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Kiss Me Kill Me

(Scarlett Wakefield #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  4,037 ratings  ·  404 reviews
When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby's to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret. A few months ago, Scarlett was invited to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have h ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Delacorte Press
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Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Dec 27, 2008 rated it did not like it
Wow, so I think this is the first time I've ever given 1 star to a book so far on Goodreads! This book sucks you in with an interesting-sounding plot, which drives you even though the writing is horrible and the characters lame. I warn you, though, those are hours you are never getting back in your life. In my opinion, those hours are better spent doing something else. Like shampooing your cat. You will get a lot more satisfaction from your angry but nice-smelling cat than from this poorly-writt ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Scarlett Wakefield is a dag among peacocks at the elite, private girls' school of St. Tabby's in London, making no effort with her appearance, putting her energy into gymnastics with her two friends Luce and Alison rather than shopping sprees and posing. Yet she wants to be a part of it all and hang out with the popular boys from the posh boys' school - especially Dan. So when Nadia Farouk, second-in-command to the princess of the school, Plum Saybourne, invites Scarlett - and only Scarlett - to ...more
Jul 17, 2008 rated it liked it
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Scarlett Wakefield has two wishes at the beginning of the year: 1) a larger bust size (okay, so that's really TWO wishes right there...) and 2) to have Dan McAndrew notice her. But Scarlett is so far removed from the cool crowd that she'll never run into Dan. At least her first wish has happened. But Scarlett needs to learn to be careful what you wish for. Scarlett does gymnastics, and a large chest isn't conducive to flipping and flying through the air wit
Trisha W.
Sep 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2009
I felt so bad for Scarlett in this book. The girls at her old school are still calling her a murderer and the teachers at her new school-which is run by her grandmother- aren't nice to her either. They are even harder on her because her grandmother runs the school. Her parents are dead and her two friends she did have won't talk to her because Scarlett ditched them to hang out with the popular kids at her old school. So Scarlett is basically along in the first part of the book and you feel bad f ...more
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
Scarlett is a strange young woman. She's caught in between childhood and adulthood, between the posh and the poor, and she's without a family. Her father was a baronet, but his title died with him. She has a trust fund, but she doesn't live extravagantly like the posh kids that go to her school in London. Instead, she's an outsider with only two friends--young teens that compete with her in gymnastics.

When Scarlett is sixteen, she's invited to her first posh party. She assumes that the posh kids
Reading Teen
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
I honestly have no idea what to say about Kiss Me Kill Me.

I'm going to try my hardest not to be too honest.
Because, well, that didn't work out so well last time.
Well let me start off by saying that Kiss Me Kill Me was a cute, short, and easy read.
There isn't much I can complain about, and there isn't much that I really loved about it.
It was just an okay book that I finished within a few days.
The only thing I really don't like about it is that after I finished it,
I found out that there are 3 mor
Michelle Kwait



The protagonist of Kiss me Kill me, Scarlett Wakefield, is the orphan daughter of a baronet, gymnast, and outcast at the posh, vain St. Tabby's. When Nadia (one of the most popular girls at school) invites her to a party, Scarlett jumps at the chance, leaving the friends she had behind and bitter. At the party, Scarlett catches the attention of Dan McAndrew, her crush-- they kiss behind the terrace... and he asphyxiates. Scarlett is dubbed as the
Lauren Henderson's "Kiss Me, Kill Me" is - in a word - underwhelming, if I'm allowed to be honest. There were parts that I liked about it, but I think considering it as a whole, I didn't love it though I truly wanted to. Never mind the beautiful cover (I adored the cover - beautifully done and fits the premise very well). Never mind the nice premise of a young woman caught in the crossfire of a promising murder mystery (the story is billed as a mystery, though it reads more like a teen chic-lit ...more
Doug Beatty
Apr 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen

This is the story of Scarlet Wakefield who is a gymnast and hangs with her friends Alison and Luce, until one day when the popular Nadia comes over to her and asks her to betray her friends and sit with the cool crowd, including Plum, the reigning goddess. Scarlet gets invited to a party and spends some of her trust fund money to procure the perfect top, pair of jeans and shoes and makes herself ready to go. While at the party, popular handsome boy Dan notices her, chats her up and ends up kissi
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
wow, this book was... wow. It started out as simple. With the language and style as if a regular teenager was writing it. All about fashion and clothes and boys. But then it got really interesting. A mystery rose.

A murder has happened, and apparently it's Scarlett's fault. But how can anyone be sure? No one has any proof, except what they saw, and after a while, even Scarlett starts to believe all the stories about how she was the murderer, and how it's all her fault.

After that, Scarlett's life
Jun 09, 2009 rated it liked it
It was... Entertaining. The main character; Scarlett Wakefield remind me a lot of the people I know. I couldn't help but laugh whenever the things of significance popped into my head. I could hear my friends grumbling that they were nothing like Scarlett. Still, it's my personal opinion. I think, personally, I like Scarlett. She is almost ordinary and not at all what you call an all-round character. She have her own insecurities and longing to fit in. She was almost too normal to me that it was ...more
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Scarlett Wakefield is funny and cute and I really enjoyed her character. I also sympathized with her, after kissing this guy Dan...who she had wanted to kiss for who knows how long...and then he dies in her arms. How exactly does that happen? Of course she is blaming herself, she's thinking she killed him, but how could that be she's not cursed or anything, right? And now she is thinking that she can't kiss another boy cause will she kill them too? A little mellow dramatic I know but hey when yo ...more
Kelsey Richards
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
i thought that this book was really good. i think that it goes where not many other books go and it has this mystery quality to it that just makes it so hard to put down because even if you think that you know what it going to happen then something happens that changes everything that you think and i love that.
Mr. Steve
Jun 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, ya
The first boy that Scarlett ever kissed dropped dead in her arms. Now everyone thinks she killed him! Even Scarlett wonders if she did. But then an anonymous letter leads Scarlett on a quest for the truth.

This is a pretty good book with a little twist at the end, which leads into its sequel, Kisses and Lies. Want to know it? Read it!
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
This book was amazing. I absolutely loved it. It's about a girl who goes to a school where she just doesn't fit in and when she gets invited to sit with the cool kids at the fountain she can't believe it. What she doesn't know is that she's being set up and what she's getting set up for is going to change her life forever. Just ask Danny, life is good when your not dead.
Sep 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I can see a lot of YA girls picking this book up just for the cover! They won't be disappointed in the story, but there's not as much kissin' and killin' as they might like. Still, the characters are juicy, if not exceptionally well developed.
Will there be a sequel?
Mar 01, 2009 added it
Fantastic premise--but all the really good stuff is going to happen in the inevitable sequel.
Blake Hubbard
Oct 07, 2009 is currently reading it
its not as thrilling as i hoped
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
But by the time the party ends, it'll be too late.
Dan McAndrew will be dead.
And it'll be me who killed him.

Scarlett Wakefield attends the posh St. Tabby's, a private all-girls school that caters to the upper crust of London's rich and elite. There, she's not exactly popular: she and her two best friends are perpetually sweaty gymnasts. But that changes when Nadia Farouk, of Plum Saybourne's - the school princess's - inner circle invites Scarlett to her party. There, Scarlett spends some time w
Jay G
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
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16 year old gymnast Scarlett Wakefield thinks that she is finally getting her big break in the social scene when she is invited to her first elite party that her crush, Dan McAndrew will be attending. Little does she know, things aren't going to go as she imagined. When Dan leans into kiss her out on the terrace the night of the party, she definitely didn't expect him to suffocate in he
Cassidy Hylton
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I couldn’t believe that would of happened to her. Her, as in Scarlett Wakefield, an average teenage girl who feels as though she is locked away from society. I was immediately intrigued into this book called, “Kiss Me Kill Me” by Lauren Henderson. This book includes mystery, romance, and drama. As I said, the main character is Scarlett. She has two best friends, Luce and Alison. The three of them were in gymnastics together since a really young age. Her parents died when she was young and her gr ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Scarlett regrets more than anything the two wishes she made instead of resolutions - boobs and a kills from her crush Dan McAndrew. Her first wish comes true and makes gymnastics even harder to balance. Her second wish also might come true when she's invited to a party only the popular kids are going to and abandoning her friends. At the party she gets her second wish - she and Dan kiss. Then he dies. Scarlett's sent to her grandmother's school - Wakefield Academy. And while she struggles to fit ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a little over half way through this book and I think it is exceptional. The title made me interested in reading it, and the characters are very well developed. This book is very good because it teaches the readers self love and the importance of valuing yourself. This story is about how the main character is always doubting herself, and is really proving to readers that you should always believe in yourself and follow your heart because it will always guide you in the right direction.
Sally N
Feb 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is not one of those ageless Young Adult books... it's written very much with the voice of an immature teenage girl (so, well done in that regard?) but too annoying for my grown-up brain. I almost didn't finish it but it was short and I figured why not just power through it so I could find out "who done it."

Except, the book ended without resolution of the main plot line!!

I will not be reading the continuation.
Katherine Reynolds
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Truthfully its a story that has a lot thats going on. Its mysterious but not the type wanting you to keep reading. You somewhat have an idea whats going to happen next, but then more action happens. From the beginning it can be confusing, but even the main character is confusing as well. I found a way to get into it, but it just was one of those books that took forever for me to finish.
I've read this once before, and have the follow-ups in the series. I just never got around to them, so I figured I'd re-read for a refresher. I've been wanting to read light and fluffy, so I knew this book would be perfect.

I remember liking Kiss Me, Kill Me the first time I read it. I remember ranting and raving about it, too. Now? Not so much. Maybe it's because I know what happens and there was no element of surprise for me.

There's something about books that are set in a boarding or private sc
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Super quick read, nice little bit of fluff or chick lit. Not that well written but the premise and pace was enough to get you in and keep you going. A bit trite but a nice light hearted read when you need something not too hard going.
Jacey Cotter
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I chose to read the book, Kiss Me Kill Me, by Lauren Henderson for a high school English project. Kiss Me Kill Me is a Teen and Young Adult Mystery and Suspense novel. I chose this book because of the particular cover of the book, but more so the title. Kiss Me Kill Me sounded like a romantic novel, yet a mystery novel which I both enjoy. The book starts off with a 16 year old girl named Scarlett Wakefield who was invited to an “elite” girls party. At the party, Scarlett sees the only guy she ha ...more
Feb 23, 2009 rated it liked it
The book I read for my second book report is Kiss Me Kill me by Lauren Henderson. I choose this book because the title looked very interesting and i love to read fiction books dealing with teenage drama and teenage romance. This book is about a girl name Scarlett Wakefield who is a 16 years old girl who attended a private all girls school in London. She had an ordinary life that changed so fast like a blink of an eye. it's also a mystery that Scarlett has to deal and solve in order to get her re ...more
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Born in London in 1966, Lauren Henderson read English at university and then worked as a journalist for - among other publications - the New Statesman, Marxism Today, the Observer and Lime Lizard, a much-mourned indie music magazine. Lauren now divides her time between Italy and London and, when not wine-tasting, writes full-time.

Other books in the series

Scarlett Wakefield (4 books)
  • Kisses and Lies (Scarlett Wakefield, #2)
  • Kiss in the Dark (Scarlett Wakefield, #3)
  • Kiss of Death (Scarlett Wakefield, #4)