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The Dead and Buried

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,453 ratings  ·  591 reviews
home sweet home...

Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes...

But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around,
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Scholastic Point
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jv poore
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It begins with an entry from the diary of Kayla Sloane. She appears to have a remarkably high opinion of herself, coupled with an incredibly low opinion of everyone else. She is the ultimate Mean Girl. It is easy to despise her…..even after learning that she is also the Dead Girl. Of course her death is shrouded in mystery. Was it an accident? Was she killed? If she was killed, who did it? These questions envelop Woodbridge High like a thick, smothering fog. Chasm ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
There are several things you can count on when you pick up one of Kim Harrington’s books. First, that it’ll be entertaining, if a bit predictable. Second, that the main character will be likeable enough and that she won’t make incredibly stupid choices at every turn. Third, that there’s a decently plotted mystery at the center. Fourth, that she knows how to write sweet and believable romances. And last, that you’ll forget all the details in about a month or so.

I’ll tackle this (more or less) in
I actually liked this quite a bit. It reminded me of the books I read when I was a teen and it gave me flashbacks to when we'd have sleepovers and play with an Ouija board and try to have seances.

This is pretty much your standard paranormal YA mystery with mean girls, a love triangle, and the protagonist being the new kid in town but somehow managed to not feel stale or boring. Yes, this has been done a million times before but it actually kept me guessing until the end. I enjoyed the fact that
May 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
Hauntings! In real life I would die of terror if I came upon a ghost, so naturally, I love reading about them to psyche myself out. And if you think mean girls are awful in life, wait until you meet one in death! The Dead and Buried follows such a story when Jade and her family move into a murder house--or at least that's what the rumour is.

Even though the culprit becomes obvious pretty early on (I guessed around p.60), being curious of their motive does leave some of the mystery elements undam
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book wasn't terrible, but I felt Harrington missed a lot of potentials that could have made it a lot better.

First of all, I called it about a third of the way through and was dead certain (no pun intended) by the halfway point. I could tell from the very beginning that Harrington was going to try hard to throw readers off course by throwing every possible motive out there. (view spoiler)
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
She was the IT girl in school, everyone wanted to be her friend and she knew it. She was pretty, wealthy, smart, talented and everyone wanted to be close to her, but it was more out of fear than friendship. Kayla had it all on her terms and she knew it. But when she mysteriously fell down a flight of stairs and died, she became the poor girl who died, almost saint-like, and her boyfriend was suspected in her death.

Long after he was cleared, Donovan remains a pariah at school, until the new girl
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
3.5 Stars

The Dead and Buried is one of my favorite combinations for a story: mystery, suspense and a little romance thrown in for good measure.

Jade is thrilled to be starting school where there’s more than thirty students in her whole grade. Growing up she lived in a rural town, and longed to be in a big city and school. Somehow, her dream has come true. Even the house her family has moved into seems too good to be true: new, big and beautiful. When Jade receives strange looks from her classmat
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I am a wuss. Lemme just tell you that before you bother to continue reading this review. The Dead and Buried isn't necessarily a spooky book, it's just it awakened my fears of everything and I started to hyperventilate. So while this could've been a one night read, it turned into two as I couldn't bare finishing it off without squealing at every creak in the floor. *shudders at the thought*

Me gusta this cover. I mean seriously, that purple and that chick the
Initial reaction: Solid YA mystery with paranormal elements. I'm usually fond of ghost stories and I found something to like not only in Jade's respective journey, but also in the unfolding murder mystery that kept the ball rolling right up to the very end. There are some familiar YA elements in this, but somehow I thought they wove themselves pretty well in this when it was all said and done. I'd probably give this a solid 3.5 stars.

Full review:

Before I say anything else going into this review,
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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The Dead and Buried is a modern ghost story that I read recently. Even though I did not have high expectations for this book, I was still disappointed. My major problem is that The Dead and Buried was just way too typical. The whole entire time I kept thinking sarcastically "Haven't seen this before".
I just really wanted an awesome and original Ghost Story unlike anything I have ever read before. The Dead and Buried takes all typical ghost story elements and mi
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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A haunted House and a New Life

Jade moves with her family into a new house, this new life of course also comes with new interesting friends and a new town. But, Jade is excited and always wanted to live in a bigger town. Needless to say that this excitement fast vanishes when she figures out why this house was so cheap... it comes with the murdered ghost of a girl exactly of Jade's Age.. And... this ghost is so NOT a friendly one and needs Jade to find
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I went into this book expecting an awesome haunted house tale and instead I am disappointed to admit that all I got was a generic ghost tale that wasn't that well executed. I requested this from the publisher due to my excitement from the synopsis, but the synopsis is ten times more exciting than the actual book.

My biggest problem with the book was the writing. It was very simplistic and choppy. I was reading a middle-grade book as I read this one, and I felt like this one is better marketed as
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Just so everyone knows, I'm trying to limit my cursing in this review because someone *glares accusingly at that someone who knows who she is* told me that I do that too much. I'll be substituting every expletive with the name of a fruit or vegetable.

THE DEAD AND BURIED is a book that I had really high hopes for since at that time, I seemed to think that I have pretty good luck with these sorts of books (I don't really have that good luck with mystery ghost books actually - I have no idea what I

Originally Posted on Confessions of An Opinionated Book Geek

I don’t usually read horror, mystery or ghost stories, but after reading Kim Harrington’s “The Dead and Buried,” I have decided it might be time to change that. The story follows Jade. A girl from a not so great neighborhood who finally gets the life she believes that she has always wanted. She moves into a nice house, in a great neighborhood with an even better school system. Jade is not your typical high school girl. She doesn’t care
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Dead and Buried had me guessing until the end, as well as spooking me a bit along the way!

Jade is happy in her new house and ready to begin the year at a new school. But when she goes to school, people are whispering and sometimes avoiding her. She finds out that a very popular teen girl died in her new house the previous year, and her death is suspicious.

Jade is understandably having difficulty making friends, but she does have the attention of a couple of boys. One very popular. The other,
Not a long review, but a short one. (sick, but I feel like writing a review)

When I first pre-ordered this book I was confused. The two titles differ greatly from each other. Dead and Buried to The Killing of Kayla Sloane.

I must say, now after reading this book, that I find the second title more fitting to the book.

The book itself was really wonderful and great. I loved how terrifying it was at times, how it first started all fluffy but soon escalated to something terrible and scary.

Kayla (our gh
Kim Harrington
Oct 01, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: young-adult
Released today! YAY! :)
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Hear me out first ok??

Review to come soon. (I promise)


Really? So no one is going to say it? Nobody?


Ok. Fine. If you all won't say it I guess I will be the bad guy.

I didn't like "The Dead and Buried".

There, I said it. It's out there into the infinite universe that is the internet.

I waited patiently and eagerly for "The Dead and Buried". I figured that a book with more than 90% of 3+ stars reviews on Goodreads would be good. I didn't see too many it was better than a chocolate covere
Amy Fournier
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook, netgalley
I love a good mystery so of course I was drawn to this book. Me being perceptive like I am I fully expected to figure out who killed Kayla, but that still didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book at all. I loved getting to know the characters and trying to figure out not who did it, but why they did it. There was a few good chilling scenes in the book to keep my creepy book loving self satisfied, and a few swoon worthy moments to make my romantic side happy. This was a great and somewhat c ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
"And perhaps heavier than the ghosts were the secrets we carried"

Ok, I have to start by saying that this book wasn't horrible, it just wasn't for me. I was expecting a really chilling story and a mystery behind it to boot. It was all a little sub par.

The idea behind the book was really intriguing and I liked how the book was written. The book was written from the main character, Jade's, point of view but every now again there is a diary entry written from the ghost girl back when she was alive.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of the YA genre, expecially fans of "Deadly Cool" by Gemma Halliday
Recommended to Sabrina by: Maja's review
Ingredients of The Dead and Buried: an intelligent and mature teenage girl, a bit of mystery, a little brother to protect, an evil (dead) girl, a spoonful of romance and a huge scoop of friendship. How could I not like it?

This book remindend me closely of Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday, so if you have read and liked it, just pick up this book too; I can almost guarantee that you're going to love it.

Jade, the main character, is very realistic; her thoughts and her actions are always understandable
Qeela Aini
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-favourite
I am totally glad i chose this book as another collection of mine. No disappointment, but thrilled and once I read it, seriously it's hard to put it down. I'm glued to it's story, to find out what's next, to solving the mystery & the case. As Jade (the main character) busting her ass off to find out anything that could help her in finding who is the real killer of Kayla, me myself turns out to think hard & listing my own suspects too like somehow I'm together with Jade to solve the case. hehe. I ...more
Ayra Jamal
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, read-2013

If I'm going to read an R.L stine book, I want it to be filled with descriptions of 90s fashion. That being said, I would give this to a reluctant reader horror fan.
Abby Meiers
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would give this book a five star rating because there was a lot of suspense and it kept me reading. I think the author did a good job at telling this story because she used a lot of descriptive words. Some people disliked this book, I disagree,because the author told the story very clear and some parts it was funny because of the kind of words she used. I would recommend this book to a lot of people. If you like suspenseful books or horror stories you would most likely love this book.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
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Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I read this book multiple times back in middle school and I absolutely loved it!
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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**Actual Rating** 4 stars
**Book Format**: hardcover

It seems stupid now, but when I first got this book, I had no idea that it was a ghost story. I should have known when I read the title ( The Dead and Buried ?. . . how did I not see that?) but I guess I was just out of it. Either way, the book was an amazing, quick read, and has you guessing constantly at who you think is the murderer. I didn't get solve the mystery 'till the last few
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Brittany by: Book Group
This book should have ended before the last chapter. I hated the Hallmark-y wrap up about the "lessons we learned". I mean, gag me with a spoon. Besides that though, I enjoyed it.
shre ♡
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I have really enjoyed reading Kim Harrington's books as they are light, fun and make for good mysteries that give the reader a thrill from trying to put pieces together. Like Clarity and Perception, the first two books in Harrington's Clarity series, I was able to read The Dead and Buried in one sitting. Also like those two books, the plot revolves mainly around a girl who has magical powers and her goal to find the secret behind a mysterious death. Even though this book is short, it flowed smoo ...more
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Kim Harrington is the author of Clarity (a 2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers), Perception, The Dead and Buried, and Forget Me for teens and the Sleuth or Dare and Gamer Squad series for younger readers. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she’s most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation. Her next rel ...more

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