Eighteen-year-old Monroe (named for Marilyn) is smart, but she's outsmarted herself. She's got a full-ride scholarship...and now, an arrest record. One more black mark and she'll be waiting tables for life.
The fact that she's grown up with crime memorabilia in her very molecules doesn't help. Her special fascination has always been with outlaw lovers Bonnie and Clyde, whom Monroe romanticizes as something other than the cold-blooded killers they were. Monroe, however, is full of good intentions, until her dad hands her some relicspoetry written by Bonnie Parker and bullets taken from the bodies of the outlaws after they died in a shootout. That's when things get really strange. Those murderous slugs prove pretty dangerous to Monroe and her new friend, Jack, as well, who suddenly begin to feel that the spirits Bonnie and Clyde are actually taking over their personalities.
But that's impossible. Or is it?
The two outlawsbeautiful, ruthless Bonnie and her awkward sweetheartseem more than willing to seize another chance at their loco life. Is it just Monroe's overactive imagination? Or can this actually be happening? If Monroe's just hallucinating, what about Jack? Then it becomes clear that Monroe and Jack have only days to get the outlaws back to hell, where they belong, or the two modern-day teens could end up just like Bonnie and Clyde did, together...and dead.
About the Author
Kym Brunner teaches reading and language arts, has been writing for tweens and young adults for ten years. An active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), she also spearheads two writing groups, one in person and one online.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Monroe is an impetuous teenager who seems to have lost her way after the death of her mother a couple of years before. She has been getting into trouble ever since, and at the beginning of this story, she is on probation for an act of vandalism. Her family has a shared passion for gangster lore, which they indulge in by watching movies and collecting memorabilia. Her father owns a supper club that has Jazz Age entertainment and has the opportunity to display his collection of gangster memorabilia. The story begins on the night that her father has acquired some rare Bonnie and Clyde items. Fascinated by their legend, Monroe impulsively starts to handle the items -- and that's when the trouble starts to snowball. It's a fun read that captures the sometime rashness of a teenage mind, worrying about consequences but going ahead anyway. (It's an interesting contrast between Monroe and Jack who appears to be overly cautious.) The story is filled with local color and references, Bonnie and Clyde facts, and some Half-Dead peripheral characters.
A most satisfying read!! The experienced team of unscrupulous Bonnie and Clyde are trying to outsmart the young and untried duo of Monroe and Jack. Both teams are racing for the possession of one set of bodies. Who will win this shoot-out? The satisfying answer to that question is found at the finish line of the race at the conclusion of this book. All problems are resolved. Or are they? This fast paced book was hard to put down.
Wanted: Dead or in Love is a fun, fast-paced thriller with great characters and enough tension to keep you turning the page.