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Living Dead Girl

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  30,011 ratings  ·  4,374 reviews
Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.

Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.

Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was.

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends -- her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.

Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but h
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Simon Pulse
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Feb 22, 2010 rated it liked it
I probably would have liked this book more if i were a teenager or a pedophile. I mostly just read this for science. it came up in my collection development class when we were talking about challenged books (that doesn't mean that they are handicapped, but that they have been rarrred at by angry parents and other scared concerned types), but when i heard what it was about - i pretty much had to read it to see how an author handled this situation, because it seemed rough stuff for teen fiction. t ...more
Emily May
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2011

Well, the book leaves scars I can definitely tell you that much. I didn't know quite what to expect from this book, all I'd heard about it previously was that it's a story about abuse and a very short read (170 pages, large writing in my edition). I'd heard reviewers describe it as 'disturbing', but I didn't dwell on that too much, I assumed that when you've read a couple of Stephen King's books (namely It, Misery, etc.) you'd pretty much got your heard around 'disturbing'.

I was wrong. The a
Wendy Darling
Is it possible to write a story about a child being imprisoned and make it gut-wrenching and relevant? After the disappointment of various different books I've read recently involving kidnapping and child endangerment, I wasn't sure, particularly when it comes to the YA genre. But after reading Living Dead Girl, I have my answer: it's yes. Resoundingly, unequivocally, yes.

15-year-old "Alice" has lived with Ray since she was 10. Kidnapped from a school field trip and taken to Shady Pines Apartmen
Irena BookDustMagic
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Edit: the pedophile I'm talking about in my review died this year (2019).

I came across this book one day watching some BookTube video named "All Time Favorites". It's blurb got me interested so I bought it but haven't picked it up for a couple of months.

Yesterday, I didn't feel like reading any book I already started but didn't want to commit myself to another one, so this book seemed like an obvious choice because it's pretty short.

I finished this book in a day but it's story will stuck with me
Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Scott is a genius. A literary genius. I’ve read some of Elizabeth’s other titles, and I find myself wondering, how can these be written by the same person. And I don’t mean that in a Stephenie Meyer/Breaking Dawn way. To have that kind of diverse talent, it is simply effing amazing.

I read this book in one setting. It is truly powerful. The emotion– sadness, despair it’s so apparent it’s freaky. How can I say that I loved a book about abduction, sexual abuse, and suffering? Why do you
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-romance

“I look wrong.
I look dead.
I'm not, though. I'm only partway there, a living dead girl.
I have been for five years.”

‘Alice’ is a 15 years old girl who was kidnapped when she was 10 and taken to Shady Pines Apartments. She lives with her captor, Ray, who pretends they are father and daughter. But Ray doesn’t treat ‘Alice’ like a daughter. He abuses her in every way possible, calling her ‘his little girl’, demanding to be a good girl for her daddy. Alice learnt the hard way that sh
Aug 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, ya
Well, people who have told me that "Living Dead Girl" was a horrifying book were absolutely correct. This is definitely one of the most depressing and scary stories I have ever read. Basically every sentence of this novel is a painful assault on your psyche. The descriptions of daily physical, psychological and sexual abuse are almost impossible to bear.

I have to give Elizabeth Scott kudos for creating a very realistic in its atrociousness story that won't leave anyone untouched. The despicable
Feb 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I picked it up on a whim, one of the few YA books we had enough copies of at work for me to borrow. Living Dead Girl tells a chilling story from the perspective of "Alice," a 15-year-old who was abducted at age 10 by a man named Ray, who proceeds to spend 5 years molding her into the perfect object of his desire, both physically and mentally.

The book is incredibly disturbing - as it should be. I wanted the entire time to just run to where she was, break the door down and ge
I struggled with how to rate this book -- from 1 star, to 5 stars, to no stars. There is a part of me that regrets ever having picked up this book, and definitely a part of me that (for better or worse) will never forget reading it. My first visceral reaction to it was that Scott had penned an outrageously exploitative, gratuitous book, one so gruesome in parts, and so fully realized, that I felt like an accomplice, aiding and abetting "Alice's" abductor. The book left me reeling from shock and ...more
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“I decide everything. Remember that.” God and monster all in one, and mine to worship.

First of all . . . .

Well, minus the crying. This was rough, but it takes more than a brutal storyline to get me to squirt some tears (more specifically, my period). Living Dead Girl is about – here I’ll just let the book tell you . . . .

“Once upon a time, I did not live in Shady Pines. Once upon a time, my name was not Alice. Once upon a
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lib-audiobooks
Here's what I'd like to know: What made Elizabeth Scott go from Sarah Dessen to Ellen Hopkins and back again? Scott's fourth YA offering, Living Dead Girl, is so far removed from her other works that I'm finding it hard to believe they're even written by the same author. Living Dead Girl is raw and repulsive, whereas all of Scott's other stories are sunshine and butterflies swirling over romantic heads.
When an author begins writing, they usually decide what sort of stories they will write most o
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
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Feb 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Terrifying. The ending wasn't what I'd hoped for, but not because it was bad. Because it was real. ...more
Dec 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: with-reviews
I can recognize quality writing when I see it and I have to admit that while I did not like or enjoy (if that is even possible) this book it is well written. This review is not a criticism of the author's writing, she is an excellent writer.

I am usually pretty liberal when it comes to teen books I understand that teen books are often on the cutting edge and pushing the boundaries of comfort for their readers to introduce them to the world we live in.

The reasons for which I gave this book only
Mar 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
Wow, such a sad sad book due to what happens to the little girl in it. Heartbreaking. Was hard to get through due to the stuff that happens but such a moving book. I'm out of words... so glad the ending turned out how it did. ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader
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Oct 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is truly a horrific book; one that I want to forget, but probably never will.

The writing is superb, but the content is beyond my cognitive comprehension…truly disturbing, haunting and poignant that propelled me to a level of angst I wasn't prepared to experience. I was warned to proceed with caution on this book and being the curious person that I am, I didn't listen. BIG.MISTAKE. The story was about a 10 year old girl that was abducted from a school trip by a sexual predator. After five ye
Elle (ellexamines)
Living Dead Girl is one of the most disturbing books I've ever read. It's memorable in its scariness and in its realness.

The protagonist has been the victim of sexual abuse by a much older man for years. Her only hope is to draw another girl into her fate and await her own murder. The author draws you in with an interesting writing style and suspenseful tone, keeping you hooked to the end. Her usage of a dry narrative style with less punctuation really added emotion here.

But this isn't just a
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
This is one of the most gripping and brutal novels for teens I have ever read. It is the story of Alice, who was abducted as a 10-year-old by Ray, who has sexually and emotionally abused her for five years. Alice knows that if she tries to escape, her entire family will be killed. Now Ray has started starving her to try to maintain her childlike body, not allowing her to get over 100 pounds. His violence is also increasing as are his death threats. Alice has long wanted to die, but death eludes ...more
This was an okay book, just not really my cup of tea though.
Dannii Elle
Heart-breaking! Review to follow.
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
“no one would listen. I could have screamed a million times in a million voices and no one would have ever heard me. I did,every time I left the apartment, with every step I took out in the world. All those cries, and no one ever heard them” Alice..
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was so horrifying and heartbreaking !!!
And it's so sad that these things do happen in real life and some of those criminals getaway with it T^T
lauren ♡
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Trigger warning: This book includes graphic violence and rape scenes and deals with pedophilia.

I often start my reviews by saying, “I’m not quite sure how to review this” but when I say this about Living Dead Girl I truly mean it. This is one of the most upsetting and disturbing books I’ve ever read.

I added Living Dead Girl to my TBR on Goodreads years ago so when I found it out a local library sale for 50c I bought and read it right away. I knew noth
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
A difficult book for a mother of three little girls to read. Frightening. Devastating. Heartbreaking. I hate this book because it made me feel so much, too much. Reduced me to genuine sobs, as if I was mourning the passing of a loved one. This story will haunt me forever. I am able appreciate Living Dead Girl for these reasons.

Regardless of the content, the subject matter, Living Dead Girl is well-crafted. Every word has a purpose, every sentence deliberate. The imagery is in-your-face, brazen,
pink (not just another shade of red)
Some books entertain. Some amaze. Some scare. Some bore. The lines are always clear. We almost always know what kind of books we had in hand. We have many ways to help us define them. Genres.Publisher. Author. Reviews. Star-ratings.
This book,however,transcends lines. It's the kind that tears. The kind that gnaws at your subconscious in the middle of the night. On one hand,the writing is excellent and so very effective. The world built solidly. The characters so real you won't be surprised if the
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, crime
I had to update this review after reading comments by other people about the book. I hated, hated, hated the ending of this book. I would have given it 3 stars if the ending didn't make me so angry. I haven't been this pissed off at a book in a long time. I realize that a lot of people disagree, and they're welcome to their own opinions. I just did not like it. Does that mean it's not worth reading? No. I liked it up until the end, and it does provoke interesting discussions, so I'm not going to ...more
Kody Keplinger
Sep 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
LIVING DEAD GIRL is amazing, heartbreaking, and beautiful. I was terrified and intrigued. I had to carve a dark place in my heart to store this book, and I will be haunted for weeks.
Rebecca Maye Holiday
Living Dead Girl is a jarring, awful novella that's also essential in its depth and awareness of recognizing signs of a minor being abused, trafficked or kidnapped. Narrator and protagonist "Alice" lives in two worlds: the normal world where she's almost free, if not for the invisible chains that bind her, and the hell on earth she faces every day from her kidnapper, who has tried to keep her a child in appearance for as long as he's known her. Alice knows that Ray is a pedophile and that he's o ...more
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