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Kiss Me Kill Me (Scarlett Wakefield #1)

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  3,908 Ratings  ·  390 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
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (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
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
Jul 17, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Jan 17, 2009 Nan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Kelsey Richards
Feb 09, 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.
Mr. Steve
Jun 05, 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!
Mar 11, 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.
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?
Blake Hubbard
Oct 07, 2009 Blake Hubbard is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
its not as thrilling as i hoped
Fantastic premise--but all the really good stuff is going to happen in the inevitable sequel.
Jay G
Jan 08, 2017 Jay G rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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16 year old gymnast Scarlett Wakefield thinks that she is finally getting her big break in the social scene when she is invited to her first elite party that her crush, Dan McAndrew will be attending. Little does she know, things aren't going to go as she imagined. When Dan leans into kiss her out on the terrace the night of the party, she definitely didn't expect him to suffocate in he
Jan 16, 2017 Brittany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I've read this once before, and have the follow-ups in the series. I just never got around to them, so I figured I'd re-read for a refresher. I've been wanting to read light and fluffy, so I knew this book would be perfect.

I remember liking Kiss Me, Kill Me the first time I read it. I remember ranting and raving about it, too. Now? Not so much. Maybe it's because I know what happens and there was no element of surprise for me.

There's something about books that are set in a boarding or private sc
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
Feb 23, 2009 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read for my second book report is Kiss Me Kill me by Lauren Henderson. I choose this book because the title looked very interesting and i love to read fiction books dealing with teenage drama and teenage romance. This book is about a girl name Scarlett Wakefield who is a 16 years old girl who attended a private all girls school in London. She had an ordinary life that changed so fast like a blink of an eye. it's also a mystery that Scarlett has to deal and solve in order to get her re ...more
Scarlett was WAY too snotty for my taste. For real? This girl is so determined to fit in with the "cool" group--nothing cool about them, just a bunch of fussy brats in high heels--that she drops her two best friends, who adore her just the way she is, in a heartbeat. Stupid, stupid, stupid times a million. As I read, I just couldn't believe it. She knew FULL WELL that she was betraying her two best friends and yet, what was she doing? She was going along with it anyway. From that point on, I lo ...more
Jun 19, 2009 Bianca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Originally posted on Pages Of Forbidden Love

I first read this book years ago and loved it so I was pretty excited to read it again. Although I didn’t love it the second time around I still enjoyed it. Scarlett is a 16 year old who has her little group of friends and loves gymnastics. One day after practice Nadia, one of the schools popular girls, asks Scarlett to sit with them. Without a second thought Scarlett ditches her friends and claims a spot among the popular crowd. She couldn’t be more
More like 1.5 stars, but I can't bring myself to actually give it two stars above. There were certain parts that I enjoyed quite a bit, unfortunately, they were pretty much destroyed by how incredibly judgmental Scarlett is.

Whenever I read, I keep a pad of Post-it notes with me. I use them to mark pages in the book, obviously. Pages to come back to later, usually for quotes. For Kiss Me Kill Me, I marked a page anytime Scarlett judged another character's appearance. I wish I had taken a picture
Oct 06, 2008 Nian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Like every girl on the planet, Scarlett Wakefield just wants to fit in. She’s offered the chance of a lifetime when she gets an invite to Plum Saybourne’s party. Plum is the It girl at their posh private school, and to score an invitation means she’s about to accomplish her dream of kissing Dan McAndrew, who’s going to the party. Scarlett is absolutely astounded when Dan shows interest in her. And kisses her. It’s more perfect than she’s ever imagined it could be—until Dan starts choking and die ...more
Feb 13, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a few chapters to really get into this one. I had a hard time getting past the typical, " I hate my life, wish I was prettier, richer, had more popular friends" cliche of most YA books. But once we got into the story I was good.
We meet Scarlett; the main character in the first chapter as she is recounting her "wishes" from New Year's. Her wishes may be typical of a teen, 1: Wishes to kiss Dan McAndrew, and 2: She wishes to have breasts.
I suppose Scarlett is your typical teen, she isn'
3.5 stars

Kiss Me, Kill Me is the first book in Lauren Henderson's Scarlett Wakefield series although I didn't realise this when I borrowed it from the library. (I picked it up based solely on the cover lol.)
It's an interesting mix, kind of Mean Girls meets Nancy Drew with emphasis on the power of cliques and the desire to belong or fit in & concern over body image. While the story at first seemed a little implausible, Ms Henderson's inspiration for Kiss Me, Kill Me came from an article in t
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