Aside from when I was an adolescent, I’ve never been a big reader of young adult literature. Oh and another thing, I’ve never been a fan of thrillers of any sort, ghost stories in particular. Yeah, me and Deb Katie’s book were in trouble from the get-go. And yet, BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE grabbed me from the beginning and wouldn’t let me go.
There is something so appealing about Alexis – pink hair and lousy attitude and all. I found her so real that I couldn’t help but worry about her and care about how she was going to get out of her crazy predicament. I even cared about Alexis’ little sister, Kasey – whose progressively erratic behavior was starting to seriously worry me. I found myself trying to give Alexis my sage advice Isn’t there a trusted adult you can talk to? Tell a teacher. Go to the police! (I am, after all, the mother of two adolescents.) But of course, Katie’s characters didn’t do what I told them to do. They are teenagers. And that’s one of the incredible strengths of this book. BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE is written from the point of view of a 15-year-old girl, and boy – does Katie get it right!
I was gripped and compelled and I wasn’t the only one. I had to wrestle the book away from my 14-year-old daughter several times. We don’t usually agree on much, my daughter and I, but here’s something we both agreed on: BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE is one great book!
So, brava! Deb Katie did a great job, from beginning to end. Teenagers are going to love this book. So are you. I used to not be a fan of young adult literature or of thrillers. But now I am.
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