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Bad Girl Gone

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea where she is or how she got there. But she soon finds out she's in Middle House, an orphanage filled with mysteriously troubled kids.

There s just one problem: she s not an orphan. Her parents are very much alive.

She explains this to everyone, but no one will listen. After befriending a sympa
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
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Susanne  Strong
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
2 Stars.

Echo Stone is a ghost, though at first she doesn’t know it. She wakes up in an orphanage, called Middle House, after being murdered, surrounded by others just like her. She is confused, having no idea how she got there. All she wants is to find her parents and when she does, they cannot see her and she realizes the truth. While residing in Middle House, Echo connects with Cole, another “orphan” who resides there, while also trying to reconnect with her old boyfriend who is still very muc
Mar 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
One of my favorite tear-jerking anime is Angel Beats! It's about kids who go to a school after death. There, they have to accept their deaths to be reborn (you know, Hinduism). Anyway, they don't remember much about their previous life, at first. But eventually, they do. And this book was a carbon copy of Angel Beats!

Now, of course, there are some differences. I won't list all the similarities because they're countless but executed in a very bad way. Echo, the main character, wasn't exactly a go
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Sixteen year old Eileen "Echo" Stone awakens in an unknown dark room with no memory of how she got there. Trying to find out what is going on Echo finds herself surrounded by other strange kids and a surly woman that seems to run the place. Echo is told she is at Middle House, an orphanage for troubled kids and immediately argues that her parents are alive and that there has to be some kind of mistake.

With the help of a fellow resident of Middle House Echo makes her way out and to her home whic
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review, all my opinions are my own :)

2.5 stars for plot but three stars for characters and the writing.

I loved the idea of this but the execution felt... lackluster? Something missing? All the ingredients were there but something was missing from the final result.

The gang of "misfits" at Middle House, odd but awesome group of ghosts (not a spoiler, its in the book blurb) The (view spoiler)
Marguerite (M)
I'm the first one to review this book, and you have to know that while I didn't like the book, it's not my intention to be mean about it or discourage people to read it. My rating is not the only true rating I wonder why.
Review in a spoiler tag because I feel guilty.

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Wow, I can't believe it. I actually found a book that is a contender for a book that is worse than Twilight.

I never would have read Bad Girl Gone of my own volition since my ban on YA books continues but I won a copy from a Goodreads Giveaway so fair is fair; I read it, I lost a day and a half I will never get back and now here is my honest review, no holds barred.

This was terrible, and not because the writing was childish and immature or that the plot is nothing new. I recall Christopher P
Candace Robinson
This would have been good, but an annoying love triangle ruined it with an indecisive girl!
Feb 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnfed
The idea of this book, while nothing new could have been great: a girl wakes up oin a house for kids and wants to get home. She meets a guy called Cole who goes with her and she discovers that her parents don't see her because she is... dead! Omy! she is a ghost! Turns out she hasn't been able to move on because she hasn't died of natural causes but rather been killed. And so have been all the other kids who are on the house with her. And then, all of them proceed to sort of take off their "mask ...more
Jul 02, 2017 added it
Shelves: netgalley, dnf
DNF @ 6%

*Thanks so much to the publisher for sending me over an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review - thanks so much again!!*

Did I want to DNF @ 6%? No, I did not. Did I figure I might? Probably. After reading a rather bad review of this (from Nicole at A Dance Between Pages), I knew I was in for a struggle. But I knew that this sounded really good and full of a redemption story arc that could be done brilliantly. However, from the moment I started the story, I knew that I was no
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I went into this book with high expectations, but unfortunately, Bad Girl Gone fell flat in my opinion.

One of the things I liked was the overall premise of this story. I thought the opening was extremely interesting and mysterious. I liked the way the author set up the story and the idea of ghosts trying to figure out who murdered them. I also thought the idea of some of the ghosts having paranormal powers was extremely interesting. The main character's power that she developed was really uniqu
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This book is one of my favorites, I recommend them from the heart that read it, it is not only because of the beginning but also the end. I hope you like it, be your liking and give it five stars because it really deserves them
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
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Echo wakes up in Middle House, an orphanage... What?! Only her parents are alive! The other kids there aren't hearing her and in fact are quite cruel.... so, of course, she gets out of there! As she deals with losing the love of her life she befriends another boy, Cole. Along the way she realizes she wasn't really the person she always thought she was...

I TOTALLY LOST MY REVIEW!! That has never happened to me before and there is no save
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Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"May the soul of Elieen "Echo" Stone be welcomed into heaven, where the Lord's compassionate hands will comfort her with eternal love and forgiveness."

But she was there, watching her OWN funeral.

Meet Echo Stone, good girl, sorta bad girl? Most likely. Dead? As a corpse. But she's not a corpse.

After mysteriously showing up at a place called the Middle House, Echo Stone meets some of the inhabitants living there- the group of freaks.

She's not ready to die and leave her mom, dad, or her lover- Andy
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
BAD GIRL GONE is a a paranormal murder mystery where the ghosts are the detectives serving up justice and revenge. It’s the story of a girl who must come to grips with what happened to her, discover what kind of person she really was and what kind of person she wants to be, and find out who is to blame for her demise.

It is a story with an interesting premise - ghostly sleuths trapped in a sort of purgatory who must solve their murders in order to move on - but suffers from a number of problems w
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed several parts of this novel and the start of it was very creepy, I mean a girl who wakes up one day and finds out she's been orphaned, then her own family drives right through her on the road. This has so many qualities that I love in books, especially the paranormal and a good amount of mystery.

Echo leads this story off by trying to find out what exactly happened to her, there enters Cole who wants to do everything he can to help her find out the truth to her existence and what
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
This book doesn't work. At all. Apparently the author is a screen writer for the Disney Channel and this is what this book stinks of. It has an identity crisis. It reads like a t'ween movie script that was rejected and hastily fitted for a YA book. I think this is due to the subject matter. It honestly feels like the author was so dead set on this that he couldn't let any of it go (or was too lazy to change things) so there are a lot of Disney elements that don't mesh with the gravity of the sub ...more
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*Genre* Young Adult Fiction / Ghost Stories
*Rating* 3.5

*Full Review Pending*

Kind of a twisted story, but overall, a pretty original story about life after death.
The biggest problem with Bad Girl Gone isn't its YA-typical instalove nor its piney love triangle, although both were major features of the plot. No, what wiped out any entertainment and imagination this book provided and made it completely unpalatable was its inherent "moral", if you will.

Despite the blurbs' labeling of the in-between-life-and-death place the dead kids who comprise the cast of characters wind up in as "purgatory", it doesn't fit any Christian definition of purgatory in that it
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the type of book I didn't want to put down. I just had to find out what was going to happen next and how to was going to end! Loved it! ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Goodreads.

Just a warning.
This is one of those rare occasions where my emotionally charged reaction is entirely my fault and probably wont have the same hold on other readers. Plus, this review is a rushed hot mess.

Bad Girl Gone was 256 pages of a bittersweet, emotional roller-coaster. If I had read this book only two months ago, I wouldn't have batted an eye about the topic of a teenage girl waking up deceased in an supernatural orphanage for murdered children who can o
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I love the cover of this one and I think the premise was unique and brilliant. Those are the two reasons why I decided to read this book. I enjoyed the first chapters especially when Echo didn’t know she was a ghost. I kept wondering how she will find out and the aftermath of that discovery. The first chapters were poignant. My heart broke for her as she came to terms with the fact that she was dead.

Another thing that I enjoyed was the ghost haunting. I thought that was creepy and fascinating. I
Kayla Reed
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
First of all, I received this book from Netgalley and A Thomas Dunne Book/St. Martin's Griffin as well as a physical copy from a Goodreads giveaway, all in exchange for my honest review.

I just absolutely loved the overall concept of this book. This was my first time reading a book from ghost perspectives and let me tell you that "ghost justice" can be an amazing thing and I loved how Temple Mathews molded it in this book.

If you want to read my full review, and I know you do, just click on my blo
Anagha Bharadwaj
Mar 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

The characters, writing style, and plot were all lackluster. The conversational writing style was a little bit too informal, and the protagonist tended to ramble about things that turned out to be totally unimportant.

The characters themselves were two-dimensional, and some of the most interesting ideas that I expected the book to explore, such as what it means to live well, were barely explored. The plot, too, lagged constantly - whi
Kori Morris
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
There is maybe some content in this book that has the potential to be, at the least, a better book. But the writing is too fast paced to be good right now.
Cait S
Oct 08, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
Made it about 4 pages in. The writing is obnoxious and rigid. Absolutely no personality or feeling to any of it.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick easy read that kept my interest throughout the book. The story line is about a girl that dies and isn't allowed to move on until she solves her murder. I went into this book expecting a YA story and I feel that's what I got. If you are looking for an easy read I would recommend this book. ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book, I enjoyed the story, but the writing, not as much. A teenaged girl just doesn't think/talk like that. It felt a bit awkward. Otherwise, really good book! ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this story was pretty good. The writing is geared towards middle schoolers but the content is YA. This would be good for struggling high school readers.
Sail ♛ A Wicked Reader
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Echo Stone wakes up in an orphanage and discovers that she's a ghost. Someone murdered her. The other kids in the orphanage vow to help her investigate her murder and find out who killed her. Within TWO days of dying, Echo has already begun to fall in love with Cole, another ghost at the orphanage whom she actually knows nothing about. Cue the insta-love! However, Echo still loves her alive boyfriend Andy. (Even
Jeanne Bufkin
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
** Received as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review **

This book was not what I expected. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. That being said, I absolutely LOVED this story! I was gripped from the first page and couldn't wait to keep reading it until I finished. The ragtag group of ghosts attached themselves to me and wouldn't let go. I can't wait to read more books from Mathews!

Definitely a solid 5 for me!
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A graduate of the University of Washington and a producer at the American Film Institute, Temple Mathews has written dozens of half-hour animation TV episodes and several animated and live action features and direct-to-DVD and video films. Mr. Mathews has sold scripts and/or worked for hire at every major studio in Hollywood. His credits include the Walt Disney animated feature films "RETURN TO NE ...more

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