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How to Be Bad

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,135 Ratings  ·  383 Reviews
From the authors of ttyl, Bras & Broomsticks, and The Boyfriend List come three unforgettable characters—and one exhilarating novel

Vicks is the wild child whose boyfriend has gone suspiciously quiet since he left for college; Mel is the newcomer desperate to be liked; and Jesse will do anything to avoid a life-altering secret. Each one has her own reason for wanting t
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by HarperTeen (first published May 1st 2008)
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Cristina Boncea
Mar 26, 2016 Cristina Boncea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-no
Cred că până și Căutând-o pe Alaska e o carte mai ok decât asta.

În primul rând, pornește de la o teză stupidă, prin care cuvântul "rea" din titlu se referă de fapt la "curajoasă". Protagonistele sunt trei adolescente de 17 ani din Florida, care pornesc într-un road trip spre Miami. Singurul motiv pentru care am vrut să citesc această carte e faptul că E. Lockhart e co-autoare, însă m-a dezamăgit, dacă nu chiar dezgustat, profund. Fiecare dintre autoare a scris capitolele pentru una dintre protag
Amy (shoutame)
I read How to Be Bad whilst on holiday and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a perfect light/fluffy read to get me in the mood for summer!

- How to Be Bad follows the story of three teenage girls who decide to go on a road trip. The aim of the trip is to visit one of the girls boyfriends whom she is having issues with but as with all plans things happen and they all go on a bit of an adventure. Trips to Disney, Pirate Restaurants and even fighting an alligator - the three girls discover a lot about t
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
There's something about this that was so 2006, but I really enjoyed the mix of personalities and the humour. What I didn't like was all the slut shaming, and how the religious character is painted to be some annoying girl who stopped the others having fun. It's hard to get round the stereotypes with religion in books and this one fell at every hurdle. Everyone's own opinions and thoughts just weren't mutually respected, and it ruined the story for me.
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
So after reading Red Rising and having my mind pretty much blown, I felt the need to come back down to earth with a nice contemporary story. And this was a really nice contemporary story.

How To Be Bad is a road trip book (yay, road trips!) and is the story of three girls, who seemingly have very little in common, and yet decide to embark on a road trip to see one of their boyfriends who is away at university.

One of the things I really liked was that although the whole point of the road trip was
Sep 22, 2009 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, ya
"How to Be Bad" is a collaborative effort of three YA authors out of which I am familiar with only one - E. Lockhart. In fact, her name on the cover is the only reason I picked up this book.

This is a story of three girls: Jesse - a strong willed and opinionated Christian with an air of trailer trashiness about her who just found out her mother has cancer; Vicks - a tomboyish and independednt amazon whose boyfriend recently started college and hasn't called her in two weeks; Mel - an insecure ri
Danielle (is feeling overwhelmed)
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There’s something about summer that makes me crave light, fun reads about friendship, love and good times so when I spotted HOW TO BE BAD with that awesome cover, I knew it was just what I needed.

Despite the issues that can arise with multiple POVs, I adore getting to know a variety of characters intimately and feel that I can get so much more out of my reading experience. HOW TO BE BAD is written by three different authors, each taking a character whic
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
3.5 stars.
I love adventure. Quirky road trips where not only discover themselves but that there is more to life beyond the trivial issues of being a teen. Jesse, Vicks and Mel are all unique characters in their own right. Jesse is religious and very judgmental, Vicks the party girl with the boyfriend and Mel is the wealthy quiet type who is just looking to make a friend. What sets out as a journey for Vicks to visit her boyfriend at collage, turns into an
Andreea Păunescu
Mar 20, 2016 Andreea Păunescu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
În curând și recenzia pe blog!
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
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4.5 stars

Thank you to the Five Mile Press for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

How to be Bad is a fun and enjoyable contemporary YA read with a road-trip, three very different workmates from The Waffle House and slightly eccentric storyline. I was really looking forward to this book from the outset, and what I hoped would be a fulfilling story of friendship, quirky moments and some truly funny pieces of dialogue
Jun 27, 2015 Kirsti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kind of meh for me, I am in the worst reading space right now. Being sick is somehow making me not want to read at all, and I had to force myself to sit down and polish this off this afternoon rather than play video games. I'm glad I finished it, if only to begin something new.

Basically three friends, three perspectives on the same road trip to reunite one girl with her boyfriend who has gone off to college. They also want to see the tourist sites, but only one of them has any money, so Mel has
Jun 23, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How to be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski was a adventurous story that you could tell the authors had a fun time writing.

Jesse and Vicks have been friends for a year after meeting at The Waffle House where they work. They both have been going through changes in their lives and Jesse decides that a road trip is much needed but she is unsure how to fund their getaway. However, she reveals her plan to Vicks and Mel a girl who works with them overhears and invites herself alo
Gabriela Pop
This book was just so much fun.There's just something about roadtrip books about female friendship that get you when it's summertime and you're travelling to another country to meet some friends and see Taylor Swift together,you know?
I was just one chapter in when I went to the event organized by my local bookstore where E Lockhart was promoting this book and just by hearing her talk about it I just knew it was going to be a lot of fun.I wasn't expecting life changing or heart wrecking or a
Anastasia Terendiy
После невероятных «Лжецов» Локхарт я ожидала очень многого от этой книги. Но, увы. Она оказалась одной из худших книг, которые я когда–либо читала. Плюсы книги: рассказ от всех троих девушек, тест и плейлист в конце книги и... и всё. О минусах даже сказать не могу. Не знаю, что меня раздражало больше: нелогичные герои, сухой стиль написания, ошибки в сюжете или тупые шутки и действия всё тех же персонажей. Меньше всего из троих девушек мне понравилась Джесси. Она раздражала меня своими разговора ...more
Jul 01, 2011 Gemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, I think.

I liked this book while I was reading it. How to be Bad was a lot of fun, and there were some good, funny scenes, some nice, semi-touching ones and some other ones that probably weren't necessary, but okay, whatever.

I just feel like... it could have been a little bit better. I'm not sure why; as I said it was a pretty good book. But it didn't feel fully rounded to all it wanted to be.

The characters, I think, could have been a little more developed. The only one who felt real
This was a light, fun road-trip read about three friends from Niceville, Florida. The chapters alternate from girl to girl (Vicks, Mel, and Jesse). Jesse & Vicks have been friends the longest, and now Mel (new girl with a rich family) is befriending them as they all work at a local waffle place. The story takes place over the course of a weekend when the girls go on a road trip and essentially do many 'badass' things. I definitely got a feel for each girl's unique voice, but I wasn't that im ...more
Solid. If you're in the mood for light-hearted fun, this is a perfect teenage piece with just the right recipe of drama and adventure and more drama.

This was my "phone book" that I downloaded and read during down times at appointments or in the car, and it fit the bill...entertaining, but not high brow.

Jan 22, 2016 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an okay book.
I excpected more roadtrip fun and Jesse was just getting on my nerves, I couldnt stand her.
But otherwise it was alright.
Dec 08, 2015 Jana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is a really great road trip book that focuses on the friendship of three girls, and I really, really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed everything I've read by E. Lockhart so far, but hadn't really read anything by Lauren Myracle or Sarah Mlynowski before, but now I'm thinking I might check their books out, too. I just really enjoyed the whole thing, the way the friendship of the girls was narrated and that it's a road tri
Erica Leigh
It was hard to get through this one; I just wasn't terribly invested in any of the characters or their stories. Jesse started out as one of the most unlikeable/annoying characters ever, but sort of redeemed herself towards the end. Overall, none of the characters were really fleshed out. I felt like the authors didn't reveal enough about them. The story I thought it was a little boring (and I didn't expect it to be. I mean, it's a ROAD TRIP...I expected more adventure than a trip to Di ...more
Jun 21, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read We Were Liars last year and I thought it was a really clever book and whizzed through it, this I was drawn to just because E.Lockhart, I was hoping for another cleverly written book with a bit of a shock perhaps.

This is a book about three girls who go on a road trip to Miami for the weekend. Each have their own reasons for wanting to go, some of which we don't find out until quite far into the book. Vicky is a fun, always up for a laugh type of girl, who is missing her boyfriend. He is c
Jul 11, 2015 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Thanks, Old Joe. Long may you rock."

I really enjoyed this book. I can't decide who's POV I liked better, Mel's or Vicks'! I loved each and every bump in this story, and it was a very entertaining read. I loved how different the girls were and how much depth each had. This was a very entertaining read, good for the beach! Definitely recommend.
Jun 26, 2015 Yeetong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I prefer We Were Liars tbh but nonetheless I love it. I cannot believe that the book is writen by three different authors. Although Vick, Mel and Jesse all have hectic different personalities, but in all chapters, the remain the same. As if the characters understand each other so well, just like how Sarah, Lauren and Emily do to each other. By reading it I could tell just how much fun they had working on this project. They placed their priorities at having fun, and making sure the readers enjoy ...more
Maya Morgenstern
Jan 13, 2016 Maya Morgenstern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are three girls: Mel, Vicks, and Jesse. Jesse lives with her mom and is...well...very religious. Vicks is the 6th kid in her family and is very wild and crazy (she does things without thinking of the consequences). She has a boyfriend who just went away to college. And Mel is a rich girl and well can be described as the goody-two-shoes. But just wants everyone to like her. These three girls all work at a waffle house together. Then Jesse suggests for the three of them to go on a road trip ...more
Dec 24, 2015 Anya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Three narrators, three very different girls. Jesse is a good Christian girl, embarrassed by her mother; Vicks is a typical wild child but inwardly insecure about her boyfriend moving away; and Mel is the new girl, very rich and thought to be slumming it. But of course nothing is that simple and people are never that easy to understand. When they go on a random road trip, real motivations are revealed and personalities allowed a chance to shine.

I love a good road trip story, they are always fun.
Francisca Ribeiro
Jul 30, 2015 Francisca Ribeiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ya lovers; contemporary lovers; girls
Rating: 4 stars

Characters: 5 stars

Setting: 4 stars

Plot: 4 stars

Writing: 4 stars

I am so mad right now because goodreads didn't save my review and now I have to write it again.

I really really liked this book. It carries wonderful morals and lovely characters. It really made me wanna have a road trip with my besties.


Jesse was my least favorite out of the bunch because she could be quite annoying at times, especially when she tried to foist her beliefs to the girls and repeatedly judged
Jul 20, 2012 Liz rated it liked it

How to Be Bad was a fun read and really put me in the mood for a road trip despite all the things that went wrong for the characters in the book. I also really want to go to Disney World now! :P

How to Be Bad was told in alternating chapters from the perspectives of three girls – Jesse, Vicks and Mel. Each girl wanted to go on the road trip for a different reason, and while Mel (the newest member of the group) started off as little more than a stranger, they got to know each other during the
Jul 15, 2009 alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Sometimes it doesn't matter where you're going, since getting there is half the fun.

Jesse. Vicks. Mel.

Three girls who couldn't be more different.

But all three of them want the same thing, to get out of Niceville, Florida.

Vicks, the wild child.
Her boyfriend left for college and isn't returning her calls.

Mel, the good girl.
All she really wants, is for everyone to like her.

Jesse, the all-around christian.
She has discovered a life changing secret.

Each has their own reason for getting into
Jul 31, 2008 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jesse, Vicks, and Mel are all residents of not-so-appropriately-named Niceville, Florida. Jesse is fed up with her mother and just wants to get away. Vicks, the wild one, misses her boyfriend who left for college two weeks ago. Mel is the rich but sweet girl who just wants to make friends. Somehow these three coworkers end up on a weekend road trip. Jesse provides the car, Mel has the cash, and Vicks encourages the spontaneity and excitement. Though the destination is Miami, pit stops and detour ...more
Nov 24, 2008 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
How To Be Bad is a collaborative novel between three well-known, often-beloved YA authors. It is the story of three girls--three teens--three waitresses from a small-town Waffle House in Florida. Jesse is an uptight religious sort running away from her mom's diagnosis, Vicks is Jesse's best friend who is feeling more and more like a was. The growing distance between the two is unacknowledged, unspoken, but definitely present. Vicks has a boyfriend in Miami. He is also feeling more distant and lo ...more
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Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.

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