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Dead Girl Walking by [Singleton, Linda Joy]
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Grade 8 Up—Amber Borden is clever, ambitious, and tired of being seen as a nobody by the popular crowd at her high school. She's convinced that her ticket to success is to be an A-list talent agent, and her first big break is in convincing Trinidad Sylvenski to let Amber manage her. Unfortunately for Amber, her life literally spins out of control. After discovering what the most popular girls really think of her, she has a near-death experience when she is hit by a mail truck. In the "heavens," she meets her loving grandmother and loyal dog who give her words of encouragement, the promise of better things to come, and instructions on how to return to her body. Amber is so excited with this encounter that she takes a wrong turn and winds up in the body of beautiful, wealthy, and popular Leah Montgomery. It doesn't take long for Amber to realize that Leah's life and family are in major turmoil. All she wants is her old life back, and she will do whatever it takes to make this happen. What she learns along the way are the experiences of a lifetime. This page-turner has wit, love, courage, adventure, and remarkable insight. Amber is truly a teen heroine whom readers will identify with and learn from, who brings new meaning to the word "dead." A must-have purchase for fans of the supernatural and the occult.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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"Well-packaged light chills that should be a hit with teen girls."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1719 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (September 8, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 8, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003BNZIRI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amber has never been known for her sense of direction, but her capacity for error jumps to new heights when, after a near death experience, her soul takes a wrong turn and she ends up in the body of popular girl Leah. Desperate to get back to her own body, Amber sets in motion a series of hilarious, horrifying, and touching events as she attempts to navigate life in Leah's body while trying to reclaim her own.

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.
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I am not a teen or young adult but still loved this book. Until the ending, which turned out to be just a setup for the next book. It was frustrating to be close to the resolution the book was heading for, and needed, then to be left completely hanging. Books in good series also work as stand-alones, this one doesn't. It's a free book that's just there to get you to buy the next books in the series. And they are pricey at $8-not worth it to me for this kind of quick, light read in eBook format. And the risk that they will be equally unfinished. Too bad- the story line was good, the characters likeable, and the concepts entertaining (loved the ghost dog.)

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.
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I loved this book for it's likeable characters and constant flow of quirky humor. Although I wasn't fond of my teenager years, this definitely reminds me that during those years you have a lot of "oh god, kill me now" moments. There aren't enough novels out there for young adults that stress that being yourself is a good thing, rather than being a follower. I think this author did a decent job of portraying that without boring the teenage mind.

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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Gold Star Award Winner!

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
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I loved this story. It different than what I'm use too but I was in the mood for different and this did not disappoint. This magical world created filled with dark lifers and disposal teams was so real. I would recommend this book to my younger cousins.
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I couldn't stop reading! Ms. Singleton kept me in suspense the whole book. About the time I thought I knew what was going to happen, she threw in a new curve. But just as often she let me win on the guessing game of "What Will Amber Have To Endure Next?"

Amber is an endearing character. As an adult reading this (and many would question the adult part), I worried about her and felt deep empathy with her family and friends. But it is her spirit, her caring for others that triumphs and/or fails her in painful ways. I can hardly wait to see what happens to Amber in the next book, Dead Girl Dancing!
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