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Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

May 28th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Description: 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?

This book was certainly a wild ride.  I really should be in bed right now but I couldn’t put this book down.  And boy did it scare the pants off of me.  Ok, admittedly I am a scaredy pants.  I hate horror movies and I hate dolls so I really don’t know what possessed me (haha…bad pun if you have read the book) to read this except it got such good reviews.  As a story it was great, there were a few twists that kept you off balance and unsure what exactly was going on.  Alexis was a great character who for all her thoughts that the people around her tried to hard to be something they were not I felt she also was behaving the same way.  I think she accidentally ended up being the “bad girl” and then felt like she had to live up to that reputation.  That made it even sweeter the way she tried to protect her little sister.  It was nice that the cheer leader, Megan, was able to break out of the stereotypical superficial, airhead mold and tried to help Alexis with the possession of her sister.  I’m sure those of you who are braver than I will love this book.  It was great although it does remind me why I despise dolls.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

5 Responses

  1. Katie Alender

    Hi, Debbie! Thanks for taking the time to review Bad Girls! You totally got Alexis. :-)

  2. dsuzuki

    Thanks Katie! Can’t wait to read more from you.

  3. Kailana

    This book looks interesting! I have seen a couple other reviews that caught my attention, too. I think I would like it!

  4. dsuzuki

    Definitely check it out!

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