Living Dead Girl

Living Dead Girl

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Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared. Once upon a time, my name was not Alice. Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was. When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends -- her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over. Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her. This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 13mm | 141g
  • Simon Pulse
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • f-c cvr
  • 1416960600
  • 9781416960607
  • 38,750

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I was knocked over by Living Dead Girl. Most authors want to hear 'I couldn't put it down' from their fans. Living Dead Girl is a book you have to put down; then you have to pick it right back up. The beauty of this story is that, though none of its readers will have had this experience, all will feel connected to it. It is told in the rarest of air, yet speaks horrifically to all our imaginations. -- Chris Crutcher, author of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes and Deadline
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Rating details

27,249 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 32% (8,618)
4 33% (8,960)
3 24% (6,525)
2 8% (2,152)
1 4% (994)

Our customer reviews

I received my copy of LIVING DEAD GIRL right before it came out in September. I read it the same day, and promptly hid it in a huge stack of other books, hoping to forget about it. I didn't. I came across it last week, and sat down and read it again. This time, I knew that, just like before, I'd never forget it, but I finally decided I was ready to write a review on the story. Alice has lived with Ray since she was ten. Now that she's fifteen, she knows her time with him is about to come to an end. The only question will be how it will happen - whether Ray will kill her, or whether she'll kill herself. You see, Alice wasn't always Alice. She was once a girl with a mom and dad who loved her, until the day Ray abducted her during a school field trip. Although they don't live far from her childhood home, Alice has only once made an attempt to escape, and that was right after she was abducted. Ever since then, she's become the emotional/physical/sexual slave that Ray has turned her into, and she does what she's told, when she's told. When Ray sets his sights on Lucy, a replacement girl, Alice couldn't be more thrilled. Her time with Ray is finally, finally coming to an end, and all she can do is experience immense relief. She may have a moment's doubt about setting up a small, young girl to go through the same torture and torment she has endured, but basically, that overwhelming sense of relief is all she can bring herself to feel. Events unfold quickly, and the ending of the story is not a resolution so much as a beginning to an entire new set of complications. I hated LIVING DEAD GIRL, in a way that made me love it. With a storyline that could have been ripped from today's newspapers, the feelings and emotions that it will invoke within you are myriad - horror, sympathy, outrage, disbelief. When I heard a similar story in the news about a year ago, my first thought was how a child who had been abducted could so willingly stay with their captor. What I learned through the pages of this book is that fear - the kind of fear many of us have never known, and will hopefully never have to know - is a huge motivator. Alice lives by fear. Fear of eating something she's been told not to eat. Fear of talking to someone she's been told not to talk to. Fear of bathing when she's not been told to bathe. Fear of saying something, anything, in the wrong way, or at the wrong time, or with the wrong tone of voice. Fear, plain and simple, can cause people to do all sorts of things. Elizabeth Scott is to be thanked for writing a story that brings the issue of child abduction to light. As Alice says, there are three life lessons: No one will see you. No one will say anything. No one will save you. Unfortunately, she's all too often right. I hope that after reading LIVING DEAD GIRL everyone will see, everyone will speak, everyone will be compelled to save. Hope for Alice may be gone, but there are many Alice's out in the world, and thanks to this story, they don't always have to live in fear that no one will save them. *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
by TeensReadToo
This novel picks up right from the start. The main character "Alice" is abducted by a man named Ray who calls her his "little girl" and this is where everything goes wrong. Since she is his little girl, he goes to great measures to prevent her from growing up. She was 10 when she got kidnapped and now she is 15. He starves her all the time, gives her pills to stop her periods, forces her to get Brazilian waxes and worst of all rapes her whenever he pleases. You might be thinking why doesn't she just run away. Well, since she has been living with him as a child, he has planted this idea in her head that if she tells ANYONE he will burn down her old house and kill her entire family. Just because of this Poor Alice takes in all the unbearable abuse, pain and beatings from him. This book is a real eye-opener to the world most of us are unaware of, sadly. The reader of this book needs to have a strong heart to take in all the unbearable cruelties. The scenes are not too descriptive and graphic, but the author tells them in a way where you know exactly whats going on. You might not want to believe it is what you think it is, which leaves you wondering,often. I had to put this book down a countless amount of times just to take in all the information. I really felt for Alice and wanted to rescue her every dreading moment i read. The ending was good and satisfactory because it could not have been told any other way. We always hear such cases happening on TV and newspapers.But this book allows you live the nightmare along with the victim. After reading this, every time you hear of such cases, you'll know exactly what went on behind closed doors. Which makes me wonder exactly how did the author know what the victim was feeling. Seems like a you had to be there kinda moments. Like you have to walk in someones shoes to feel what they felt. Anywayz, i would really recommend this book to all girls, mothers and women because we all need to take great measures to protect ourselves and this book just might give out a few very helpful more
by JiYa
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