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“Whip-smart dialogue and a fast-moving, picaresque plot that zooms from lump-in-the-throat moments to all-out giddiness will keep readers going, and it’s a testimony to how real these girls seem that the final chapters are profoundly satisfying rather than tidy.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )

“The authors’ styles blend seamlessly, folding three characters’ distinct voices into a funny, poignant story about facing your troubles with friends at your side.” (ALA Booklist )

From the Back Cover

Three girls who couldn't be more different have one goal in mind: to get the heck out of Dodge.

Well, Niceville, Florida, actually.

Vicks is the wild child whose boyfriend left for college and isn't returning any of her calls.

Mel is the good girl in expensive jeans who just wants everyone to like her.And Jesse, well, she'll do whatever it takes to avoid facing a life-altering secret.

Armed only with Vicks's battered copy of a guidebook called Fantastical Florida, the keys to Jesse's mom's beat-up station wagon, and Mel's credit card, they're Miami bound for the weekend. That is, they would be if they didn't keep getting distracted by attractive hitchhikers and natural disasters.

This may be a trip filled with detours, but the girls are about to learn that when it comes to fun and friendship, the best part of the adventure just might be the journey itself.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061284246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061284243
  • ASIN: B0058M8886
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna G on July 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is FUNNY. Like, absurdly funny.

Evidence via first line:
"At the end of July, back when I was still fun, I bought Vicks two tufts of fake armpit hair from Jokes-a-Plenty."

And though the characters were strong, the plotting tight, and the narration nearly seamless, what really stood out was the dialogue. The conversations between these three girls flowed with such a natural and ridiculous certainty that I felt like I was listening in on a conversation I had with my friends in high school. (Though we never had to escape an alligator.) There were almost no one-liners; the humor came from the characters themselves, and the dialogue built upon itself to create that wonderful realism. This book nails the nuances of friendship.

The best part of HOW TO BE BAD?

It's a ball to read. It regularly touches on serious topics (as per the jacket copy, every girl has her issues), but it didn't weigh me down with them. Instead, I had a great time with Jesse, Vicks, and Mel as they drove to Miami. And here's the kicker ---- I am personally biased against road trip novels. I just feel they're cliche or something. Way to bust that particular prejudice.

Conclusion: If you're sitting at home bored and want an adventure with your friends but it's kinda not happening... read this book. It's almost as good as being there.

* This review posted originally at www(dot)FirstNovelsClub(dot)com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tricia on January 21, 2012
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I bought this book because I have read everything that e. lockhart has written. I absolutely love her books. This was wonderful as well. The chapters rotate between three teenage girls' perspectives. They are each dealing with their own issues, and it was fun to read all the perspectives. I would recommend this book if you enjoy realistic YA fiction.
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Format: Paperback
There’s something about summer that makes me crave light, fun reads about friendship, love and good times so when I spotted HOW TO BE BAD with that awesome cover, I knew it was just what I needed.

Despite the issues that can arise with multiple POVs, I adore getting to know a variety of characters intimately and feel that I can get so much more out of my reading experience. HOW TO BE BAD is written by three different authors, each taking a character which really excited me because of the added authenticity of each of the characters’ different personalities and stories.

Set in Florida, HOW TO BE BAD takes place at the end of another hot, sticky summer. Jesse, Vicks and Mel all work at the Waffle House and couldn’t be more different. Jesse lives in a trailer park with her mom who has just been diagnosed with cancer and Jesse clings to the Christian beliefs passed down by her Grandma as a way of comforting her through her fear of the unknown. Her best friend, Vicks has recently said goodbye to her boyfriend, Brady a freshman at college in Miami who has suddenly forgotten how to use the phone and Vicks is determined not to be one of “those girlfriends” obsessing over the wording in every little text. Mel, the new girl is desperate to fit in to her new home which couldn’t be more different than the Canadian landscape she left behind. When a suggested road trip to Miami is suggested, the three girls are thrown together for a weekend of discovery, heartbreak, healing and friendship that will change their outlook on life forever.

HOW TO BE BAD is the quintessential, light fluffy read that will capture your attention easily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nelly35 on December 25, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I love books with 2 or more different character view's. What is so awesome about this book is the book is told from 3 different point of views and 3 different authors.
Wonderful book, I recommend this book to anyone who loves an adventure!
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