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Dead Girls Don't Write Letters

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  2,379 ratings  ·  397 reviews

Sunny Reynold's sister, Jazz, dies in a fire. Then one day a letter arrives, a letter from Jazz. A girl follows. But she can't possibly be Jazz--or can she? She seems to know all the family secrets, but Not-Jazz clearly has a few secrets of her own. Compelling, edgy, and suspenseful, Dead Girls Don't Write Letters will keep you guessing. And just when you think you know wh
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Simon Pulse (first published January 23rd 2003)
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Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a good twist
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Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
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What do you do when your older sister, believed to have been killed in an apartment fire months before, suddenly sends you a letter claiming to be alive and well? If you're Sunny Reynold's, a girl who has always lived in the shadow of her older, much-beloved sister, you wait and day before you tell your parents that their most loved daughter is coming home.

Jazz Reynolds was the "it" girl--popular, outgoing, loved and praised and admired by everyone. When she u
Jennifer Larsson
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Dead girls don’t write letters

The name of the book is Dead girls don’t write letters and it’s about a girl named Sunny. She had a sister, Jazz, but she died in a fire. Sunnys parents were crushed and her father, Dan, started to drink a lot. Her mother, Lily, took sleeping pills and didn’t do much at all. She lied in bed almost all day. One day Sunny gets a letter from her dead sister, saying that she didn’t accually die in the fire and that she will come home soon. When she finally comes home, S
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sunny's sister Jazz died in February. You can imagine her shock when she gets a letter from Jazz in the mail in May. You can also imagine her shock when Jazz shows up and isn't the sister Sunny remembers.

I love Gail Giles, so it is kind of surprising that I never read this, one of her earliest books. It is a very, very short book, and an incredibly quick read. This doesn't give the suspense quite as much time to percolate as I would have liked. But the story itself takes place over a very short
Corey Wessel
Apr 08, 2016 is currently reading it
The book I read was Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles. The genre of this book is fiction. This book is about a girl named Sunny. And her sister ran away to New York and Sunny is happy about that. Because Jazz (Sunny’s Sister) is the girl that everyone likes and is the best at everything, she's the better of the two. But then they hear that her apartment burned down and she was thought to be dead. Once she is thought to be dead her parents become a mess. All of a sudden she started get ...more
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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McCaid Paul
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*5 twisty stars*
This was so much more than what I imagined it would be. While it was a fast-paced mystery/thriller, full of startling twists, it was also packed with heavy themes, and a dark truth swimming just below the surface. So much was thrown into this small book. Twists, suspense, character growth, and, ultimately, the message of always staying true to who you are, even when you feel like becoming someone else.
The effective red herrings, the slow-burning mystery, and the clever use of f
Susan  Dunn
Dec 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle schoolers who like suspense
I read this when it first came out, but just re-read it in anticipation of booktalking it to middle schoolers in January. There's a bit of language and some uncomfortable situations like the dad's drinking and the mom's addiction to anti-depressants, but I'm hoping that the teens can overlook that part and just enjoy the story. Has anyone else booktalked this one? And if so, to what age group?
Kaylee Rowley
Sunny Reynolds is the unfortunate younger sister, but not a younger sister anymore after her sister Jazz passed away in a house fire that happened in New York City, but her body was never discovered after the event. Her dad is living his life with a bottle to his lips every second of everyday and Sunny is trying to hold her family together,even tho they’re going through a divorce, with her mom falling apart more and more, day by day. One day, Sunny received a letter with her name on it written i ...more
Haley Miller
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles is an easy read. If you’re looking for something quick and easy to read I’d pick this book. It’s about a dead girl named jazz who writes a letter to her family. She writes about how she apparently isn’t dead. She writes to her family about how she didn’t die in the apartment fire that had happened a few weeks ago.
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Michelle. D.
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, clean, suspense, ladies
Sunny's family is a wreck. Since her sister Jasmine was killed in a fire a few months before, her mother is basically catatonic and her father is always drunk. They thought the world revolved around Jazz, but Sunny knew the truth. Jazz was mean and manipulative, and Sunny is not upset that she's gone.

When Sunny receives a letter from Jazz, she isn't initially concerned. She figures it probably got lost in the mail and tucks it away to read later. No reason to tell her parents, it would just upse
Anastasia Garcia
Mar 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a well written, concise, portrait of a self-destructing family and Sunny, the 14 year old anchor that holds them together. Although Sunny is made up of hard edges and a sharp tongue, she manages to win over the reader's pity and support.
Sunny dislikes living under her perfect sister Jasmine and although Jasmine dies unexpectedly in an apartment fire, Sunny is still left to pick up the pieces of her drunk father and depressed mother.
It seems as if life with Jasmine was torturous and
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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Mar 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
In the book Dead Girls dont write letters, the main character Sunny gets a letter from her sister Jazz who was pronounced dead. But Sunny was happy when her sister "died". Everything was about Jazz. All the attention was put on her. Sunny needed some too. So when Jazz "died", there was something in Sunny that was a sign of relief.
"Yes, indeedy. Everybody misses Jazz. Everybody but me."

I think that this is INSANE!!! Ok it must feel terrible for Sunny to get no attention, but to be happy when you
God  O'Wax
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
*Some SPOILERS* This wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't particularly good either. At first, I found myself empathizing with the main character quite a lot, and the basic premise was very interesting. I liked the idea of someone showing up as a dead relative, and how a family would deal with that intrusion into their lives - as blessing or impetus for total meltdown. However, I felt that it wasn't all that believable - who would go along with this for so long? and the end was far too abrupt. There ...more
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
You can't really claim that Dead Girls Don't Write Letters are a long or a lengthy book.

You get pulled into the book right from page one, where you get to meet Sunny who got it pretty hard at home, with a depressed mom and a dad that drinks and basically come and goes as he wish. And all this happed because Jezz, Sunnys perfekt older sister died.

But everything chances when they receive a letter from Jezz telling them that she isn't dead.

The Jezz who comes into the door turns out not to be Jezz.
The BookWhisperer
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Very suspenseful story. Masterfully created the perfect combination of suspense and mystery. Personally I would almost label this book as horror. It is definite a quick and very interesting read. As my first book by Gail Giles I find her to be a very talented author and look forward to reader more from her in the future. Dead Girls Dont Write Letters is a story of a young girls struggle with the passing of her sister, that she was less than close too. Then one day she recieves a letter from her ...more
Mar 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: y-girl, y-mystery
Y Mystery. When Sunny's older and very popular sister dies in a fire at college, her whole family falls apart. The mother sinks into depression, the father returns to alcoholism and Sunny is left to bitterly take care of everything. When a girl pretending to be Jazz returns, the mother goes back to her normal self. Sunny and her father, however, are not taken in but don't confront this unJazz because of the mother's psychological state. Instead they begin investigating the background of this per ...more
Veronica Huntsucker
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was weird. Roommate who was supposed to of died in the fire was really living and Jazz was dead. Roommate mocked Rhonda(original roommate name) and Jazz. Rhonda died five years before and This crazy girl mocked her after that she had her social security and license. EVERYTHING! then did the same to Jazz. Then after Sunny (Main character) and her parents found out, her parents let her go! Crazy, i would of locked her up ASAP! Sunny assumed the girl had set the fire after her boyfriend left her ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
Although it claims suspense and surprise, this book doesn't deliver on many levels. I really liked the plot but I didn't like the author's choppy writing style or the lifeless characters, it was almost as if they were forced into being by the author and they aren't complex, nor are they very memorable.
Alyssa Ortega
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dead Girls Don't Write Letters by Gail Giles is packed with suspenseful and crazy things. The story is about Sunny Reynold point of view on her crazy family. After losing her sister Jazz in a fire Sunny get's a letter from Jazz ,But dead girls don't write letters right. I recommend this book to people that are interested in horror and suspenseful books.
Sep 17, 2009 rated it liked it
A good short mystery for those that want some action without reading a trilogy of books or that aren't great readers.

What would you do if the person that was supposed to be your dead sister shows up at your door and you KNOW that it's not really her, but a girl pretending to be her?
Kerry mack
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i want to read this book because it looks so interesting and who doesnt like a book that "Dead Girls Don't Write Letters" to me i really want to read this book i think that i read this i will be satified really im not lying.
Damaris Carreno
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Honey, this book is the reason why i still read today.
Brianna Cole
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I like the book a because they think jazz is alive still but she didnt.
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-kidlit
Quick satisfying read; well written, with a great central character.
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love this book
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Gail Giles is the author of six young adult novels. Her debut novel, Shattering Glass, was an ALA Best of the Best Book, a Book Sense 76 selection, and a Booklist Top 10 Mystery for Youth selection. The novel is about an high school boy named Simon Glass that is helped to become one of the most popular dogs in school by other students. Her second novel, Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters, was an ALA T ...more