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Dead Girls Don't Write Letters

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  1,806 ratings  ·  324 reviews
Jazz Reynolds died in a house fire. But the Reynolds family welcome her with open arms. Everyone is overjoyed to have Jazz home, except Jazz's sister Sunny, who is convinced that this girl must be an imposter. She may look like her sister, know everything about her sister, but her real sister is dead - so who is this girl?
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 4th 2004 by Simon & Schuster Ltd (first published January 23rd 2003)
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Feb 17, 2009 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a good twist
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Jennifer Larsson
Dead girls don’t write letters

The name of the book is Dead girls don’t write letters and it’s about a girl named Sunny. She had a sister, Jazz, but she died in a fire. Sunnys parents were crushed and her father, Dan, started to drink a lot. Her mother, Lily, took sleeping pills and didn’t do much at all. She lied in bed almost all day. One day Sunny gets a letter from her dead sister, saying that she didn’t accually die in the fire and that she will come home soon. When she finally comes home, S
Jennifer Wardrip
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What do you do when your older sister, believed to have been killed in an apartment fire months before, suddenly sends you a letter claiming to be alive and well? If you're Sunny Reynold's, a girl who has always lived in the shadow of her older, much-beloved sister, you wait and day before you tell your parents that their most loved daughter is coming home.

Jazz Reynolds was the "it" girl--popular, outgoing, loved and praised and admired by everyone. When she u
Susan P
Dec 06, 2007 Susan P rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle schoolers who like suspense
I read this when it first came out, but just re-read it in anticipation of booktalking it to middle schoolers in January. There's a bit of language and some uncomfortable situations like the dad's drinking and the mom's addiction to anti-depressants, but I'm hoping that the teens can overlook that part and just enjoy the story. Has anyone else booktalked this one? And if so, to what age group?
Jan 26, 2009 Maricela rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
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Michelle. D.
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In the book Dead Girls dont write letters, the main character Sunny gets a letter from her sister Jazz who was pronounced dead. But Sunny was happy when her sister "died". Everything was about Jazz. All the attention was put on her. Sunny needed some too. So when Jazz "died", there was something in Sunny that was a sign of relief.
"Yes, indeedy. Everybody misses Jazz. Everybody but me."

I think that this is INSANE!!! Ok it must feel terrible for Sunny to get no attention, but to be happy when you
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This is a well written, concise, portrait of a self-destructing family and Sunny, the 14 year old anchor that holds them together. Although Sunny is made up of hard edges and a sharp tongue, she manages to win over the reader's pity and support.
Sunny dislikes living under her perfect sister Jasmine and although Jasmine dies unexpectedly in an apartment fire, Sunny is still left to pick up the pieces of her drunk father and depressed mother.
It seems as if life with Jasmine was torturous and
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God  O'Wax
*Some SPOILERS* This wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't particularly good either. At first, I found myself empathizing with the main character quite a lot, and the basic premise was very interesting. I liked the idea of someone showing up as a dead relative, and how a family would deal with that intrusion into their lives - as blessing or impetus for total meltdown. However, I felt that it wasn't all that believable - who would go along with this for so long? and the end was far too abrupt. There ...more
Sunny's family is a wreck. Since her sister Jasmine was killed in a fire a few months before, her mother is basically catatonic and her father is always drunk. They thought the world revolved around Jazz, but Sunny knew the truth. Jazz was mean and manipulative, and Sunny is not upset that she's gone.

When Sunny receives a letter from Jazz, she isn't initially concerned. She figures it probably got lost in the mail and tucks it away to read later. No reason to tell her parents, it would just upse
Sunny's sister Jazz died in February. You can imagine her shock when she gets a letter from Jazz in the mail in May. You can also imagine her shock when Jazz shows up and isn't the sister Sunny remembers.

I love Gail Giles, so it is kind of surprising that I never read this, one of her earliest books. It is a very, very short book, and an incredibly quick read. This doesn't give the suspense quite as much time to percolate as I would have liked. But the story itself takes place over a very short
You can't really claim that Dead Girls Don't Write Letters are a long or a lengthy book.

You get pulled into the book right from page one, where you get to meet Sunny who got it pretty hard at home, with a depressed mom and a dad that drinks and basically come and goes as he wish. And all this happed because Jezz, Sunnys perfekt older sister died.

But everything chances when they receive a letter from Jezz telling them that she isn't dead.

The Jezz who comes into the door turns out not to be Jezz.
The BookWhisperer
Very suspenseful story. Masterfully created the perfect combination of suspense and mystery. Personally I would almost label this book as horror. It is definite a quick and very interesting read. As my first book by Gail Giles I find her to be a very talented author and look forward to reader more from her in the future. Dead Girls Dont Write Letters is a story of a young girls struggle with the passing of her sister, that she was less than close too. Then one day she recieves a letter from her ...more
Y Mystery. When Sunny's older and very popular sister dies in a fire at college, her whole family falls apart. The mother sinks into depression, the father returns to alcoholism and Sunny is left to bitterly take care of everything. When a girl pretending to be Jazz returns, the mother goes back to her normal self. Sunny and her father, however, are not taken in but don't confront this unJazz because of the mother's psychological state. Instead they begin investigating the background of this per ...more
Clairyssa Mahaney
The setting of this book is like modern time. Sunny has to take care of her mom because her mother has very bad depression and her father is a drunk. Her family wasn't like this though, a few months ago Sunny's older sister Jazz (short for Jasmine) died in a fire, in her apartment in New York. Jazz was her mothers dream child, she was beautiful, she was popular, everyone loved Jazz, except Sunny. Jazz and Sunny were completely different, Sunny was mean, stubborn, and hard headed, Jazz on the ot ...more
In the novel “Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters” by Gain Giles Jazz is Sunny’s dead sister sends Sunny a letter with some scandalous news in the beginning of the book, Sunny is an aloof person at times because she can sometimes be cold hearted. Jazz is Sunny’s older sister that’s supposed to me dead. Then sunny starts to get suspicious about her sister’s death and the person in her house. At the end Sunny find out whether her sister in alive or not.
We liked the part when Jazz finds out the girl in
Samantha Ann
In Dead Girls Don’t Write Letter’s by Gail Giles, Sunny, the main character, gets a letter that looked similar to the ones her older sister used to write on. But, her older sister died a few months ago in a fire at her apartments. After a few days a complete stranger shows up at Sunny’s house claiming she’s “Jazz”. While Sunny and her dad try to figure out who she is they come across many conflicts. Also trying to keep in contact with each other over the phone was difficult because, Jazz was try ...more
Jenni Guerrero
Gail Giles story "Dead girls don't write letters" was a very thrilling and mystery that keeps you wondering. It had all started when Sunny’s older sister Jazz had died in a tragic Fire in her apartment. But a twist comes around and, Sunny has to go around and try to put the pieces together to find out if this girl who is trying to lie to everyone and portray herself as her older beautiful and much loved sister Jazz. This not Jazz acts, smells, looks like her but is it really her? The question ke ...more
Gail Giles ist mir bereits durch ihr Buch "Der erste Tod der Cass McBride" mehr als positiv aufgefallen, von daher stand für mich schnell fest, dass ich irgendwann ein weiteres Buch von der Autorin lesen möchte. Nun war es endlich an der Zeit und ich habe mich für "Tote Mädchen schreiben keine Briefe" entschieden, was ich nicht bereut habe. Ich muss zwar zugeben, dass ich mir von dem Buch einiges mehr versprochen habe, aber dennoch bin ich mit dem Buch durchaus zufrieden, da mich die Autorin wie ...more
Alicia Cuellar
This book is very good I finished it in one day. the book is very mysterious and has many plot twist. the sister has an older sister that died in an apartment fire awhile back but she gets a letter from here sister saying she's alive and coming home. when the sister arrives the little sister notices that's not her real sister. she does some investigating and finds a journal, she reads the journal and sees the older sister wrote about her family, every little detail. she realizes the sister that ...more
A good short mystery for those that want some action without reading a trilogy of books or that aren't great readers.

What would you do if the person that was supposed to be your dead sister shows up at your door and you KNOW that it's not really her, but a girl pretending to be her?
Kerry mack
i want to read this book because it looks so interesting and who doesnt like a book that "Dead Girls Don't Write Letters" to me i really want to read this book i think that i read this i will be satified really im not lying.
I didn't get the last page.

everything else i got (although it was pretty twisted) but the last page just threw me off no matter how many times i re-read it.
Becky Tucker
This is the story of a young girl named Sunny whose sister dies in a fire. Her mother is extremely depressed and her father is a drunkard and they are both messes because of her sister Jazz's death. Then one day, Sunny gets a letter in the mail from her sister that says she's not really dead and she's going to show up later that week. So Sunny tells her parents, and a girl shows up pretending to be Jazz, but she's not really Jazz. Then Sunny and her father start to try and figure out who the gir ...more
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"Things had been getting a little better until I got a letter from my dead sister. That more or less ruined my day." So begins the story of Sunny Reynolds. Sunny was always stuck in the shadow of her older sister, Jazz, until her sister died when her apartment in New York burned to the ground. Now Sunny has to deal with an alcoholic father and a depressed mother. Then she receives a letter in the mail from Jazz, saying she's coming home. But how? Dead girls don't write letters, right?

Once you re
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Gail Giles is the author of six young adult novels. Her debut novel, Shattering Glass, was an ALA Best of the Best Book, a Book Sense 76 selection, and a Booklist Top 10 Mystery for Youth selection. The novel is about an high school boy named Simon Glass that is helped to become one of the most popular dogs in school by other students. Her second novel, Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters, was an ALA T ...more
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