Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

I liked Bad Girls Don't Die. It's well written, but a little young. It's like YA fiction for kids 10-12. I love the plot. The main character's little sister (Kasey) has been possessed by an evil ghost. Totally cool. The middle of the book is kinda weak though. It definitely could have been done better. There's a lot of people/places/etc. that isn't fully explained. Often, it will be explained as if it's an afterthought. Fine, but confusing

The main character is named Alexis. She's totally cool. Hates the stuck-up cheerleaders. By the end of the book, she becomes a walking contradiction of herself as she was at the beginning of the book. Suddenly, the mean cheerleaders get nice? Come on people. She isn't supremely self-confident either. Not like many heroins are though. I also feel like she's weak. She gives in too easily. Especially to her younger sister. There are various other characters who she (and I) have a love/hate relationship with, including Carter and Meghan.

I enjoyed reading Bad Girls Don't Die. It's a must read for younger readers (not too young though!). It was fairly easy. Besides the weak middle and pet-peeves I have with Alexis, it's really good. I give it a four star total.


When Alexis's little sister Kasey becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks she is just being her usual weird self. Things get weirder, though, when their house starts changing. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner blasts cold air. Kasey is changing, too. Her blue eyes go green, she starts using old-fashioned language, and she forgets chunks of time. Most disturbing of all is the dangerous new chip on Kasey's shoulder. The formerly gentle child is gone, and the new Kasey is angry. Alexis is the only one who can stop her sister -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?

Title: Bad Girls Don't Die
Author: Katie Alender
Release: June 22, 2010
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: Bad Girls Don't Die
Pages: 352

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