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  • Posted February 3, 2012


    A sixteen year old girl, named Dallas gets introuble because her boyfriend is a “bad” boy. She finds out who her real friends are when all of her so called friends leave her when she gets introuble for her friends. Dallas and a few of her friends like to get introuble a lot because it excites them. They get into more trouble then what they can handle and get caught robbing a store Dallas was the only person who got caught and had to go to court over. Her father couldn’t handle her any more so he let the judge put her in rehab to learn from her mistakes and try to change her life. I really enjoyed reading this book. It might not be the best book for a child under the age of twelve to read, but any age above that this book is perfect for them. It shows you never to give in to peer pressure cause your true friends wouldn’t pressure you into doing something like that. The main points in this book for me is it shows you that anything can happen, and yo need to make sure the group of people around you are good people that won’t let you be in the wrong place at the wrong time. When you let peers presure you never have control over what you do in life. True friends wouldn’t pressure you into do something bad or bad for you or going to hurt you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007


    Have you ever thought about what it would be like to live in a juvenile detention home? Well the character in this book has lived that life. This book is about a girl named, Dallas, who is sent to a juvenile detention home for an armed robbery offence. She makes friends with her cellmates named, Toozdae, Shatasha and Valencia. During her time in the home, she learns to respect her father and understand the decisions he made and the consequences of her actions. Dallas also learns that you do not always have to keep the same friends. One day they are your friend and the next day they are not your friends. So ask yourself, ¿Do you know what is like to live in a juvenile detention home¿? If not, read this book and you will find out. In my own opinion this book gets four stars for its quality. The main reason I give this book four stars is because it was a very easy book to read, the content is easy to understand. The content was very different than any other book that I have read before. Even though this is a fiction book, I think this has a unique way of showing what it would be like to live in a juvenile detention center and some of the hardships that a young person would have to face. I highly recommend this book to anyone over the age of 10. I do not think that any one under the age of 10 years old should read this book because there is a little bit of violence and some mature content. Although, if a child under 10 is having problems with getting into trouble, this may be a book that can show them where they could end up. All in all I did like this book because it deals with teen issues, which is something that I can relate to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2007

    A reviewer

    A book that is surely surprisingly different from other teen readers, Bad by Jean Ferris illustrates the non-typical life of a troubled teenager named Dallas. Dallas searches in meaningless relationships with boys for the love that is not being provided by her single father and deceased mother. These relationships often end her up in the wrong crowd, surrounded by crime. Torn emotionally between heartbreak and following in her mothers broken path Dallas becomes and emotional bombshell. Eventually Dallas ¿ luck catches up with her and she is sent to a girls rehab center for robbing a gas station with a gun. In the rehab center she comes to the realization that she has only one life, and if she wants to live it she better slow down. She also learns to cope with the loss of her mother, and try to gain an understanding of father¿s constant worry and struggle in being a single parent and raising a daughter. Although in some parts the plot becomes predictable (as in most teen readers) the book has a great feel to it. Instead of following the typical male downward spiral into a life of crime, Ferris expresses the delinquent life of a young woman stuck in a web of lies and miscommunication. The reader is given a full-frontal gritty invitation to the life of several women who share similar fates as Dallas, from a resolute white supremacist, to a troubled teen mom. Each with their own story and each with their own actions that plays a huge part on molding Dallas into a woman. One girl in particular who helps Dallas in her struggle is Shatasia. Together the two girls learn to grow and gain wisdom from their mistakes. Dallas is a very empty character who sometimes seems non-existent For Dallas life is a slow learning experience that she attempted to tackle to quickly. Even after leaving the rehabilitation center she still is uncertain about the direction of her life. With a surprising and extremely suspenseful ending. Bad is the perfect book for any teenager who is overloaded with stress or troubled relationships. Ferris hit a home run with this great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2005

    Erin McIntosh Ral High School

    I have just finsished reading the book Bad and it is about a girl named Dallas who gets caught with a gun holding up a small convenient store. She gets sent to rehabilitation and learns about other people that have been going through struggles like her as well. She is put in there for 6 months and is trying to learn to get better and not to do the bad things she had been doing. It made me realize to appreciate things alot more, and see when people are doing wrong that I should stand up and say something, and not let them take it that far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2003

    My opinion of Bad

    Bad was an excellent book for young adults. I read this novel for summer reading. I recommend everyone reading this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2003


    Have any of you read the book called Bad? I have just finshed reading it and it is an excellent book. Jean Ferris did an incredable job when writing it. She has many life experiences that some girls have to go through because they think that they have to live under those conditions. After reading this book I have relized that everyone can change and be different if they want to whether they're on the right path or not. To anyone who is reading this, if you want to read this book about girls that have been sent to a Rehabilition center go pick it up at your local libary and read it for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    Bad a Good book

    This is an awesome book!! It really teaches u something! i recommend this book!! u dont wanna put it dowm!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    Bad but Not a Bad Book

    Sixteen year old Dallas is sentenced to six months in the Girls¿ Rehabilitation Center. She was charged for holding up a convenient store employee with a gun. Dallas¿ father refuses to take her home on parole because he feels that she needs to learn a lesson. While Dallas gets busted, her manipulative boyfriend, Ray, and two other so-called friends walk away scot-free even though they were the ones who planned the robbery and set up Dallas. Dallas didn¿t tell the judge that it was their fault, she didn¿t rat on her friends. For this she got a thank you from Ray and he also dumped her for her ¿best friend¿, Pam. I rated this book a 4 out of 5 because it was pretty good but it could have been better. The book was based on what everyone else in the book did. Dallas could have talked more about what she thought. I also thought that Jean Ferris should have talked more about what happened to Ray and Dallas¿ other ¿friends¿ after she got sent away. Her dad might have been a better character if he was in the book more; instead they pretty much only had Dallas¿ opinion of him. Overall the book was good because it makes you think about things from other people¿s point of views. It teaches you a lot about making the right choices in life and about how right or wrong those choices will effect you later on in life. I think this is a great book for almost anybody. Most of the people who can relate to this story or have a pretty good idea would be people between the ages of 13 and being a parent.

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