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Dead Girl Walking Paperback – September 8, 2008
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When I was 9, I wrote a short story about a cat named Taben and stapled it into a "book" with pictures, too. A year later I rewrote the book, writing it neater, adding chapter titles, and putting games in the back. I didn't know it then but I was "revising" my work, an early step to learning how to become a writer.
When I was 14, I challenged myself to type a chapter a day over my 2 week Christmas vacation, and I finished a book (200 pages) in two weeks. This was an important achievement to me because I proved to myself that I could finish a book. Up until then I had many starts but only one "finish."
So you'd think I was poised to become a young published author? Maybe...but life jumped ahead of my dreams. I started working at age 17 plus had a short marriage. I didn't dust off my writing dreams until I was 27 and a mother of toddlers. I started off small, writing in the evening when my husband was home to help with the kids. By the time they were in school, I had a schedule of writing in the mornings. I sold my first book when I was 30, a chapter book called ALMOST TWINS. Someday (when I'm quite famous) this will be my more rare book since only a few thousand were ever printed and it was only sold in school book fairs. My first book never made it to bookstores.
My 36th book, THE SEER #6. MAGICIAN'S MUSE, came out in 2010. And in 2012, a spinoff from THE SEER starring Thorn, BURIED, comes out in March. Also, I'm working on a big world-creating book now that will be my biggest achievement yet...stay tuned for more dreams coming true.
Read short stories and enter a contest here: www.LindaJoySingleton.com
Top Customer Reviews
Dead Girl Walking is the first in a series, though it can easily be read as a stand-alone story. The body switching routine has been done before, and while it is done well this time, what really sets this book apart is Amber. Amber is the stereotypical quirky, klutzy, not-popular-but-not-unpopular girl. Despite filling these stereotypes (which really are starting to get a little worn), Amber is impossible not to love. Her wry commentary runs throughout the book, adding levity and thoughtfulness in all the right places. She's a person I can totally see myself befriending and laughing hysterically with every time we get together.
The secondary characters were equally endearing, though not as fleshed out as Amber. While we don't really get to meet Leah, we do take an intimate tour through her dark secrets, and they are frightening. Leah's situation is awful and I found myself feeling really sorry for her. After spending so much time in Leah's life, I wish the author had given the reader some closure or idea of how Leah's life is after the main events of the story have ended. This loose end and the abrupt ending are my only complaints about the story. Despite these two minor complaints, I fully enjoyed the book and recommend it. I will be checking out the sequels.
An addition to this review based on the comment from the author (thanks) and if you don't read comments-this is the first of a trilogy, not a series, so it wasn't meant to end at this book. That's fair, but I didn't get that from the description of the book. So, consider this a 4 star review if you plan to purchase the 2 subsequent books.
Directly after eavesdropping, learning how the populars view her, and finding out that she's received a collegiate scholarship, an out-of-control mail truck hits Amber.
Despite her severe injuries, she doesn't die. Exactly.
Instead, her soul ends up in the body of a fellow classmate: Queen B Leah. Leah just attempted suicide and Amber's desperately trying to adapt to this new life. She's dying to know why the most popular girl in school hates life. Slowly, Amber uncovers layers of Leah's life and realizes that things aren't always wonderful for the school's golden girl.
When Amber realizes that she might never escape Leah's body, she attempts to make some major adjustments.
Linda Joy Singleton starts up a new series with DEAD GIRL WALKING, where she perfectly combines the hardship of teen life with a paranormal aspect, immediately hooking readers.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
BUT... and this is a rather large "but"... I really don't think this book is appropriate for young adults. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I don't think teenage breast implants, liposuction, botox, promiscuity, suicide, alcoholism, theft and inappropriate fatherly touching makes for a good book in the YA section. I know society is becoming really lax when it comes to classifying these things, but that doesn't mean I want my son or daughter reading this stuff in a novel - especially in the context it was in.
There's a lot of sad, harsh reality in this one - which was why this was a tough one to classify, I'm sure. Despite this book being about teenagers, I'd save it for the adults with a young taste in books.
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Great reading! I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. Some supernatural, a little romance, a little drama, a lot of love and sence of humor.Published 6 months ago by shannonfrommt
This tale of flirty intrigue will keep you entertained in a flip flop sort of way. This would be a great summer read.Published 8 months ago by wardenteacher
An interesting start to an entertaining and humorous series about a girl who cannot seem to get back into her body and her own life. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Selena#1
Loved it. Added Linda Joy to my favorite authors list and will read anything she writes.Published 18 months ago by Anne Hooper