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Poor Little Dead Girls

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  632 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Perfect people aren't just born. They're made.

The first time she is blindfolded and kidnapped, star-athlete and posh boarding school newbie Sadie is terrified. She wakes up in a dark room surrounded by hushed whispers, hooded strangers, and a mysterious voice whispering not-so-sweet nothings in her ear.

But once the robes come off, she realizes it’s just an elaborate prank
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 29th 2013 by Merit Press (first published November 1st 2013)
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When Sadie gets an athletic scholarship to an exclusive ivy league prep school, she's beyond thrilled. Shortly after settling in to her new surroundings, she finds herself kidnapped and placed under a grueling interview process to become a member of an exclusive secret society. At first she’s simply pissed at the embarrassment of being a part of this type of hazing ritual, but when she discovers her life will be filled wit
Rating: 3-3.5

Sadie Marlowe gets invited to join one of the best and most expensive schools in the country on a lacrosse scholarship. Going to Keating is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and even though the distance from home fills her with uncertainty, she knows she can't pass it up. Keating's lacrosse team is one of the best and their coach is a legend. Plus it'll be a chance for Sadie to feel closer to her mother, being able to walk the same halls as she did. Even if it means fighting for a p

After an extremely impressive streak with YA Thrillers (Find Me & Dead Girls Don't Lie are two of my favorite 2013 releases!) I was feeling pretty confident about Poor Little Dead Girls. A boarding school's secret society has ties to the deaths of two girls - what's not to love?

Unfortunately, Poor Little Dead Girls spectacularly crushed every single expectation I had, including the hope of actually finishing (spoiler alert: I did, but it was a fight on bot
Jennifer Rinehart
Dec 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
The creep factor is high with this book. At first glance this is your average, girl with sorta rich dad goes to school that is the playground of the super duperty rich and is a tad envious. She meets a cute boy, he thinks she's cute too and la di da, they are sipping coffee and swapping spit. The end.

But this story takes secret societies to a weird, crazy place. I was pretty sure this wouldn't go to the places is did, but then again, I was pretty sure that there wouldn't be any deaths in The Hun
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite-books
Perfect people aren't just born. They're made.
The first time she is blindfolded and kidnapped, star-athlete and posh boarding school newbie Sadie is terrified. She wakes up in a dark room surrounded by hushed whispers, hooded strangers, and a mysterious voice whispering not-so-sweet nothings in her ear.
But once the robes come off, she realizes it’s just an elaborate prank designed to induct her into the group that’s been pulling the strings at Keating Hall for generations. The circle has it al
Leah Murphy
NetGalley ARC

Sadie Marlowe is an ace lacrosse player from "small town" Oregon who is thrown into the world of the American elite when she is recruited to play for Keating Hall, one of the most exclusive prep schools on the East coast. As Sadie's late mother also attended Keating, she innocently believes that her athletic skilled combined with her mother's alumni status paved the way to her scholarship, but throughout the course of being "kidnapped", drugged, waking with strange bruises and even
Miranda Lynn
3.5 stars

Poor Little Dead Girls is a creepy, fascinating, page-turner of a book that I can't believe I didn't read sooner! Where is the hype that should be surrounding this book? I'm surprised that I hadn't really heard anything about it before deciding to pick it up a few weeks ago. While it wasn't a perfect book, it was almost exactly what I was looking for out of a book with a cover that asks the question: "Is it a game? Or is it murder?"

My favorite part about this book was how engrossing it
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Why You Should Buy It

Poor Little Dead Girls starts with a 'normal' teenager who is thrown into the life of the rich and famous when she attends boarding school. Part Gossip Girl, part conspiracy and secret society, this story will leave you reeling when you finally uncover all the truth.

My Thoughts

*I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.*

This book was everything I was expecting and more. Sadie is a normal, average teen
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I feel like if there were more options I'd give this a 3.3...? I had such a roller coaster of feelings about this book. On the one hand, much as I love boarding school YA, they all have the same tropes that've been done to death - MC's there on scholarship while everyone else has so much money, and the school has dark secrets... (Seriously misleading title, though, IMO. Not that I wasn't happy there weren't classmates found in ditches every few chapters, but that's exactly what the title suggest ...more
While the book was quite awesome, I really enjoyed it, there were things I didn't like.

1. The whole secret society, I didn't really mind it that much at first, until we came to the whole frozen-eggs-in-test-tube stuff and taking-blood-from-unsuspecting-girls/boys. Also rape and drugs. Like what the hell? At times I felt like instead of a secret society I was reading about a girl infiltrated in some high-tech company.
I felt it was just over the top, too much.
2. Several of the characters. Some
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Sadie has gotten a dream come true. She has received a full paid scholarship to Keating. Keating has had some of the most important students attend the school including the President's children. When Sadie arrives, she realizes that she is an outsider. Luckily she has one friend at Keating. Her friend, Jessica. Sadie learns that Keating has a deep, dark secret. A secret society. Sadie has been recruited.

This book made me think of the movie "The Skulls" starring Paul Walker, R.I.P. Only this boo
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, ya, serious-issues
2.5 stars, I guess.

Oof. I struggle-bussed with this one.

I saw the description and was excited. Boarding schools and secret societies? Sounded like a total me book. It was definitely fun and entertaining at times, but the overall issues made it a hard book to read.

The main thing I was annoyed by was the MC, Sadie. Look, I've read books where the narrator has been unreliable and books where all the characters were horrible people, but if the MC is supposed to be a "hero" and still makes these horr
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: standalone
Jan 13, 2016
Well, after waiting eons for this… well, it's been entertaining enough, but I will soon forget I've ever read it.

Lug 20, 2014
…and when you less expect it, a copy pops out in front of your eyes.

Mar 2, 2014
Why am I even still looking?
I should just let this go, it's self-evident that we're not meant to be.

Jan 7, 2014
Don't you just hate regional restrictions? I hate them with a passion.
Today this book is only 2$ on and I. CAN'T. BUY. IT.

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Dec 17, 2013
Mmm… I think I'm not
3.5 stars

I have been itching to read this book for months now because I was quite intrigued by its title. And although I must say that I was a bit disappointed, I still very much enjoyed the book.

The story is basically about a girl named Sadie. She gets a scholarship to a prestigious all-girl boarding school her deceased mother had attended where she is pulled into the mysterious world of secret societies and cryptic pasts. As Sadie is pulled deeper into the Optimates, she begins to ponder her m
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
After having read such good books in the past few days, I couldn't bring myself to like this book. I only found the last 20-25% of the book mildly interesting. The main reason I didn't enjoy the book was probably because I enjoyed the last two or three books I read way too much that this one fell very short in comparison. That and the fact that I couldn't relate to the main characters. I felt like the writer tried too hard to make the MCs cool or whoever associated with the MC. I wasn't convince ...more
So this book has a bunch of stuff I like: private schools, but more importantly, death at private schools, secret societies, conspiracies, and secrets! And this book is not bad at all. This is a positive 3-star rating. I liked the book. But it felt like it was a draft for a longer, better-developed story.

I feel like the secret society wasn't diabolical enough, and there wasn't enough danger. The level of danger was good, but I guess it didn't get that dire for our protagonists, I was almost nev
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it
First of all, I know you're not supposed to judge books by their covers, but this cover is AWESOME.

Okay, as for the story, I really liked it. Read it under 24 hours. The writing? Not my favorite, and the plot, while exciting and full on crazy is definitely a little stretched and hard to believe. But, a political/conspiracy thriller YA novel set at boarding school? Anybody who ever loved "The Skulls" obviously has to understand why that'd be interesting. Secret Societies are always fascinating.

Valerie Cole
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love! My only question is why is the CW not camping out on Lizzie's front lawn for rights for this story?!? ...more
Sarah Zutter
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
Friend absolutely excels in developing a clear setting. The atmosphere of the book is immediately established and remains consistent throughout. Think classic boarding school - pleated skirts, monograms, sprawling courtyards - mixed with hyper-consumerist, iPhone obsessed teenagers. The combination of a classic, familiar setting with the extremes of modern youth culture create a unique environment that serves as a unifying thread for the events throughout the story.

However, while the emphasis on
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Read: Sept - Oct 2013
Where It Came From: eARC from publisher via NetGalley*
Genre: YA-contemporary-thriller
Rating: 2.5 Secret Society Scandals

The Quick and Dirty:
Lacrosse star Sadie Marlowe transfers from her life in Portland to the prestigious Keating Hall in Virginia on an athletic scholarship. Boarding school life with the 1% is a bit of a culture shock for her, and she gets yet another shock when she is kidnapped one night to be inducted into a secret society. The posh parties, high fas
Michelle Wrona
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For years and years, I’ve always been a fan of those hardcore mysteries that are so unexpected and absurd at the same time. Of course, when I was a little girl, Nancy Drew was my favourite series and sort of books for a long time. I guess now, as I’m reading more mystery books more often, my love for them never faded away. Plus, this was one of those Private-like stories that come upon in boarding schools where
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sadie Marlowe never knew much about her mother. When she was young, her mother suffered from an illness and the only thing Sadie remembers is that her mother was really sad before she killed herself.

When she receives a letter of scholarship to Keating Hall, the school her mother use to go to, Sadie isn’t sure what to expect. She’s not rich like everyone, but this is the place to be if you want to succeed in life. The connections one can get from here are like no other and if she can get scouted
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it

Overall, this book was enthralling, thrilling and admittedly; slightly terrifying.
Although the novel was excessively dramatic to a point where many story lines seemed unrealistic, the author still managed to deliver a fast paced and intriguing plot which kept me guessing throughout the entire story.

This novel follows our main character Sadie, who receives a Lacrosse scholarship, allowing her to attend the prestigious Keating Academy. She soon realises something is awry when she is blindfold
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Poor Little Dead Girls is a thriller that you can’t put down. Sadie Marlowe has been given a scholarship to play lacrosse at an expensive private school near Washington DC, but she learns that things aren’t adding up once she is there. First off, she learns her mother once went there, but dropped out and kinda went crazy. Then a few years back a girl named Anna killed herself after not getting into a certain college, the Keating curse is what they called it.
But come to find out, Anna was related
Elaina Sadler
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Sadie is awarded a scholarship to the Elite school Keating for Lacrosse When she is blindfolded and kidnapped she is terrified until she realizes she is being inducted into secret society. There are alot of questions but the circle she is brought into has a lot of connections, elaborate parties and connections with brother society at Graff who happen to be gorgeous. Instant popularity made Sadie not think twice about the marks on her body, or the rituals that came with the secret society.

Oct 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
"The outside was the only part of these people that was predictable. Once you got beneath the surface, there was no telling what you might find."

I am completely disappointed with this one. I was ready for a solid murder mystery and this was much more about the changes of moving into a dorm setting and away from your parents, about extremely rich people and.....secret societies.

and the secret society was so over the top ridiculous that it wasn't even interesting. The bad guys were so over the top
Maximos Kim
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a thriller with some vulgar language and is about how this girl comes to the same private high school her mother went to but its filled with snobby rich white people. The myth was their is some secret society with the highest class people helping each other out to be successful, but something darker is definitely about to happen within this book... It's about the simple life of a normal high school girl, trying to find out why her mother died and what her death had to do with this s ...more
Bre LeClair
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The first half was a bit slow for me, which standard teen boarding school themes. But once things got going in the second half, I started to enjoy it more. I bit disappointed in the ending (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, ebook, wealthy
3.5 stars. I liked it a lot and would read more from this author. She seems to have disappeared from social media though? Fun plot, just enough creepy to keep you hooked, and we all know I love a good teen at wealthy boarding school book.
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