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How to Be Bad Paperback – May 1, 2009

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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.

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About the Author

Lauren Myracle has written many books for tweens and teens, including the bestselling Winnie Years series and the Flower Power series. She lives with her family in Colorado, and she thinks life is the most magical adventure of all.



E. Lockhart is the author of many YA novels, including We Were Liars and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. She was voted worst driver in her senior class in high school.



Sarah Mlynowski is the author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have), Don’t Even Think About It, Bras & Broomsticks, the New York Times bestselling Whatever After books, and more. Her books have been translated into 29 languages and optioned to Hollywood. Sarah has taken many road trips and gotten lost on every one of them.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061284246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061284243
  • ASIN: B0058M8886
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,757,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Jesse, Vicks and Mel work together at the Waffle. They are crazy, impulsive, and each has their own secrets that they are afraid to share. A road trip to visit Vic's boyfriend teaches them a lot about life, love, survival, and how to be a best friend. Very enjoyable book. Highly recommend to girls, young and old!
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Mel, Jesse and Vicks are three teenage girls who spend the summer months working at the Waffle House. Jesse and Vicks have been doing so for forever and have grown really close over time, despite being very different and not even going to the same school. Mel on the other hand is the new kid in town and a rich one at that, so she doesn't have to work like the other two do. Yet she actually enjoys her job as a waitress and she is desperate to find that close bond she sees between Jesse and Vicks every day.

Vicks hasn't been doing so great lately though, she misses her boyfriend who has just started college and he's not responding to any of her messages, which is making her feel very insecure about her relationship. To cheer her up, Jesse suggests a spontaneous road trip to visit him. The only problem? Neither of the girls has the money for gas or hotel stays along the way. And that's where Mel comes in. Offering to pay for their trip if she can come along, the girls set off for an adventure that involves crocodiles, hot boys at a keg party and a pirate-themed hotel.

How to Be Bad wasn't what I was expecting at all. Instead of a meaningful and quirky story along the lines of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, this was a fun, feel-good novel not unlike road trip stories I've seen unfold on the big screen. Sure, the three girls central within the book all have issues to deal with and character growth to go through, but ultimately this was a really enjoyable, and at times a tad crazy, adventure – and the perfect fictional getaway for the summer holidays.

The book is written by three different authors, which is a really unique concept. Though while each of course has their own style, this didn't hamper the fluency of the story at all.
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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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