Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend – Review

December 23, 2013 Review 2 ★★★

Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend – ReviewRelease Date: November 29, 2013
Title: Poor Little Dead Girls
Author: Lizzie Friend
Pages: 285
Publisher: Merit Press
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: Perfect people aren't just born. They're made.

The first time she is blindfolded and kidnapped, star-athlete and posh boarding school newbie Sadie is terrified. She wakes up in a dark room surrounded by hushed whispers, hooded strangers, and a mysterious voice whispering not-so-sweet nothings in her ear.

But once the robes come off, she realizes it’s just an elaborate prank designed to induct her into the group that’s been pulling the strings at Keating Hall for generations. The circle has it all--incredible connections; fabulous parties; and, of course, an in with the brother society’s gorgeous pledges.

The instant popularity is enough to make Sadie forget about the unexplained marks on her body, the creepy ceremonial rituals, and the incident that befell one of her teammates the year before. So the next time Sadie is kidnapped, she isn’t scared, but she should be. The worst of Keating Hall is yet to come.
3 Stars

Have you ever read a book that seems good on the surface, but the more you think about it the more you dislike it? This is one of those books for me. I remember that I liked it when I read it (my original rating on Goodreads was a 4), but I can’t remember why I liked it. The things that had a lasting impression with me are the things that I didn’t like so much (insta-love, crazy conspiracies, abusive relationships, and mean girls just to start).

Poor Little Dead Girls had a fair amount of creep factor in it. At first glance, it’s about your run of the mill secret society at a prestigious boarding school. Think Skull & Bones. The kidnapping that Sadie goes through doesn’t seem so weird when you partner it with a little bit of hazing and the thrill of a secret society.

But then things do get a little weird.

Sadie realizes her mother – who committed suicide – also went to Keating and was a part of this group. And another girl recently disappeared. Sadie begins to wonder if the group could have had anything to do with those events and begins to snoop. But then she learns the real intent behind the society – and I won’t spoil that for you here. She decides the group needs to be stopped and does everything in her power to do so.

And in the end, most things are tied up in a neat little bow. But there is one plot point that really bothers me. The group took something from Sadie – something important – and she didn’t get it back. The police told her to assume it got destroyed. And then… everything was back to normal.

If it were me, I would NOT be okay with that assumption.

Of course, I suppose this dangling end leaves open the possibility of a sequel one day. A sequel that I won’t read.

What Others Are Saying:

  • Galavanting Girl BooksAt times this book is fun, with a nice mystery that needs to be solved.  Other times, this book loses the plot.  I suspect some people will enjoy this, as there is a lot that can be enjoyed but overall I didn’t connect with the book in the way that I hoped.
  • The Pretty Good GatsbyPoor Little Dead Girls spectacularly crushed every single expectation I had, including the hope of actually finishing (spoiler alert: I did, but it was a fight on both our parts).
  • Adventures in ReadingThis book was awesome. It was a struggle to put it down at night as I always wanted to find out what happened next.The pacing was great,the editing and grammar could use a little work but the book itself does not come out until December so many of the capitalization and punctuation issues will be fixed I’m sure.It was creepy and thrilling and so many questions were not answered until the very end of the book which I really liked.

2 Responses to “Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend – Review”

  1. Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby

    🙂 Thanks for the link!

    Yeah, if I was Sadie I would SO not be okay with believing everything had been destroyed. What they did crossed the line and completely ruined the book for me (not that I was particularly fond of it before that scene!)

    • Mandi Kaye

      I was definitely a little disappointed. But, it’s over and done with now! On to better things!

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