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Three Quarters Dead

2.78 of 5 stars 2.78  ·  rating details  ·  615 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Being the new girl at school is rough. But when the popular girls choose Kerry as the newest member of their ultra-exclusive clique, she thinks her troubles are finally finished. When her three new friends are killed in a horrifying car crash, her life seems over as well. But then the texts begin. . . .

Richard Peck returns to his contemporary teen- and ghost-story roots in
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by Speak (first published October 26th 2010)
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This is just too weird. So this outsider teenager gets to be friends with three cool girls, that don't treat her very nicely and seem to be using her. They die in a car crash and she's all broken up about it and then she get's a text message from them...and it get's weirder still!!!
Too weird and somehow I understand when authors leave too much to your own interpretation and you have to write parts of the story in yourself; and to a certain degree that's OK even necessary but too much is just too
Not up to Peck's usual standards. It's a fantasy, but not strongly so. I think it would be horror, but it isn't frightening or terribly suspenseful. Until the last quarter of the book, it's not clear what the major conflict in this book is; I kept wondering if something was going to happen or whether the point of the story was just to illustrate the pointlessness of wanting nothing other than to be accepted by wealthy, popular, academically successful, good-looking and exclusive high school frie ...more
You have to give serious props to Richard Peck: he's a man, and he's . . . well . . . not young. But he PERFECTLY captures not only the way teenage girls talk and think, but absolutely skewers high school social structure. He even gets the fashion, hair, and make up right. There are female writers under the age of forty getting things like that wrong, but Peck pulls it off brilliantly. This is a wonderful, frothy ghost story. It's MEAN GIRLS with a supernatural twist.

My only complaints are that
Paula  Phillips
All High school girl Kerry wanted to do was be popular , stop being invisble and be part of the in-crowd. One day, her wish came true when they invited her to sit with them in their holy grail of a corner table. These were the popular queen-bee girls of the school and everyone wanted to be with them and be under their wings. Soon Kerry is taken under their wings and things are looking good until Halloween happens and she must undertake her initiation into their group by breaking and entering int ...more
Kandice Dover
When Kerry Williamson starts sophomore year, she's a loner. Her best friend was sent off to boarding school and she hasn't returned Kerry's calls or texts. But when the three coolest girls in school sweep Kerry off her feet into a world she never knew could exist for her, she scrambles to keep up. She's more than willing to do anything to be included but what if a car crash has them reaching out to her from the grave?

I was very disappointed in this. It was so good and then the ending came. It ju
I was utterly unthrilled with this book. Richard Peck used to be one of my favorite authors when I was a kid - maybe I should revisit those books.

The main character was annoying. The side characters were annoying. The writing felt choppy. Just - bleah.

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Kerry is chosen by the coolest clique in school and so she thinks life has finally begun. But then it seems all over when her three friends are killed in a shocking car accident. Or are they? Only weeks after the accident, Kerry
Freda Labianca
I was so angry when I first received these books, over having to pay the duty on a review copy, that I just wanted to read them and get them out of my sight. The first part of the book didn't help any. It was slow-paced, and not much really forming as in way of a story, it was just four girls in school. Whoopie!
Then the second half, picked up almost out of nowhere.
It did make up for any feelings I previously had, as I swept through the pages like a madwoman. I had to know what was going on with
Brittany Perry
in one word creepy. I thought it was going to be a book about high school groups and a girl who dealt with losing her friends. for a long time I thought she was losing her mind but I was wrong think pet cemetery meets haunting on sorority row.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Okay, this book was something I didn't expect. It was a sort of ghost story and I guess I was expecting something more like the many werewolf, pixie and vampire books I've been reviewing lately. This was definitely NOT like that. It wasn't scary, which is good, because I hate scary. It was a bit gorey at times though. It was a pretty clean read, no language, no sex. 2.5 stars from me on this one. While I can't say I loved it, I didn't dislike it either. I think it's just personal preference on t ...more
Three Quarters Dead is Richard Peck’s own unique take on the now-popular paranormal genre, and it’s certainly eerie enough. It falls more along the lines of Are You in the House Alone than of his usual ghost stories, and I think that actually works in its favor. Just know, if you’re looking for his hilarious historical fiction, this isn’t the book for you. Kerry’s story is dark–really a ghost story even when everyone is alive. It’s actually pretty terrifying how her entire world shrinks to just ...more
Young Reader Reaction: Our pre-teen picked this up because she liked the picture of the three girls on the cover, and she likes eerie, ghost-story-like books. She got about halfway through, then jumped to the end. She said the middle was "too long."

Adult Reader Reaction: There ghost story elements of the book are intriguing and what keep it alive (no pun intended). Unfortunately, Tanya is such a heavy-handed bully that the story lost its way. Kerry had great potential for becoming a positive cha
This book didn't really make any sense. The writing was odd and jolted, and before I even understood what was going on, we suddenly jumped forward six months after a car accident. I kept going because it was weirdly readable, and because it was so short. I had grabbed this off the library shelf based on nothing but the title and cover and I certainly didn't HATE it - just didn't really like it. There were a lot of unanswered questions at the end, too.
"Three Quarters Dead" by Richard Peck is a 193 page fiction tale of a popular girl wanabe, Kerry, who becomes victim to the mean girl popular clique that she admires so much. Kerry is warned that the group will do nothing but use her, but with stars in her foggy little eyes, she ignores all advice to stick with the group no matter how malicious they seem to get even when they set her up to take the fall. Now granted 193 pages is a short novel, but there was really only one major incident to prov ...more
Abby Johnson
This book was a hot mess... I think it partially could have been fixed if it had been set in the past, but the strange mix of dated names (high school characters named Sandy [guy], Bob, Tanya...) and modern technology makes the setting muddled. The characters fell flat for me and I was totally confused halfway through, so I ended up putting it down.
Though this icky tale of the dead returned has some suprises, it doesn't really go anywhere worth taking a journey readers have probably taken before. Perfectly adequate for rabid consumers of supernatural teen novels.
This book made exactly NO sense to me. Also, I felt like he was trying SO hard to drop in current references like Twitter and Facebook. Stick to what you're good at, sir.
Storyline was rushed and unoriginal. The characters were flat and uninteresting and there was no spark in the writing flow.
Not for me.
I found this book very interesting at first but as I kept reading I really found myself hating the main character's actions and behavior. It was an intriguing plot but the character just kept being predictable and falling into the same dilemmas but i found it entertaining still. Peck has a good way of rounding everything up in the end but the book left in a cliffhanger. I wanted to hear more of what would become of Spence and Kerry. It was a sad obsession with three females instead of focusing o ...more
The book I read was "Three Quarters Dead" by Richard Peck. The book kind of reminds me of the movie Mean Girls. Where there is three main girls and one that tries to get into their group. Trying and doing everything they tell her to do. Kerry dose everything to become a part of their group. But one day the three main girls Tanya , Natalie and Mackenzie Was in a car crash. Kerry is left thinking if she is the only one that can see them or if they are really even dead. Its really confusing at time ...more
Alim Yai
Oct 28, 2014 Alim Yai rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alim by: anyone who wants to waste there life
Did not enjoy this read.
For one who writes so convincingly in the voice of a teenage girl, using trendy pop lingo and acquiescing completely to the modern world in which the girl lives, author Richard Peck still most definitely has one foot firmly planted in the camp of the old-fashioned writers of bygone days. As one of few prominent authors today who still produce their books exclusively by way of typewriter, Richard Peck has nevertheless written many stories that embrace the most modern of technologies. He frequent ...more
3/1/11 ** I heard Peck speak about this book back in October. Though I was intrigued with the premise, I feared that it would be too scary for my taste, with the potential for nightmares. When Peck was so gracious as to read Michael's novel AND offer a review, I knew that I'd have to go ahead and read this.

Peck got the idea for the book when he read a newspaper article about a teen who was killed in a car accident while talking on the phone. He wondered about the impact on the people left behin
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: This was a coming of age book that really fell short for me. The main character was very weak and the plot was really boring.

Opening Sentence: Actually, this isn’t about now.

The Review:

Kerry has just started her sophomore year of high school. Her best friend was shipped off to boarding school so she is quite the loner now. She sits by herself at the lunch table but on the other end of the table the most popular girls in the school sit. The
Lisa Delaine Youngblood
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I really tried to get into this book but for some reason it fell flat for me. Maybe it was that I didn't really like the narrator, Kerry. Or that the themes in the story were not unique and, in the end, predictable. But to me, this book was just okay. Let me explain:

The first half of the book really dragged for me. In this first half you meet Kerry and how she wants to be popular and will do anything to get noticed by the three most popular girls (Tanya, Natalie and Makenzie) in her school. Of c
Sarah BT
Rating: 2.75

It's hard to really review this book because saying too much will give away the spoilers-and it's a fairly short book, you don't want any spoilers or it ruins the whole thing.

I was a bit disappointed in this book. I didn't think the characters were that well fleshed out. We don't really know why the popular girls pick Kerry, we can guess it's because she's easily manipulated, though I don't think that will be clear to younger readers. We also don't really see Kerry interacting with
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Bagi Kerry, hidup berarti berada di sekitar ketiga orang temannya yang paling beken, Tanya, Natalie, dan Makenzie. Ketiga gadis yang paling keren di SMA-nya. Tiga gadis tempat Kerry menggantungkan kehidupannya.

Semuanya berubah ketika suatu hari ketiga temannya itu mengalami kecelakaan dan meninggal di tempat. Kerry kehilangan pegangannya dan merasa kebingungan. Ketika sebuah SMS dari Tanya memintanya untuk datang ke tempat tinggal bibinya, Kerry pergi ke sana untuk menemukan kembal hidupnya.

Emily WilowRaven
Richard Peck is one of my favorite authors of all times. He has been publishing books in the early 1970s and I grew up reading his stories. He is an amazing story teller and Three Quarters Dead is a shinning example of everything I love about his writing.

There is something fundamentally creepy about this book. I didn't actually like many of the characters but my dislikes worked for the story. The setting was somewhat ordinary but the plot was so well developed that it didn't matter. The ghosts?
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Richard Peck is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.

Richard Peck was born in 1934 in Decatur, Illinois, a town he describes as quiet and safe. His mother, Virginia, was a dietitian and his father, Wayne, was a merchant who often rode his Harley Davidson to work.

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