Poor Little Dead Girls

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The first time she is blindfolded and kidnapped, star-athlete and posh boarding school newbie Sadie is terrified. She wakes up in a dark room surrounded by hushed whispers, hooded strangers, and a mysterious voice whispering not-so-sweet nothings in her ear. But once the robes come off, she realizes it's just an elaborate prank designed to induct her into the group that's been pulling the strings at Keating Hall for generations. The circle has it all--incredible connections; fabulous parties; and, of course, an ...

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Overview

The first time she is blindfolded and kidnapped, star-athlete and posh boarding school newbie Sadie is terrified. She wakes up in a dark room surrounded by hushed whispers, hooded strangers, and a mysterious voice whispering not-so-sweet nothings in her ear. But once the robes come off, she realizes it's just an elaborate prank designed to induct her into the group that's been pulling the strings at Keating Hall for generations. The circle has it all--incredible connections; fabulous parties; and, of course, an in with the brother society's gorgeous pledges. The instant popularity is enough to make Sadie forget about the unexplained marks on her body, the creepy ceremonial rituals, and the incident that befell one of her teammates the year before. So the next time Sadie is kidnapped, she isn't scared, but she should be. The worst of Keating Hall is yet to come.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"First-time author Friend offers excellent pacing, good character development, and an exciting plot in this dark, devious mystery.... Older teens who enjoy 'Pretty Little Liars' will eat this one up." - School Library Journal

"Lizzie Friend's Poor Little Dead Girls is an easy one-sitting mystery/thriller. In terms of secret society books, it's more in the vein of Tom Dolby's frothy Secret Society...but it's stronger than the Dolby in terms of heart [and] suspense.... I'll be watching for Friend's next book, whatever it is." – Kirkus Reviews blog

"Will give the toughest of readers goose bumps. With suspenseful pacing and gothic diction, Friend skillfully develops each character in this novel, which blends themes of romance and friendship with the glam of Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl." --Booklist

"A girl wins a scholarship to an elite boarding school and finds herself entangled in a powerful secret society that threatens her life. Friend writes with a sure, often witty touch.... The story is both immersive and topically relevant. A promising suspense debut." - Kirkus Reviews

"This book was everything I was expecting and more. I found it an enjoyable read and think anyone who likes murder mysteries, books about rich girls and boys who do devious things behind closed doors, conspiracies, or boarding schools should definitely check this one out." - Such a Novel Idea

"This book was awesome. The pacing was great.... It was creepy and thrilling and so many questions were not answered until the very end of the book, which I really liked. If you like YA thriller type books, then you definitely need to give this book a try." - Adventures in Reading blog

"The story is tightly plotted and...Friend shows a deft hand at handling the subject matter...while still making a compelling story that may even make the reader think a little bit about politics, the world, and the meaning of leadership. This is a good novel for an adult reader and an even better one, I would think, for a younger reader." - Examiner.com

"Poor Little Dead Girls mixes boarding school with the thriller genre, adding in a secret society with some rather peculiar traditions to make for a delightfully chilling tale. This is a good read for a thriller fan.... I found it an enjoyably creepy story and I'm curious to see what this author does next." – About.com Young Adult Books

"Poor Little Dead Girls had my heart racing." - Forever Young Adult

"Poor Little Dead Girls was a quick, interesting read. The characters have a good voice that will appeal to teen readers, as will the mystery plot with the political overtones. It's definitely a unique entry into this years crop of titles and I recommend it." - Teen Librarian Toolbox

"The premise is fantastic.... Ms. Friend really delivers the setting, giving the reader sensory details and chilling moments throughout. The mysterious secret society is fascinating.... POOR LITTLE DEAD GIRLS delivers a surreal mystery that should please readers who enjoy atmospheric tension and conspiracy theories." - YA Book Central

"A modern thriller with snappy dialogue and mystery to keep the pages turning, this novel shovels out dose after dose of suspense.... Friend's first thriller is vividly written.... It's light, frothy, with just the right amount of tabloid kicker." - Foreword Reviews

School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Portland, Oregon high school junior Sadie accepts a lacrosse scholarship to elite Keating Hall Academy in Virginia with some reluctance. Although her mother, now deceased, had attended Keating, financially strapped Sadie isn't quite sure that she'll fit in with the wealthy, self-assured girls who make up the student body, especially when she is assigned to room with two other transfer students, British royals (with bodyguards, no less). Once classes and lacrosse practice start, she eventually finds her niche with the other team members and begins to settle in. When Sadie is blindfolded and "kidnapped" one night, she's absolutely terrified, but luckily it's just a prank initiation into a powerful secret society. She becomes accustomed to the instant popularity, wealth, and privilege surrounding her and understands that membership in this society could ensure successful future choices in college, career, and even love (with hunky Jeremy, who attends the "brother" school, DeGraffenreid). She's disturbed when she learns that her mother and another lacrosse player, Anna, both had been in the secret society as well and both committed suicide. Will Sadie uncover the truth, or will she be the next victim of the "Keating curse"? First-time author Friend offers excellent pacing, good character development, and an exciting plot in this dark, devious mystery featuring some drugs, sex, and other illicit behavior. Older teens who enjoy "Pretty Little Liars" (HarperCollins) will eat this one up.—Susan Riley, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-02
A girl wins a scholarship to an elite boarding school and finds herself entangled in a powerful secret society that threatens her life. Sadie fears she won't fit in at the uber-exclusive Keating school for the superwealthy in Virginia, but the school has a champion lacrosse team, and she's a star player. When she arrives, she's given unusual roommates: a British duke's twin daughters, who can't stay out of the tabloids. Almost immediately, Sadie finds herself abducted to a basement where she's quizzed and drugged. She learns that she's been recruited into a secret society that has operated for 200 years. The Order of the Optimates intends to run not only the country, but eventually the world by amassing power and assets into the hands of its members. Apparently, Sadie belongs in that club because of something she didn't know about her mother. However, Sadie learns that a former member died suddenly, and as events transpire, she realizes that the society has far more sinister goals than she has been told and that she's in danger too. Friend writes with a sure, often witty touch (a dress fits Sadie "like it had been hand knitted by magical fairies"). While the climax involves an odd murder stratagem that doesn't appear terribly lethal, to that point, the story is both immersive and topically relevant. A promising suspense debut. (Suspense. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440563959
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/18/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 625,638
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lizzie Friend is a Palo Alto native who now lives in Chicago with her husband and son. This is her first novel.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Sadie has just received a scholarship to the prestigious Keating

    Sadie has just received a scholarship to the prestigious Keating Hall, the boarding school of the elite. It sounds innocent enough, but the real reason behind the scholarship has yet to be revealed, and Sadie has no idea what she’s about to get herself into as she accepts the lavish gifts bestowed upon her, or how it all relates back to her dead mother…

    I went in to this novel thinking that it would be similar to other novels I’ve read that have to do with secret societies, and while it is, in a way, it’s also vastly different. I can’t say much more than that without giving away pieces of the plotline, but know that this society delves deep in its sinister plans, especially when it comes to the lives of its members.

    I really like Sadie, though she drove me a bit nuts at times. I do understand being sworn to secrecy, but I also understand gut feelings, and if something just doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. In other words, it’s better to tell someone than to try and go it alone. Sadie struggles with this throughout the entire novel, which actually makes her extremely real. Working with high school students, I see this often—many teens would rather go it alone or tell someone their age than deal with an adult, which fits Sadie’s M.O. exactly. I loved that she was snarky and real, but as the story went on, some of it did seem a bit far-fetched to me. Now, I’m also not rolling in money and I’m not famous, so it is quite possible that the people Sadie runs with do have the means to do much of what they do in the novel, but as a regular everyday person, I still feel like some of it is just beyond real. I mean, if I was Sadie, I wouldn’t have been able to do some of those things… but that’s okay, because regardless, the story itself was extremely interesting and I enjoyed it overall. And if you’re even the tiniest bit interested in secret societies, mystery, and suspense, then this is a novel that I highly suggest you read.

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