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The Bakersville Dozen

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  227 ratings  ·  63 reviews
You have four days to locate five treasured trophies. Break the rules and you all die. Happy hunting!

Back in September, the town of Bakersville, Ohio made national news when a video went viral featuring thirteen of the high school’s elite in compromising positions. Now it’s May, and every month since the “Bakersville Dozen” made their infamous appearance on the national st
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Sky Pony
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Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mysterious, unpredictable, and sinister!

The Bakersville Dozen is a young adult novel that takes us to the small town of Bakersville, Ohio where five popular, senior girls have one-by-one gone missing after being featured in a libelous video with eight of their peers.

The characters are nervous, bold, and at times impetuous. The writing is edgy and taut. And the plot is filled with an abundance of teenage drama, secrets, danger, jealousy, murder, red herrings, tension, and romance.

Overall, The Bak
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-2017
LOVED!!! It's not perfect, but it's perfectly twisty and exciting-- which is just how I like my YA Mystery/Thrillers!

I was a BIG fan of Kristina's previous book, One Moment. It had me staying up until the wee hours of the morning to find out what happened-- and I must say The Bakersville Dozen basically had the same effect. I opened it up one night, only planning on reading the first few chapters, but suddenly I was HOOKED. Next thing I knew, I was almost halfway through the book and it was WAY
Melissa Chung
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I want to give thanks to Skyhorse Publishing for sending me 'The Bakersville Dozen' for free for an honest review. I'm giving this book 3 stars.

I have to admit, this book only took me 10 days to read, but it put me in a reading slump . The book is 304 pages. Which normally I could read in a day. This book however was so teen drama 'Scream' thriller, I just couldn't handle reading more than a few chapters a day.

I'm going to start off with the review, then I'll talk pros and cons.

The Bakersville D
Jen Ryland
Some positives (very twisty with good red herrings) and a few negatives (triangle-y, not much character development given the fast pace). I did guess one part of the solution (view spoiler)
Highly recommended for PLL fans.
Full review to come!

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Bailey and 11 other girls, THE BAKERSVILLE DOZEN are secretly taped in compromising positions and the video goes viral. Then each month, another one of the twelve goes missing. Then Bailey receives an invitation to a scavenger hunt, and a warning she'll be next unless she participates.

Bailey was a strange character, in love with her boyfriend and her ex. Nothing says romance and let's talk about our relationship more than a few dead bodies, right? She lacks common sense and a ba
Samantha (WLABB)
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya, arcs, mystery
Months after the disappearances of several of the "Bakersville Dozen", Bailey receives a note, which sets her on a psychotic scavenger hunt. The prize? She may be able to save the missing girls' lives.

I really enjoyed The Bakersville Dozen. McBride crafted a captivating story that seemed "ripped from the headlines", built a great backstory, and filled it with lots of mystery. The thing I always love about mysteries is looking for the pieces of the puzzle, and assembling them in an attempt to sol
Dayle (the literary llama)
2.75 Stars. It was a little bit like stepping into a teenage horror/melodrama tv show halfway through the season. For the purposes of the story it made sense but at the same time you’re wondering why everyone is making such stupid choices... just like most dramatic teen shows. It was entertaining for sure and had its moments but it was also obvious and unsurprising.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
The premise of this one was fun; unfortunately, the execution left a lot to be desired. Despite plot holes, heavy handed story elements, TSTL characters & incompetent police, I was having fun reading this right up to the ridiculous and disappointing ending.
Katherine Paschal
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, mystery, suspense
**4.5 Stars**
Bailey is just so glad that her senior year of high school is ending so she can escape the notoriety of being one of the Bakersville Dozen, the 12 girls singled out in a video discussing their sexual prowess which led to five of the girls going missing with no evidence pointing who took them. When Bailey finds a letter left in her locker leading her on a scavenger hunt, she follows the clue thinking it is a romantic gesture from her boyfriend. But Bailey finds something much worse,
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Bakersville Dozen jumps right into the action of the story within just the first few pages of the book. We have a news article explaining what happened to the girls to get the name of the book and now we have missing girls in the group.

I loved how we sort of jumped right into the action and got a lot of details up front, it did still leave a lot of questions, but the outline of the story was there. My one compliant was there are a lot of girls introduced up front and on my kindle i would go
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finding a good mystery in YA is tough. Many adult mysteries are focused around something criminal, and often murder. Harder to put a teen in those circumstances. It's not a shock to me that Sky Pony's The Bakersville Dozen hits the spot for mystery for me (because I adore everything they put out).

Our senior year would have been so much different without this stupid video.

We live in a digital age, where bullying takes place in cyberspace and no one really shuts off. So when twelve girls at Bakers
Kelly Roberson
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this and I'm reeling!!! Definitely up there with one of my favorite books of the year. I am a huge fan of thriller, so when I read the synopsis of the book, I knew I would most likely love it. What I didn't realize is how much more I would love it than other thrillers that I've read.

It had so many characters that contributed to the main plot of the story, that is honestly made it so difficult to figure out who was doing what and exactly what was going down. The plot twist at the
Nov 06, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf, 2017-releases
DNF on page 27. The writing it too stilted and juvenile for me. That may seem harsh, but it's the truth. So I thought I would peek to the end and see who the killer was, and the motive, and ohmigod. So glad I quit. EYEROLLLLLL.

Do not recommend. There are much better thrillers out there. See me for recs.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oooo I loved it !
Plot twists and drama rolled up into one edge of your seat page turner.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for this advance copy of an upcoming YA thriller.

Reading this book had the adrenaline-rush of watching a movie like "Friday the 13th" or "I Know What You Did Last Summer". There is real danger and an increasing body count while a group of teenagers decides they can't trust the cops and decide to deal with a trail of clues from a killer(s) on their own. Ultimately they begin to even doubt each other.

I was totally blindsided by some of the players behind the problems with the video and
Kester Nucum
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
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Disclaimer: I received a free physical ARC of this book in a giveaway and am reviewing this book as part of The Bakersville Dozen blog tour. This will not affect my review.

Overall Thoughts: I’m pretty neutral about the book. I really liked the premise and thought it had so much potential. I know because I read this all in two to three days when I had an overnight trip in Nashville. Did I couldn’t stop reading at times? Yes. But I’m havi
Sep 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Near the end of this book, someone mentions "Mean Girl Syndrome," and that seems to sum up the main reason I didn't like this book well: the titular Bakersville Dozen, girls who are slut-shamed in a viral video, are mostly left one-note and they're continually referred to by their nicknames, which include "Shaved, 'Nuff Said," "Anything Goes," "Likes to Blow," and "Teaser Not a Pleaser." Instead of showing how much girls are punished for being remotely sexual while still often being sexualized, ...more
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
This was one of the most ridiculous, poorly thought out and executed books I have ever read. While the idea behind it was good, the actual book was terrible. So much didn't make sense... I felt like it was missing the first 100 pages that actually explained the whole basis of the "Bakersville Dozen." Don't waste your time. ...more
Fifi | A Fairytale Dream
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrillers
Despite the interesting synopsis, this book turned out to be really fucking boring. Yikes
Hilary (SongsWroteMyStory)
I received a copy of this book from Skyhorse Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

You never know what you're getting when you go into a thriller. Some are great, some are bad, most fall somewhere in the middle. But there was something really intriguing about this book that made me very excited to pick it up.

And holy macaroni, this was good. You know that slightly panicky feeling you get in your chest when you watch scary movies too late in the evening? I definitely got a bit of that with
Chase Coe
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Stepping into my airy kitchen, I felt like I was floating—a prickly, unsteady kind of floating that made the entire scene seem unreal.”

I was extremely stoked to finally read The Bakersville Dozen by the lovely Kristina McBride. With the blurb describing it as a mix of Gone Girl and Pretty Little Liars, it sounded right up my alley.

The Bakersville Dozen are a group of girls who were featured in a video, which was released anonymously and is completely untraceable, that gives them all risqué n
Lisa Holloway
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved this author's suspenseful, tense writing style. She has a good grasp of teens, the issues they face, and what they like to read. (She had a love triangle in there. That was a must when I was a teen.) I wanted to keep reading and finished the book in three days. The mystery was a good one and she was able to put a creepy feel into it, which I love. There were plenty of suspects, red herrings, and lots going on. It kept me guessing all the way to the end.

There were some things about this
Dorine White
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's Bailey's senior year. She's got the perfect boyfriend, Jude, a good bff, Hannah, and an in with the popular girls at school. Unfortunately, that in is because of a sex video someone released back in September labeling 13 girls, The Bakersville Dozen. Bailey was the odd one out, being labeled "Like a Virgin."

But now, four of the 13 girls have gone missing and when Bailey receives a puzzling riddle, she finds the first dead body. She teams up with her brother Tripp, her bff Hannah, and an old
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars! A decent (if somewhat tonally inconsistent) YA thriller! This read a lot better than some of the YA mysteries I have on my list and I enjoyed it for the most part. There was a bit of a disconnect between the fairly gruesome murder scenes and the somewhat neutered look at other teenage issues. It definitely played out like a teen CW TV show in that they go pedal to the metal in terms of violence and then pull back on the realism with other issues to make it more palatab ...more
Kendra Ivery
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable mystery/thriller.

There are several personal reasons as to why I loved this book. First, part of the book takes place on my birthday, June 2. Secondly, it takes place in Ohio which is my home-state! I loved being able to relate to some of the locations, activities, and social norms of Ohioians. To me, it really made the story more vivid.

I found the rest of the novel equally enjoyable. I loved the tension and mystery in the relation between Bailey, the main character,
Ashley Urquhart
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I always like reading YA Thrillers because I feel like it’s a genre that isn’t very popular right now. We’re getting a lot of contemporary romances, fantasy, and sci fi, but we’re not getting A TON of thrillers. This book had all of the suspense of a great thriller which was really nice. The author did a really good job of making it seem like anybody could be the bad guy. I feel like sometimes books either make it really obvious who the bad guy is from the start or you have literally no suspects ...more
Ashlee O'Rourke
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a quick who dunnit, the author made sure to suck you in for all 304 pages of this book. Young adult or an adult this is sure to grab your attention and hold on tight for the whole ride. Everytime I thought I had pegged down who did it I was met with a nice buzzer sound letting me know I thought wrong. Great read, fantastic writing, and would love to see this as a Netflix original or movie! Kristina McBride make sure when you sell the movie rights to this book that you get a definite "thi ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really good YA thriller/murder mystery. I find that one of the challenges of YA fiction is that in order for the teenager to solve the crime, the police need to not be involved, and sometimes it's fairly unbelievable that they wouldn't be. In this case, the reason for not involving police worked well.

I liked Bailey. She was a good protagonist. The secondary characters were interesting too - and I don't want to say too much more because of spoilers, but I will say that I did not guess the endi
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This fast-paced mystery is set in Ohio and features a gruesome scavenger hunt. Everyone has secrets, especially main character Bailey. I liked the action (it was a real page turner!) and the group dynamic of the four people trying to solve the mystery. I also thought the way the girls were lured away from their cars was brilliant-- it made so much sense. Doubt is planted throughout the story, so the real antagonists are a surprise.
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Kristina McBride has published four novels for young adults - THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES, ONE MOMENT, A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT, and THE BAKERSVILLE DOZEN. Kristina is a former high school English teacher and yearbook advisor, as well as an adjunct professor at Antioch University Midwest and Wright State University. Kristina has a thing for music, trees, purses, and chocolate. You might be surprised ...more

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