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Bad Boy

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  151 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Dream Jordan is back with a follow-up to the acclaimed Hot Girl

Kate is devastated to find herself back in a group home after a peaceful year of living with her loving foster parents, Lynn and Ted. The fantasy life of having the perfect family has come to an abrupt end and Kate's reeling from having to return to the place she's fought so hard to avoid. Sad and lonely, Kate
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Mar 07, 2012 Doret rated it really liked it
Kate has been in the foster care system for a few years. The reader was first introduced to Kate in Jordan's debut Hot Girl. By the end Kate was living was a loving couple that wanted her in their home, leaving the tough girl persona behind. In this continuation Kate must return to a group home due to unfortunate circumstances.

When the novel opens Kate is leaving Bed- Stuy for her new foster home in Ocean Parkway. In this new old setting Kate is tested on a daily basis. The other girls don't lik
Aug 30, 2013 Claudio rated it liked it
I'm somewhat conflicted about this book, it delivers a good message for teens but it just seems to resolve itself too quickly. I haven't read many books on abusive relationships, but I've listened to a few speakers, my understanding is that it takes a lot to get out of these kinds of relationships and then much more to heal from them. It was just hard to believe Kate could get out of it just like that. Then again I think this was the best way to deliver it to a young adult audience that may not ...more
This is an important book about dating violence. Kate is a strong, young woman determined to make a better life for herself despite foster home drama. Though 'Bad Boy' Percy tries to knock her down, she remains triumphant.

I applaud Jordan for shedding light on the issue of abusive relationships, which is an all too common problem for teens. Her use of language and descriptions of Brooklyn are perfect. Teens who like Coe Booth's Tyrell, Kendra and Bronxwood will enjoy this!
May 08, 2016 DaijahJohnson rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Female teenagers
Recommended to DaijahJohnson by: A friend
The theme of this book is stay true to yourself.This is the theme because Kate a lot of struggles in her life. She went from group care to group care. She never really had a stable home so she became very lonely and sad. A boy named Percy came along and made up for all the affection she missed out in life and made her feel loved at first. He then starts to tears her down emotionally to the point she doesn't feel strong. After being with Percy long enough to realize he's holding her back she then ...more
Katie Hammons
Aug 22, 2014 Katie Hammons rated it really liked it
In this book the main character Kate is put into a group home after she finds out that she can't get adopted by her foster parents. As she is placed in the group home she decides to do volunteer work with one of her friends. When she does this she meets Percy who later on becomes her new boyfriend, but what Kate doesn't know is that she set herself up for an abusive relationship. When she figures out that this relationship is not right for her, her and her group home members do everything they c ...more
Harpreet Dosanjh
Dec 10, 2015 Harpreet Dosanjh rated it really liked it
This book is really good and it is also really interesting because of the main things this book is based around which is abuse in a relationship. The protagonist is Kate who is adopted but later gets told that she can't get adopted by her foster parents. Then, there is the antagonist which is Percy who is a very bad human being because he abuses Kate who is a regular person who likes doing volunteer work. My favorite part about this book is when the group home members try to do everything they c ...more
Shayla Taylor
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This quick read by Dream Jordan tells an important story: one of how easy it is to get sucked into an abusive relationship as a teenage girl. Kate, our protagonist, is a smart, tough girl who has been through a lot in life. From gang-banging to foster homes, she's come out on top. That is, until Kate meets Percy - who seems like Prince Charming at first but slowly peels away his layers to show the ugly, dark parts underneath. There was definitely a telling progression from dream man to nightmare ...more
Dream Jordan has done it again.

Kate has returned, on an unfortunately more sour note than the previous novel ended. A family emergency with her foster parents has caused her comfortable new home to be once again snatched away and she is returned to the group home settings she'd thought to be finally free of. Once again faced with jealous and insecure fellow residents who want to prove their toughness, Kate finds solace in her journaling and service, determined not to become the argumentative an
Jul 08, 2012 Kat17 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I should start off by pointing out I haven't read Dream Jordan's novel 'Hot Girl' and first met the star of both books; Kate in this, the sequel. She's a fantastic character. Smart, sassy, sure of herself and determined not let others bring her down. This is what makes the story of Kate falling prey to an abusive relationship so compelling. For those of us who haven't been in the situation we're quick to believe its only weak or stupid girls who get into these kind of positions but as Kate point ...more
Deandra Letang
Mar 27, 2014 Deandra Letang rated it really liked it
Great book man ..Its a quick read ...Love this author and her way with words !! ...more
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Mar 25, 2013 Anne rated it it was ok
Those who like Tyrell will also enjoy this gritty look at abusive relationships. However, the writing feels preachy even though the message is a vital one.

Kate has to leave her loving foster home to go live in a group home. While there, she meets Percy, who seems like a real gentleman and considerate person. However, his generosity quickly evolves into suspicion, emotional and physical abuse, and controlling tendencies.
Shadra Matthew
Oct 18, 2012 Shadra Matthew rated it it was amazing
I love this Book this is one of the books that I can read over and over. Its really hard for me to find a good book but i am happy I found this book. I mean at first i did not like it but then it started to get good. I would like to read the next book or even more books by this author.
Aug 21, 2012 Autumn rated it really liked it
Pretty great sequel to Hot Girl. I love the protagonist's voice -- she is super tough but like Tyrell in Bronxwood, you can just watch her logic fail as she makes some big mistakes. Way to be, Dream Jordan! Please write more books!
Oct 22, 2012 Sherry rated it liked it
A great book to hand a teen who is in a troubled relationship, but it was a little didactic.
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