Nightmares- Can Come True (Emily)

Epilogue: What Happens Next... (-A)

Messages from "A"

Main article: A's Messages in the Books

To Aria

  • Sucks to be in the dark, huh? Imagine how the blind must feel! If you tell ANYONE what I did, I'll put you in the dark for good. Mwah! -A
  • P.S. Your step-mommy-to-be has a secret identity just like you! Want an eyeful? Go to Hooters tomorrow. -A
  • Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the naughtiest of them all? You told. So you're next. -A

To Emily

  • Happy coming-out day, Em - your folks must be so proud! Now that the Fields are alive with the sound of love and acceptance, it would be such a shame if something happened to their little lesbian. So you keep quiet...and they'll get to keep you! -A
  • Tsk tsk, Emily! Does your girlfriend know about your weakness to blondes? I'll keep your secret...if you keep mine. Kisses! -A   
  • Emmykins: There's a girl waiting for you in the hot tub. Enjoy! -A
  • Tell and die. -A

To Spencer

  • Helpful hint to the not-so-wise: you're not fooling anyone. The judges can see you're faker than a knockoff Vuitton.-A
  • P.S. She did it, you know. And she won't think twice about doing it to you.-A
  • Better watch your back. -A

To Mona

  • Happy belated b-day, Mona! So when are you going to tell Hanna what you did? I say wait until AFTER she finally gives you your birthday present- You might lose the friendship, but at least you get to keep the gift!- -A

To All Four Girls

  • Miss me, bitches? Stop digging for answers, or I'll have to erase your memories too. -A



  • Emily and Maya: After her parents catch her with Maya, Emily is sent off to live with her strict relatives in Iowa. When she finally returns to Rosewood, she's rather distant towards her girlfriend. Maya finds out why when a girl named Trista visits Emily from Iowa. Emily attempts to kiss Trista at Hanna's recovery celebration but Maya catches and interrupts her. She is infuriated with the swimmer and breaks up with her.
  • Aria and Ezra: Ezra is relieved that the school decided not to press charges against him but now he is out of a job. Aria visits his house and is distraught to find most of his possession in boxes. He tells her that he needs to get out of Rosewood and clear his head for a while. Ezra is sad to leave Aria but he tells her it's for the best.
  • Hanna and Lucas: Hanna has temporary amnesia from being run over; the past few days are a blur to her. Thus, she doesn't remember kissing Lucas or being humiliated by Mona. Lucas tries to warn her not to trust Mona at her recovery party, but Hanna blows him off. She's relieved that she and Mona are friends again and she doesn't want him to drag her down.


  • Emily and Trista: While Emily's in Iowa, she meets a girl who has physical similarities to Alison. The two become quick friends and hook up at a party. Trista visits Emily in Rosewood and another hook up is attempted but intercepted by Maya. Maya is very upset, thus ending their relationship. 
  • Trista and Noel: Though she's just met Noel at Hanna's party, Trista flirts with him and eventually hooks up with him. Emily sees them sneaking into the room where she broke up with Maya moments before, but she's not upset at all.

Memorable Quotes

"Don't believe everything you hear."

"Did you see the boobs on her? Ginormous!"

"It takes a very unique person to kill and you're not it."

"Our life is perfect without her."

"So that's girl your dad was kissing? I bet she's like Girls Gone Wild college one. I mean she'd have to pretty ballsy to hook up with her teacher."

"Would we still want Ali around? Now that we know Ali kept the secret about Toby and seeing Ian behind our backs? Now that we've grown up a little bit and realized Ali was basically a bitch."


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