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Vicious Little Darlings

3.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  703 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
Sarah Weaver wasn't looking forward to starting at an all-girls school. But that was before she met Maddy. Maddy and her best friend, Agnes, are fun and rich and interesting-and for some reason, they seem to really like Sarah. Before long, Maddy and Agnes have moved Sarah into a big house off campus, where they cook together, buy each other presents, and share each other's
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Vone Savan
Nov 26, 2011 Vone Savan rated it really liked it
*4.5 Stars*

I love off the wall things; things that are weird and strange and random and goofy and campy and ridiculous. Things that aren’t always so logical or predictable or sensible. Off the wall things add color and flavor to the world; and often times, these things crack me up. And I like to laugh—a lot! Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer encompasses this “off the wall” attitude that more fiction needs to embrace—and then some.

Sarah Weaver, a senior in high school, lives with her si
*some spoilers

Vicious Little Darlings did not make sense. Period.

Some shit in this book was just too effing weird.
Taking in a deer that you accidentally ran over to nurse back to health? To your dorm? Christ, I understand mothering a chipmunk, bird or something else but a deer? One that has some sort of irritable bowel syndrome? If the author was advocating for PETA or the fact that she adores all creatures great and small, this was a disgusting, bizarre and unreal way to do it.

Sarah, as a prota
Aug 14, 2011 May rated it it was amazing
Here is the entire review on my blog:

For a YA book it was surprisingly gritty and unexpected.

The book was promoted as being similar to Pll.

But it’s not.

It’s so much better.

The summary doesn’t really give out much and that was perfect because I devoured the book hungrily. I couldn’t put it down till I finished it. And even when I did it left me breathless and I couldn’t really disconnect fr
Oct 14, 2012 Apricotteacup rated it did not like it
Katherine Easer’s Vicious Little Darlings is an unbelievable train wreck. It’s compelling awful. The plot is so peculiar and the characters are so unlikable that sheer bafflement will power your journey through page after page of illogical nonsense, but your effort will never be rewarded with cleverness or good writing. In short, if you’re at all tempted to check this book out based on all the positive reviews it has here on goodreads, don’t.

VLD reads like the diary of a fickle teenager sufferin
Annie McElfresh
Mar 24, 2011 Annie McElfresh rated it it was amazing
Reading, Writing and Waiting

A good young adult contemporary novel, to me, is gritty and real, with a plot that is reasonable, yet has a great twist. A twist I can't guess by the second chapter of the novel. Well, my friends, I am so happy to tell you I found that in Vicious Little Darlings.

I really didn't know what to expect when I started this ARC, but when I got into chapter one, I fell in love with the main character, Sarah. She was different, with tons of flaws, which makes a great character. I love how she had this
Aly (Fantasy4eva)

i'm not sure if i'm being a bit too generous or harsh with my rating but maybe you can decide for yourself by the end of this review.

sarah's grandmother basically sends her packing to an all girls school after she catches her with a guy. there she meets her roommate- maddy - and maddy's best mate agnes. as she starts spending more time together with these girls, she eventually gets caught up in their world - and not for the better.

very early on it becomes apparent that something isn't quite
May 13, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This is the most crazy, insane, messed up book I have read in a long, long time. Not saying I didn't like it, because I did, it was just crazy. I'm usually good at figuring out what's going to happen in a book, but with this one I could never quite put my finger on it. I could never figure out who was or wasn't telling the truth. And I like that, it's nice to read a book that you can't figure everything out until the very end. I think it's also nice to see an author do something that's totally o ...more
I had numerous problems with this book. Firstly, the main character (Sarah) was dull, vapid, and just clueless enough to come off as really annoying. She sleeps with three or four guys in the course of the book, makes herself "emotionally unavailable" supposedly because of her parents failed marriage-- but then falls in love overnight with a random stranger because he "seems sweet". Also, her sensibilities are childish, contradicting, occasionally downright ridiculous, much like the rest of the ...more
Madison Calhoun
Jul 21, 2011 Madison Calhoun rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Okay, Vicious Little Darlings was definitely a weird book. I personally didn't find it as scary or disturbing as some of the other reviewers did (probably because I've read so much worse by other authors), but it certainly still had it's fair share of creepiness (especially for a Young Adult novel). The story revolves around three first-years at an all woman's college- Sarah (the narrator), Agnes, and Maddy. Sarah was just an okay character. At the beginning of the novel, I really liked her spun ...more
Apr 20, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
If I had to describe this book in one word it would be: Bizarre! And creepy....very creepy. However, it was so creepy and bizarre that I could not stop reading it! I had to find out what was happening and why.

Sarah's grandma sends her to Wetherely College so she will "become a lady". Sarah's parents are nonexistent and her grandma does not approve of Sarah's wild and promiscuous ways. Once at Wetherely, Sarah finds her room...and her roommate Maddy. In fact, she walks in on Maddy and Maddy's boy
Jan 08, 2015 PrincyJessie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I can across this book by curiousity because it said it was off of Pretty little liars and I gotta admit it was better and soo much more suspense! This book drove me insane and blew my mind completely!
Characters- Sarah= Omg this main character she is like us just learning all about the two girls and she is loyal to her friends and just not any simple innocent girl she has her fair share of hanging out with guys too. When she met the two girls I love how she trusts them and watching her uncover a
Jan 14, 2015 Meagan rated it really liked it
This is more of a 3.5, but I'm feeling generous. There are some great elements to this book, and I enjoyed reading it.

Sarah's a strange character. She has a little bit of the "I'm not like the other girls" syndrome, but it's not overtly stated or anything like that. She's promiscuous and makes some bad decisions, but I found myself invested in how those things would later work into the story.

I enjoy the fact that you don't actually know 100% of the truth behind what Maddy or Agnes are up to. Th
Lindley Walter-smith
Nov 04, 2012 Lindley Walter-smith rated it it was ok
Unpleasant, not very credible, with unlikable characters and a nagging feeling of plot holes and lack of motivation.
Mar 29, 2012 Christine rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This was completely awful, in every single way possible. I wish I could get back the time I spent reading this :/
Dec 10, 2011 Brooke rated it it was amazing
This book has been on and off of my To read list for months now. I think oh this sounds interesting, then see it later on and think ehh, and take it off. Then I'll see someone else add it so I re add it and the process continues. I finally just sat down and said fuck it, I'll read it so I don't keep re adding it. I'm glad I finally sat down and read it.

First things first, some of you are going to want to take this book off you lists: There is a lot of sex mentioned in this book. At least at firs
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Jul 09, 2011 Alanna (The Flashlight Reader) rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
What happens when a R.L. Stine Fearstreet book grows up? Vicious Little Darlings is what happens. What a creepy book. It has all the classic elements (sabotage, misunderstandings, murder) mixed with grown up situations.

The characters were only so-so. Sarah, the main character was really lackluster. I felt like she was flat, honestly. Now Agnes and Maddy... hmm... I would have liked to known more about Agnes. You kept getting hints at what she's like and what her home life is like, but there was
Elizabeth Moffat
Oct 18, 2013 Elizabeth Moffat rated it liked it
I have to admit, I was tempted to read this book from the beautiful cover art, and that it promised an intriguing debut thriller. It is written from the perspective of a girl called Sarah, who is sent to an all-girls school after being caught in a compromising position with a man by her grandmother. Nana is hoping that Sarah, who has a few issues with men and sex (in that she can’t seem to get enough of it!), and is troubled by the absence of an uncaring mother, will straighten herself out at th ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Meghan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of mystery thrillers
Shelves: 2011-dac, need-review
Review also posted at my blog, Books and a Cup of Tea

When I first heard about Vicious Little Darlings, I immediately fell in love with the premise. The fact that it says fans of Pretty Little Liars would love it had me hooked. It's definitely one of the more underrated novels of 2011 and I think it deserves more recognition. It's an amazing mystery thriller and is very creepy!

The characters in Vicious Little Darlings were wonderful. I felt that they were perfectly formed and each had their own f
This book was absolutely nothing like I was expecting.
First of all, I wasn't expecting the protagonist to be so damn amazing. Sarah Weaver is a complete person, with complexities and faults, and she actively participates in the world around her- making moves and mistakes that create consequences and push events into motion. She's funny and witty and a little strange and I just love her.
I honestly wish she was given a better story to live in.
Let me just say that I could not put this book down. I
Aug 10, 2011 Marie rated it it was ok
I didn't like this one too much. The main character Sarah was an unlikeable skank, and the book was mostly really boring - the build up of Sarah's relationship with Agnes and Maddy took forever. The good stuff happened a few chapters after the fawn died. I never was able to muster up any sympathy or caring for Sarah at all. I thought the relationship between Agnes and Maddy was far more interesting. I only finished it to see how many random strangers Sarah would sleep with (only two; three if yo ...more
Sep 24, 2011 Kayla rated it did not like it
Vicious Little Darlings is a gripping novel which you will either hate or love. The one thing that doesn’t change is the knowledge you will want to read it through time after time. Emotive and diabolical, Katherine Easer’s first novel is nail biting and packed with drama and a touch of the paranormal.
From a broken home Sarah Weaver has two choices, have her Nana pay for her tuition at Weatherly Women’s Collage or make her own way at UCLA. Poorer than poor Sarah chooses the former- not that her
Lisa (Badass Bookie)
Jan 10, 2012 Lisa (Badass Bookie) rated it really liked it
The Short Story? – A dark and twisted tale for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Imaginary Girls. Easer has written a sinfully filling debut about what happens when friendship gets real nasty. Addictive and entertaining, Vicious Little Darlings will challenge the meaning of friendship and push the limits of too far. A thriller like no other, Vicious Little Darlings will haunt you long after the last page.

The Long Story? – This book can only be described as the offspring of Pretty Little Liars and
Jun 13, 2012 Olivia rated it it was amazing
Vicious Little Darlings is one of the best books I have ever read. EVER. Katherine Easer has sculpted a novel which is perfect in all areas. Her writing is descriptive and detailed, she has created deliciously deceptive characters and her storyline is gripping. I devoured this book, every word, every chapter drew me deeper into the story; I was totally enthralled. The book is told in Sarah’s point of view, a poor, family-less teenager who finds herself in some complicated and sometimes hilarious ...more
Anna  Smyth
Jan 17, 2016 Anna Smyth rated it did not like it
Vicious Little Darling has a promising premise that unfolds in a terrible story.
There is no plot just random non-stop nonsense!I read it till the end because I was hoping that there was a reason behind it all.
It's hard to empathise with a protagonist like Sarah who sleeps with her new friend's boyfriend just because they were alone.

Maddy and Agnes are just as demented, random psychos, but Sarah stays with them because they're such good friends(I still can't remember when they became such close f
Aug 07, 2013 Kavya rated it it was ok
Get ready for a super-rant.

I have no words. I took up this book because it was an exclusive one on the shelves so I thought it couldn't be to bad. Boy, was I wrong.

I'll start with the positives first.

1.)It was something a lot of people could relate to, having to do with relationships, and school, and the struggles of growing up on your own.

2.) It was different from the usual book. There was no fictional, fantasy-like parts, or unbelievable stuff.

3.) The characters seemed so real, and I seriously
Susan Williams
Nov 12, 2013 Susan Williams rated it it was ok
Shelves: best-for-nobody
I like teen trash probably more than most, so I picked this one up to get my fix based on the book jacket.
I got through the book, but was tempted to give up more than once. The main character, Sarah, is unrealistically slutty. The other two, Maddie and Agnes are completely obnoxious. None of these characters invite empathy and are the worst role models yet. The Pretty Little Liars crew seem saintly compared to this trashy trio.
Maddie and Agnes are old pals who invite Sarah to move in with them.
Jan 23, 2016 Julia rated it it was ok
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Jul 21, 2014 WJ rated it it was ok
Vicious Little Darlings was a very strange book. Billed as the next Pretty Little Liars, I was expecting some major psychological drama going on, tense and unpredictable friendships and girls that I may not like but can't help rooting for. Unfortunately, I felt like Katherine Easer didn't consider the pacing of the story well and it's only in the last quarter of the book where I find that the plot really takes shape. Before that, it seemed like the story was just plodding along, with Sarah Weave ...more
Aug 11, 2011 Chelsea rated it really liked it
This was an interesting story. It had quite a lot of sexual content so I would recommend this book for mature teens. The story revolves around a strange intimate friendship that is unconventional and intense. I did not find this one creepy or scary like other readers but it was chilling. You knew something was not right throughout the whole book so that made it a real page turner. The ending was rather bizzare but worked. All in all I really enjoyed this one.
Jan 09, 2013 Anna rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
I've never read Pretty Little Liars, but I assume this book is Pretty Little Liars-esque. It is a lot like The Innocents by Lili Peloquin. So, if you like that sort of thing, this is for you. I like my non-sci-fi a little more romancey, or a little less psychotic, or something. It is not that the writing is bad or that there are flaws in the storyline, so don't let my opinion keep you from reading the book. It's just not my thing.
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Katherine Easer was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and now lives in Los Angeles. VICIOUS LITTLE DARLINGS, her debut YA novel, will be published by Bloomsbury in June 2011.

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“Here's something I've learned from seventeen years of living: there's nothing you can do to make someone love you.” 19 likes
“A few weeks ago I had a dream. I dreamed I was back at the house, in the red room, reading my microeconomics textbook. Maddy outside playing with Hope, and Agnes was preparing dinner. It was just like old times. I was elated. I knew all along that they weren't really dead. It was all just a terrible mistake. Maddy joined me in the library. Strangely, she didn't smell like anything. Not her usual crème brulee or green apples or candy. That's when I realized she was dead, though I didn't know I was dreaming. She apologized for everything and then proceeded to explain why things had turned out the way they had. Her story made complete sense. It was what I needed to hear. Finally I had an answer. Finally I could let go. And then she vanished
When I woke up, in a pool of sweat, I couldn't remember a thing Maddy had said.”
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