Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Book Review: Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

I wanted to like this book. I really, really did. It had a fairly interesting premise, after all: two teenaged sisters are stalked by a ghostly former inhabitant of their house (I'm a sucker for stories about haunted houses. My favorite book is House of Leaves, after all). While it was mostly well-written, it fell flat in a number of places. Cliches and hackneyed plot devices (and characters!) abounded, and character development was minimal and often nonsensical. In addition to that, Alender is juggling so many (unnecessary) sub-plots that the narrative often felt disjointed and underdeveloped. In other words, it was a pretty great idea that was very poorly-executed. In order for this book to have worked, it would have needed at least another hundred or two pages of exposition.

Needless to say, it was pretty obvious that the author primarily writes for television series: this book has all the hallmarks of teen-oriented movies on the Lifetime channel. It's a shame, because the book had a lot of potential.

Blah. 2 out of 5 stars.


  1. Too bad this book sounds not so good. Because I'm lazy now I'm going to NOT search your history and instead ask - have you read and did you like The Thirteenth Tale?

  2. Bad Girls Don't Die is Katie Alender's debut novel. Full of mystery, the paranormal, and romance, this is the book for any teen girl looking for a fun read. I was amazed at how well written and detailed this book was, especially for a debut novel. I am definitely going to be on the lookout for more books from Katie Alender in the future!
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