Book Review–Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender


This is the 71st book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
Published April 21st, 2009


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?


Bad Girls Don’t Die sounded like a great Halloween read. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s part horror and part mystery, so if either genre (or both) appeals to you, I definitely recommend it.

While the book had a rough start, it quickly got better. I went from not liking the main character, Alexis, to loving her at the end so if you start reading and are put off by her, try to hang on a bit longer because she gets better.

I really enjoyed the intriguing storyline, complex (and realistic) characters and relationships, writing style, and suspenseful moments. I also liked that the story didn’t follow stereotypes like I thought it would in the beginning. The unlikely friendship is probably one of my favorite things about the book.

Can’t wait to see how the two other books after this play out.

Also, creepy dolls. ‘Nuff said.





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