Alexis, the heroine of Bad Girls Don’t Die, is my kind of girl. Not because I had pink hair and spouted controversial, passionate opinions in high school – if only I’d had that kind of guts! – but because Alexis can spot a phony a mile away. She also makes no exception for phonies among the “rebels” who have their own code of conduct every bit as rigid as that of the popular kids.
Yes, Alexis manages to tick off everyone in all the different cliques, except the people she wants to avoid, like a cute boy who should never be seen with the likes of her (according to normal high school rules, which aren’t the only rules going out the window). She also gets stuck with the natural enemy of girls like Alexis – a cheerleader.
Combine this social nightmare with two distant, unplugged parents, a sister getting crazier by the minute and their old house that’s out to get the whole bunch of them, and it’s a tough year for our pink-haired friend.
I don’t often read spooky stories because I don’t like to stay up late with the willies, and Deb Katie‘s book did just that to me! I hit a “point of no return” one night and I pointedly refused to look at the digital clock while I ripped through the pages to the end. I absolutely could not and would not stop reading until I knew how it all worked out.
Congratulations Katie on this believable, exciting, spooky debut. I hope everyone runs out to read Bad Girls Don’t Die and discovers along with Alexis that sometimes what you know is true gets turned inside out, and you need unlikely allies to save the ones you love.
(Don’t forget, in keeping with launch week tradition, we’re running a contest! 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.)
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