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Killing Britney

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,628 ratings  ·  209 reviews
Britney is the girl everyone loves to hate.

Ever since Britney transformed herself from freak-and-geek to the most popular girl at school, her life has been touched by tragedy. First it was her mom, who drowned on a family rafting trip. Then her hockey-star boyfriend, Ricky, was killed in a hit-and-run.

When the deaths continue to pile up, everyone fears for Britney. Su

Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published June 1st 2005)
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Weeeeellll . . . this was disappointing.


This is the worst mystery/thriller/murder story I've ever read.

Sure, it sounded so promising with the murder pile-ups and tragedy. It sounded like my type of cup of tea with the whole freak-turned-blonde-popular-fabulous. It sounded perfect for me!!

But it wasn't. It fucking wasn't.

So, this girl named Britney Johnson is in danger because apparently someone wants to kill her. Yikes. Everyone around her starts to fear for her because people she knows and
Oct 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Sep 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Killing Britney was really good. It's about a girl named Britney, whose mother died about two years before the book even starts. Just when her life is going good, and she has a lot of friends, and a good boyfriend everyone she cares about is starting to die and she doesn't know what to do. She thinks it is all her fault everyone is dying. She also thinks someone is out to get her too. At first everyone thinks Ricky's death was an accident, but then when everyone else starts dying, and Britney st ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
If I weren't such a peaceful human being I would have killed Britney myself after the first few chapters of the book, which I reread thinking I had misread something. Well, I didn't!. I just figured out what was going on almost from the very beginning. I wouldn't say it was a bad book, just that it wasn't for me and several gruesome descriptions of murder scenes made matters much worse.
Carmen Lopez
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
The story "Killing Britney", is about a girl named Britney who at first started off as a quiet, nerdy type of girl who becomes one of the most popular girls in school, who gains a new group of friends, the popluar girls, leaving behind her old friends, and gaining one of the hottest, most popular hockey players, Ricky, from school. However, before she gained this new life style, Britney's mother, had mysteriously drowned during the summer that her family went to the lake. Her body was never foun ...more
Apr 03, 2008 added it
Shelves: horror
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Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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The blurb makes it sound so dark and terrifying. Minus the whole freak&greek turned into blond&fabulous thing. Well, it's not. Dark and terrifying, that is. Killing Britney is predictable and easy to skim over and my eight year old cousin can probably figure out who the killer was.


You can't call it a mystery if you had it all figured out before the half point mark.

Just, no.

Oct 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
This was so odd. I was not a fan.
Oct 19, 2010 rated it liked it
I never would have expected the book to end like it did. If you like mysteries you will love this book.
Adriana C
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I chose to read the book Killing Britney by Sean Olin because I love mysteries. Any “who done it” book draws my attention very easily. After finishing my last book, I felt that I needed to spice up my reading choice and dip back into my favorite genre.

The book Killing Britney immediately drew my attention. Britney was the outcast in school. But when she started dated the hot shot hockey player Ricky and becomes a “hockey wife” she started to become popular fast. She didn’t live a perfect life t
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a bit juvenile, but it was a fun read
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm going to have to back and review the clues again, but I have to say I'm still not even sure what happened here. All the characters are crazy. The plot jumped around in such bizarre twists that the writer was forced to have a character explain everything right at the end. And is this person to be believed?

The characters were not developed enough for me to care that any of them were murdered. May of the plot twists just did not make sense, including the notes Melissa found in her brother's ap
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Just okay. The plot is equal parts predictable and completely nutty. The writing is too simplistic to be enjoyable. People die in ways that should feel gruesome but are instead easy to gloss over because there are no details or descriptions. Hello, I'm a new character, I'm on my way home and, oopsy, I am torn in twelve pieces by a man with a pickaxe. That doesn't actually happen, but that's exactly how easily the characters and their murders are introduced and dismissed. It's a book that could h ...more
Kira Simion
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I found this book again and thought, "Hey, why not?"

Three stars because while others didn't like the plot twist, I sure as hell did. It was unexpected for me when I first read it and I still quite like it to this day.

The mystery as others have pointed out isn't that great but, I'll let it slide THIS TIME because of the plot twist.

The reason I didn't give four stars was the fact that I couldn't tell anyone apart from Brittany(and yes I know her name is Britney not Brittany). All the characters be
Jun 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who can handle scary movies
Recommended to A(: by: abbs
Even though Abbie already told me like the whole book and what happens and stuff...I wanted to read it so I did!! This book was very graphic with the murders and deaths... it was scary and I would NOT recommend it to people who are scared to watch horror movies because once again. The description is very graphic and easy 2 picture in your mind. It was a good book and other than that... I would recommend this book to any1 who can handle scary movies
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
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Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
This was not what I expected it to be. This good mystery novel for the teen crowd. I found a few parts a bit lacking in keeping me interested though. The whole aspect of 'Who Dun It?' kept me reading. Good for a quick read.
Feb 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
A crazy mess of a book. The author appeared to be trying to combine w clique type story with a slasher. Neither really worked. Also, without giving anything away, the ending bordered on nonsensical.
Autumn Plikerd
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book is a little scary because you think that this guy is killing all of Britney's family and friends but then you find out that it's Britney and she disisas's her self to be someone knew each time.
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I dropped this book today in class, and an amazing picture of a Dango family fell out. It was pretty epic.
Sherry Beth Preston
I threw this away when I had finished so nobody else would have to read it.
Hibatoallah Samal
Apr 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
I gave up on this book twice ! I couldn't keep reading it .
Aug 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Ditzy teen girl
Recommended to Jean by: Who would be so silly ?
An absolute bore.
Two thumbs down, and a hangnail.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
While reading this book, I kept my trusty notepad by my side at all costs to write down everything that I found wrong with the book, mostly because I wanted to look professional and post a thorough review (and I just want to watch the world burn). I had written down so many things in that notepad. I took a lot of time scribbling all of my thoughts down, every contradiction, every. Single. Thing. And then I read the ending. Now 90% of my notes are crumpled up in the trash. So where do I go from h ...more
Rain Misoa
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery Thriller Fanatics and Anyone looking for... I DON'T KNOW!!!
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Shelves: must-own
Oh, this book. Where to begin? I must say that I really, really enjoy it even though it is something I would never really read or get into. My tastes in book do not reach out to "murder mystery/thriller." I find those types of books to be... well... to put it bluntly... boring. There's no appeal to them for me. They all just suck. (That's right. I'm using proper language now.) So if I don't find them appealing then why did I read this one? Well, let me start off by telling you a very short story ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought this book/story was pretty good.
I am always ready for a mystery/thriller and this book was great for me.
There were only a couple pieces I thought could have been wrote better, flowed better or less of my eye rolling but overall this book has a pretty awesome storyline.
However the book was published in 2005 to be fair and I still found it good today so not bad.
Also the cover could be better for the story inside.
Again I am never big on the parents or adults in these young adult novels
Daph L
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't know what to make of this book. It left me feeling confused, I guess would be the word, for a variety of reasons. I did guess the identity of the killer before it was officially revealed but there were a few other things that didn't really add up. Also, I didn't like that it took so long for the 'action' to start. I will say the novel creeped me out at parts so in that way, the author accomplished what they set out to do. Overall, a fairly mediocre read.
Gina  Clabo
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was ok it took some twist and turns and u thought u know what was happening and know who done it but the ending was a surprise..great was boring in some parts and others a little hurried but over all I would recommend just for the ending..started late night Feb 28th and finished early morning just a few hour read...Gina Clabo...
Destinee Sahagun
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book Killing Britney is a really good book. This book is a thriller and I personally couldn’t put it down. I was so read it in a matter of two days. I am not really the type of person to grab a book, sit down and read but this book made me sit down and read the book. I strongly recommend it.
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Sean Olin is the author of Killing Britney, a 2005 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. He lives in New York City.