Number of pages: 209
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 1
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.
I’m not much of a mystery reader, but I’ve been trying to get out of my reading comfort zone lately. Unfortunately, from what I hear from reviews, YA mystery/thrillers and horror books tend to be not very good, though there are apparently some exceptions. The Girl Who Wasn’t Dead is not one of those exceptions. As a short disclaimer, I read this book in late September and I don’t take notes while I read, so this is all from memory. If I’m not sure of something, it’s not going in the review.
The thing I found most annoying about this book was not the characters or the plot,but I’ll get to those later. First a bit of spoiler free set-up is required. Basically, someone tried to kill this girl Jenny on prom night, but she survived and went to live in seclusion with some classmate whose name escapes me. Jenny and classmate call 4 people who interacted with Jenny at the prom to help Jenny figure out what happened. The most frustrating part of this was that every time a character told part of their story, everyone would turn to Jenny to have her confirm it. As if it wasn’t ridiculous enough to have the story stop to let Jenny say “yes, that’s true” (not an actual quote) to everything said, the fact that they were looking to the girl who is having trouble remembering what happened to confirm their stories was rage inducing.
Something else that was poorly done was how everyone told their stories. One person would say what happened from their perspective, and then a second person would tell their story, but they would repeat parts of what the first had already said. This was a very short book, and there was no need for it to be as long and repetitive as it was.
And then there were the characters. None of them had any redeeming qualities. They were more like what an adult who wasn’t one of the “popular kids” thinks teenagers are like. I never went to any parties, but I can tell you that the “popular kids” don’t just spend their time trying to have as much sex and get as drunk and high as possible, while being generally horrible for no good reason.
The mystery was also very predictable. You might even be able to tell who tried to kill Jenny from what little I’ve said here. If you’ve seen/read any bad teen mystery, there is really no reason to read this.
Overall, The Girl Who Wasn’t Dead isn’t worth a read, earning it 1 star out of 5.