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"You know how it is: go on a date, get killed, wake up the next morning. No? Just me?" - Lucy Day

Fifteen-year-old Lucy Day falls between the gears in the machinery of the afterlife. She is murdered while on her first date, but awakens a day later, completely solid and completely whole. She has no hunger for brains, blood, or haunting, so she crosses “zombie,” “vampire,” a...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 12th 2012 by Cool Well Press
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Lindsey Scott
This book is what every young writer should read!! A friend of mine recommended it and I was blown away with how in tune B.C. is with his audience, and how well he was able to create characters that were believable, characters you wanted to be friends with (or be friends with if you were still in high school).

What I loved about this book most, though, was B.C.'s ability to weave in advanced vocabulary that even made me refer to my dictionary! I gave my cousin the book to read (she's a high schoo...more
Emily Anne
Deadgirl is a very confusing, long novel yet fortunately has a very likable main character. It was worth the read. Although I must admit to skimming some of the middle. I do wish it had been shortened.

The characters, whom I didn't find extremely memorable, were still realistic. Lucy is definitely a heroine to root for, and pity. She has many struggles. Yet I did love how she could still joke once in a while. And Abraham felt like a very well written character as well. I also felt the dialogue in...more
WOW! This book made me laugh and cry- sometimes at the same time! It was absolutely amazing. I loved the main character, she was witty and sarcastic- everything I could have dreamed for! The other characters were great as well. This was sort of a mystery- it had that aspect in it several places- and the answers were really unexpected and flabbergasting. I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The plot is like none other, the end is amazing, and I want MORE! Amazing amazing amazing!!!...more
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
I have been sent some amazing books to review this year. And you can put Deadgirl right up there with the best of them!! This book was just... WOW!!! This is one fantastic, didn't want to put down read!!

Deadgirl starts at a really nice pace as you get to know the characters. And then BAM!!! The action begins!! There is so much that I want to talk about, but whatever I say will spoil it for you all and this is definitely a book that you MUST read!!

Lucy Day is a normal 15yo girl, going to school,...more
Title: Dead Girl
Author: B.C. Johnson
Publisher: Cool Well Press
Date of Release: April 12th, 2012
Number of Pages: 368
Source: Author for honest review.
Summary from Goodreads:
"You know how it is: go on a date, get killed, wake up the next morning. No? Just me?" - Lucy Day

Fifteen-year-old Lucy Day falls between the gears in the machinery of the afterlife. She is murdered while on her first date, but awakens a day later, completely solid and completely whole. She has no hunger for brains, blood, or...more
**3 Stars**
I was provided a copy indirectly from the author (through a group on for an honest review.

MY OVERVIEW: Yikes, I don’t really know how to do an overview on this book. It wasn’t really that memorable, and I just put it down.

PROS: I liked Luce. She was a believable teenage character. There were a few points where she slipped a little from the believable realm. I also liked Morgan. I think she was my favorite. I honestly wish there was more of her in the book.

CONS: It is p...more
Great book! It was exciting, kept me asking questions, and felt original (even with all the other supernatural books and movies out there!). I didn't know if I'd be able to relate to Lucy, but she's actually pretty funny and I ended up really liking her. Definitely recommend this book!
Jessa Russo
I absolutely LOVED this book! Loved!!! I can't wait to read the next one! Johnson's characters and the storyline were so well formed . . . I was immediately invested and remained invested throughout.

As someone who once was a teenage girl, and well, still often is even all these years later, I can say that B.C. Johnson really knows how to write a teenage, female, point of view. I'm very impressed and loved so much of Lucy's snark and self-depreciating humor. She's awesome. Truly awesome.

I can't...more
I was given a copy for my honest review.

I'm kind of surprised that this is the authors first book. I enjoyed this book although I wasn't a fan of the ending. I typically like a happy ending, and this didn't fit into my idea of a cookie cutter happy ending. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the book, it just didn't end like I wanted it to.

Ok time for pros & cons:
Pros- I like the idea of the story, dying but not. I thought it was original. I liked Lucy ( the main character) & her friends. I'...more
I'm not a huge fan of occult fiction (though I do enjoy other types of fantasy and thrillers, so was not far out of my comfort zone with this book), but I was offered a free review copy of the e-book and was intrigued by the description, so I took it.

It may be my lack of familiarity with other occult fiction, but I felt that this was a truly original and ingenious book, different from anything I've ever read before. It was action-packed and kept me guessing. Information was provided at just the...more
Anemone Flynn
Deadgirl, by B.C. Johnson, is a light paranormal fantasy directed at the young adult market. Lucy, a typical lovestruck teenage girl, goes out to the movies and gets herself inconveniently killed by muggers afterwards -- right after her crush asks for exclusivity! Only she doesn't stay dead. Trying to deal with the ramifications of her new existence while retaining her new boyfriend and escaping a crazy light that keeps trying to kill her (for good this time) keeps Lucy on her toes from the firs...more
I received Dead Girl by B.C. Johnson for free through Goodreads First reads giveaways. This one kept me guessing for a long time I can honestly say I did not see things coming with this book. Some parts of this book I found to be boring but others I could not put the book down and flew threw the book. It was a page turner at these points I could not stop I wanted to know more and more and more I had questions and from the start of the book I was wondering WHAT IS GOING ON! The main character Luc...more
May 01, 2012 Darlene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Yvensong, S. Michele, Cheryl in CC NV, Ralph, Tom, Chris
Recommended to Darlene by:
Wow! Could I give this ten stars please? This was exciting! B. C. Johnson has told a superb tale. The book keeps you guessing and wondering what will happen next.

Lucy, the main character is very likable and has the spunk I like to see in female characters. She's only 15 and seems way beyond what I imagine would be the maturity of 15 or what I was at 15. But it is a different time and I was a late-bloomer even way back in the stone-age. Maybe the young adults who read this will find her immature,...more
Marie DeLaRosa
This review was previously posted when I was a admin on Paranormal Reads, as I am no longer with them I retain all rights to MY review.


Lucy just wanted to go to the movies with her friends...and Zack of course, what should have been an amazing time at the movies with friends ends up turning into a situation that will change Lucy's life. I have to say the plot was innovative, as Lucy has to deal with the weird after effects of waking up when indeed she should've died. But how is that poss...more
Ebook provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Deadgirl by B.C. Johnson was a book that I didn't expect I would like.

I received this book during a really busy time in school, so naturally, I only read a few pages at a time.

This book, is obviously about someone that dies, so I'm not giving anything away by saying this. All I can say is, that it adds a bit more of a twist to the after life. This book shows us that we all have a purpose in life and that sometimes it's not what we w...more
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Rated 4.5 really.

Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Unique, mind-blowing premise and setting. Characters with authentic voice. A lovestruck but spunky heroine. Engaging, imaginative prose.
Cons: A couple of not completely convincing attitudes. A few inconsistencies that won't really affect your reading pleasure. Some small mistakes slipped through revision.
WARNING! Violence and attempted rape, though not described in a graphic manner. Underage drinking.
Will appeal...more
Gwynn White
I requested this book when I saw it listed on Read it and Reap. My reason? I was intrigued to see how Johnson would tackle a story of a girl who has fallen between the crack of life and death. Very interesting and original premise, I thought. And, by and large, B.C. Johnson has written an original story. Without giving too much away, the 'between' world may be familiar to readers of Dreamless, by Josephine Angelini, but it didn't detract from the overall originality of the novel.

Before I get te...more
Going on you very first day with the boy of your dreams shouldn’t end with you being killed. Right?!?

Lucy Day a fifteen-year-old sophomore at Atlanta High school and is your average teenager. She has a massive crush on a boy name Zack and has two best friends, Morgan and Wanda.

Lucy is finally going on her first date EVER and with her dream boy, Zack. Her date should have ended the textbook way. Boy walks you to your door, and gives you a goodnight kiss that makes you have butterflies in your tu...more
Selina Liaw
Books & Sweet Epiphany

Deadgirl is GOOD.
Like DEAD GOOD (Pun intended). *grin*

Seriously, the beginning caught my attention and I slept at 2 in the morning because I couldn't put Deadgirl down.

The storyline is riveting and gave a whole new twist to the 'life after death' scenario, which, in this case, life after death... was life (though I'm not really sure the kind of life Lucy is really living).

Lucy is really explored in this book and I really love her pe...more
Lucy Day has her first date ever. It seems to be going magically until she ends up dead at the hands of a group of would-be gang rapists. But somehow she gets up and goes back to her every day life, although she has to lie to the cops about being shot, and explain to her parents why she went missing for 24 hours. She also gets to have mandatory sessions with the guidance counselor.

Meanwhile, her life begins to return to normal except that she can't eat, sleep, or anything else. She also starts...more
The character development in this book is phenomenal! I got so into what was going to happen to Lucy and her friends. No character is a blank slate, and none are cliches. Yet, BC Johnson has time to make you care about their strengths, flaws, and outcome of the story. Especially the main character Lucy. She stays true to her character, but still develops throughout the novel.

The paranormal element in this book is done in a really refreshing way that I haven't seen before. I also loved that Lucy...more
I thoroughly enjoyed “Deadgirl”. This novel has excellent character development, especially concerning the use of dialogue. You truly sympathize and care for Lucy and her supporting characters. Lucy is a girl that everyone knows, familiar, without being what I call a “blank slate Bella”; she is intelligent, funny, warm, and has a great sense of humor about herself and her teenage escapades. The supernatural element is a breath of fresh air: magical realism is a very trendy thing in young adult f...more
Jamee Pritchard
I thought this story was very entertaining. The intrigue and mystery behind the main character's dilemma was enough to hold my attention throughout the telling of her story. Although the entire book is well written and quite imaginative, there are a few weak spots when it comes to internal dialog and plot structure. That said, there are also some very strong spots that were so engrossing, I was completely absorbed in the story. Deadgirl is another take on the life-after-death scenario written in...more
I received this ebook as an ARR in order to give my unbiased opinion.

Overall I thought this was a good book. The storyline kept me interested throughout. I found myself a bit frustrated with the lack of communication with some of the characters. I really had a hard time picturing a father being so angry with his daughter after she "survived" an attack... Also the communication between Lucy and zack was very annoying. Ok I know maybe I'm not completely up to date with how relationships go this on...more
Laurie Franco
Deadgirl was a great book about a girl who gets shot during an attack on herself, yet doesn't really "die" in the true sense of the word. Everyone can still see her, she can still eat, drink, etc....she's just not quite alive. While she is still trying to figure out exactly what's going on, since she isn't convinced she's really dead, strange things start to happen. I don't want to give any of the book away, other than the ending is a bit sad (concerning her new boyfriend Zach), so I highly reco...more
Sep 02, 2012 Pat rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
From the title, I was expecting another vampire or zombie story. I was pleasantly surprised, though I'm still not sure what Lucy is. I applaud B.C.Johnson's decision to write Deadgirl in the first-person. It made me feel I was experiencing Lucy's adventures directly, and I appreciated learning as she learned. I also was pleased by the scary "dream" world and how it factored in the plot. And the secondary characters were believable. All in all, I found Deadgirl to be an innovative read that left...more
As per the requirements, I won this book on Goodreads.

I would give this book a 3.5 but I was on the high side of that decision so I rated it 4 stars. I really liked the story (thus the 4 stars) but I had small problems with the characters. I felt that Lucy and Zack were a bit flat characters. I would have liked more background to flesh them out a bit more. Based on this, I really did not buy into their budding romance.

Other than the above, I really enjoyed the story.
Luce is our 'deadgirl'. She's very likeable (for a teenager) and I was drawn into her story pretty quickly. She has loving parents, nice friends, and compassion. There was a minimum of 'teen angst' and the story moved along at a pretty quick pace. I'd love to learn more about Luce, Puck, and lots more about Daphne.While I'm probably not the target audience for this book, I liked it anyway.I received a free copy of this book for review....more
Deadgirl was clever and fantastic. The characters had actual depth to them and were easy to relate to. Lucy, is a girl that all girls can see some part of themselves or a BFF in, and yet, she's not a perfect Mary-Sue type like a certain other supernatural heroine. You actually LIKE Lucy while reading this book.
Love it! The paranormal phantom element is really cool. It's done well with the transfer from the normal world, where Lucy is going through some considerable drama, to "the grey." The magical element is very original and has no cliches. I look forward to a sequel.
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B.C. Johnson was born in 1985 in Southern California, and hasn't relocated since. He discovered a love for telling stories at seven-years-old, though those consisted of either fabricating expansive lies, or writing mostly plagiarized stories. Between then and now, he's worked a number of odd jobs, including machinist, lighting designer, demolitionist, sound mixer, receptionist, custodian, and muse...more
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