Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bad Girls Don't Die Review

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
Publisher: Hyperion
Release date: April 1, 2009
Source: Library

Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existance: dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy, thirteen-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own antisocial, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family argument results in tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunctional to dangerous. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green; she uses odd, old-fashioned language- and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her weird 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 for the girls to see their breath. Alexis wants to believe it's all in her head, until these seemingly harmless ocurrences become life-threatening- to her, to her family, and to her budding relationship with the student council vice 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 great. There were times I didn't even realize what was happening around me, I was so engrossed in what was unfolding in the book. The plot was original, and the horror angle was great- it was scary, but not blood and guts scary. At first small things were happening, and I wasn't getting worried yet. But not for long! Soon troubling things were happening that kept the book moving and kept me reading. The characters were all well developed and original. Every character fit into the book- Pepper, Megan, Carter, Miss Oliver, Mary... Another great part of this book was the fact that Alexis wasn't just another preppy, perfect main character. I hate when the main character is so perfect, nothing goes wrong in their lives. Alexis, with her pink hair, and skipping class, dealing with friend troubles, seemed like a normal teenager (well not that most teenagers have pink hair...) The sub-plots were great, too, and everything tied together in the end. Not only was this book creepy, it was also a mystery. We were trying to figure out a few mysteries throughout the novel, but all the loose ends were tied up, although, it did leave room for a sequel! This is a must read, I highly recommend it to everyone.

I really liked the fact that things weren't always what they seemed. You might be suspecting one thing to happen, when really you were completely wrong. I love books that keep you on your toes, and Bad Girl's Don't Die did just that. As I turned each page I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Another thing, a lot of books claim to be horror, but they really aren't. Bad Girls Don't Die was amazing- scary, creepy, mysterious. The cover was also part of what attracted me to this book- the girl hiding behind the curtain, that just fit the book completely. I love how the girls dress goes with her toenails. I think another important part of the book was that Alexis learned a lot dealing with what was happening to her sister. Although, Alexis was in a lot of danger throughout the book, she handled it and worked out the mysteries just like Nancy Drew. I definitely recommend this book to everyone, and since it's already published you can go out and buy a copy today!

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars


  1. Awesome review - I'm psyched that you loved it :) The new rating system sounds great, and it sounds like you said all the important and good bits about this book!

  2. Great review! I've been wanting to read this for a while, and it sounds great. I'll have to go pick up a copy

  3. I can't wait to read this one, great review!

  4. Great review! This sounds really good. Glad you enjoyed it so much!

  5. Definitely like the new rating system, since it's a bit more in-depth. Great idea.

    Nice review too. This books sounds genuinely creepy, which is something I love!

  6. Hey K!!! :D

    Awesome review!I agree i love the cover,I like edgy books. I've been wanting 2 read this one for a well. I should have gotten it when i was @ B&N yesterday. dang!

  7. A librarian friend gave this to me to read so I could tell her what I thought of it and whether she should recommend it to teens coming in (she hadn't read it yet), and even though I wanted to read it, it just ended up sitting on my desk until I finally took it back. Haven't got it back yet. I think it was just unsure of it. Glad to see you liked it so much. Maybe I'll give it another shot.


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