Bad Girls Don’t Die – Katie Alender (Review)

7 Oct

Hardcover, 346 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Hyperion


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?

My thoughts

After seeing the cover and reading the description I really thought that the book was going to be very scarry. Unfortunately, I was a little bit wrong. The book had some spooky moments, but not that many. We have a little girl being possessed by a creppy doll, and the author dealt well with those scenes. 

What I didn’t like about it was the romantic aspect. I really think that the book could have been better without it. It was sort of “insta-love” and the male character appeared only for like five times in the whole book. Also, the book was kind of predictable. The signs were there, they were very clear, but for some reason the main character refused to see them. Also, Bad Girls Don’t Die reminded my a lot of The Devouring by Simon Holt, so maybe that’s why I found it predictable.

The characters were okay, even though Alexis was kind of unlikable for a good amount of the book. I understood her motives, but still…she was rude with everyone, even with people who were nice to her.

I think that this book could’ve been a stand alone, but I’m still going the check out the next book in the series.


“Just say something real. Everyone just always tries so hard, and it all comes out the same. I just want someone to say something real.”

“Somehow suspension sounded way worse than detention. Detention happens to everybody. Suspension, though – that’s for the sociopaths. I wasn’t a hundred percent sure I was ready to take that leap.”

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3 Responses to “Bad Girls Don’t Die – Katie Alender (Review)”

  1. cleverpretender October 13, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Am citit cateva recenzii de 5 stele ptr cartea asta si mai multi prieteni de pe Goodreads au recomandat-o. Inca nu sunt sigura daca sa o citesc sau nu. Oricum, nice review. 🙂

    • Andreea October 13, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      Si eu iti recomand cartea, mai ales ca se apropie Halloween-ul. In plus, se poate citi destul de repede:)
      I-am dat doar 3 stele pentru ca cititisem inainte The Devouring de Simon Holt (care mi-a placut mult mai mult) si nu m-am putut abtine sa fac o comparatie intre cele doua.
      Per total, mi-a placut, dar ma asteptam la mai mult. 😀

      • cleverpretender October 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

        Okay. N-am citit The Devouring, deci nu se pune problema sa le compar. Am trecut cartea la TBR list. Mersi 😀

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