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How to Be Bad

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  4,138 ratings  ·  486 reviews
From the authors of ttyl, Bras & Broomsticks, and The Boyfriend List come three unforgettable characters and one exhilarating novel

Vicks is the wild child whose boyfriend has gone suspiciously quiet since he left for college; Mel is the newcomer desperate to be liked; and Jesse will do anything to avoid a life-altering secret. Each one has her own reason for wanting to
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by HarperTeen (first published May 1st 2008)
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There's something about this that was so 2006, but I really enjoyed the mix of personalities and the humour. What I didn't like was all the slut shaming, and how the religious character is painted to be some annoying girl who stopped the others having fun. It's hard to get round the stereotypes with religion in books and this one fell at every hurdle. Everyone's own opinions and thoughts just weren't mutually respected, and it ruined the story for me.
Amy | shoutame
I read How to Be Bad whilst on holiday and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a perfect light/fluffy read to get me in the mood for summer!

- How to Be Bad follows the story of three teenage girls who decide to go on a road trip. The aim of the trip is to visit one of the girls boyfriends whom she is having issues with but as with all plans things happen and they all go on a bit of an adventure. Trips to Disney, Pirate Restaurants and even fighting an alligator - the three girls discover a lot about t
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than We Were Liars which makes me think that I should lower the stars to that book(?). But I don't know if it's me but the style of that author it's quite boring, I wanted to give it another chance but ugh...I felt like I could never finish the book and a page was like a whole bible.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I adore road-trip books and this one is no exception. All of the characters were unique and offered different perspectives on the story, I often dislike books that cover multiple points of view however I found this one refreshing. Overall a lovely story which was complex enough to be intriguing yet simplistic enough to be easy to read.
Julie Zantopoulos
Oh man, this book was just not good. I used this for my first traveling book and I think I liked this book a good deal less than the ladies who buddy read it with me.

The characters are all so obnoxious, the slut and religious shaming was over the top, the miscommunication tool was over used, and the plot devices were so predictable. Coming off of a month of only contemporary books and having a ton to compare it to, this book was a chore to get through. I likely would have DNF'd this book if I d
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
So after reading Red Rising and having my mind pretty much blown, I felt the need to come back down to earth with a nice contemporary story. And this was a really nice contemporary story.

How To Be Bad is a road trip book (yay, road trips!) and is the story of three girls, who seemingly have very little in common, and yet decide to embark on a road trip to see one of their boyfriends who is away at university.

One of the things I really liked was that although the whole point of the road trip was
Jul 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2009
"How to Be Bad" is a collaborative effort of three YA authors out of which I am familiar with only one - E. Lockhart. In fact, her name on the cover is the only reason I picked up this book.

This is a story of three girls: Jesse - a strong willed and opinionated Christian with an air of trailer trashiness about her who just found out her mother has cancer; Vicks - a tomboyish and independednt amazon whose boyfriend recently started college and hasn't called her in two weeks; Mel - an insecure ri
Kells Next Read
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual ratings: 3.25

"People should be true, People should be who they say they are."
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There’s something about summer that makes me crave light, fun reads about friendship, love and good times so when I spotted HOW TO BE BAD with that awesome cover, I knew it was just what I needed.

Despite the issues that can arise with multiple POVs, I adore getting to know a variety of characters intimately and feel that I can get so much more out of my reading experience. HOW TO BE BAD is written by three different authors, each taking a character whic
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
3.5 stars.
I love adventure. Quirky road trips where not only discover themselves but that there is more to life beyond the trivial issues of being a teen. Jesse, Vicks and Mel are all unique characters in their own right. Jesse is religious and very judgmental, Vicks the party girl with the boyfriend and Mel is the wealthy quiet type who is just looking to make a friend. What sets out as a journey for Vicks to visit her boyfriend at collage, turns into an
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
*This review also appears on my blog Genie In A Book*

4.5 stars

Thank you to the Five Mile Press for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

How to be Bad is a fun and enjoyable contemporary YA read with a road-trip, three very different workmates from The Waffle House and slightly eccentric storyline. I was really looking forward to this book from the outset, and what I hoped would be a fulfilling story of friendship, quirky moments and some truly funny pieces of dialogue
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was okay, not great not rotten bad just okay!
It's nice how three people who couldn't be any more different, connect and create a friendship.
There is a case of insta-love which is annoying, I do authors think it's cute for characters to fall in love within the first few hours they meet someone?!




For the rest, it's a road trip story which I always love since I want to do one myself BADLY.
Talking about badly, the
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I didn't really enjoy the first 100 pages, to be honest, but the rest of it was okay. I really liked some of the ideas that were raised, but I think that they could've been executed better. In general, parts of the plot seemed to let down the entire novel, so I was debating on whether to give it 2.5 or 3 stars. I think there's enough there for it to be worthy of 3 stars.

As I said earlier, the only thing I didn't like (which occurred throughout the entire novel!), was the referen
Morgoth Jr
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked up this book promised a coming of age road trip about three different girls facing themselves, and that's exactly what I got.
This book did a great job with what it was and what it wanted to be! Despite the rating, I did enjoy this - I got, after all, what I'd wanted from it. And not anything more.
Like popcorn!
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How to be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski was a adventurous story that you could tell the authors had a fun time writing.

Jesse and Vicks have been friends for a year after meeting at The Waffle House where they work. They both have been going through changes in their lives and Jesse decides that a road trip is much needed but she is unsure how to fund their getaway. However, she reveals her plan to Vicks and Mel a girl who works with them overhears and invites herself alo
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kind of meh for me, I am in the worst reading space right now. Being sick is somehow making me not want to read at all, and I had to force myself to sit down and polish this off this afternoon rather than play video games. I'm glad I finished it, if only to begin something new.

Basically three friends, three perspectives on the same road trip to reunite one girl with her boyfriend who has gone off to college. They also want to see the tourist sites, but only one of them has any money, so Mel has
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, I think.

I liked this book while I was reading it. How to be Bad was a lot of fun, and there were some good, funny scenes, some nice, semi-touching ones and some other ones that probably weren't necessary, but okay, whatever.

I just feel like... it could have been a little bit better. I'm not sure why; as I said it was a pretty good book. But it didn't feel fully rounded to all it wanted to be.

The characters, I think, could have been a little more developed. The only one who felt real
Gabriela Pop
This book was just so much fun.There's just something about roadtrip books about female friendship that get you when it's summertime and you're travelling to another country to meet some friends and see Taylor Swift together,you know?
I was just one chapter in when I went to the event organized by my local bookstore where E Lockhart was promoting this book and just by hearing her talk about it I just knew it was going to be a lot of fun.I wasn't expecting life changing or heart wrecking or a
This was a light, fun road-trip read about three friends from Niceville, Florida. The chapters alternate from girl to girl (Vicks, Mel, and Jesse). Jesse & Vicks have been friends the longest, and now Mel (new girl with a rich family) is befriending them as they all work at a local waffle place. The story takes place over the course of a weekend when the girls go on a road trip and essentially do many 'badass' things. I definitely got a feel for each girl's unique voice, but I wasn't that im ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is a really great road trip book that focuses on the friendship of three girls, and I really, really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed everything I've read by E. Lockhart so far, but hadn't really read anything by Lauren Myracle or Sarah Mlynowski before, but now I'm thinking I might check their books out, too. I just really enjoyed the whole thing, the way the friendship of the girls was narrated and that it's a road tri
Erica Leigh
Jan 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
It was hard to get through this one; I just wasn't terribly invested in any of the characters or their stories. Jesse started out as one of the most unlikeable/annoying characters ever, but sort of redeemed herself towards the end. Overall, none of the characters were really fleshed out. I felt like the authors didn't reveal enough about them. The story I thought it was a little boring (and I didn't expect it to be. I mean, it's a ROAD TRIP...I expected more adventure than a trip to Di ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Thanks, Old Joe. Long may you rock."

I really enjoyed this book. I can't decide who's POV I liked better, Mel's or Vicks'! I loved each and every bump in this story, and it was a very entertaining read. I loved how different the girls were and how much depth each had. This was a very entertaining read, good for the beach! Definitely recommend.
Patricia Kaiser
A nice road-trip-story but not much more than that. My expectations were probably just too high after reading "We were liars" which I absolutely loved. It's not that I'm disapointed but it's a rather flat plot in comparison with "We were liars".
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an okay book.
I excpected more roadtrip fun and Jesse was just getting on my nerves, I couldnt stand her.
But otherwise it was alright.
Holly Bourne
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Cute road-trip novel. Good for summer. Not quite in the same league as The Disreputable History or We Were Liars though
Trish Doller
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite YA novels. Love the characters, love the seamless integration between the three authors--all of whom are among my favorites. And hello, road trip!
Dec 17, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Dull characters. Slut shaming.
Ciera Madison
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read How to be Bad: a Novel by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, about a group of teenagers who decide to take a road trip together for the summer, not knowing that this will be one of the best and worst experiences of their young life. They find out secrets about each other, go through heartbreak, and meet a new stranger who happens to be very attractive, who could forever change Jesse’s life. (the main character) The 3 authors do a nice job of combining their writing styles to ma ...more
Sarika Patkotwar
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
*This review was initially published at The Readdicts Book Blog. For more reviews, go here .

I was gifted a copy of How to Be Bad by my family, and somehow, whenever I saw that it was written by not one, not two, but three authors, I thought it was a collection of three short stories. When I finally decided to read the book in the hopes that it would break my very long and very boring reading slump (which it did, by the way), I realised that it is a road trip book written in three points of view
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E. Lockhart is the author of Genuine Fraud, We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Boyfriend List and several other novels.

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“You think Tide is better, or All?'
'Which has a prettier box?' I ask.
'I don't want a pretty box. I want a dude box.'
Uh-huh,' I deadpan. 'You want a dude box of laundry detergent.'
'Yes, I do.'
'Good luck with that.”
“You better live this life of yours while you can—real living, the kind where you get a little dirt on your halo—’cause, babe, not one of us knows how long we got.” 1 likes
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