- File Size: 2293 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Publisher: Tessa Marie (March 28, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 28, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DLA3EO4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dead Girl Kindle Edition
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This book had me torn in so many different directions. It was so very affecting. I always thought I knew what a poor high school experience was, but I don’t remember anything quite this bad happening at my high school…and I’d like to think I wasn’t just completely blind to everything that was going on. But bullying is such a relevant topic right now, and seeing all that Kylie and Jack went through was quite heartbreaking, regardless of whether I was able to relate or not. And the consequences were so real and left me an absolute snot-nosed wreck (much to my husband’s dismay — he wanted to write Ms. Marie a sternly worded letter for making me cry so much). I really loved Kylie’s developing friendship with Jack and how that all played out.
As for Kylie’s relationships with Sam and Brayden, I found myself frustrated on many occasions…probably b/c the characters were quite realistic and so hopelessly flawed, and I just didn’t want to see them making such obviously horrible decisions…though it’s always easier for us to see that as readers outside the situation, isn’t it? It really wasn’t so hard to guess what happened to Brayden in his previous life, and so occasionally I was frustrated with Kylie for not picking up on the clues…even if she is a high school teenager going through her own problems. But I was equally frustrated with Brayden for not confiding in Kylie while expecting Kylie to come to him with all her problems.
And then there was the whole Drew situation…LENORE MAD. Part of me gets it, but I really wanted to smack Kylie.
At the end, I was disappointed with Sam and Brayden for not owning up to their own bad behaviors. I can’t really go into it more without needing a bunch of spoiler tags around things, but I feel like they were let off the hook too easily without apologizing…it just felt like there should have been some all around apologizing going on. It’s a stupid thing to have bother me, and it probably won’t bother many people, but I’m a sensitive flower that way.
I really loved some of the snarky banter between Brayden and Kylie and their chemistry at the start was adorable! But since we kind of lost that for a good chunk of the book, I was taken out of my love affair for their relationship and couldn’t quite get it back in the end.
I haven’t quite decided whether to round up or down yet, but one thing having me lean towards rounding down is some stylistic writing choices that just pushed on my grammar buttons. Occasionally Ms. Marie would split up sentences with periods, probably for emphasis or something? But they just ended up having me want to fix them…totally a personal issue for me, but it affected my enjoyment a bit.
So in the end I’m still torn. My reviews always feel so negative, and I can’t figure out how to emphasize the good parts to the same degree. So despite my frustrations with some of the characters, I really feel this is a book worth putting on your TBR lists. The social issues tackled in it make it stand out amongst its YA peers. And I’m just going to stop writing now, b/c I’m in a funky mood and overthinking everything I write. *rolls eyes*
First Tessa Marie should be applauded for taking on bullying and its ramification in such a real and honest way. She took a topic that needed to be looked at and gave it a voice. A voice that was real and haunting. You hear about bullying. You see teens kill themselves over twitter and facebook bullying but to have a book describe this and the feelings of what teens are going through as this is happening is not seen often. And Ms. Marie does this with honesty, gut wrenching honesty and poise. She also touches on this touchy topic with grace and dignity.
The story of Kylie is haunting and real. Kylie starts out as a popular girl with a crush. She goes to a party and her crush pays attention to her. His ex who is a bully and evil in the ultimate form goes after Kylie and she fights back. This puts Kylie in the zone for bullying and boy does she get the whole deal in that category. She goes from people talking to her to being mooed in the halls. Only her best friend who I got ticked off with towards the end because of how she reacted to something. totally uncool. She was even cyberbullied under the hashtag #deadgirl. This girl was tortured and yet she held her head up high and took it. She did this to show they were going to beat her down. To show that she could still go on. She did it for her dad because of all they had already gone through she didn’t want to add this to his plate. One day she meets a boy. A boy who doesn’t care about what others say and they become friends. He is pulled out of his darkness by Kylie but she doesn’t know this until his aunt tells her. He doesn’t confide much to her but she does to him.
Kylie though does something silly and lets her crush overtake her. She learns though that sometimes crushes are up on the pedestal but don’t belong there. He didn’t belong there and it was seen with his actions toward Jack. So as Kylie fought her way out of the land of pariah Jack was placed in that position. The Queen B of bullying outed him. except Jack couldn’t hold his head high. He barely could get to school. It was Kylie who put sunshine in his bleak days. And god did this strong young man who was so kind to Kylie when others weren’t try. He wanted to fight through it but in the end it became to much. He wanted others though to learn from him and so he created and chronicled it all through videos. Jack and Kylie are shining examples of how two different sets of bullying turns out. How they are there for each other and help each other when no one else will.
In the end Kylie does see what is real and not. Does see the jerk her crush is and does see the real Braydon, the boy who was there for her and didn’t care what others thought. The boy who was hurt by her dating her crush. the boy who came alive around Kylie and found through Kylie a way to let go of his guilt and past so he can move on. they found love with each other as well.
this book is haunting in how real it is in its portrayal of bullying and its consequences. the thoughts, feelings and emotions of those being bullied and those around them. How bullies can sometimes become better people but sometimes don’t and what can be learned from the situations. We see two different scenarios and watch them play out. Not always with a happy ending but with real endings. the book is so real and honest it just captivates you and truly has you in those halls feeling each emotion and just wanting to stop it from happening. Each action is seen out with real and honest emotion and written with gutwrenching honesty that you feel what those being bullied are. It is raw and honest. Beautiful and sad. A amazingly beautiful and incredible book about bullying and what it does to someone, friendship and as a whole the consequences of bullying. We see some bright aspects with Braydon and Kylie finding their way to each other but the author tackles so many issues with raw emotion and honesty that people face at that age you just can’t step away from it. A brave book with brave and honest characters that will take your breath away.
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