The Babysitter Murders
Everyone has disturbing thoughts sometimes. But for seventeen-year-old Dani Solomon, strange thoughts have taken over her life. She loves Alex, the little boy she babysits, more than anything. Then one day she envisions harming him. The images are so gruesome, she can’t get them out of her mind. In fact, Dani’s worried that she might actually kill Alex. So she confesses he...more
Ans: When you read a blurb about a babysitter who's been having disturbing, murderous thoughts, and automatically assume a demon/fallen angel/vampire is telepathically implanting them in her brain!
Yeah, so... no. That's not what this book is about. *embarrassed grin* This is actually a YA contemporary novel about a seventeen year old girl who suddenly finds herself having graphic, disturbingly violent visions of insulting, hurti ...more
When I say this, I don't mean she thinks of punishing Alex. She imagines taking a knife and stabbing him to death.
She tries to tell people (her mom and best friend, ...more
Dani is a very believable character. You know/knew her at your own high school. You knew her friends. You knew her classmates. You've read about rumors on the internet spiralling fast out of control(You may have been wrapped up in such a story.) My only quibble was that after the long build up to the "confession," I think the aftermath went a little too fast. I u ...more
But not long after that the plot rolled ...more
It is hard for me to write this review cause I am not sure how to get the right words to describe this book. The story line of this book is simple yet filling. The reader sees Da ...more
I liked the plot idea, and I think it was executed in a pretty efficient way, but... there are too many things i have problems with.
1. First of all, all of the teenagers sound like naive ten-year-olds. I get that it's a writing style, but seventeen-year-olds in no way talk or sound like ten-year-olds.
2. Every one of the teenagers had the same voice.
3. She recovered way too quickly from her OCD - things don't work like that. At all. No one recovers t ...more
Dani Solomon is talented, beautiful, and comes from a wealthy family. She is a member of the Hawtones, an a cappella group at her high school, and a star player on the school’s tennis team. She loves the little boy she babysits for, Alex. But Dani has a secret. She has thoughts she can’t control. Thoughts of outing her best friend in public, inappropriate thoughts about those around her, but scariest of all are the realistically disturbing images she sees in her mind of herself murdering little...more
So that's a lot of big ideas to fit into a book, especially one with multiple viewpoints and chapters that are frequently one paragraph or one sentence long. As a result, the book feels choppy and overly breathless, an ...more
Dani Solomon is the perfect teenager. Star of the tennis team, star of the a cappella group at her school. She's popular enough, and has one best friend she can rely on for everything. She's perfectly responsible, too, babysitting her five-year-old neighbor, Alex, while his mother is out at all hours. Alex is her life. So why is it that she can't shake a mental picture of his death--at her own hands?
Dani's beginning to think she might be dangerous, and the rest of the town ...more
The Babysitter Murders was fun to read at first. It was interesting to see what was going on inside the psycho's head & stuff, but torwards the end, I fou ...more
Ever since she heard about a father killing his stepdaughter on the news, Dani has had weird thoughts about hurting people she cares about and loves. Scariest thought of all is the one of killing Alex, the little boy she babysits. No matter what Dani ...more
Seventeen year old Dani is haunted by horrifying images and thoughts and she can’t get them out of her head ...more
The story concept is unquestionably disturbing as readers get a look inside Dani’s head, but it is obvious that Dani also ...more
The Babysitter Murders by Janet Ruth Young is a tough book to read. It's the story of Dani, a young girl who babysits a little boy named Alex, and he is just the cutest thing ever. Alex is such a sweet kid and Dani genuinely loves him and enjoys being a part of his life, even though his mom (who Dani calls Mrs. Alex) takes advantage of Dani and is someone who bothered me from the very beginning of the book. But then some stuff ...more
Aside from just writing from the third-person perspective, J.R. Young also included newspaper articles, opinion pieces, editorials, TV transcripts, blog posts and comments, social networking profiles and conversations from chat rooms. I think this ...more
Admittedly, the topic of this story is very dark. BUT, I think there are a lot of key talking points for teens and their parents. Obviously open lines of communication are critical, but if Dani had been able to REALLY talk to her Mom, everything would have turned out differently. She would have never gone to Alex's mom and the police would not have been involved.
We tend to think of "bad kids" being the loners, the bad students, the anti-social. But this bo ...more
As someone who is afflicted with a form of OCD that is extremely similar to the type that Dani contends with, I really related to this book. Parts of it made me cry; parts of it were triggering and scary; but overall, reading this book was very theraputic and comforting. ...more
The title kind of makes it sound like it could be a gaudy cliche story (think the movie Scream). Or that it could be a gruesome serial killer tale. Fortunately it is neither - it actually deals with mental illness and thoughts that the main characte ...more
This book shows there are more parts to an illness and that other people have felt like her. It starts with Dani and she starts having these horrible thoughts so she tells someone. In this situation, it wasn't the right person to tell.
I'm glad it showed more to the OCD illness
The struggle she faced telling people and the backlash of that was done really well
I liked how Janet Ruth Young showed Mal ...more