I have a confession to make. I’m a wuss about ghost stories. Pretty funny for a mystery writer, huh? But I don’t really like when things go bump in the night. I had too many experiences getting scared around the campfire, I guess.
But even though Bad Girls Don’t Die is a ghost story, it’s a book I couldn’t put down. It’s a story about a teenager struggling with parents who are too busy to pay attention, a little sister who is extremely needy, and trying to cope without any real friends at school. It sounds like she has the typical problems of most teenagers, until all the weird stuff starts happening. And the only one who can stop the haunting and save her sister Kasey is Alexis herself. So it turns out Alexis is a lot braver than she thought. And in the process of surprising herself, she opens herself up to the possibility of new friendships, a love in her life, and a new relationship with her sister and parents.
Interestingly enough, I think Katie Alender has written a book that is at its heart a mystery. Her heroine Alexis must figure out what is going on and who is responsible for all the bad things going on. Like any good amateur sleuth, Alexis interviews the neighbors, does research at the library, and enlists the help of friends. It reminded me of some of the great books I enjoyed growing up that first got me interested in mysteries.
Katie has a great eye for detail. I loved the descriptions of the old house she lives in, and the clothes and hair—Alexis’ is pink, of course. The dialogue felt like things teenagers would say to each other, and the story was suspenseful and interesting enough for even the most cynical and skeptical of youths. I’m sure that BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE will be a YA sensation.
And don’t forget–we’re running a contest all week. Everyone who comments this week will automatically be entered to win. One entry per person, but comment as often as you like. At the end of the week, one commenter will be chosen at random to win a signed copy of Katie’s book — for yourself, or a teen reader of your choice! — and a postcard from the rest of us.