Bad Girls Don’t Die – Katie Alender

Title: Bad Girls Don’t Die
Author: Katie Alender
ISBN: 9781423108764
Pages: 352
Release Date: April 21, 2009
Publisher: Hyperion Books CH
Genre: Teen, Mystery
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

From the dust jacket:

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?

I first heard about Bad Girls Don’t Die through The Debutante Ball, which is a grog (group blog) that I read regularly.  Each year, the Ball picks a select group of female debut authors.  Anyone who regularly reads my reviews knows that I can’t praise the Debs highly enough – they have never led me astray, and I firmly believe they never will.

Bad Girls Don’t Die is actually a YA book, though it definitely appeals to adults as well.  Alexis is a sympathetic character who is realistically written.  It’s very easy to believe that Alexis is an actual teenager.  She is quick to judge those around her, but I loved that she was willing to second guess those judgments when circumstances called them into question.  She wasn’t afraid to ask for help or admit when she was wrong, which is key in a novel such as this.  It wasn’t what I expected from her at all (I was afraid she would be a stereotypical character) and I loved it.  The same can be said for many of the other characters in the book – don’t make the mistake of underestimating them.

The best part of Bad Girls Don’t Die was its delicious creepiness.  It’s not scary, really, but if you get freaked out easily then this is not a book you want to be reading at night by yourself.  At its core, Bad Girls Don’t Die is a ghost story.  More than once, I had chills running down my spine as I endeavored to figure out exactly what was going on.  If you like the wonderful creepiness of gothic mysteries, then you will love this novel. 

If you are a fan of the new, edgy turn that YA fiction has taken, or enjoy mysteries/ghost stories, I can’t recommend Bad Girls Don’t Die highly enough.  I thoroughly enjoyed every second I spent with this novel, so much so that I read it in one sitting.  I can’t wait to see what Katie Alender does next – dare I hope for a sequel to Bad Girls Don’t Die?

Thank you to the author/publisher for sending me this book to review!

Comments

  1. the cover of the book reminds me of the scene in the movie THE OTHERS where nicole kidman think it’s her daughter under the veil but it’s that old lady

  2. the cover of the book reminds me of the scene in the movie THE OTHERS where nicole kidman think it’s her daughter under the veil but it’s that old lady

  3. Swapna, thank you so much! What a wonderful review. I’m glad to hear the characters outperformed your expectations. As for a sequel… that’s a big bunch of question marks right now. But trust me, if it were ever to happen, the whole internet would hear me screeching with joy. 😉

  4. Swapna, thank you so much! What a wonderful review. I’m glad to hear the characters outperformed your expectations. As for a sequel… that’s a big bunch of question marks right now. But trust me, if it were ever to happen, the whole internet would hear me screeching with joy. 😉

  5. This is the second review I’ve read of this book that talks about how incredibly creepy it is. (The first one was from a veteran reader of horror.) I have a teenaged sister who I’ve been trying to steer towards good books, so I’ll have to look into this one.

  6. This is the second review I’ve read of this book that talks about how incredibly creepy it is. (The first one was from a veteran reader of horror.) I have a teenaged sister who I’ve been trying to steer towards good books, so I’ll have to look into this one.

  7. I’m going to look out for this book after reading Violet Crush’s and your review. 🙂

  8. I’m going to look out for this book after reading Violet Crush’s and your review. 🙂

  9. I SO want to read this!! The Debs, as you call them, sound fantastic! !

  10. I SO want to read this!! The Debs, as you call them, sound fantastic! !

  11. This sounds like a great read — thanks for the review.

  12. This sounds like a great read — thanks for the review.

  13. I really thought this was great too and am looking forward to reading more from Katie!

  14. I really thought this was great too and am looking forward to reading more from Katie!

  15. seriously the best book ive ever read! read the entire book in one night, on my way home to NY from VA. took me 5 hours to read it

  16. seriously the best book ive ever read! read the entire book in one night, on my way home to NY from VA. took me 5 hours to read it

  17. i just like got this book like yesterday at our book fair and its sound SO interesting! i SO wanna read it soon!!!

  18. i just like got this book like yesterday at our book fair and its sound SO interesting! i SO wanna read it soon!!!

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