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Living Dead Girl

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  21,086 ratings  ·  3,153 reviews
Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.

Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.

Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was.

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends -- her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.

Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 2008)
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Maddi Howard It's called Living Dead Girl because that is what she calls herself. Shes still there but she is no longer alive, she is too weak to actually die.
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I probably would have liked this book more if i were a teenager or a pedophile. I mostly just read this for science. it came up in my collection development class when we were talking about challenged books (that doesn't mean that they are handicapped, but that they have been rarrred at by angry parents and other scared concerned types), but when i heard what it was about - i pretty much had to read it to see how an author handled this situation, because it seemed rough stuff for teen fiction. t ...more
Wendy Darling
Is it possible to write a story about a child being imprisoned and make it gut-wrenching and relevant? After the disappointment of various different books I've read recently involving kidnapping and child endangerment, I wasn't sure, particularly when it comes to the YA genre. But after reading Living Dead Girl, I have my answer: it's yes. Resoundingly, unequivocally, yes.

15-year-old "Alice" has lived with Ray since she was 10. Kidnapped from a school field trip and taken to Shady Pines Apartmen
Emily May

Well, the book leaves scars I can definitely tell you that much. I didn't know quite what to expect from this book, all I'd heard about it previously was that it's a story about abuse and a very short read (170 pages, large writing in my edition). I'd heard reviewers describe it as 'disturbing', but I didn't dwell on that too much, I assumed that when you've read a couple of Stephen King's books (namely It, Misery, etc.) you'd pretty much got your heard around 'disturbing'.

I was wrong. The auth
Elizabeth Scott is a genius. A literary genius. I’ve read some of Elizabeth’s other titles, and I find myself wondering, how can these be written by the same person. And I don’t mean that in a Stephenie Meyer/Breaking Dawn way. To have that kind of diverse talent, it is simply effing amazing.

I read this book in one setting. It is truly powerful. The emotion– sadness, despair it’s so apparent it’s freaky. How can I say that I loved a book about abduction, sexual abuse, and suffering? Why do you
Hunger For Knowledge
This was a dark, sad and disturbing tale of a girl who has spend years being a mental and physical prisoner for a pedophile.

This was not emotionally enjoyable but a dark and painfully melancholic story to read, and therefore is like a story that's made for me. I like 'em that way.

It was not the morbidity that made this a worthwhile read but how this quite short telling was able to challenge my moral-ethical thinking. It is natural to feel empathy toward a character who is experiencing physical
Sep 02, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mature teenagers, adults
This book is amazing. I picked it up on a whim, one of the few YA books we had enough copies of at work for me to borrow. Living Dead Girl tells a chilling story from the perspective of "Alice," a 15-year-old who was abducted at age 10 by a man named Ray, who proceeds to spend 5 years molding her into the perfect object of his desire, both physically and mentally.

The book is incredibly disturbing - as it should be. I wanted the entire time to just run to where she was, break the door down and ge

“I look wrong.
I look dead.
I'm not, though. I'm only partway there, a living dead girl.
I have been for five years.”

‘Alice’ is a 15 years old girl who was kidnapped when she was 10 and taken to Shady Pines Apartments. She lives with her captor, Ray, who pretends they are father and daughter. But Ray doesn’t treat ‘Alice’ like a daughter. He abuses her in every way possible, calling her ‘his little girl’, demanding to be a good girl for her daddy. Alice learnt the hard way that she’s alone i
Well, people who have told me that "Living Dead Girl" was a horrifying book were absolutely correct. This is definitely one of the most depressing and scary stories I have ever read. Basically every sentence of this novel is a painful assault on your psyche. The descriptions of daily physical, psychological and sexual abuse are almost impossible to bear.

I have to give Elizabeth Scott kudos for creating a very realistic in its atrociousness story that won't leave anyone untouched. The despicable
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I struggled with how to rate this book -- from 1 star, to 5 stars, to no stars. There is a part of me that regrets ever having picked up this book, and definitely a part of me that (for better or worse) will never forget reading it. My first visceral reaction to it was that Scott had penned an outrageously exploitative, gratuitous book, one so gruesome in parts, and so fully realized, that I felt like an accomplice, aiding and abetting "Alice's" abductor. The book left me reeling from shock and ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Lora rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not going there
Shelves: lib-audiobooks
Here's what I'd like to know: What made Elizabeth Scott go from Sarah Dessen to Ellen Hopkins and back again? Scott's fourth YA offering, Living Dead Girl, is so far removed from her other works that I'm finding it hard to believe they're even written by the same author. Living Dead Girl is raw and repulsive, whereas all of Scott's other stories are sunshine and butterflies swirling over romantic heads.
When an author begins writing, they usually decide what sort of stories they will write most o
Dec 10, 2008 Melissa rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I'm not sure I could recommend it
I can recognize quality writing when I see it and I have to admit that while I did not like or enjoy (if that is even possible) this book it is well written. This review is not a criticism of the author's writing, she is an excellent writer.

I am usually pretty liberal when it comes to teen books I understand that teen books are often on the cutting edge and pushing the boundaries of comfort for their readers to introduce them to the world we live in.

The reasons for which I gave this book only
Oct 10, 2008 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who like A Child Called It, also possibly Jailbait
Recommended to Susan by: talked about on yalsa-bk
Shelves: ya-fiction
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May 01, 2013 Rebecca marked it as dnf DNF

I love twisted, I love dark, I love a mind melt. But not like this...never ever like this.

My face reading this...

I actually enjoyed the writing and I wasn't bored or anything, I kind of want to finish it but I feel too much like a sicko- not a judgment of people who have read it at all. I just feel like a voyeur and in this context I have NO DESIRE to read it.
I have kids and maybe this is why....I am used to warnings and usually this m
Feb 18, 2010 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Terrifying. The ending wasn't what I'd hoped for, but not because it was bad. Because it was real.
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Reading this book was a terribly shocking experience! How the author boldly recounts a story of a young girl that is a victim of pedophilia is so vivid and blatant, I was truly horrified. It was horrible to know what Alice (whose real name is Kyla) went through in the hands of the creepy perverted psychopath, Ray (whose actions were also motivated by the same dark past in the hands of a pedophilic mother) and it was painful to see Kyla’s life slip away at 15. The story being short and direct, I ...more
Oct 22, 2008 Tasha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
This is one of the most gripping and brutal novels for teens I have ever read. It is the story of Alice, who was abducted as a 10-year-old by Ray, who has sexually and emotionally abused her for five years. Alice knows that if she tries to escape, her entire family will be killed. Now Ray has started starving her to try to maintain her childlike body, not allowing her to get over 100 pounds. His violence is also increasing as are his death threats. Alice has long wanted to die, but death eludes ...more
This is truly a horrific book; one that I want to forget, but probably never will.

The writing is superb, but the content is beyond my cognitive comprehension…truly disturbing, haunting and poignant that propelled me to a level of angst I wasn't prepared to experience. I was warned to proceed with caution on this book and being the curious person that I am, I didn't listen. BIG.MISTAKE. The story was about a 10 year old girl that was abducted from a school trip by a sexual predator. After five ye
Nov 12, 2008 Donna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of short, depressing books like John Steinbeck's "The Pearl"
Shelves: teen, crime
I had to update this review after reading comments by other people about the book. I hated, hated, hated the ending of this book. I would have given it 3 stars if the ending didn't make me so angry. I haven't been this pissed off at a book in a long time. I realize that a lot of people disagree, and they're welcome to their own opinions. I just did not like it. Does that mean it's not worth reading? No. I liked it up until the end, and it does provoke interesting discussions, so I'm not going to ...more
pinkpinkpink (teaching my cat how to read)
Some books entertain. Some amaze. Some scare. Some bore. The lines are always clear. We almost always know what kind of books we had in hand. We have many ways to help us define them. Genres.Publisher. Author. Reviews. Star-ratings.
This book,however,transcends lines. It's the kind that tears. The kind that gnaws at your subconscious in the middle of the night. On one hand,the writing is excellent and so very effective. The world built solidly. The characters so real you won't be surprised if the
So I’ve been done with this book for weeks now and I haven’t been able to review it because I can’t think of a nice polite way of saying what I want to say so I’m just going to say it, dammit, and we’ll go from there.

But before I do!

Ms. Scott! Can I just say here that you write like I imagine an angel sings! This book is evocative and dark and I can picture every scene in my brain like I’m witnessing it myself, and clearly you are a writer possessed of a great deal of skill, and I respect you as
A difficult book for a mother of three little girls to read. Frightening. Devastating. Heartbreaking. I hate this book because it made me feel so much, too much. Reduced me to genuine sobs, as if I was mourning the passing of a loved one. This story will haunt me forever. I am able appreciate Living Dead Girl for these reasons.

Regardless of the content, the subject matter, Living Dead Girl is well-crafted. Every word has a purpose, every sentence deliberate. The imagery is in-your-face, brazen,
Shayantani Das
“no one would listen. I could have screamed a million times in a million voices and no one would have ever heard me. I did,every time I left the apartment, with every step I took out in the world. All those cries, and no one ever heard them” Alice..
Raeleen Lemay
Street Corner TBR Challenge.
May pick #1, per Tina!!!

Wow, Oh Wow. W.O.W.
This is a story about child abduction, told from the child's point of view. It is haunting. It is disturbing, but it is not too graphic for those of you who are weak at heart on such subjects. It is so very sad to get inside the mind of this poor little girl-who is now 15. Mentally, in some areas she is still so very young- but in other ways she is way older than 15. The way this is written makes is impossible to put down. E
Kody Keplinger
LIVING DEAD GIRL is amazing, heartbreaking, and beautiful. I was terrified and intrigued. I had to carve a dark place in my heart to store this book, and I will be haunted for weeks.
Paige  Bookdragon
I honestly don't know what to say..


This book just depresses the hell out of me. I've read books about rape, murder, suicide, incest ( GRRM's Game of Thrones has incest, so I think they count) and a lot more psychological shits that you can think of.

I've always thought that rape (ranked as the no. 1 in my shit list) is the most hideous thing man had invented.

I changed my mind. Pedophilia is now tied to rape. No contest. Even animals don't do that.

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Let me quote what Augustus Waters h
I saw this book all the time, on Goodreads, on favorite lists, mentioned by authors, in a conversation about disturbing books, but I only picked it up after I put it on the wall and even then, I hadn't actually paid attention to what the book was about. This was probably a mistake. I basically read this book with bug eyes and slack-jawed astonishment, flying through the pages in a frenzy as I found out about how Alice was abducted and sexually abused for five years. She was starved to keep her b ...more
Just when you thought Elizabeth Scott was getting to be predictable...along comes LIVING DEAD GIRL. To clarify, I love, love, love Elizabeth Scott. I have happily read and gushed about her first three books: Bloom, Perfect You, and Stealing Heaven.

If I had just a handful of words to describe Living Dead Girl, they'd be: powerful, haunting, and unputdownable.

It is the story of a girl caught in a nightmare. "Alice." A girl who at the age of ten was reborn.

Get up.
Those were the first words I ever
Sometimes novels can be a window into a dark truth, a truth no one wants to acknowledge, but also one that cannot be ignored. In a prose style more closely aligned with poetic verse, Elizabeth Scott paints a dark truth in her novel LIVING DEAD GIRL. The story is told through the eyes of an abducted ten year old, Alice, who has been held captive for the past five years. A stark, bleak, tormenting account of the daily excursions she is forced to live to make her captor happy provides the framing f ...more
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Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.

All right, and I can't leave without buying at least one book.

Usually two. (Or more!)

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