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The Compulsive Reader: Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender


Alexis Warren is a tough, sarcastic loner who is nursing a grudge against the cheerleading team for driving away the only friend she ever had. To deal with her loneliness, she turns to photography and seeks shelter in her dark room. After one peculiar night photographing her 100 year old house, Alexis's sister Kasey begins acting odd. She becomes spiteful and demanding, and she has extreme mood swings. At first, Alexis attributes her strange behavior to the ups and downs of being in middle school—but after a series of accidents that may not have been accidents after all, Alexis has to ask herself, Is something more sinister at work?

Snarky, engaging, and downright creepy, Bad Girls Don't Die is one stellar debut novel; Katie Alender has created one of the most engrossing and consuming novels of the year. The witty, casual tone of the novel, told from Alexis's point of view initially hooks readers, but it is the darker undertones concealed by Kasey's sweet face and her "innocent" doll collection that really ensnares readers and makes Bad Girls Don't Die such an unpredictable and tantalizing read. Alexis is a wonderfully dynamic character—she is strong and opinionated and learns how to deal with her issues in a mature manner, but along the way she also learns to recognize similar qualities in those she previously judged, making her likable without being cliché. Though the haunted house and possession stories have been done many times before, Alender's fresh slant on the topic will enthrall readers and leave them just a bit creeped out.

Cover Comments: I really like the use of color in this trailer, the subtle blue-ish light combined with the pink outfit, and the texture of the lace curtains. I think it does well to convey the lighter, wittier aspects of the book, but also hints at the scarier elements as well. This is definitely one of those books that will jump out at book store browsers.

Also, check out this AMAZING trailer:


10 comments:

Iryna said...

I've noticed that these last few book reviews you have listed the books as "Featured Books". What exactly does that mean?

The Compulsive Reader said...

Just that those are the books I've written reviews for--though I do mention WAY more books than I read and review!

Iryna said...

Oh, I see! Thank-you very much!

Llehn said...

I've my eye on this one for a while now but I have to admit that I am scared to read it ...

The Compulsive Reader said...

It's more creepy than anything else--it gave me the shivers, but it didn't keep me up at night!

Janssen said...

I think this is one of the better trailers I've seen. Can't wait to read it!

pinktooth2 said...

when i had first saw the trailer it had freaked me out!so its like i want to read it but at the same time dont want to

Amy said...

i just bought this and am super excited to read it after reading your post!
-amy

a flight of minds said...

Wow, I love the trailer. It's so amazing! And your review makes the book sound really interesting. I hadn't realised exactly how creepy the book is, but it isn't a turn off for me. Actually, it's the complete opposite: this book is now on my To Buy list. :D So thank you for the review!

Katindabox said...

I read this book a couple of days ago and I LOVED it! I had a bit of trouble falling asleep after I read it, to be honest. The slow tension and subtle, creepy imagery threw for a loop!

On the other hand, um, I have a question. I'm also a book blogger and I was wondering if you could give me some tips on getting views? :)