Bad Girls Don't Die
When Alexis's little sister Kasey becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks she is just being her usual weird self. Things get weirder, though, when their house starts changing. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner blasts cold air. Kasey is changing, too. Her blue eyes go green, she starts using old-fashioned language, and she forgets chunks of time. Most disturbing of all is the dangerous new chip on Kasey's shoulder. The formerly gentle child is gone, and the new Kasey is angry. Alexis is the only one who can stop her sister -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?
- Paperback | 346 pages
- 141 x 209 x 19mm | 395g
- 22 Jun 2010
- Hyperion Books for Children
- New York, United States
About Katie Alender
Katie Alender (www.katiealender.com) is a graduate of the Florida State University Film School and lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a producer/writer. Bad Girls Don't Die is her first novel.
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I had this book on my Ã¢??To Read ListÃ¢?? for a long time. I was a little bit afraid that it would be the same as many other ghosts stories in YA books. First of all, I loved the way Alender writes. She doesnÃ¢??t give away the important information, maintaining the suspense and mystery of the story. The characters are well built and the plot is consistent and interesting. Alexis is perfect for the main character of this story. I couldnÃ¢??t help feeling empathy for her in some parts of the story. Kasey is her younger sister, who has a passion for dolls of all types. When Kasey starts acting weird and many strange things start happening at the same time, Alexis seems to be the only person of their family noticing it. She finds herself in a difficult situation, because she loves her sister, but Kasey is not the same person anymore (at least not every time) and her actions can seriously harm those around them, including their family and even Kasey herself. Yes, it has some high school drama, but it doesnÃ¢??t distract you from the other side of the plot. In fact, this teenage-life part of the plot itÃ¢??s necessary for the whole plot to come together and make sense. The descriptions are very well made, especially the ones about AlexisÃ¢?? house. Many times I found myself picturing the characters in a house like the ones we see in horror movies, making the plot come alive in there. It didnÃ¢??t make me feel excited like the feeling I have sometimes that makes me want to keep reading more and more, but itÃ¢??s an entertaining book and easy to read. After finishing reading this first book, I want to read the other books of the series. ItÃ¢??s not a book that will keep you awake at night because you are afraid of what is in the dark, but it gave me chills now and then.show moreby Joana
Bad Girls Don't Die was a great read I couldn't put down. It was well written, gripping, and you just had to know what would happen next. I'm not a person who usually reads horror, but I found this book a great book as it's not hardcore horror; it also had fluffy moments, some very deep sayings and a lot of comical moments woven in together with the creepy parts, making me forget it was supposed to be horror. ALEXIS is the main character of the story and she's mostly lovable; she is very honest in what she is, indifferent, bows to none, has pink hair and she's considered different from everyone, but not a bad different. She was also sometimes infuriating, such as when she was mean to her parents, her dad in particular, or how she just kept assuming so much about everyone, often missing a person's true personality. I felt like the author tried to make her 'cool' and 'indifferent' too hard, making her hard to relate to, at times. However, I think the fact she has those bad parts is good as it related closely to Alexis's growth in the book - and she does grow, quite a lot. She learns to appreciate her family, not to judge a book by its cover and be a nicer person in general, which was lovely to witness. One of the things that bothered me in the book was the sitcom-ish qualities to their family. It may have been funny, but it also made them look much less real. The supporting characters, ranging from Kasey, Alexis's sister; Megan, the unlikely alley; Carter, the cute guy with the dark past that Alexis kinda likes, and Alexis's parents, all added to the story and Alexis's growth, though some of them were pretty one dimensional. The ENDING to the book was perfect; people got hurt, the effects of the possession didn't magically disappear, and it took them time to recover - emotionally and physically. Not to mention how happy I was that Alexis didn't jump into a relationship and that their family united. Really, such a good ending, and a great book! Recommended for people who like ghosts, horror and those who are looking for a light horror to start their horror career with.show moreby Nitzan Schwarz
Alexis might not be perfectly well-adjusted to high school life, but she finds her niche as an outspoken pink-haired smart-aleck quite satisfying, thank you very much. Her four-person family is far from perfect, but they have always managed to get by, in their spooky architectural jumble of a house. Alexis' mother spends more time at work than at home, but so do millions of other moms across America. Kasey, her doll-obsessed little sister, is sometimes too passive for her own good, but hopefully the doll-collecting is something she will grow out of. As for her father, they aren't exactly close, but he could be worse. One night, after a family argument leaves Kasey in tears, Alexis comes to the rescue in the role of comforting big sister. Kasey requests a story, so Alexis soothes her with a made-up story off the top of her head. Since it is for her baby sister, the story revolves around a little girl and her doll, Kasey's favorite topic. Naturally, Alexis doesn't think much of the story, though come to think of it, it is a bit strange at how smoothly the spontaneous story rolls off her tongue. However, shortly after Alexis' tale, Kasey starts behaving weirdly. More strangely than normal anyhow. It starts small, with her eyes sometimes changing color from blue to green and using old-fashioned language, like "oughtn't." At first, Alexis tries to brush away her foreboding feelings, deeming the odd vibes she is getting from Kasey as a figment of her imagination, nothing serious. When mysterious lights appear in the middle of the night, doors close themselves, and the air conditioner goes haywire to the point where Alexis can see her breath in the house, she knows it is no overactive imagination. She has no idea what exactly is going on, but something weird is happening in their house, and much as she hates to admit it, Kasey has something to do with it. Events spiral rapidly out of control, as midnight wanderings progress to thievery and even attempted murder. Alexis has no idea who to turn to - does anyone even believe in the supernatural anymore? People might just lock Kasey up as schizophrenic, but Alexis knows better. Her little sister is not crazy. Kasey is possessed. Katie Alender's BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE is a haunting tale of one town's murderous history and a ghost that wants revenge.show moreby TeensReadToo