Very Bad Things
The story is engaging and entertaining, but the thrills end early on in the story because the plot and the characters offhandedly give away the entire mystery and all the plot twists and that, in turn, inadvertently kind of ruined the climax and the big surprise. The suc ...more
Very bad book is more like it...
I'm sorry, but this one didn't work of me at all.
I picked up this book because I had seen it listed in a goodreads giveaway, and I remembered hat it had to do with murder and boarding/private schools. And it was also short! All of those things are things that I like!
With a title like 'Very bad things', I really hoped that this book would be quirky, or humorous, or intentionally over-the-top, or of the so-bad-it's-crazy-awesome variety ...more
What I loved the most about this novel was the twisted web of lies and secrets that were the root of all problems--that intricately bound web was fun to dissect and figure out.
As I read, I sat there trying to figure out which narrator I could trust, which narrator was unreliable, and who was lying about what. I loved the multiple POVs in VERY BAD THINGS. It gave the novel ...more
Katie is a senior at a prep school and is no stranger to drama and heartache. When a pic of her boyfriend and misterious lookalike starts making the rounds on campus she believes life can't get any worse; that's when a severed hand arrives in a box with her name scrawled across the top.
What follows is a twisted story of past connections and present bad behavior that results in the death of an innocent young waitress and the revelation of ghosts rising ...more
Delving into the world of Young Adult writing is not for the faint-hearted, but author Susan McBride makes it look so easy with her latest exciting novel, "Very Bad Things."
This novel, which is chalk-full of teenage romance, angst, and a bit of murder, is a spine-tingling adventure that even adults will get a thrill out of. The characters are well-developed and fascinating and the setting is properly spooky. Geared more toward the female readership, "Very Bad Things" would be a great book for ...more
Action, suspense, friendship and love (true?), bullying by the “in crowd” . . . even ice hockey, _Very Bad Things_ has it all. The setting, a scary gothic private school with tunnels, enhances the tension. While designated YA, good books know no age. I loved it! (YA fiction by Susan McBride)
(And I just added a new Morbid shelf, because why did I not already have that? I'm a sucker for creepy/dark/morbid stories. And now I need Dark and Creepy shelves too.) ...more
Very Bad Things is the story of Katie, a scholarship student at a prestigious boarding school who becomes embroiled in a deadly scandal. Katie’s boyfriend is photographed supposedly cheating on her with a girl who later winds up dead, tho ...more
I didn't plan on finishing this one tonight, but it was just that good! Once again I just don't understand why this doesn't have a better star rating. I am so glad I didn't pay attention to that and took a chance on this one because honestly it has been one of the best YA thriller/mysterys that I have read so far. "Missing" by Armstrong would have been right up there too had it not been for a terrible let down ending. Anyway...
This gave what it promised---a mystery thriller full of s ...more
Besides the glaring characterization issues and plot holes -- SPOILERS:
ex.1. For two weeks, this little campus is crawling with police and K9 units, and Peter, he of the distinct, overpowering smell of dank earth and mustiness, he of the midnight forays into the land of the living, is never discovered?
ex.2. Peter is badly enough burned that he cannot leave finger ...more
Oh, YA! You are such a vast genre that sometimes I forget that not all books within you are written in glorious prose or verse. I'm in a slump lately, to be honest. Every single book I've read since The Tragic Age has fallen flat, because the prose simply doesn't compare. The book is written at a nice pace, no glaring factual errors exist, etc. but I'm just not getting that amazing voice from the characters or narrator.
Add her shrewish roommate Tess who hates Mark, the big man on campus boyfriend, and you have a bunch of unnecessary drama that goes in a round robin. He's u ...more