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Bad Girls Don't Die Paperback – June 22, 2010
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Praise for Bad Girls Don’t Die:
“Ghost-story aficionados will recognize the delicious classic tropes of the vengeful dead and old tragedies revenged upon descendants....” —The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books
Top Customer Reviews
But I read this one anyway. And I LOVED it.
Bad Girls Don't Die is more than a ghost story. There's a touch of romance and an air of mystery, and a challenge to really get to know people before slapping a label on them and deciding you can't be friends with them--a mistake most people, including me, frequently make.
Bad Girls has a well-paced, character-driven, intriguing plot that kept me turning the pages for hours when I only meant to read for minutes. Furthermore, if I had a Top 10 list of my favorite fictional people, Alexis would be on it. She's smart, funny, unafraid of getting her hands dirty, and I really enjoyed her first-person narration. And she has pink hair!
On a couple side notes, Bad Girls is a pretty squeaky clean read, ghosts and all. There's no sex, drugs, or gratuitous swearing--and I really appreciated that. (The cleanliness also felt natural, which is another plus. Cleanliness can feel just as forced as "edginess".) Thank you, Katie Alender, for acknowledging that those things are not a part of every teenager's life. Also, while Bad Girls is exceptionally well put-together, the ending wrapped up a little too quickly--and awkwardly--for me. But it fit. Overall, I have no large complaints.
If Twilight is a vampire book for people who don't like vampire books, Bad Girls Don't Die is a ghost story for people who don't like ghost stories. And I highly recommend it!
Snarky, engaging, and downright creepy, Bad Girls Don't Die is one stellar debut novel; Katie Alender has created one of the most engrossing and consuming novels of the year. The witty, casual tone of the novel, told from Alexis's point of view initially hooks readers, but it is the darker undertones concealed by Kasey's sweet face and her "innocent" doll collection that really ensnares readers and makes Bad Girls Don't Die such an unpredictable and tantalizing read. Alexis is a wonderfully dynamic character--she is strong and opinionated and learns how to deal with her issues in a mature manner, but along the way she also learns to recognize similar qualities in those she previously judged, making her likable without being cliché. Though the haunted house and possession stories have been done many times before, Alender's fresh slant on the topic will enthrall readers and leave them just a bit creeped out.
Alexis can feel something different about the old house they've lived in since they were children, as if there was another presence. When strange things begin to happen, she pushes them aside, figuring that her sister had just gone off the deep end. Eventually, she realizes that there's more at stake than she realized. Lives are being threatened and she has to get as much information as she can muster up in order to save the people she never thought she'd get involved with.
I was torn whether to give this book a 4 or a 5 for rating. I enjoyed it a lot. It was a fast-paced read and the author kept the story interesting, with entertaining characters, dialogue, and unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Around the time I picked this book up, I didn't hear much about it and looking at the summary, I thought it was just about a creepy doll. Call me slow, but it didn't occur to me that it was about possession until someone mentioned it. There were even parts in the book where I had to stop reading just to gather what had just happened.
This was the perfect read for Halloween (especially since it took place in October, as well). I wouldn't call it a scary book, but it definitely had its creepy moments. You know, the ones where you check over your shoulder or snuggle a little closer to your cat. Or maybe that's just me.
I will definitely be looking into the sequel, From Bad to Cursed.
Girls that Alexis knows start disappearing and ending up dead. She is also looking like the main suspect thanks to the not so friendly ghost of her old frenemy Lydia. But Lydia swears that it isn't her causing all of the ruckus. Now Alexis is on the hunt to find out why these girls are being murdered and why whoever is doing it wants it to look like she's the bad guy! The story is addicting and the end will surprise you! I don't think it could have ended any better, actually. I don't know if there will be another one, but if there is I will be waiting!
I've probably said this already but Katie Alender is one of my favorite authors now. The ONLY thing I don't like about these books are the covers, but even the first cover is what caused me to pick it up in the first place. They don't make sense in the beginning but then after you read them you completely understand the meaning behind them. I loved this series, and I'm sure you will too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All of the reviews for this book were really high but I'm not sure why. I mean, it was good but not five-star worthy. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jackie
I liked everything about this book. It had that same element of mystery included in the preceding novels. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys the previous books in the series. Read morePublished 20 days ago by laurin johnson
The series just gets more interesting and addictive as you go. Love the thrill and suspense of the plot and very dynamic protagonistPublished 21 days ago by Martin Bohanan
Another Kindle download for my daughter, she loved this book too.
Really had fun reading it.
I love this book and how much Alexis reminds me of my younger self. I also love how Kasey is so different and intriguing. Read morePublished 29 days ago by livette estevez
The writing style was the hardest thing for me. Everything about it is juvenile, but the main character is what, 16? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fey
If you love exciting books that send you on an emotional rollercoaster but also give you chills to the bone, this is the trilogy for you. Read all 3 in about a monthPublished 1 month ago by Thomastracy62
I borrowed this from my local library and quickly read it. If you check out my other book review THE AWAKENING OF SUNSHINE GIRL or have on the Kindle bookstore you might know I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by #NerdyChick
This book is a horror movie, It is scary and a spin off of chuckyPublished 2 months ago by kateria hintz-ellis