Friday, October 29, 2010

Bad Girls Don't Die Review

AUTHOR: Katie Alender (last name like Calendar)
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion
PAGES: 352

OUTLINE: 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?

STARTED: 10-25-10
FINISHED: 10-29-10

Ok I started 10-25-10 and just finished it tonight, OMG! This is one of my new favorite books seriously. I loved loved it. I haven't read many books as of right now, but this by far was the scariest one. I know that sounds a little crazy seeing as how it doesn't look or seem that way from the excerpt it tells. How can dolls be scarey right? Just you wait and read. I guarentee you I won't look at dolls the same way (especially if they have green eyes)
I kid you not while I was reading this I stayed with my mom and she would go to bed and I'd be sitting on the bed reading and not wanting to get up to go in the kitchen or anything with the lights off.

At the beginning of the story everything seemed as normal as it could be for Alexis. As she stood outside her creepy old Victorian house taking pictures at 3am. Then she heard noises
what could it have been?  Oh, it was just her sister, or was it?

I loved the MC, Alexis she wasn't the typical pretty girl or whatnot, and she definitely has an attitude that says she doesn't give a rat's butt (yes that's what I said). Through out most the book she was kind of a loner (she did have the "doom squad" every once in awhile) Then BAM a hit in the head with a door by Carter and her feelings toward the popular kids went down a notch...sorta.. She tried to make him go away, but he just kept coming back (Why turn down a hot guy?) That is one friendship that began to blossom. Then somehwere down the line she became friends with some others. I liked how Alexis could finally look past who they were and give them a chance.

In the end things will suprise you. I can say that at one part in the book I was like are you kidding me? Don't do it damn it! Don't! It all worked out though. :)

(I'm seriously creeped out by it as I sit here and read it (kinda in the dark)
I don't think I've had a book that's done that to me. Yet, I sit here and continue to read.)This was as I was reading the book)

Awesome job keeping me pulled into the story. I can not wait for the second book! From bad to cursed to come out

MEMORABLE QUOTES: - And that meant that Kasey was maybe only slightly nutso instead of down right padded-room-worthy (Alexis)

-When I say pink, I mean Pepto-Bismol pink, easy-bake-oven pink, Beauty-pageant pink. I took an involuntary step back, as if she were holding a snake. "Uh-uh. No way." (Alexis)
Come on, it would be adorable. You'd look like a punk-rock Barbie doll." (Megan)  

-I could not let my horrible life leak inky black misery all over what he'd managed to rebuild for himself. (Alexis)

-I trudged up the walk, feeling as if there were a dark veil hanging over me that would never go away (Alexis) (I liked this sentence because it reminded of the bookcover for some reason. Perhaps because the girls shrouded in a veil)

-And Luke Birmingham-Megan's trophy date---strictly eye candy to quote her. (Alexis)

This took me awhile to think about how I wanted to do this review, and I'm still not quite happy with it because I don't think it does it justice (also I'm not to good on the whole review thing yet) it might end up getting changed, but I just wanted to go ahead and put up the review for people.

So tell what do you think? Have you read this book? Did you like it?


  1. Great review! I just started reading this book, but it's too soon to tell if I like it yet! I just started a review blog, and I'm still trying to learn how to cut my reviews down because NOBODY wants to read a review over 500 words, lol. :) Maybe you could follow me? Or just check out my blog? It would really mean a lot!

  2. I think it's funny when books scare the crap out of me and it's supposed to be a kid book. For some reason The Takers by rw Ridley did that to me. I like the cover of this book it conveys the creepiness!

  3. I haven't read any scary books in a long time, and I'm glad the buzz about this book is well-deserved. The main character sounds great, and as masochistic as it may seem, I'm looking forward to being terrified (though dolls already creep me out, especially porcelain dolls). Thank you so much for the review and the recommendation!

  4. Ok, I have shivers just reading your review. I've got it on my TBR list now. Great job - I'm not usually interested in books that are scary, lol.

    Gena Robertson

  5. "As she stood outside her creepy old Victorian house taking pictures at 3am" At 3 am? Is she crazy? Of course the house is creepy!
    Thanks for the review!

  6. I totally agree with your review! This book was so creepy, and I loved it! I really liked how Alexis is a total rebel. :) I can't believe I still haven't read the second book!

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