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The Accidental Bad Girl

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  100 reviews
After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has been hacked and she’s being framed for stealing from a dealer, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a ...more
Hardcover, 377 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Harry N. Abrams
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
The Accidental Bad Girl is a book that almost slipped under my radar. With a blurb that promises entertaining drama and not much else, I think I was expecting to find this one good but not great. A three-star read in the making. And those stories have merit, don’t get me wrong. But honestly? It was so much better than that.

I think one of my favorite things about this book, in general, is how it subverts and plays with genre expectations. I liked that this book subtly subverts the usual charact
Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥

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The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan is an entertaining, action packed YA contemporary that has a lot to say. After reading the blurb and the first few pages of the story, I thought I knew the type of book it was going to be and the direction it was going to take, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Maxine isn't your stereotypical "bad girl," and the focus of this novel is much more than "mean girls" and bullying. It brings up a variety of serious topics relevant not just to the young
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: electric-18s
Okay, do you guys remember the movie GO? Yes, the one from the 90s with Sarah Polley after she was in AVONLEA but before she was in SPLICE. And also Joey from DAWSON'S CREEK. And Tim Olyphant (love him!) as the skeezy-but-hot drug dealer. Sorry, I digress. The point is that I loved GO as a teen, though I haven't seen it in ages so I have no idea whether it's stood the test of time.

BUT it kinda doesn't matter because Maxine Kaplan has written a book that captures the youthful, adrenaline-fueled
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The start of Kendall Evans Senior year in high school is already getting off to a rocky start. She is shunned by the girls she used to consider friends because of an incident that took place at the end of her junior year when she was caught in school half naked with her best friend’s ex-boyfriend, Grant. Now she finds herself out of the “in” crowd and kind of at a loss as to where she belongs. It doesn’t help matters that her facebook account gets hacked and she finds herself in the middle of so ...more
Jen Ryland
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Did this Veronica Mars-esque book about a girl at a private school who a) gets publicly caught with her best friend's ex and b) ends up in some shady business live up to Veronica's early 2000s awesomeness?

For the most part, yes. See Jen Ryland Reviews The Accidental Bad Girl

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Dana Mele
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Accidental Bad Girl is a clever update to the classic noir genre. It’s a whiplash fast read with characters who kept me guessing and twists and turns that had me flipping pages late into the night to see what happened next. Recommend to fans of mysteries and thrillers!
Jordan (thejordanjournals)
EDIT: Uping my rating again to a 5/5 stars.
Uping rating to a 4.5/5 stars.
3.75/5 stars.

I went into this not really knowing what to expect, but I was actually pleasantly surprised.

I would say this is a great “gateway” book for people trying to dip their toes into the adult thriller/mystery genre. It has a lot of the same elements that adult thrillers rely on—an unlikeable female protagonist, an epic chase, a mystery you're trying to solve, and even some of the sex and drugs influences often seen
Derek Milman
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Damn! This book was like an early Sleater-Kinney album: spiky and complicated and punk and badass and feminist all in one, with a cool, seething midnight gloss. There's an undercurrent of Hitchcock, Veronica Mars, and neo noir. The voice practically jumps off the page; the characters are flawed, fascinating, and multi-layered. And they make terrible, awful mistakes, consumed by a wide range of dark and tangled emotions. I LOVED IT!

The Brooklyn setting is so immersive. It's not specifically set i
Oof, I freaking LOVED that. Fun and twisty and action-packed and smart and surprising and did I mention fun? This really, really needs to be better marketed as a mystery-thriller because it's the best one I've read in a while.
2.5 stars

Thanks to ABRAMS Kids/Amulet Books for providing me with an e-ARC of this via NetGalley!

This was...not what I was expecting. Okay, let me qualify that statement. To be fair, I hadn't really expected much of this book. Given the title and the reviews I'd been looking at, I gathered that it was a contemporary about slut-shaming in a high-school setting. And it was about that, but it was also way larger in scope than I thought. First and foremost, I wanna say that the messages The Acciden
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley2018

Not your regular contemporary YA.

3.5, because most of the plot was too surreal. But it deserved the round-up to 4.

Kendall isn't the queen bee but she's close enough when she gets herself involved in a big scandal along with her best friend's ex-boyfriend. Now everyone seems to either hate or avoid her. To make things worse, her Facebook account was hacked and attracted the attention of a dangerous drug dealer, who also happens to be really angry after having his "doses" stolen. Kendall is then b
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
When you first stop and stare at this cover, read the synopsis, you feel like it's going to be a fun read. It's so much more than that though.
I had so much fun reading this book. I loved the badass main character, I really liked the mystery going on and was entertained from page one. I also appreciated so, so much the discussions happening regarding rape and slut-shaming in this story, too.
Definitely recommend it.

Full review coming soon!

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Amelinda Bérubé
This book is as whip-smart and sneaky as its protagonist. Between the compelling action and the unflinching feminism, it's impossible to put down - and even when you manage to, it leaves you thinking.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Simone was quiet for a while. I watched as she seemed to process the information. Her face was beautiful but a little confusing: unreadable and ethnically ambiguous. I was staring, trying to parse whether she was part Asian--maybe Vietnamese?--when she said matter-of-factly, "She's kind of scary. I think you should stay away from her if you can. Just my opinion." (The Accidental Bad Girl, p. 31)

And not long after it's confirmed Simone is biracial with a Chinese mother, this:
Simone stuck her tong
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After Kendall is caught almost having sex with her best friend’s ex, she becomes persona non grata. Once popular, now the only people in school who talk to her is the nerdy Gilly and Simone, who “went crazy” and disappeared for two years. Someone blackmails Kendall into getting involved in a drug ring and the former good girl becomes THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL.

For someone as bright as Kendall, she lacked common sense and a natural self-preservation mode. Readers have to suspect their disbelief that
Jaime Questell
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is so much to love about this book! Kaplan's prose is sharp, the dialog is crackling, and the feminism is front and center. The twists and turns of this novel were so well-planned out. I loved this and can't wait to see what Kaplan does next!
Julia Rubin
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Daamn! Maxine Kaplan's debut is sharp, witty, and will leave you on the edge of your seat! Amazingly complex characters + hilarious dialogue + feminist noir makes for one hell of a read.
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I read someone comparing this book to Easy A in their review. And i was like oh yeah that’s an example i would use to describe this book.

Kendall, was a very, Olive, esuqe character. She is such a badass, when trapped in such impossible situations she just handles them like a boss! She never once back down or moans about whats happening to her. Just go with the flow like the boss she is. And stands by the choices she has made.

Other characters:

The side characters are very interesting, and some do
Kath Elizabeth
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a difficult book to review, because it has so many aspects to it. Overall though, I really enjoyed it.

Our protagonist is a 17 year old girl called Kendall who is a 'mean girl' but generally good. She is part of the popular group at school, the girls who treat everyone else like crap. But right at the start of the novel we see her reputation completely destroyed when she is caught having sex with her best friend's ex boyfriend.

Kendall returns to school after the summer with no friends, an
julianna ➹
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arc
i've honestly been reading so many innocent-girl-turns-bad books and i kind of love it

also ayyyyy my first book of the year

thank you so much to Abrams books for sending me an arc of this book! of course, my opinion is completely honest and unaffected.
Rumsha  A {Stories.and.plot.twists}
 I love both chick flick movies and books and here is why i think 'The Accidental Bad Girl' by Maxine Kaplan was different from all those.
For starters, the main character of this book; Kendall, can not identify herself neither as a mean girl nor a nice girl. She's somewhere in between and she owns it. Shit hits the fan when she is 'forced' to accept the identity of a mean, bad girl. There's drugs and sexual abuse and relationships and fake friends.

The drama unlike other YA/NA/high school books
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Rosemary
Cover Story: Rizzo Vibes
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Straight Up
Trigger Warnings: Rape, Drugs
Bonus Factor: Feminism
Relationship Status: Girl Gang

Read the full book report here.
Jessica Bayliss
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this YA about a girl who is labeled a "bad" girl and decides to live up to the image everyone has cast upon her. A really unique YA thriller and a super-fun read.
Kiana Cook
This book is seriously underrated. Less than 200 ratings on Goodreads, yet it is one of the best books I’ve read all year. For one thing, it’s wholly original—sure, there are stories about the good, all-American model student turning “bad” as the result of some unfortunate circumstances (and, Breaking Bad-style, deciding that they actually somewhat enjoy it), but The Accidental Bad Girl brings so much more to the table. Above all, it’s a brilliantly executed character study of a girl who has bee ...more
Grace P. (gracefulreads)
3.5/5 Stars

Kendall is inherently a strong character with a bit of unpredictability. From the buzz for the book, I’m not quite sure what I expected of this book, but, in the end, it surprised me. The different relationships that Kendall had with her parents, her new friends (Gilly and Simone), and her old friends-turned-enemies (Audrey and Ellie), made for a dynamic that continued to draw me in. Centered around blackmail and betrayal, the story is a mystery but also so many other genres. Some ch
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
2 stars

I don't exactly know how I got through this book. I was hoping for some mystery or a good girl fumbling through being a bad girl with some trusty sidekicks, but that isn't really what happens. So, I suppose me getting through it shows that it is somewhat gripping and written well.

I feel like even if I talk about the characters I'll be giving spoilers away, so let me just say I liked Simone (side character), but no
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it

The events of this book turned much darker than I thought they would and the story was already pretty dark to start with—not quite your average high-school mystery.

Explores some really important discussion topics for teenage girls to think about: slut-shaming, rape culture, female camaraderie and stereotypes surrounding “good” and “bad” girls.

Kendall was a mean girl who believed she was good and tries to be good but ends up making some really bad choices which make everything worse. Yikes! Ha
Haley • Fangirl Fury •
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
My full review for The Accidental Bad Girl can be found here on Fangirl Fury:
This was so fun? It gets Dark, but mostly it's fun and Veronica Mars-esque. Light on romance, really sex positive and feminist, lots about female friendships and the complexities they have in high school. All in a thriller in which our ostracized main character is blackmailed into being a drug courier. I will add a CW for a queer character almost being outed and I'll happily talk more in detail with anyone who has concerns.
Elizabeth Tammi
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kaplan did a great job at weaving together a complex narrative and plot. Kendall's dilemma creates clear tension and stakes. This one kept me guessing! A fantastic debut.
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Maxine Kaplan was born in Washington, DC. She and her twin sister spent their early childhoods trotting behind their journalist parents as they traveled around the world, eventually settling in Brooklyn, NY. Maxine graduated from Oberlin College in 2007. Following a long stint in the world of publishing, she has worked as a private investigator since 2009. She lives in her adopted hometown of Broo ...more