Tuesday, September 13, 2011

BBReview: "Bad Girls Dont Die" By Katie Alender

Genre: Young Adult -Horror
Publishing Date: April 21st, 2009
Page Count: 346
Source: borrowed from local library
Format: Hardcover

Description from Amazon:
Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.
When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.
Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?

I swear, i think i am psychic or something, because i have been only reading amazing books. This book is definitely categorized as amazing, because it knocked the socks off of me. Books are amazing when they make you feel some kind of real emotion and not only did i get the pants scared off of me, but i also had little sentimental moments. This novel is not only packed with events and details that make you want to keep the light on while sleeping, but also had some cute moments with Alexis's new love interest.

The one thing that i really enjoyed about this novel was that it really was scary and i didn't feel like the author held back too much. Sometimes you get that feeling when reading YA like, "Oh great, the author thinks they're writing to children", because sometimes you can tell when the author is too scared to put too much real emotion or mature content. I didn't feel that way with this novel and i also didn't feel like it was over the top either. It was creepy and scary to the perfect degree. I kept finding myself skipping ahead a few pages to make sure nothing was going to jump out at me when it started to get creepy. All i have to say is basement scene... SCARY!!

I think that this story was very creative and written really well. I really enjoyed all of the characters and liked that not only did they feel like real people, but they also grew and showed the reader their true colors after awhile. I love it when the characters make you feel like they could be real, everyday people you know instead of just people you wish you knew.

I really enjoyed this novel. It was super creepy and scary, and i do not recommend reading this alone or late at night, because you will get scared. The scare factor was perfect, it wasn't too mature or too immature, it was just the right amount. I also really loved the characters and loved how they grew and better understood not only themselves, but also the people around them better and that you could tell that the characters could be real, everyday people, and not just the type of friends you find in books.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5