Bad Girls Don’t Die (Katie Alender)

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Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents’ marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it’s all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening–to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she’s the only person who can stop Kasey — but what if that green-eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore? 


Okay. I did not see this book going in the direction it went. At all. This was not at all what I thought it was going to be. How does that even happen? I do not know but…

I loved it.

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I’m going to write out a whole review about this book and not tell you what it’s about. Not a single thing. That’s fair right? Well wait, let me tell you this about it: it’s creepy and it’s eerie. This type of thing freaks me out in real life. It can happen…I’m sure it HAS happened. Close your doors, lock them, and get under your covers.

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For someone Alexis’ age, she was very like-able. I enjoyed reading about her throughout this entire book and never once did I get tired of her drive and her constant strength and determination. The fierceness she showed for her sister was admirable because it’s something I would struggle with had this all happened to me.

Kasey sucked. But, you’ll soon learn why.

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The tone of the book was mysterious enough to keep my eyes glued to the screen of my kindle. It’s probably not the spookiest book you’ve read but for a YA novel I was impressed.

Now, although it took Alexis a while to figure it what I had already figured out was happening, I wasn’t even mad about it. I enjoyed the ride and the story more so than me trying to depict every tiny thing that was going to happen or why it was going to happen.

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Another YA book down for me and this one was very appealing! There isn’t much that I didn’t like and I was glued from the get go. This is also a debut novel from an author I had never heard of and I’m stunned. The word flow and the story line were entwined so vividly I could see it all playing out in my head with zero struggle.

This book is a yes from me!

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