Dead Girls Don't Lie

Dead Girls Don't Lie

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by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
     
 

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Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.

Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. TheSee more details below

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Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.

Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel's text is the first clue-starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel's death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.
In the follow-up to her stunning debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Magi Evans
Jaycee’s best friend Rachel is dead, from what local police are calling a gang-related shooting. But Jaycee is keeping a secret from the police and her strict Christian father. On her phone is Rachel’s last text, a cry for help that Jaycee ignored because she and Rachel had grown apart after they endured a fright in an abandoned house, and Rachel began to change. Then a friend of Rachel’s gives Jaycee a cryptic message from Rachel, and Jaycee is convinced that Rachel wanted her to find out what really happened the night in the abandoned house. But investigating means going behind her dad’s back, meeting with people she does not know, and wondering who can be trusted with the information she is discovering. At the same time, she is experiencing her first romance with Skyler Cross, whose brothers include both the local sheriff and her high school’s football star, and she worries that they might know something about Rachel’s death. Confused and frightened, Jaycee slowly puts together all the clues and comes to a devastating conclusion. But will she live to reveal what she knows? Teens will easily relate to Jaycee’s insecurities, while applauding her devotion to Rachel and her determination to find the truth. Wolf has fashioned a thrilling story with believable characters and just the right combination of romance, murder and teenage angst. Reviewer: Magi Evans; Ages 14 up.
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 7 Up—Rachel and Jaycee are inseparable until Rachel starts changing everything from her look to hanging out with a suspicious crowd, and churchgoing good girl Jaycee is quickly pushed out. They haven't spoken in nearly a year, so Jaycee ignores the frantic text she gets one night from Rachel, instructing Jaycee to meet her, and instead focuses on the kiss she's sharing with handsome but awkward Skyler Cross. That same night Rachel is found dead, and what unfolds in this follow-up to Breaking Beautiful (Walker, 2012) is a fast-paced and complex mystery that brings up questions of race and the sometimes obsessive and dangerous nature of first love. Jaycee is left with only a series of clues in the form of encrypted texts and hidden messages to help her unravel the story of Rachel's murder. Skyler offers his help, while his brothers seem interested in stopping her from digging deeper. Local cops chalk the crime up to the presence of several ex-gang members in the small town, but Jaycee soon realizes that even the police have something to hide. Despite increasing threats to her safety, Jaycee is determined to pursue the investigation. The book is written in simple language that will appeal to a variety of readers, from devotees of Sara Shepard's "Pretty Little Liars" books (HarperCollins) to those with a penchant for more serious titles, such as Lauren Myracle's Shine (Abrams, 2011). The steady pacing and exciting conclusion make this one hard to put down.—Joanna Sondheim, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
But can dead girls help solve their own murders? Rachel and Jaycee used to be best friends until Latina Rachel started hanging out with an emerging gang population in their small town. After Rachel is shot in her home and the police write off her death as a gang-related accident, it's up to Jaycee to track down her friend's killer. In this satisfying mystery, Jaycee has plenty of offers for help: There's new boyfriend Skyler, Skyler's older brother (and high school cad), law enforcement, an ex-gang member and, most prominently, a variety of messages Rachel, realizing her death could be imminent, hid before her murder. As Jaycee uncovers her small town's biggest secrets, she never knows whom she can fully trust, especially when her own life is in jeopardy. She must also reckon with her developing, personal moral code when her religious single father sets strict limits that impede her investigation and blossoming first love with Skyler. While the story covers such mature issues as murder, mental illness and racism, it refrains from edgy language and sex (only a few steamy kisses take place). Although the action waxes and wanes, the story's greatest strength is in keeping readers guessing the killer's real identity until the final scenes. (Mystery. 14 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802734501
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/17/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
49,371
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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