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Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles
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Mar 15, 11

Read in March, 2011

What if your best friend died, and it was partially your fault? In Jo Knowles’ Lessons From a Dead Girl, the struggle between two friends growing apart further with age and new friends makes it hard to be friends…with a dead girl. Laine reflects on her past with Leah Greene, the popular, beautiful, self-centered, dead one.
Leah Greene, the most loved girl in school, is dead. Laine’s “friend forever” since 5th grade, Leah put’s Laine through terror,  love, and fright. She is the most loved girl in school. Every girl wants to be her, and every guys wants her. This rich, self-centered girl won't know what hit her, until Laine does. Laine couldn’t live without Leah until they parted ways in high school. Laine’s new best friends try and help her through everything going one, Leah’s abuse.
I think the setting contrast with the characters very well. From going to school and home, parties, and friends houses, it’s a great realistic read. The detail and emotion put into this book makes it all the more believable. When you close your eyes, you can imagine where they are. You can see the characters come to life in this book. Characters that come to reality is what every good book needs, and this one has it.
A great life lesson to describe this book is don’t get caught in the past, you’ll end up regretting it in the future. Knowels’ style of writing is incredible. Detail after detail of great passion and determination was definitely put into this novel. The narrator’s voice is extremely great for a unique read. You’re drawn in within the first sentence.
“Lessons From a Dead Girl” is a definite five-star rated book. I would recommend this book to anyone, but more suitable for teen girls. I, beyond any doubt, love the detail and effort put toward this novel.
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