Book Review: Living Dead Girl – Elizabeth Scott

Title: Living Dead Girl
Author: Elizabeth Scott
ISBN: 9781416960607
Pages: 176
Release Date: September 2, 2008
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Teen/YA
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Alice is 15 years old.  Though Alice isn’t even her real name.  She was 9 years old when Ray took her from the aquarium she was at, on a field trip with her schoolmates.  Since then, Ray has abused her physically, emotionally, and sexually.  This is a bleak and desperate portrait of a girl with no hope left and nowhere to run.

Review:

Elizabeth Scott is one of my favorite YA writers. I’ve cut down the number of YA books I’ve been reading lately because I’ve found they haven’t really been speaking to me, but I will seek out Elizabeth Scott’s books as long as she is writing them.  She always has an interesting story to tell, and I love that her books are so different from one another (Reviews of Something, Maybe, Love You, Hate You, Miss You and The Unwritten Rule).  She is constantly pushing the boundaries, trying to improve her writing and storytelling skills.

Living Dead Girl is like no other Elizabeth Scott novel I’ve read.  It’s a slip of a book, but one that packs an incredible punch.  It isn’t enjoyable to read – in fact, it’s horrifying.  I felt nauseous the entire time I was reading it.  That being said, I could not put this book down.  I had to know what happened to Alice, to know that she ended up okay.  Scott knows how to keep her readers hooked on a story.

This was not a complicated book.  While the subject matter was incredibly difficult, the book itself is stark and bare.  Scott’s writing style is spare, in an effort to reinforce the bleak nature of the novel.  There isn’t a lot of hope in this book, which makes it that much harder to read.  It’s almost a flat book, but that’s not necessarily a criticism.  Living Dead Girl is told from the point of view of Alice, and she narrates with such numbness that the entire novel is just haunting.

This was not an easy or enjoyable book to read.  That being said, I think it was definitely worth reading, and am glad I picked it up.  Additionally, despite the heavy subject matter, the book goes very fast.  This would actually make a great book club read – it would spur a lot of discussion, and after it’s over, you’ll want people to share your despair with and inject some brightness into your day.

Comments

  1. I’ve been going back and forth on whether to read this one because of the heavy subject matter. I’ve read Something, Maybe (via audio) but it’s more lighthearted fare so I’m still on the fence. Glad oyu liked it despite the hard content.

  2. I’ve been going back and forth on whether to read this one because of the heavy subject matter. I’ve read Something, Maybe (via audio) but it’s more lighthearted fare so I’m still on the fence. Glad oyu liked it despite the hard content.

  3. I’ve been eyeing this book for quite some time. It looks soo good.

  4. I’ve been eyeing this book for quite some time. It looks soo good.

  5. I imagine this was a tough read – the cover is so sad to me.

  6. I imagine this was a tough read – the cover is so sad to me.

  7. I think I might have this book around here. I know that I was not aware that Elizabeth Scott was the author or rather I didn’t know of Elizabeth Scott when I purchased it. I recently read and reviewed THE UNWRITTEN RULE and really liked it. I would like to read this one, but I am going to have to pick my time. It would be hard, but I think it is important to read books like this. Thank you so much, as ever, for sharing your thoughts!

  8. I think I might have this book around here. I know that I was not aware that Elizabeth Scott was the author or rather I didn’t know of Elizabeth Scott when I purchased it. I recently read and reviewed THE UNWRITTEN RULE and really liked it. I would like to read this one, but I am going to have to pick my time. It would be hard, but I think it is important to read books like this. Thank you so much, as ever, for sharing your thoughts!

  9. Wow, this sounds like such an incredibly powerful book. Definitely sometime I’d want to read with a group so that I could talk about it afterward.

  10. Wow, this sounds like such an incredibly powerful book. Definitely sometime I’d want to read with a group so that I could talk about it afterward.

  11. Gulp. This one sounds so difficult to read.

  12. Gulp. This one sounds so difficult to read.

  13. This sounds much like The Blue Notebook in terms of the sadness and bleakness of the story. I do think it would be an interesting read, but I will probably have to wait for the right time. Great review, I’ll be looking for this one.

  14. This sounds much like The Blue Notebook in terms of the sadness and bleakness of the story. I do think it would be an interesting read, but I will probably have to wait for the right time. Great review, I’ll be looking for this one.

  15. I agree wholeheartedly with your review. This is a very difficult book to read, but one that definitely NEEDS to be read.

  16. I agree wholeheartedly with your review. This is a very difficult book to read, but one that definitely NEEDS to be read.

  17. Sounds like a heartbreaking story, but one that needs to be read. Well-written review.

  18. Sounds like a heartbreaking story, but one that needs to be read. Well-written review.

  19. Finished this one a couple of weeks ago and just finished writing my review. It pales in comparison to yours, but it is a book that should be read.

  20. Finished this one a couple of weeks ago and just finished writing my review. It pales in comparison to yours, but it is a book that should be read.

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