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(Deadgirl #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Dead is such a strong word . . .

Lucy Day, 15 years old, is murdered on her very first date. Not one to take that kind of thing lying down, she awakens a day later with a seemingly human body and more than a little confusion. Lucy tries to return to her normal life, but the afterlife keeps getting in the way.

Zack, her crush-maybe-boyfriend, isn't exactly excited that she di
Paperback, 284 pages
Published November 6th 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published April 12th 2012)
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Lindsey Scott
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is what every young writer should read!! A friend of mine recommended it and I was blown away with how in tune B.C. is with his audience, and how well he was able to create characters that were believable, characters you wanted to be friends with (or be friends with if you were still in high school).

What I loved about this book most, though, was B.C.'s ability to weave in advanced vocabulary that even made me refer to my dictionary! I gave my cousin the book to read (she's a high schoo
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I know it seems like a corny book but it was so good! I loved it!
Emily Anne
Deadgirl is a very confusing, long novel yet fortunately has a very likable main character. It was worth the read. Although I must admit to skimming some of the middle. I do wish it had been shortened.

The characters, whom I didn't find extremely memorable, were still realistic. Lucy is definitely a heroine to root for, and pity. She has many struggles. Yet I did love how she could still joke once in a while. And Abraham felt like a very well written character as well. I also felt the dialogue in
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Review posted here...

Deadgirl was a fab read, slightly strange and unusual but in a good way.
The synopsis is spot on with its description of the book so straight onto my thoughts….
I thought Deadgirl was a very unique story and it kept my interest all of the way through. Lucy was a very relatable 15yr old going through all of the things a girl that age should be – including her first date which ends in disaster. She had a great voice and outlook that was
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars

Full Review:
*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

I actually, unfortunately, had some issues with this book up until about the 65% mark.

The story itself was good, and the book was never a struggle to get through---my issue was mostly that Lucy's POV read exactly the way I imagine a grown man would imagine a teenage girl to be like. Her thoughts were filled with lots of jealousy/judginess/pettiness toward her best friends, a constant p
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Day is 15 years old and she’s dead. Kind of. After spending all freshman year flirting with Zack he has finally asked her on a date, and what happens? She disappears from the group, dies in a back alley, and he spends all night looking for her. So not cool. When she wakes up the next day with a killer headache and her perfect outfit ruined she notices some changes. She doesn’t eat, she doesn’t sleep, and she doesn’t even go to the bathroom. The biggest different, though, is the blistering c ...more
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
Deadgirl is one of Roberta at Offbeat YA’s shout from the rooftops fandom books, and I’m always interested in books that other people love that no one has ever heard of. I feel like every book lover has at least a few, and they’re usually well worth reading. We also share a love of Christopher Pike, and the premise of this book strongly resembles the one in Remember Me. Trigger warnings: guns, death.

When Lucy Day is shot to death in a deserted parking lot one night after a date, she can’t figure
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Unique, mind-blowing premise and setting. Characters with authentic voice. A lovestruck but spunky heroine. Engaging, imaginative prose.
Cons: A couple of not completely convincing attitudes. A few inconsistencies that won't really affect your reading pleasure. Some small mistakes slipped through revision.
WARNING! Violence and attempted rape, though not described in a graphic manner. Underage drinking.
Will appeal to: Afterlife boo

Title: Deadgirl

Author: B.C. Johnson

Publisher: Curiosity Quills, 2014

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Paranormal

**I received a copy of this book free from the Author in exchange for an honest review**

My Review:

It took me about halfway through the book to understand really what was going on…and it was frustrating. But it was also worth it. It was definitely worth the patience, and though I didn’t know what was going on, I couldn’t put the book down. I was submerged in the depths of Johnson’s prose. It was an

Tracey (Life and Literature)
I have been sent some amazing books to review this year. And you can put Deadgirl right up there with the best of them!! This book was just... WOW!!! This is one fantastic, didn't want to put down read!!

Deadgirl starts at a really nice pace as you get to know the characters. And then BAM!!! The action begins!! There is so much that I want to talk about, but whatever I say will spoil it for you all and this is definitely a book that you MUST read!!

Lucy Day is a normal 15yo girl, going to school,
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Regarding The Nature Of Life... Or What Happened To Lucy

If this is a series it will need to be read in order. . if this is a stand alone it is still awesome :)

Lucy is having the best day of her life... Or at least that's the way it seems at first... Then she wonders what exactly has happened to her. Is she still herself? What is she? What happened to her?

This was a supernatural thriller that totally floored me with both its mysteries and originality. I was left guessing until the narrator gave m
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having had the opportunity to read DEAD GIRL as part of the book's blog tour, I was delighted to find it was as enjoyable as I had hoped. And it didn't even occur to me that the book was written by a guy. Which I dare say, impresses me; not every guy can pull off writing for a female protagonist without making them look like caricatures of the female species. So, score one for the team!

DEAD GIRL starts off with a literal bang before taking us back a few days prior to the event, as teenage Lucy h
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW! This book made me laugh and cry- sometimes at the same time! It was absolutely amazing. I loved the main character, she was witty and sarcastic- everything I could have dreamed for! The other characters were great as well. This was sort of a mystery- it had that aspect in it several places- and the answers were really unexpected and flabbergasting. I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The plot is like none other, the end is amazing, and I want MORE! Amazing amazing amazing!!! ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! It was exciting, kept me asking questions, and felt original (even with all the other supernatural books and movies out there!). I didn't know if I'd be able to relate to Lucy, but she's actually pretty funny and I ended up really liking her. Definitely recommend this book! ...more
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts On The Book:

'Dead is such a strong word.....'

The Plot Of The Story:
I've read books in a similar vein as this one before but generally they end up going down the 'Reaper' route where Deadgirl take a different path entirely and where it ends up is quite unexpected, but in a good way as it makes it quite individual.

Lucy Day is normal fifteen year old girl, with friends and a crush on the hottest boy in school. She lives an ordinary life with regular parents and a loving home until th
Title: Dead Girl
Author: B.C. Johnson
Publisher: Cool Well Press
Date of Release: April 12th, 2012
Number of Pages: 368
Source: Author for honest review.
Summary from Goodreads:
"You know how it is: go on a date, get killed, wake up the next morning. No? Just me?" - Lucy Day

Fifteen-year-old Lucy Day falls between the gears in the machinery of the afterlife. She is murdered while on her first date, but awakens a day later, completely solid and completely whole. She has no hunger for brains, blood, or
Nay Denise
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Receive a review copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Deadgirl was something totally different and based on phantoms. I don't read many phantom stories so this was quite intriguing for me. I enjoyed the balance of the writing and language. This had romance, drama, action and your typical high school student needs -- overprotective parents, parties and more.

Lucy Day is your normal 15 year old highbschool freshman. Nothing unusual about her until she's attacked by 4 guys and kil
Marlene Moss
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I jumped at the chance to read Dead Girl by B.C. Johnson – I loved the cover and title.

The story is told from the point of view of Lucy, a funny, snarky 15-year-old swooning over her first love. Several things were quite refreshing in this story. The main group of kids are generally wholesome, their parents are involved, and the confusion of just being a teenager was realistically shown. Sadly, Lucy is killed after her first date – and wakes up not entirely alive or dead.

The story-line was uniqu
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I did really like the front cover of this book and I thought the blurb sounded really intriguing. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really connect that well with the main character, Lucy. There was a lot of repetition in the fact that she was ‘cute’… and a couple of times at quite inappropriate moments. (Like when she was being chased. A few of the other random thoughts made sense… but when you’re running f
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yvensong, S. Michele, Cheryl in CC NV, Ralph, Tom, Chris
Recommended to Darlene by:
Wow! Could I give this ten stars please? This was exciting! B. C. Johnson has told a superb tale. The book keeps you guessing and wondering what will happen next.

Lucy, the main character is very likable and has the spunk I like to see in female characters. She's only 15 and seems way beyond what I imagine would be the maturity of 15 or what I was at 15. But it is a different time and I was a late-bloomer even way back in the stone-age. Maybe the young adults who read this will find her immature,
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Lucy Day's going to have the perfect night, the perfect first date with her long-time crush-could-be-love–right up until she's attacked and, to her surprise when she wakes up three days later, killed. The rest of the book follows Lucy as she learns what it means to be a dead girl (technically, a phantom), trying to dodge her personal grim reaper, while simultaneously making sure she doesn't let her parents know what happened, erase the memories of her friends, or fail high school.

It's a concept
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: awesome-covers, 2014
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2.5 stars

Deadgirl follows the story of Lucy Day, who is murdered unintentionally on her first date. She, however, is unable to stay dead, and wakes up the next morning with nothing but a blood stained dress. But why is she waking up every morning in a beach instead of her home? What is happening to her body? Read Deadgirl to find out.

Deadgirl was an …… interesting book. I had no expectations when I start
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arr-r2r
**3 Stars**
I was provided a copy indirectly from the author (through a group on for an honest review.

MY OVERVIEW: Yikes, I don’t really know how to do an overview on this book. It wasn’t really that memorable, and I just put it down.

PROS: I liked Luce. She was a believable teenage character. There were a few points where she slipped a little from the believable realm. I also liked Morgan. I think she was my favorite. I honestly wish there was more of her in the book.

CONS: It is p
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lucy is 15. But, she isn’t a typical teenage girl. She woke up from her first date without a pulse. She shouldn’t be able to wake up after being shot. Or should she? Eventually, her personal Grim Reaper shows up make her really dead. Abraham has more to him than just collecting the undead girl, though. Lucy has to make a decision that could hurt those she loves, though. Lots of teenage angst there!

There are so many things that happen with Lucy and the pace of this book keep it all interesting an
Montzalee Wittmann
Deadgirl (The Deadgirl Saga #1) by B.C. Johnson is a terrific fantasy book that will keep you entertained from page one! Lucy is a girl that has no luck at all. She dies, but doesn't. Murdered on her first date but is too stubborn to stay dead. This leads to such a crazy story that will have you guessing what will happen next from page to page, you will never be right! There is also someone, not a person, after her to correct the mistake of her not dying. There is also a mystery being helping he ...more
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed “Deadgirl”. This novel has excellent character development, especially concerning the use of dialogue. You truly sympathize and care for Lucy and her supporting characters. Lucy is a girl that everyone knows, familiar, without being what I call a “blank slate Bella”; she is intelligent, funny, warm, and has a great sense of humor about herself and her teenage escapades. The supernatural element is a breath of fresh air: magical realism is a very trendy thing in young adult f ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The character development in this book is phenomenal! I got so into what was going to happen to Lucy and her friends. No character is a blank slate, and none are cliches. Yet, BC Johnson has time to make you care about their strengths, flaws, and outcome of the story. Especially the main character Lucy. She stays true to her character, but still develops throughout the novel.

The paranormal element in this book is done in a really refreshing way that I haven't seen before. I also loved that Lucy
Selina Liaw
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books & Sweet Epiphany

Deadgirl is GOOD.
Like DEAD GOOD (Pun intended). *grin*

Seriously, the beginning caught my attention and I slept at 2 in the morning because I couldn't put Deadgirl down.

The storyline is riveting and gave a whole new twist to the 'life after death' scenario, which, in this case, life after death... was life (though I'm not really sure the kind of life Lucy is really living).

Lucy is really explored in this book and I really love her person
Laurie Franco
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deadgirl was a great book about a girl who gets shot during an attack on herself, yet doesn't really "die" in the true sense of the word. Everyone can still see her, she can still eat, drink, etc....she's just not quite alive. While she is still trying to figure out exactly what's going on, since she isn't convinced she's really dead, strange things start to happen. I don't want to give any of the book away, other than the ending is a bit sad (concerning her new boyfriend Zach), so I highly reco ...more
Jessa Russo
I absolutely LOVED this book! Loved!!! I can't wait to read the next one! Johnson's characters and the storyline were so well formed . . . I was immediately invested and remained invested throughout.

As someone who once was a teenage girl, and well, still often is even all these years later, I can say that B.C. Johnson really knows how to write a teenage, female, point of view. I'm very impressed and loved so much of Lucy's snark and self-depreciating humor. She's awesome. Truly awesome.

I can't
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B.C. Johnson lives in Southern California with his beautiful wife Gina, his fluffy/angry Corgi-mix Luna, and his destructive Viking sons Dash and Wyatt. He writes about snarky characters being snarky while supernatural things try to eat them. When he’s not playing video games, watching Marvel movies, or just generally being a ninth-level dork, he’s thinking about doing all that stuff. All of his b ...more

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