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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  349 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Inspired by the author's work in a girls' rehabilitation center.

Ray called it skating when we did the crazy things . . . Hot-wiring a fancy car for a joyride after midnight. Boosting stuff from stores . . .

Sixteen-year-old Dallas loves the rush, the excitement of "skating." But then she and her friends decide to rob a convenience store and it's Dallas who gets caught whil
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 12th 2001 by Square Fish (first published August 5th 1999)
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Dave Ornelas
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book “Bad” by Jean Ferris is a story about a young girl named Dallas who gets into some trouble with the law, and gets sent into a rehabilitation center for girls. When she gets there she starts to get to know the other girls and even realizes that she’s like them too. To me, this book was a 4 out of 5. I liked the plot and it kept me interested the whole time. I especially liked the part where she has class with the other girls and she gets to know them. I also liked the part where the two ...more
Aaron Batten
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is about a troublesome teenage girl named Dallas. She and her friends were going to rob a store and she was caught and sent to a girl rehabilitation center of GRC. Dallas and he father got into a fight and she is pretty much on her own after he brings her stuff.
I rate this book four stars because it has a lot of twists and turns along with there is always suspense because in the rehab center not too many people are friendly. I would recommend this book to teenagers girls because it i
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sixteen-year-old Dallas feels fated to screw up. With a mother who lived too fast and died too soon, and a father obsessed with keeping Dallas on a short leash, she doesn't know who she is or where she belongs. She naively craves the excitement she finds in petty crime but is soon in over her head.

It's only when she lands in a Girl's Rehabilitation Center that she starts thinking about life more seriously... and learning about it from her fellow inmates. The world, it turns out, is even more com
Eliseo Aldama
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book Bad is a great story that shows people that domestic violence is not good and it should never be done to anyone else.The book shows that there will always be a punishment for everything that you do bad. For example a girl named Dallas goes to a recreation center with all of the other bad people. The book mainly talks about the girl named Dalles. Her mom died when she is only about four years old, now she is sixteen and she is an only child. The book is good all around except for the end ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult-teen
I can't believe that the author of Love Among the Walnuts and Once Upon a Marigold could have written such a plain downer of a book. Dallas's dad is one of the most depressing characters I've met in a book. ...more
Madison Mendenhall
this was definitely a good book. although there could have been a little more action.
Allison Olson
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Not my Favorite book, only because when i read a book I want to be able to relate to it. This book i cannot relate to going to GRC and drugs and prison.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pretty good book. Hated the ending, it just... ends.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have really enjoyed reading this book. Bad is not a very popular book, but I really enjoyed the insider perspective of what goes on in the lives of those we only see as juvenile delinquents and criminals. Bad gives us a way to relate to them and the struggle that they go through to change which is something that we all struggle with.
The book is based on the stories and backgrounds of girls from GCR that Ferris personally interviewed. One of my favorite paragraphs is “ and what good would tha
Cameron Cowdrey
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it

Bad, A short novel by Jean Ferris that is filled with learning, and 16 year old girl named Dallas is trying to fit in, and find her place in society. But you have to remember that not everyone is really your “friend”.
The main story is about a girl that has had trouble with following the rules. It doesn't help that she has a bad boyfriend named Ray. Ray, Dallas, and Pam were about to rob a “jiffy spot”.And the honor of holding the gun was given to Dallas.
The characters in “Bad” all had a reason t
Ashley Santana
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book "Bad" is about a girl named Dallas who gets 6 months in the Girls' Rehabilitation Center for holding a convenience store at gunpoint with a few other friends but it's Dallas the one who goes down for it. Her father refuses to take her home on probation so Dallas ends up rooming with one of the girls at the Girls' Rehabilitation Center (GCR). The girls she meets aren't like anyone else she's ever met and Dallas finds herself learning their stories and befriending her roommate. Throughout ...more
Jeimy Perez
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this book my freshman year and I completely enjoyed it. It's about a young 16-year-old girl named Dallas who decides to rob a convenience store with some of her friends and ends up getting caught, while the others got away from it. Since she had gotten caught, and her father as well refused the judge’s offer to take her home on parole, she was then sent to a Girls’ Rehabilitation Center for six months. As a 16-year-old myself, this book demonstrates how different people can be ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This was a quick, easy read. It would definitely benefit young girls that might not have the best living conditions or upbringing and to let them know they're not alone. I liked how the ending was left open because life can be unpredictable and it's not always clear what will happen. Definitely worth the read. ...more
Teresa Torres
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a good example of what a struggling life looks like. Dallas had the death of her mother, abusive relationship, and a dad that ¨does not care for her¨ Dallas goes into jail, and meets different roomates, she learns the different struggles of life and becomes a better person.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like this book
Jasmin Badajoz
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book “Bad” by Jean Ferris is about a teenager named “Dallas” who loved skating. She would hang out with a group of friends who weren’t really good influence for her. Her friends encouraged her to rob a convenience store, she had never done this before and was scared. Her friends promised to stay together but when they heard the police’s sirens they left Dallas inside the store alone. Dallas was sent to a rehabilitation center for girls only because her dad didn’t want to take her back home. ...more
Ana Zepeda
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it
The book "Bad" by Jean Ferris is based on a young girl named Dallas who lived with her father since her mother died when she was small. Since she her and her father don't have a good relationship she wpuld spend her time ditching school, stealing, and being with her boyfriend. But one day she got caught up with her friends or the people she thought were her friends robbing a kwik mart. Andthe person who got in trouble was her and her friends left her there, without even helping her.
The book ta
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I choose the book “Bad” written by Jean Ferris for the reason that I always saw it at the library but never actually thought I would like it but one day I just picked it up and I am glad that I did. This novel is about a teenage girl named Dallas who is spending some time behind bars for making a bad decision with her so called “friends”. She and her friends robbed a shop and she was the one who held the gun and though her friends got away she did not. While behind bars she meets other girls who ...more
John Kreski
Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it
“Bad” by Jean Ferris
“Change”, despite you thinking nothing is wrong, doesn’t mean you’re right. This book follows the journey of a teenage girl named Dallas. She is a trouble teen who lives with her father. Dallas thinks that her dad is overbearing and too strict, however he is just looking out for her. Dallas mother Dixie Lee had passed away when she was very young. Dallas believes she would have gotten along with her better. Dallas hangs out with her friends including her boyfriend Ray. They p
Keylin Rodriguez
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book I read is called “Bad” by Jean Ferris. A sixteen year old girl called Dallas isn’t living her best life. Her mom wasn’t a very good example to her and her dad only wanted what was best for her. Dallas thinks that her dad is trying to throw her life away by interfering in what she want to do. Her friends aren’t the best examples and her boyfriend isn’t so friendly. Her boyfriend Ray would do bad things and called it “skating.” It was late night and Dallas is very excited about “skating”, ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bad by Jean Ferris
The book “Bad” by author Jean Ferris is a story that every reader should look for, a story that will have you wanting to read over and over again , it is a kind of story that makes you think about what you want to do in your life and what you have already done, whether or not they were the best decision to make. The story depicts a girl by the name of Dallas and the decisions that she has made throughout her life hasn't been the greatest , her mother left her and her father a
(C) Archer at KIPP
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: to teenagers
Recommended to (C) Archer by: Amber Vandervort
Shelves: girls-have-read
Dear good reads readers,
February 20, 2008

This book is about a girl named Dallas. Her mom had died in a car crash with the neighbor when Dallas was only four years old well now she is six-teen years old. She is an only chilled, she is the type of person that just wants to have fun and that is tried of following her dad’s rules. Her best friend is Pam and her boyfriend is Ray, but of coerce Dallas’s dad did not approve of him. Dallas is sentenced to six months in the Girl’s Rehabilitation Center
Janae Boyland
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bad by Jean Ferris is all about a misguided 16 year old teenage girl named Dallas, who causes herself to get into a various amount of mischief with her manipulative boyfriend Ray which she calls “skating”. It all catches up to her one night when her peers pressure her into robbing a grocery store with a gun. Her friends end up bailing on her and never speaking to her again with the exception of Ray coming to visit her while she’s in a Girl’s Rehabilitation Center also known as GRC. After she rob ...more
Breanne Tabarez
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book is about a 16 year old girl named Dallas and it involves her and her three friends. She spends most of her time with her friends instead of her own family. Her and her group of friends are known to get into a lot of trouble with the things they tend to do which they call “skating”. Dallas doesn’t really have a mother and father figure to look up to her mother died when she was only 4 years old so she is living alone with her father. Her father doesn’t think she is doing anything good
Megan Martinez
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think this book was very interesting. This book had very many different topics throughout the story. I thought it was cool how not only was there Dallas’s story to why she was in there and her background with her issues and the issues she has with her father, but the author, Jean, also added other inmates stories. Such as when she talked about Toozdae and how she got beat by a man and how he got sent to prison. There are life lessons in here as well, such as abuse is not okay, and to not break ...more
Anyssa Garvin
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bad, written by Jean Ferris is about a young troubled teen who will do anything to try and fit in. Dallas the main character gets caught trying to rob a store with her friends and her friends leave her to get in trouble alone. Dallas soon learns that her friends are not really her friends after all and her boyfriend has moved on . This was honestly one of the best books that I have read. It is easy for me to relate to the main character Dallas, because she is a teenager and has been put through ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The book “Bad” by Jean Ferris is a well written book. In the beginning it shows Dallas’s personality and her relationship with her father. The book gets straight to the point of what the title means and that’s what grabbed my attention. It keeps getting more interesting when she finds her way through the situation but it happens all so quickly that once she stays in the GRC for awhile, the excitement declines. It declines because Dallas does not rebel nor is a trouble maker while in the GRC. I t ...more
Jake Surratt
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The book Bad by Jean Ferris follows a sixteen year old girls life named Dallas and what she goes through. Dallas’s mom died when she was very young and lives with only her father. Her and her father fight a lot because how Dallas acts, she thinks her dad is no fun and doesn’t let her do anything but he is really just trying to look after her. She has a boyfriend named Ray and he gets her in lots of trouble like, they would go out with a group of friends and do numerous law breaking acts, that th ...more
Tianna Rivas
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Dallas who lives her life going out with friends, or “skating” as they call it. Her mother died in a car crash when she was 4 years old and she is now 16 living alone with her father. Her father constantly tells her that she’s going to end up exactly like her mother, living without a care in the world and never believing there will be repercussions to her actions. Dallas never believes him, but one day when she was out “skating” with her friends she got caught rob ...more
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This author is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects: living with a deaf parent (Of Sound Mind), facing the consequences of a criminal act (Bad), or questioning one's sexuality (Eight Seconds). But Jean Ferris is also adept at writing comedy, historical fiction, and romance. What's most interesting is that she didn't publish her first novel until she was in her mid-40s. Yet she's never forgotten ...more

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