Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

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?

My Thoughts

Creepy. That is what comes to mind when I think of this book. If my sister were to become possessed by some angry, revengeful girl from years ago, I’d lose my shit. Alexis keeps her shit together for someone who knows that their little sister is possessed. It starts out small, eyes changing color, behavior changes but then it goes from okay maybe she’s found herself to holy crap you are crazy and frightening. The demon who is possessing her is a girl who was killed by girls her own age years ago and has now come back, by possessing a doll, to kill the children and grandchildren of those girls. Creepy as hell, right?!

It’s with the help of a cheerleader that Alexis is able to help her sister. Apparently, the demon killed this cheerleaders mom too by having her commit suicide a few years ago. So this cheerleader is hell bent on finding out the truth. An unlikely friendship occurs also between Alexis and the girl which is good, since Alexis is a bit of a loner.

I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, creepy as all get out, and moved along the plot quickly. The characters were believable, the plot feasible, and the outcome a happy one.

3.5 out of 5 stars!


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