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Kiss Me Kill Me (Scarlett Wakefield #1)

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,814 Ratings  ·  380 Reviews
When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby’s to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret. A few months ago, Scarlett was invited to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have h ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by Delacorte Press (first published January 8th 2008)
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Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Wow, so I think this is the first time I've ever given 1 star to a book so far on Goodreads! This book sucks you in with an interesting-sounding plot, which drives you even though the writing is horrible and the characters lame. I warn you, though, those are hours you are never getting back in your life. In my opinion, those hours are better spent doing something else. Like shampooing your cat. You will get a lot more satisfaction from your angry but nice-smelling cat than from this poorly-writt ...more
Jan 13, 2009 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Scarlett Wakefield is a dag among peacocks at the elite, private girls' school of St. Tabby's in London, making no effort with her appearance, putting her energy into gymnastics with her two friends Luce and Alison rather than shopping sprees and posing. Yet she wants to be a part of it all and hang out with the popular boys from the posh boys' school - especially Dan. So when Nadia Farouk, second-in-command to the princess of the school, Plum Saybourne, invites Scarlett - and only Scarlett - to ...more
Trisha W.
Sep 23, 2009 Trisha W. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2009
I felt so bad for Scarlett in this book. The girls at her old school are still calling her a murderer and the teachers at her new school-which is run by her grandmother- aren't nice to her either. They are even harder on her because her grandmother runs the school. Her parents are dead and her two friends she did have won't talk to her because Scarlett ditched them to hang out with the popular kids at her old school. So Scarlett is basically along in the first part of the book and you feel bad f ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Scarlett Wakefield has two wishes at the beginning of the year: 1) a larger bust size (okay, so that's really TWO wishes right there...) and 2) to have Dan McAndrew notice her. But Scarlett is so far removed from the cool crowd that she'll never run into Dan. At least her first wish has happened. But Scarlett needs to learn to be careful what you wish for. Scarlett does gymnastics, and a large chest isn't conducive to flipping and flying through the air wit
Reading Teen
I honestly have no idea what to say about Kiss Me Kill Me.

I'm going to try my hardest not to be too honest.
Because, well, that didn't work out so well last time.
Well let me start off by saying that Kiss Me Kill Me was a cute, short, and easy read.
There isn't much I can complain about, and there isn't much that I really loved about it.
It was just an okay book that I finished within a few days.
The only thing I really don't like about it is that after I finished it,
I found out that there are 3 mor
wow, this book was... wow. It started out as simple. With the language and style as if a regular teenager was writing it. All about fashion and clothes and boys. But then it got really interesting. A mystery rose.

A murder has happened, and apparently it's Scarlett's fault. But how can anyone be sure? No one has any proof, except what they saw, and after a while, even Scarlett starts to believe all the stories about how she was the murderer, and how it's all her fault.

After that, Scarlett's life
Lauren Henderson's "Kiss Me, Kill Me" is - in a word - underwhelming, if I'm allowed to be honest. There were parts that I liked about it, but I think considering it as a whole, I didn't love it though I truly wanted to. Never mind the beautiful cover (I adored the cover - beautifully done and fits the premise very well). Never mind the nice premise of a young woman caught in the crossfire of a promising murder mystery (the story is billed as a mystery, though it reads more like a teen chic-lit ...more
Michelle Kwait



The protagonist of Kiss me Kill me, Scarlett Wakefield, is the orphan daughter of a baronet, gymnast, and outcast at the posh, vain St. Tabby's. When Nadia (one of the most popular girls at school) invites her to a party, Scarlett jumps at the chance, leaving the friends she had behind and bitter. At the party, Scarlett catches the attention of Dan McAndrew, her crush-- they kiss behind the terrace... and he asphyxiates. Scarlett is dubbed as the
Jan 03, 2010 Nan rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
Scarlett is a strange young woman. She's caught in between childhood and adulthood, between the posh and the poor, and she's without a family. Her father was a baronet, but his title died with him. She has a trust fund, but she doesn't live extravagantly like the posh kids that go to her school in London. Instead, she's an outsider with only two friends--young teens that compete with her in gymnastics.

When Scarlett is sixteen, she's invited to her first posh party. She assumes that the posh kids
It was... Entertaining. The main character; Scarlett Wakefield remind me a lot of the people I know. I couldn't help but laugh whenever the things of significance popped into my head. I could hear my friends grumbling that they were nothing like Scarlett. Still, it's my personal opinion. I think, personally, I like Scarlett. She is almost ordinary and not at all what you call an all-round character. She have her own insecurities and longing to fit in. She was almost too normal to me that it was ...more
Doug Beatty
Apr 23, 2009 Doug Beatty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen

This is the story of Scarlet Wakefield who is a gymnast and hangs with her friends Alison and Luce, until one day when the popular Nadia comes over to her and asks her to betray her friends and sit with the cool crowd, including Plum, the reigning goddess. Scarlet gets invited to a party and spends some of her trust fund money to procure the perfect top, pair of jeans and shoes and makes herself ready to go. While at the party, popular handsome boy Dan notices her, chats her up and ends up kissi
Scarlett Wakefield is funny and cute and I really enjoyed her character. I also sympathized with her, after kissing this guy Dan...who she had wanted to kiss for who knows how long...and then he dies in her arms. How exactly does that happen? Of course she is blaming herself, she's thinking she killed him, but how could that be she's not cursed or anything, right? And now she is thinking that she can't kiss another boy cause will she kill them too? A little mellow dramatic I know but hey when yo ...more
Richard Denney
reminded me of a 90's teen thriller, but not in a bad way. I was verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry disappointed in finding out that this has nothing to do with the supernatural. I thought that when the main character kissed this guy that he died from a curse or an ugly gift of his girl.... but no it has to do with peanuts and it pissed me off. the book is a good mystery but I was expecting the supernatural to take on in here and it didn't :( I've read mystery's before and I love them, I just wish I ...more
Chela Birklid
Oct 11, 2015 Chela Birklid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
So I was going to try to finish this book... but then I realized there are sequels that continue this ridiculous plotline and nope. I've tried doing that once with City of Bones and just no.

I'm actually surprised that even the people who didn't like it found parts they thought were bearable because to be completely honest here, I hated every bit. Now, I don't claim to be an expert in prose nor in grammar and in fact I almost flunked grammar in seventh grade. So for me to say the grammar and pro
Kiss Me, Kill Me is the first book in the Scarlett Wakefield Mystery Series. Scarlett has two close friends, a passion for gymnastics and a satisfying life at St. Tabbys an elite all girls school in London until her first kiss goes tragically awry. When asked to attend a party at Nadia Farouk's, Scarlett jumps at the chance and dumps her true friends in the process. However, the glamorous life isn't all it's cracked up to be and after her first kiss results in the death of popular Dan McAndrew s ...more
Fritzi Morales
May 28, 2014 Fritzi Morales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
in the book, Kiss Me Kill Me, a girl, Scarlett, is a normal girl in school that wants to fit in with the cool girls in school. One of the "popular" girls asks her to hang out with them and she ditches her only two close friends for them. What she didn't know was that they were playing with her. Another reason why Scarlett went was because there was this cute boy named Dan, and she had a crush on him. They were at a party and Dan and Scarlett kiss, he died and she though it was her fault. She mov ...more
Naïma Soltani
Kiss Me Kill Me est un roman sympathique, qui m'a captivée et que j'ai beaucoup apprécié. Je n'en attendais pas énormément, et je ne suis pas déçue. Même s'il n'est pas extraordinaire, l'histoire, qui se lit très facilement, à réussi à me charmer et j'ai passé un agréable moment.
Nous faisons la connaissance de Scarlett Wakefield, une passionnée de gymnastique. Au lycée St. Tabby's, elle ne fait pas partie des "populaires" et reste dans un coin avec ses deux meilleures amies, Luce et Alison. Seu
May 09, 2009 Abigail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
This book was amazing. I absolutely loved it. It's about a girl who goes to a school where she just doesn't fit in and when she gets invited to sit with the cool kids at the fountain she can't believe it. What she doesn't know is that she's being set up and what she's getting set up for is going to change her life forever. Just ask Danny, life is good when your not dead.
Mr. Steve
Jun 13, 2009 Mr. Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, mystery
The first boy that Scarlett ever kissed dropped dead in her arms. Now everyone thinks she killed him! Even Scarlett wonders if she did. But then an anonymous letter leads Scarlett on a quest for the truth.

This is a pretty good book with a little twist at the end, which leads into its sequel, Kisses and Lies. Want to know it? Read it!
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Kelsey Richards
Feb 10, 2011 Kelsey Richards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i thought that this book was really good. i think that it goes where not many other books go and it has this mystery quality to it that just makes it so hard to put down because even if you think that you know what it going to happen then something happens that changes everything that you think and i love that.
Sep 04, 2009 TheSaint rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I can see a lot of YA girls picking this book up just for the cover! They won't be disappointed in the story, but there's not as much kissin' and killin' as they might like. Still, the characters are juicy, if not exceptionally well developed.
Will there be a sequel?
Feb 04, 2016 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was ok not one of my favorites because the plot of the story in the beginning was confusing like the three girls in the story are gymnasts that go to a private all girls school in England. Then the main character Scarlett had a crush on this guy named Dan who is like the hottest guy in the whole town. He invites her to this party that a lot of the popular and the bad kids are going to but that isn't really her thing, but she goes anyway because he invited her. When she told her friends ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-2000, ya, novel, mystery
Scarlett is mostly just an ordinary 16-year-old: eager to fit in, nervous around boys, worried about her weight. On the other hand, most teens aren’t wealthy orphans whose first kiss ended in death by anaphylaxis. In order to clear her name and convince herself that she isn’t toxic, Scarlett takes on catty socialites and snide prep school teachers to solve the mystery of her crush’s death. Scarlett’s all-too-human failings mean she is often only a little more likeable than the cliquish drones co ...more
Fantastic premise--but all the really good stuff is going to happen in the inevitable sequel.
Blake Hubbard
Oct 07, 2009 Blake Hubbard is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
its not as thrilling as i hoped
Jodie Weyland
Apr 13, 2014 Jodie Weyland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazinag
I had the choice to read this book for group novels in school, and I did read it.
I finished it early, because it's a easy read book. Anyways, the reason I gave it a four star rating was because the book could have been written in greater detail.
I really loved reading it, although with the limited characters I guessed some things really easily.
This is not one of the best books I'v read, but it is worth reading. The main reason I love reading it was because there is a blonde boy with gold eyes. &
2/5 stars
Kiss Me Kill Me is a romantic British mystery. Going into this book I had glanced over the synopsis and a couple of reviews. I expected this book to be supernatural in origin, a bit like X-Men. This book was nothing like that at all. The whole "Kiss of Death" wasn't played to its full potential and the characters fell flat. We were introduced to many characters that just sunk into the background without a thought. I didn't like Scarlett or here voice. She was a very bland, selfish pro
This book was quite interesting. There was lots of drama and adventure and a the MC growing as a character. Scarlett (MC) wasn't as likeable as character as I hoped she would me, but by the end she had really grown. There was great plot structure and drive that really made this book inspirational.
Scarlett is nothing like the posh girls at St. Tabby's. She's not gorgeous, titled, wealthy, or half starved like the girls that rule the school. She's a gymnast who has wishes for the new year. When sh
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Born in London in 1966, Lauren Henderson read English at university and then worked as a journalist for - among other publications - the New Statesman, Marxism Today, the Observer and Lime Lizard, a much-mourned indie music magazine. Lauren now divides her time between Italy and London and, when not wine-tasting, writes full-time.
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