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Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Bad Girls Don't Die (Teen)
Released April 2009
Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth
I'll start by saying I'm psyched Katie Alender is making a series from this book. I'd only read a few pages before I was hopelessly hooked. After pushing aside any thoughts of Sunday housework, laundry and the likes, I sat down and let Alexis's story sweep me away.
Alexis does her best to fit in at high school, but it's hard with few friends. After the cheerleaders share a campaign on healthy living using pictures of various students in the school with captions detailing their bad eating habits, Alexis's best friend, a target of the cruelty, becomes humiliated and moves away. Now Alexis is completely alone, but all that will soon change.
Alexis's younger sister, Kasey, begins acting strangely. Soon Kasey's blue eyes turn green and she's not acting like herself. Alexis isn't sure what's going on, but soon must team up with the enemy, a head cheerleader who is convinced Kasey is possessed.
Toss in a bit of a blossoming romance between Alexis and one of the school's most popular guys. Alexis definitely has her hands full, especially if she's to keep her new friends safe.
BAD GIRL'S DON'T DIE is gripping. The haunting is spooky without being too scary for younger teens. Enjoyable characters, realistic high school problems and a charming setting help boost this book from being good to being a keeper.
Teens who like spooky stories will love this one. With a splash of romance to lighten the mood at key points, the author doesn't back down from the main story of ghosts and possessions.
I highly recommend Katie Alender's young adult novel and can't wait to read more!