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BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE

Meghan reviews Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender, which has demonic possession and creepy dolls.

BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE

BOOK REPORT for Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die Book 1) by Katie Alender

BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Right On
Bonus Factor: Chucky
Relationship Status: Crush

The Deal:

Out photographing her spooky-but-cool Victorian house in the middle of the night, Lexi notices a strange light hovering outside her sister's window. Then Kasey starts acting more strangely than usual (she's already obsessed with dolls, so she's def. a little weird to begin with) -- she breaks her best friend's arm, she becomes obsessed with the genealogy of the town's oldest families and (weirdest of all) her blue eyes turn green. Of course, the 'rents are too busy being career mom and loser dad to notice anything, and it's up to loner Lexi to overcome her outsider tendencies and save her sister -- and a bunch of other people's lives, too (including the popular cheerleaders, natch).

BFF Charm: Yay!

Lexi's pretty cool -- she's a photographer (she has a darkroom in her house!!), she's smart and sassy. She revels in her outsider status and always has a cause worth fighting for, which usually gets her in big trouble at school. Reminds me of Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You. She's also willing to admit she's wrong about some people, like cool cheerleader Megan who ends up helping her defeat the ghost possessing Kasey.

Swoonworthy Scale: 4

Carter Blume's the typical popular guy with a deep soul -- the new kid with secrets who reinvented himself when he switched schools. His and Lexi's flirtation has its electric tingle moments, but it's pretty tame. Lots of waiting around for the right moment, and sensible decision making about timing blah blah blah -- BOOO-RING! Gimme some make-outs! Um, I mean, wow, look at them establish a friendship first before jumping into boyfriend-girlfriend stuff. They sure are mature. Plus, Carter's totally not my type.

Talky Talk: Right On

The narration is pretty straightforward -- like, not much OMG or totally you know. The cheerleaders are (mostly) mean, the internal monologue is sufficiently angsty ("Did I just say that? I could die" kind of stuff), but it works cos it doesn't try too hard. It's not exactly how teenagers talk, but it works.

Bonus Factor: Chucky

Dude, demonic possession and creepy dolls! Guaranteed to make you change the channel the next time one of those Madame Alexander Collector infomercials comes on.

Casting Call:

Julia Stiles as Lexi

I actually pictured Julia Stiles as Lexi, so there's really no contest.

Debby Ryan as Kasey

No one but one of the current Disney brats could do justice to Kasey's annoying mood swings, so here's Debby Ryan from one of those Suite Life shows.

Relationship Status: Crush

I couldn't put this book down at the time, but it's been a few weeks now since I read it and it's getting hard to remember. I've def. moved on. It is published by Disney (weird, right? that's not evident at all until the v. v. end, so don't worry), so it totally has that same indulgent feel of a Disney Channel Original Movie (think Watcher in the Woods for spook factor) -- great while you're reading it, but when it's over, it's over.

Also, I was kind of annoyed by the librarians in the book. I mean, I hate when I read some silly NYTimes Style Section article about how hip librarians are because, duh, I don't need the NYTimes telling me I rock, but dude. These librarians kept all the witchcraft/supernatural books in a special locked room or didn't have any at all, and what is up with that? I wanted to tell lexi to come to my library and I'd help her out.

Meghan Miller's photo About the Author: Meghan is an erstwhile librarian in exile from Texas and writer for Forever Young Adult. She loves books, cooking and homey things like knitting and vintage cocktails. Although she’s around books all the time, she doesn’t get to read as much as she’d like.