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Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die #1)

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  20,137 Ratings  ·  2,131 Reviews

Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Disney-Hyperion
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Nicole Van Hooser IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! I have gotten all 3 books on Amazon and I can't wait to read and reread them again! You must read them also it is not a very…moreIT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! I have gotten all 3 books on Amazon and I can't wait to read and reread them again! You must read them also it is not a very scary book at all.(less)
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May 29, 2014 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy ghost stories
Recommended to Cara by: Tori
When I look at this book I think creepy. I'm glad a goodread friend recommended it to me because I probably wouldn't have picked it up on my own because I'm a wuss when it comes to anything remotely deemed as scary. This book is different because though it has that creepy feel to it, I didn't feel overwhelmed by it. Alender kept the balance just right for a reader like me.

Alexis is a spunky teenager who loves photography that is having some family issues. Lately her younger sister Kasey has been
Dec 20, 2010 Tori rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE.
**kinda spoilish**

Oh. My. Jeebus. Only way to explain this book is UH-MAZING! I would give it 10 stars if I could. I loved it!! Finished it in about 3 hours. I could really relate to Alexis, her dad gives her the same puppy-dog be my friend look that my dad does. My mom works 24/7 too. Except I don't have a sister possessed by a creepy dead girl doll ghost thing. My house also doesn't have doors that close all by themselves or water that boils on an unlit stove. This book is so unlike all the ot
Trupti Dorge
Nov 11, 2015 Trupti Dorge rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, favorites
Have you ever heard of those age old stories where a doll is a ghost? Many times right? That’s exactly what the base of this story is. But such a refreshing take of an age old haunting story.

In the opening chapter Alexis is taking pictures of her old, huge house at 3 in the night. While she is going in after taking the pictures she notices a strange yellow light at one of the windows of her house. This is the first occurrence of something unusual that Alexis notices. Kasey, her 12 year old young
Our protagonist:


Rinse and repeat for 300+ pages. The only thing interesting about this story was the ghost aspect, but it really isn't strongly touched on until the last hundred and change pages. The way that the book wraps up is really weak and I don't know why this needs a sequel
shady boots
Possession? Dolls? Haunted houses? Vengeful spirits? This was exactly the YA horror book I was looking for!

In the beginning, for whatever reason, I had low hopes for this book. But when I started reading it, I was surprised how much I instantly liked it. I've read a lot of books where I constantly check the page number I'm on and I'm like "Ugh, is the chapter over yet?" and I'm so bored. But I also have read a lot of books that just suck me in so much that after a while, when I check what page I
Nov 09, 2010 Caris rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, young-adult
There are so many wolves in this flock that I don’t think they can safely be referred to as sheep anymore.

Superficial plot: A girl’s sister is possessed by the ghost of an evil asshole.

The real issue: Access to information.

Once this girl figures out what is happening, she tries to learn more about it. Her first stop is her school library. Her Internet searches are blocked by a filter that deems them inappropriate, so she talks to the librarian. The librarian tells her that any books on the paran
Aug 31, 2015 Özlem rated it liked it
Baktım kitap sürükleyici gidiyor, çeviriyi bıraktım ve kitabı bir solukta bitirdim. Supernatural & Insidious tarzı şeyler izlemeyi seviyorsanız, aradığınız kitap bu. Sadece baş roldekiler liseli gençler o kadar.

Şimdi karakterler hakkında iki çift laf etmek istiyorum:

-Alexis Warren, ana karakterimiz oluyor, çevresindekiler uymadığını ve hiçbir yere ait olmadığını düşünen bir kız. Pembe saçları var. Asi ruhlu, doğru olduğunu düşündüğü şeylerin arkasında, yanlış olduğunu düşündüğü şeyleri de s
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 05, 2015 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
Having read a book earlier this year by the author, I knew that I wanted to try all her other work. I had so much fun with the creepy ghost related paranormal vibes from her Famous Last Words that I knew I couldn't resist another one.

When I read the synopsis for Bad Girls Don't Die, I knew this was the read for me.

Let me explain something first to you, I am a huge chicken. I hate scary movies and rarely watch them because I'm just not the same for days, heck sometimes weeks, afterward. But when
Dec 29, 2015 Özlem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-translations
Esas yorumum İngilizce versiyonunda. Okumayanı vururum :D Okuyun okutturun bebeğimi #ilkçevirisiniokutmayaçalışançevirmenmodeon ...more
Lauren Fidler
this book is terrible AND i loved it. so there, world!

let's start with the obvious: the title.

it's dumb. like stupid-dumb. and the girl on the cover, veiled mysteriously in a curtain, making her look like a demented bride or elaborate victorian doily, isn't doing the book any favors. other than this: when you see it, you need to pick it up and say, "what's this about then?" and then you read it. because it looks awful.

does that make any sense at all?

of course, then there is the plot, which, at
Sit down your behinds as comfortably as you can, people, because the illustrious uncle Bernie is about to tell you a little story:

There was once a little boy with fire-red hair that owned barbies and had lots of fun with them. He'd marry them with his Max Steel - all of them, because they were all obviously crazy about his rugged good looks and tanned six pack - and then make them have catfights and gossip sessions and whatever else he thought girls did when they looked as fabulous as did his ba
Mar 05, 2009 Yan rated it really liked it
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Megs ♥
This book was alright. It wasn't nearly the best book about paranormal activity, but for a book intended for younger teens it was okay.

Lexi is a girl that doesn't like cheerleaders or preps, yet she also doesn't fit in with the "Doom Squad" which are a group of kids she currently hangs out with who also hate cheerleaders or preps. I liked Lexi.

This book has a little of everything in it too. A little paranormal, a little mystery and suspense, and even a little romance.

I thought the story flowed
Oct 28, 2011 Giselle rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
The best definition of this book is Creepy. It's definitely a chilling read. Ghosts; strange happenings that made my hair stand on ends; it was off to a great start. However, I found it so full of clichés that it never developed into anything very intense or much interesting. The lack of originality is easily the biggest downfall of the novel and makes it extremely predictable. I've watched a lot of thriller/horror movies of this kind though, maybe I just have seen it all?

As expected, we have t
Please don’t laugh, but the only word that comes to mind when trying to describe this book is delicious. Why? I don’t know.
Maybe it’s the fact that I loved Alexis and would be willing to go lesbian if only she was real.
Maybe it’s the fact that she was a very real and relatable character and at times so awesome it hurt.
Maybe it’s the fact that her relationship with Kasey reminds me a lot of my own relationship with my sister.
Maybe it’s the fact that her dysfunctional family is relatable and sort
Come play with us, the whispers begged. Come play with us.

I've been dabbling in "scary" novels for the past two months leading up to Halloween. Even Stephen King's Joyland didn't have quite the impact it had on me than Bad Girls Don't Die. Score one for actual frightening YA ghost stories!

I think your enjoyment of this hinges on two factors: whether you have a little sister (no seriously), and whether you're a fan of more straightforward ghost stories. The MC, Alexis, lives in a big old house
Jennifer Wardrip
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Alexis might not be perfectly well-adjusted to high school life, but she finds her niche as an outspoken pink-haired smart-aleck quite satisfying, thank you very much.

Her four-person family is far from perfect, but they have always managed to get by, in their spooky architectural jumble of a house. Alexis' mother spends more time at work than at home, but so do millions of other moms across America. Kasey, her doll-obsessed little sister, is sometime
Aug 01, 2015 Merve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
Bu kitabı okumak çok iyi geldi gerçekten. Mükemmelden ziyade, okurken iyi vakit geçirten ve bir süre sonra unutulup gidecek kitaplardandı. Korku türünde bir kitabı ilk okuyuşumdu. Bununla başladığım iyi oldu doğrusu. Bunun gibi bir YA kitabında bile ürktüysem usta bir yazarın yazdığı romanda ne yapardım bilmiyorum. Korku filmleriyle de aram iyi değildir zaten, bu tür ile mesafemi korumayı düşünüyorum.

Yazarın gerilim yapmaya çalıştığı yerler dışında okurken Supernatural ı hatırlattı. Bir ara Dea
Margaret Stohl
Jun 20, 2009 Margaret Stohl rated it it was amazing

Scary dolls are even scarier than scary clowns. When BGDD really gets going, it *really* goes there, and I loved every minute of it. I agree with the reviews that say they wanted to read more about all the characters, and so I am v. excited to hear that BGDD is now a trilogy! Yay for good book mitosis! Because this is a good book; the writing is funny and real, the story unfolds to epic proportions, and the MC is a likeably grouchy departure from our usual YA heroine. I can see why this book is
Jan 01, 2016 Doğa rated it liked it
Shelves: in-my-library
2.5 puan
15 yaşındaki çocukların uğraştıkları şeylere bak.
Oturun dersinize çalışın bakayım.
Kat (Lost in Neverland)


That was a lot better than I thought it would be.

Alexis has a pretty messed up family. Her mom's an workaholic, her dad wants her to like him but she ignores him, and her sister has a creepy doll fetish.
But her life is going to take a turn for the weird when she tells her sister a story that has an unhappy background. Soon after, Kasey begins to act strange. Not just weird little sister strange...but dangerous strange.
Alexis gets suspicious when their dad's car brakes malfunction and he ends u
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
May 10, 2009 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, horror, 2009, cover-love
Alexis leads a rebellious life. With her pink-dyed hair and habit of getting in people's faces when they taunt her, she's constantly in detention for skipping classes or displays of activism - like putting bumper stickers on the teacher's 4XDs saying "gas guzzlers". Her little sister Kasey is needy and lonely but for her impressive and creepy collection of dolls, her mother is always working in the hopes of finally getting that promotion, and her dad is a non-entity. Her only joy is her photogra ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Caitlyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-reads, hahaha-why
I picked this book up because of the glowing reviews I had read about it. Suffice to say that I was not impressed with any element of this book.

I mostly didn't care about any of the characters. They weren't given enough of a backstory, of an actual personality, for me to worry or care about them. Their actions were all robotic, with little to no personalization. I found Lexi's constant pessimistic attitude toward anything and everything grating. I also find it extremely weird that not one of the
May 25, 2016 Buse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bitireli aylar oldu hala sevip sevmediğimden emin değilim.
Dec 25, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing
Scary. As. Hell. I had heard great things about this book, and wasn't disappointed. And now there's a follow-up coming out? Count me in, after I turn on all the lights in the room. From the front cover of this book, to the last chapter, Alender had me hooked.

Alexis lives in an old, haunted-looking house with her parents and younger sister, Kasey. Kasey has always been a little odd to Alexis, but lately her behavior has been getting more disturbing. When Kasey starts using words that normally do
Jun 19, 2015 Gökçe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Beklentilerimi hiçbir şekilde karşılamadı.
Yorumumu daha sonra detaylı olarak paylaşacağım.
Feb 07, 2016 Theresa rated it really liked it
Holy shit that was so creepy and I hate creepy things but absolutely loved this book! Giving it 4 stars because I don't think I will be sleeping for a few days now.
Nov 15, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was perfectly creepy! I'll reread the second book soon :) ......I love CARTER!
Kathe L
Jan 13, 2015 Kathe L rated it really liked it
Horror stories with dolls are the worst for me, because I was really scared of them when I was little (and maybe still am). I thought the way the story unfolded was incredible, and some parts, especially in the beginning, were the creepiest. I mean, poor Kasey. Imagine the trauma she will go through after all this? I would be scared of looking at another doll for the rest of my life!

Alexis was a bad ass with pink hair who has a big heart but also a smart mouth. I could identify with her so many
Alisa (The Reading Obsession)
Dec 23, 2014 Alisa (The Reading Obsession) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Alisa (The Reading Obsession) by: a good friend
Shelves: great
Am I the only person that thinks the title is stupid? But the cover was sort of pretty. I wasn't going to read this until my friend shoved it into my face and threatened me to read it.

Alexis is a great main character. She's really spunky, and I like her. The way the author wrote her voice really made me relate to her.

Kasey being posessed was really interesting to read about. This girl made me realize I wasn't crazy for hating dolls.

The love interest, Carter, was awesome. He didn't take up Ale
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Katie Alender (rhymes with “calendar”!) grew up in South Florida. She is the third of four children (three girls and a boy) and the child of three very loving and encouraging parents.

She attended high school at the Palm Beach County School of the Arts, studying Communication Arts. From there, she went on to the Florida State University Film School, which led her to her current hometown, a tiny ham
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“That's the pathetic thing about high school. Everyone tries so hard to be something they aren't. It's gotten so I don't know who I am, so how can I even try to be who I am, much less who I'm not?
My problem is that I don't even fit in with the misfits.
I don't fit anywhere.”
“Just say something real. Everyone just always tries so hard, and it all comes out the same. I just want someone to say something real.” 99 likes
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