Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott [ARC]

Living Dead Girl

I liken this book to a car accident…  It was both terrible and disturbing, but I couldn’t seem to make myself look away.  In this story, 15-year-old “Alice” tells about how she came to be in her current situation — living as a sex slave for a child molester named Ray.  Alice is not even her real name.  It’s just the name that Ray gave her.  Alice also happens to be the same name Ray gave to the girl he had before her; the girl Ray killed when he was “done” with her.  After systematically breaking her down, through both physical violence and mental torture, Ray has Alice convinced that she has no other choice but to obey his every command.  How is that even possible, you may wonder?  She once told him where she lived, because she believed that he would take her home, and he now threatens to kill her parents if she ever misbehaves or runs away.  As terrible as it is to live this way, though, Alice “knows” that she alone can save her family from being brutally murdered.  Alice has something even worse looming on the horizon, nevertheless, because no matter how much Ray starves her, she is starting to go through puberty.  Alice no longer looks quite so young, so Ray “needs” a new girl…  And Alice is supposed to help him find her.  Will Alice help Ray or try to save another little girl from this terrible life?  Will Alice ever get away from Ray?  Will she ever see her family again?  I’m sure it won’t take you long to find out the answers to these questions — because you won’t be able to put the book down once you start reading…

Happy reading!

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6 responses to “Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott [ARC]

  1. Seriously? “Happy reading?” And you recommend this as a “great book for tweens and teens”?

    Wow.

  2. “Happy Reading!” is just the way I always end my blog posts… It’s like Tim Russert always ended Meet the Press by saying, “If it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Press.” Just my little way of signing off — although I agree that the phrase does not always match the tone of the books I review. And, as far as this being “a great book for tweens and teens”… Well, I really think it is… For SOME tweens and teens. I am very clear about the fact that it was a disturbing book, but some kids have rather disturbing lives. As Josh Westbrook once said, “…kids are living stories every day that we wouldn’t let them read.” I do not feel that it is my job to censor the materials that are available to tweens and teens, but rather to provide them with sufficient information to decide for themselves. If you think this book looks too horrible, please feel free not to read it.

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  4. Love your response to that comment, Chrissie.

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