Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In Alender's character-driven debut, outsider Alexis-who dyes her hair exotic colors, hates cheerleaders and sees the world through the lens of her camera-first suspects something's amiss when she and her younger sister, Kasey, notice light emanating from their antiquated house. Tension builds slowly as doll-obsessed Kasey starts acting more strangely than normal, the girls' father is hospitalized after a car accident and the house itself becomes increasingly temperamental (the air-conditioner seems determined to freeze them to death, and the girls are strangely drawn to the creepy basement). Meanwhile, Alexis's social life takes an unexpected turn via a budding romance with the class vice-president and a new confidante: a cheerleader with a clairvoyant bent. As Alexis's stubborn stereotypes disintegrate, so does her unwillingness to accept the possibility of unseen forces, and she addresses the change with wry humor ("What was this, Challenge Alexis's Long-Held Assumptions Day?"). While the true scares are relegated to a few ephemeral moments during the buildup of the haunting, and the ghost's vengeful motivations feel undernourished, fans of classic young adult ghost stories should welcome this solid offering. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Although it begins like the average high school misfit story, Alender's novel quickly takes an unexpected turn. Alexis, a self-described anti-cheerleader, defiantly embraces her role as bad student and social outcast, skipping class and spending her time in the darkroom, until the increasingly odd behavior of her little sister, Kasey, draws her into a world of evil spirits and dangerous games. At first, inexplicable dreams and eerie balls of green light hovering around Alexis's house seem like fringe occurrences in a story otherwise concerned with family, friendship, and a tentative romance. But soon, bizarre happenings take over, and Alexis comes to realize that Kasey is demon-possessed and hell-bent on murder. It's difficult to reconcile a teen coming-of-age story with a ghost-populated murder mystery, and Alender succeeds somewhat awkwardly. However, Alexis's story is compelling, and her voice is funny and authentic despite the creepy situations in which she finds herself. A good additional purchase for girls who like to be scared a little—but not too much.—Emma Burkhart, Springside School, Philadelphia, PA
Kirkus Reviews
A nasty ghost, a photography-savvy teen and her stressed, uncommunicative family form the backbone of this all-too-predictable, though at times engaging, mystery. Pink-haired high-school misfit Alexis has built up a shield of disdain to the point that she is essentially friendless. Her parents are so self-absorbed they haven't noticed that their younger daughter, Kasey, is exhibiting increasingly bizarre behavior, including an obsession with dolls that has alienated her peers. Worried that her sibling is going mad, Alexis is moved to accept the help of two unlikely candidates-an unflappable cutie who continues his pursuit of her despite her initial rebuff and a cheerleader who has recognized that Kasey's oddness is not mental illness, but a case of supernatural possession. Strong characterization will draw readers in. Despite their realistic shortcomings, both primary and secondary characters are unique and satisfyingly complex. The plotting, however, is less effective. A selection of horror tropes-from spooky dolls to small-town secrets-fails to come to life, and the final healing of rifts in the girls' family seems contrived. (Supernatural thriller. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423138051
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Series: Bad Girls Don't Die Series , #1
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 32,334
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 728 KB

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo.com

    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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>Katie Alender's BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE is a haunting tale of one town's murderous history and a ghost that wants revenge.

    27 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

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    Bad Girls Don't Die review from Just Blinded Book Reviews

    If I could use only one word to describe 'Bad Girls Don't' Die' it would be spooky. I must tell you that if a book can spook me then it must be pretty creepy because I am not one to get scared easily. It kind of reminded me of those fun, scary teen movies that we all love but are too embarrassed to say that it actually scared us. Hold on, I have to tack another adjective on to describe the book, which would be fun. So it was spooky but it was also a blast to read.

    Alexis' younger sister Kasey's obsession with dolls was just the icing on her crazy cake. I am terrified of dolls so that was really creepy for me! She was such a strange character, for the first part of the book I couldn't understand or get any kind of grasp on her. Though it was soon revealed why she was so eerie and it made perfect sense. I think I even gasped at one scene in the book because what happened was so unexpected.

    The mystery aspect of it--to quote a clich&#233;--kept me on the edge of my seat. When I thought that I had everything figured out Katie Alender spun everything around until I wasn't sure of anything anymore, which was a wonderful change for me!

    To say the least, it was a wonderful book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It is released on the 21st, so I would advise you to pick up a copy as soon as you can!

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

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    Love it! Creepy but sooooo good

    This book was how can I say......CREEPY! But a good creepy. Like almost like Steven King creepy but for kids.


    Alexis notices weird things going on with her sister Kasey. All of the sudden Kasey is losing time. Alexia claims she saw her somewhere and Kasey doesn't remember. Then Alexis starts to see what is really inside of Kasey. A evil little girl bent out for revenge.


    Now this book I would LOVE to see in a movie. The whole story in general was great. It did start off slow, but boy did it pick up. After that, you were sucked into everything. Some parts even gave me goosebumps. This is one book that I would not read at night. I love paranormal and all, but messing with the whole possession stuff is umm.. something I would not read before I go to bed. I was glad that I read this during broad daylight, with my husband right next to me. At times I was even glancing up to make sure he hadn't left.


    (SPOLIER)
    Plus, I don't like dolls.


    If you want a good thrill, read this book! It is a great written story with great detail. Even the romance touch to it was just right. Nothing was too much and the way if all fit in, in the end was superb!

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

    I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. It was creepy, even scary at times. The dolls were quite eerie, but they did add a nice touch to the plot itself. Before reading the book, I read a ton of reviews, and still I wasn't prepared for this story. I really got into this book, and every little detail seemed so real. I remember reading a scene while I was on my front porch - it was daylight out - and a bird fluttered its wings. It scared me and I ended up jumping three feet off the ground. Thankfully, no one was around to witness my embarrassing moment.

    I would say the first couple of chapters were somewhat slow because we are introduced to the characters and the setting. But after we learn who's who and where things are going to go down at, the story really starts to pick up. With twists and turns that I didn't expect, and suspense that kept me on my toes and wanting more. I have to congratulate Katie Alender for writing such a fantastic ghost story!

    I felt the characters were very well-developed; some even had their own hidden secrets. Alexis is very determined, especially in finding clues that could help save her sister. Her sarcastic attitude was entertaining to read. And I loved how passionate she was about her photography, which does come in handy in certain parts of the book. Megan, the snobby cheerleader. I was surprised to see her become such an important character, and even more surprised to learn she isn't what she seems to be. You'd think her life was perfect, but it's just a cover to hide her tragic past. Then there's Carter, who is bound and determined to help Alexis. I thought Carter was going to be another one of those preppy characters, but I was wrong. He has a past that is very dark, which made his character that much more believable and realistic.

    All in all, a fantastic debut novel. And for some good news: Katie Alender is writing TWO more sequels to Bad Girls Don't Die. So keep an eye out for those, I know I will definitely being buying them!!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2009

    Great Book!

    The previous reviews did a great job summing up this book, so I won't write a synopsis.

    It's a great read by a terrific new author. Since I am an adult and thoroughly enjoyed it, I can say it's not just for teens.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Bad girls just wanna have fun!

    Bad Girls Don't Die was a totally amazing book! I honestly could not put it down, though I wanted to when things got a little too creepy! An excellent ghost story that will be sure to raise some goosebumps! I would suggest that this be read during daylight hours if you are the sort of person who gets really paranoid after watching movies like The Exorcism Of Emily Rose or Poltergeist. Otherwise, you may not sleep and stare suspiciously at your younger siblings for signs of possession.

    I really enjoyed Alexis's personality! It reminded me a little of Poe from Brutal in that they both tried to fight the system, but haven't quite mastered the social charms to pull it off. Yet their arch-nemesis manages to do so with ease and turns out to be a lot nicer than expected. Again, I had fun reading about how Alexis tried to motivate change but failing.

    The supporting characters were also phenomenol, and they countered Alexis's lone-wolf personality quite nicely. It was great to see Alexis decide to ignore clique boundaries and become friends with the class president Carter and head cheerleader Megan, both whom "got" her as things got weird with Kacey.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is very entertaining. It will definately keep you on edge the whole time you're reading it. My mind was racing with each word. It is seriously one of the best books I have read. I loved it- and the other books in the triology were just as awesome!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    ONE OF ME FAVORITES

    I couldnt put it down and i often heard my parents say 'quit reading' (how often do you here that) because i was reading this book non-stop! amazing!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Bad Girls Don't Die is an amazing thriller. This book is a page

    Bad Girls Don't Die is an amazing thriller. This book is a page turner, it kept me on the edge of seat. Im a thirteen year old girl who loves ghost stories. This book wasn't too scary for me even though i was a little spooked. i loved this book,i would recommend this book to people who like a little romance and paranormal activity.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2009

    Great book!

    I don't typically enjoy ghost stories, but this one had me turning page after page waiting to see what would happen. I highly recommend this book to anybody looking for a quick read. Can't wait for Alender's next book!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

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    Amazing!

    This will probably be one of the greatest books i have ever read. it was scary yet comforting. it had a good story line that u could follow and her sister is weird and exciting. she has multiple personality disorder and its amazing to see what she goes thru struggling with that. i would definately recommend this book!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

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    Great Debut!

    Now I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I have to admit, I soo do. And, I was immediately drawn to this one. On to the actual book--it was amazing. I couldn't put it down. I definitely recommend this to anyone.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Is there a movie?

    I would love to watch the movie for this book and the series!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2009

    A Great Debut

    I really enjoyed reading this book. The only problem I had with it was the fact that the pages didn't turn fast enough. I loved the last chapters. Alender is an author whose books I will keep an eye out for.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Love it!!!

    I love this book!!!!!!!!!!! Especially when kasey was possseded by sarah. It was sad to.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

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    A Great, Light Horror

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Hi

    Good book! Although it could give you nightmares.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Um...

    this book is good but has onyl a little bit of relation to teh rest of the series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    AWESOME!

    This book is so good and it keeps yyou wanting to read more!!:)
    Definetly a must read!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    IS THE BOOK GOOD

    Should i get this book i can't decide

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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