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Bad Girls Don't Die

4 Ratings: 4.0
book by Katie Alender

When fifteen-year-old Lexi's younger sister Kasey begins behaving strangely and their old Victorian house seems to take on a life of its own, Lexi investigates and discovers some frightening facts about previous occupants of the house, leading her to … see full wiki

Author: Katie Alender
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Date Published: April 21, 2009
1 review about Bad Girls Don't Die

Engrossing and creepy

  • May 6, 2009
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Alexis Warren is a tough, sarcastic loner who is nursing a grudge against the cheerleading team for driving away the only friend she ever had. To deal with her loneliness, she turns to photography and seeks shelter in her dark room. After one peculiar night photographing her 100 year old house, Alexis's sister Kasey begins acting odd. She becomes spiteful and demanding, and she has extreme mood swings. At first, Alexis attributes her strange behavior to the ups and downs of being in middle school—but after a series of accidents that may not have been accidents after all, Alexis has to ask herself, Is something more sinister at work?

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.

Cover Comments: I really like the use of color in this trailer, the subtle blue-ish light combined with the pink outfit, and the texture of the lace curtains. I think it does well to convey the lighter, wittier aspects of the book, but also hints at the scarier elements as well. This is definitely one of those books that will jump out at book store browsers.
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May 23, 2009
Hey Tirzah! I just added your blog to my feed. I LOVE Young Adult Fiction! And I really dig that you "judge a book by its cover" albeit not solely. :) You are an outstanding writer yourself! Thanks for sharing your reviews here. You might want to check out @MichaelN's review of The Giver or @ChristysBookBlog1's review of Ruby Unscripted.
May 23, 2009
Thanks so much! I will defintely check those out!
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