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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: MTV Books (June 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743497333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743497336
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After too many infractions of her conservative parents' rules, 16-year-old Anna is involuntarily shipped off to a wilderness survival camp, where her parents hope she will reform her "wild" behavior. Located on a remote Caribbean island, Camp Archstone is frightening and militaristic, and Anna's troubled bunk mates unsettle her. Then a shocking murder during a camp hike sends the girls into a terrifying flight through the jungle, where they confront drug smugglers, potential rapists, and even the violent impulses in each other. The publisher bills this first novel as a cross between Lord of the Flies and heathers, but readers may find more similarities to teen horror movies, particularly in the plot cliches, stilted dialogue, and gratuitous descriptions of scantily clad girls on the run. In fact, a companion film is in the works, and the interest its release will generate may be the biggest justification for purchasing the novel. Still, some readers (the majority of whom will probably be older teens) will enjoy the nail-biting suspense, the jungle survival challenges, and the mean-girls politics. Gillian Engberg
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About the Author

Alex McAulay, author of Bad Girls, Lost Summer, and Oblivion Road, is a graduate of Brown University, and holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also an indie-rock musician who has recorded several albums under the name Charles Douglas.  He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa.  Visit him online at www.alexmcaulay.com.

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Customer Reviews

This is a good book a very interesting read.
Dorrie Wheeler
The girls must fight for their lives and the reader feels as if they are truly a bad girl.
A. Dennis
I couldn't put it down and ended up reading the entire book in a day.
JennMG

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Dennis on July 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
What an awesome book. From page one to three-hundred plus this book is a page turner.

It all starts with Anna's wild, uncontrollable behavior that gets her sent to Camp Archstone on Andros Island. Everything is mechanical in this wilderness camp for bad girls. Every girl has a story to tell and Anna doesn't know who she can trust. On a camping trip something goes horribly wrong and the real adventure begins. The girls must fight for their lives and the reader feels as if they are truly a bad girl. There are so many different scenarios, and secrets living within the island. The whole time Anna has flashbacks of her own secret that she's hiding. Who will make it to safety, if anyone?

This book was a great read. The ending wasn't as strong, it was kind-of sappy in my opinion. Other than that, this makes for a great summer read. I would say it's for the young adult 18+ crowd.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dorrie Wheeler on June 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Bad Girls-A Novel is a book! Yes, people it's a book too! The celebrity gossip blogs are so busy focused on the movie no one is taking the time to actually read the book. The early buzz is that Hilary Duff or Lindsay Lohan may be attached to the movie. The book was written by Alex McAuley. The book reads like a movie. You can tell when you read it that cinema is in the future. The story opens up with a action packed scene. Anna is on the run. Two men on her trail. She is out in the wilderness, scared and hoping that she won't be found. When "The Boxer" and the big fat man finally catch her she struggles and gives them the silent treatment. This scene actually is a little foreshadowing. Anna's parents arrange for her to be sent away due to her "out of control" behavior. This is a good book a very interesting read. If you like Lost or remember the movie Lord of the Flies you will like this book. What I didn't like about the book is that some of the characters seem one dimensional. Perhaps I was picking up on the fact that a man was writing female characters. The cover is awesome but the title is a little unorignal. How many movies, books and songs have been titled "Bad Girls" over the years? I felt like they were acting in the book. But it's a good book and probably will make a good movie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Geary on June 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book based on the cover art and the fact that MTV published it. It exceeded my expectations and got better and better as I read. The main character, Anna, is not that "bad" but is sent to a boot camp anyway by her somewhat insane parents. She makes friends with some of the girls she meets there, and enemies too. Then the book starts to become like Lord of the Flies with a Gossip Girl element when the camp falls apart and Anna has to run or fight. Some readers might find it somewhat scary or disturbing, but I could not put it down.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Feeling they have lost control as their sixteen years old child Anna continually defies them and breaks all their rules, the religious Wheelers turn to a radical solution. They hire "soldiers" from Camp Archstone to abduct their daughter and take her to a remote Bahamas Island for several weeks of boot camp. Anna thought her parents were too strict, but they seem permissive as she lives in a survival camp run in the strictest of military styles; insubordination leads to harsh punishment from the in your face 24/7 staff.

Anna fears her bunk mates whose behavior seems over the edge past sanity. However, her terror turns to outright horror when on a forced several miles hike up the mountain someone kills the leader; the others react just as frightened. Everyone panics with the girls fleeing into the jungle while deviant drug dealers pursue them with plans to rape and then kill the teens. To Anna the biggest fear remains her violent bunk mates who cannot understand teamwork is the only way to save their lives.

BAD GIRLS is a heart pumping thriller that never slows down from the moment that Anna is abducted with the concerned unsure consent of her parents and never slows down until the final tropical jungle feverish confrontation. The story line feels like a gender bending Lord of the Flies crossed with female prison movies like The Big Doll House and The Big Bird Cage. Still this is an adrenalin action-packed tale with the audience rooting for Anna to survive her ordeal.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Daw on July 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
I liked this book alot. It takes a very interesting book for me to finish the whole book. I finished it in a week. I can't wait for the next Alex Mcaulay novel to come.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JennMG on August 8, 2005
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To put it simply: This book was amazing. It combines drama/comedy/and suspense. I couldn't put it down and ended up reading the entire book in a day. I thought that the characters all seemed very real and easy to relate to. Anna, the main character, was sent to the wilderness camp because she was a 'bad girl', but as the book goes on you find that she's really just a normal teen who has made some mistakes. When the girls are lost in the wilderness to fend for themselves they have to pull together and trust each other if they want to survive. As you get farther into the book the girls stumble across some eccentric (but not necessarily nice) characters. I do wish that the book would have had more of a closure saying what happened to the other girls when they were left to themselves. I suppose the author did this as to leave that up to our own imagination. 'Bad Girls' is definatly worth reading.
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