Friday, June 12, 2009

Review: Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Pub. Date: April 2009
352pp

Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.

When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she
even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening—to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey — but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?

Bad Girls Don’t Die is Katie Alender’s first novel and I must say “What a fantastic debut!” The writing is Fabulous and the characters are well developed. I was easily pulled into the characters lives and at times felt I was sitting right alongside of them living through their experiences. I love the humorous moments in this book. This book is perfectly written and I found myself believing every minute of it.

This is another one of those books that you don’t want to put down. I absolutely love the plot – it’s amazingly “spooky.” I was shocked at the plot twists in this book, this book definitely kept me on the edge, I was like “Wow! I didn’t see that coming.”

There’s a scene where Alexis and Megan are waiting outside in Megan’s car and Lexi is staring at Megan wondering what’s going on inside Megan’s head, then Megan released her seat belt in a violent release that scared Lexi and at this exact moment my cell phone rang and scared the crap out of me – I must have jumped a couple of inches out of my seat. This explains how wrapped up I was in this book. I must say there are plenty of scenes that would scare the bejesus out of me (Let’s just say I’m glad I was reading it and not experiencing it). Whoa! **Wipes forehead while letting out a long winded breath** Gosh, the stories I could tell you would have you shaking in your pants….

Did I mention ghost/possession stories have always creeped me out? Well, anyway….

I highly recommend you read Bad Girls Don’t Die, you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to reading more of Katie’s novels.

Rating: 5 out 5 stars

45 comments :

  1. Excellent review. I want to read this book as it sounds really good from al the reviews I've read :D

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  2. This is the first review I've actually stopped to read of this, and I don't think I realized that it was a ghost story (which I LOVE!). I'm totally getting this one! THANKS!

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  3. Freaky! Great review, you totally just made me want to read this book. Thanks!

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  4. This looks so good! Great review, it makes me want to pick up this book even more so than I did before.

    ~ Popin

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  5. This sounds really awesome. I might have to get this one.

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  6. Oh gosh, I would have jumped too. I'm quite a jumpy person. I really really want to read this though. Sounds amazing, heard really good things.

    -lauren

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  7. Ha ha, I love the bit with the cell phone! I hate moments like that (I'm a total fraidycat).

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my little book!

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  8. Loved this book although I read it right before bed. Bad idea :)

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  9. Excellent review, spooky and you can't put it down! Can't wait to take a peek!

    Dottie :)

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  10. This one's been on my to-read list for a while... time to bump it up the queue!

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  11. Thanks for the review, sounds great! tWarner419@aol.com

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  12. Great review. I've been dying to read this book. I'm glad that every review I've read on it say that it's great.

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  13. Great review! This kind of stories creeps me out as well but I still like to read them(during daytime LOL).

    I have an award for you, here.

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  14. I LOVE books that have twists!!

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  15. I love to be "creeped out". This sounds great!

    mj.coward[at]gmail.com

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  16. Wow, I really want to read this book!

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  17. I know I will get so creeped out reading this book (I'm a wuss) but I don't care - it sounds so good!

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  18. I love a book that knows how to use a plot twist to thoroughly throw me.

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

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  19. Now I've got to read it! Thanks!

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  20. Great review; I gotta read this :D

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  21. Great review! Makes me want to read the book even more...definetly wishlisting it!

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  22. I am so excited to read this! Thanks for the review!

    vmvazquez83 at yahoo dot com

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  23. Great review! I can't wait to read this one. It sounds great and I haven't heard a single bad thing said about it either.

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  24. Great review! I've heard so many good things about this book and can't wait til I can read it as well :)

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  25. I'm glad you reviewed this so well. Now I know not to read it in public, people may think I'm a bit odd if I keep gasping and jumping off my seat! *laughs*

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  26. Great review! I semi-wanted to read the book, but know I think I'll have to. Every once in a while you need a book to spook you. :)

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  27. This book sounds really intereating.

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  28. At first I was not overly interested in this book, it just did not seem right for me. But after reading your review it does look quite interesting (and would make a great beach read for the summer)

    Great review,
    Cheers,
    Julie

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  29. Wow. This book sounds REALLY good. I generally don't read that many books that scare me, but I love ones that do. I love that kind of creepy mysterious type of story. I don't know. This sounds really fun.

    Thanks for the review!
    Max.

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  30. I love that this isn't a book that seemed great and I wanted to read but then got lukewarm or so-so reviews, so far it seems to be getting great reveiws--I still want to read it so badly!!

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  31. Sounds really interesting, I want this one so bad!

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  32. This sounds great! I'm in the mood for something scary too.

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  33. Great review. I saw this book at Borders the other day and was attracted to the cover. After reading the author interview and your review, I want to read this book.

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  34. Thanks for the review! It sounds like a wonderful book, very creepy :) I also love the cover!

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  35. I wasn't sure about this book based on the title and cover but your review has intrigued me, it sounds interesting!

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  36. Great review! I love those books that you can get so totally wrapped up in that you forget your actually surroundings!

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  37. I am dying to read this book!! after reading your review I want it more than ever.

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  38. Great review. I really cant wait to read it now.

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  39. The review of the book was as awesome as the interview with the author. Guess that means I really need to find this book at my local bookstore! Can't wait to read it!

    navybrat76@yahoo.com

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  40. Love the review.
    Great Cover.

    Cant wait to read.


    lightningstreak123@comcast.net

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  41. Liked your review. I love finding new authors, and this one looks like a winner! Putting it on my wishlist. Thanks!

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  42. It does sound like a good book. Can't wait to read it!



    dsym_06(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  43. What a great review. I could easily visualize you jumping over the cell phone becuase I've done the same thing!

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  44. I love this book so much I got a feeling of hope and sorrow but most of all I could really relate to the characters in the books. I felt Alexis pain of being an outcast, because I am. But I love how at the end she became the best she could be and that's a lesson we all have to learn.

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