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

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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...more
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Disney-Hyperion
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May 29, 2014 Cara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Violet Crush
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...more
Dec 20, 2010 Tori rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
curious little beastie

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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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Meg ♥
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 wr...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
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
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)


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...more
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...more
Belle Forcible
Capital P-E-R-F-E-C-T. This book is PERFECT. Katie Alender is a genius. I love how it's written. Every part of it. It's paranormal that never gives a sad vibe. The energy is drawn on its first word to the last. And not boring, not even an incy wincy tiny little part of lameness in it.

Pink haired, no friends. What a looser, I thought at first. But her straightforward rudeness, her toughness. Alexis is definitely one of the coolest kick-ass fictional character I'll ever consider.

The cover's what d...more
Margaret Stohl

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...more
I loved this book. I must have looked at this book 20 times when it was in hard cover, before finally giving in and buying the soft cover. It was way better than I expected. I was a bit weary about the characters until I started to read the book and found out that they were not two dimensional like I expected, but that they were actually like a person who had problems and were just trying to find themselves like any high school student out there.

I liked that the author showed you how Kasey becam...more
Alisa (The Reading Obsession)
Jan 28, 2013 Alisa (The Reading Obsession) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Alisa (The Reading Obsession) by: a good friend
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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...more
Well, I am not usually into the paranormal books, but this title made me a little curious. And, from the start, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough or put it down long enough, I had to keep reading! It is definitely an easy read, easy dialogue and intriguing plot. While I was reading, small noises in the house spooked me. It's like this is YOUR life, and ghosts are roaming your house too.

The narration, by Alexis, is excellent. Her descriptions of the temperature changes and the malodorous odor...more
Jasmine Diaz
This book is about a girl named Lexi and her sister Kasey they have lived in their house for a very long time. One day Kasey wanted to grab her moms attention but yet her mom still ignored her she had an excuse to why she couldnt spend time with her. So kasey went down to the basement were Lexi was scared of. Lexi went after her sister to try to sheer her up but then found herself telling a story that didnt feel like she was telling it at all. When she was done with the story she started feeling...more
Trisha I should have noticed this book was published by Disney. No no, this is NOT a bad thing. I just think...had I known, I would have brought my "oh my god this book is going to blow my mind by scaring me so bad" vibe really really down.

because, this book didn't scare me at all. It didn't even concern me. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I just didn't get to know the characters enough to really worry about them. I didn't understand why Carter liked Alexis, or why Kasey kept...more
Sara Grochowski
Title: Bad Girls Don't Die
Author: Katie Alender
Publisher: Hyperion
Date Published: 2009
Genre: Young Adult
Main Themes: Family, Love, Hauntings, Spirits, Possession, Friendship
Pages: 346
Plot (from inside book jacket):
"Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence: dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy, thirteen-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own antisocial, anti-cheerleader attitude.

When a faily argument results in tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis...more
Bad Girls Don't Die has this totally creepy cover, I love it! From the first time I saw it, I was intruiged then I was send the second (From Bad to Cursed) novel in the series and knew I need to read BGDD.
I think I had high expectation for this book. I wanted it to be creepy and super scary. I mean, antique dolls? - I was expecting doll heads twisting around, dolls walking and talking but I didn't get any of that. I didn't even get the creepy feeling I look forward to when reading these books. I...more
Amanda (Pearl the Book Girl)
Bad Girls Don't Die is an excellent mystery and horror novel. I thought it did an excellent job of balancing the scare factor while still keeping it age appropriate. I think this is an excellent book for younger teens who are interested in ghost stories but don't want a lot of gore.

The best part of this book, hands down, was Kasey. There's something that is just terrifying about creepy little girls, and Kasey is a perfect example of this. When possessed she's sinister and manipulative and comple...more
Zabet The Dark Empress of Dark Chocolate
This and other reviews can be found on Reading Between Classes

Cover Impressions: The colors here are beautifully muted and soft. The scrollwork adds a delicate detail and reflects the lace curtain. The image of the little girl hiding in lace is just creepy enough to set the tone, without over-doing the "freak out" factor.

The Gist: Alexis lives in the quintessential Halloween Haunted House. She has always liked it, until her sister starts acting strangely. Suddenly the house appears much more si...more
Title: Bad Girls Don't Die
Author: Katie Alender
Published: 2009
Series: Bad Girls Don't Die

I'm going to get my major pet peeve with this novel out of the way, so I can talk about all of the things I really liked about it: multiple personalities are not a part of schizophrenia, so page 189 making that allusion threw me out of the story for a bit. I also don't know if I like how that part of the storyline wrapped up in the end, but I'm not going to crusade against the novel because of this pet peeve...more
(This review can also be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).

When I first came across Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender, I know I had to read this book!! The synopsis sounded right up my straight. I love YA and I love paranormal/horror books, so put them together, and I'm in literary Heaven!

Fifteen year old Alexis and her thirteen year old sister Kasey have always been close until recently. Kasey has started acting different. Even the house feels differen...more
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Katie Alender (rhymes with “calendar”!) grew up in South Florida, which probably explains the recurring alligator dreams (one of which is documented in Bad Girls Don’t Die). 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...more
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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.”
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