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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

"Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time, I didn’t know how lucky I was.

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.
Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.
This is Alice’s story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget." -GoodReads.

Paperback, 170 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published September 2nd 2008)
(I read the published in 2008 book)

There is really not a whole lot that can be said about this book.
It was heart wrenching.
And just straight up sad.

Living Dead Girl is told through Alice's eyes. What she has to go 
through everyday with Ray is just awful. Every time Ray touches her
or doesn't let her eat so that she will stay weak and little,
every time he talks about her death, she wishes she really
 was dead. And that he would just kill her already.

She remembers her life before Ray. How she had everything
and now she has nothing. She wishes she appreciated it
more when she had it.
Alice doesn't think she has the power to ask anyone for help.
He threatens her and he real family so she does nothing.

I wanted to reach through the pages and pull this little girl out,
hold her, and tell her it would be alright. That we could fix it.
Even though Living Dead Girl is only 170 pages, it feels so
much longer, because it is so hard to swallow what is
happening to this poor child.
But I really think it helps raise the question, if you saw something
that doesn't look quite right, would you say something? Or would
you just turn and look the other way and think that it is none of 
your business?

It is a hard read, but it needs to be read.

Living Dead Girl is also a challenged and banned book. THIS website
has an interview with Elizabeth Scott. Notice the reasons she said her 
book has been banned. For "inappropriate content" and "unsatisfactory
ending". It is a great interview so I would suggest reading it.
I whole-heartedly disagree with Living Dead Girl being banned. 
No, it is not a fairy tale. And it has very intense and sometimes graphic
content about how Alice is being abused. But people do need to be
reminded of these kinds of things.
They need to be reminded that it can happen to anyone, so if you see 
something, SAY SOMETHING. Do not just turn your head, because
this story is happening to some poor child.

The "unsatisfactory ending" made me want to punch whoever said it.
I won't say what happens in the end, but this person was seriously
delusional when s/he said it.

It's a really short book, I had it done in a couple hours. So I hope you
decide to pick it up and read it. I will not lie and say it won't get to you,
because it will, but it is supposed to.
It is supposed to push the nice and sweet boundaries that have been 
put up. Not everything is always as it seems, and Living Dead Girl 
really and truly shows that.


  1. Sounds like a powerful book...I'll have to read it but I can probably guess the ending (though I hope I'm wrong.)

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  2. Thanks for the review-- it sounds powerful and like I need to pick it up.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. Sounds like a stunning book and one that I am noting down right now to look into. Thanks for sharing your review with us!

  4. A great review!Usually I don't read books with under 300-250 pages, but Living Dead Girl sounds like a meaningful read. It sounds like I'm going to cry a lot while reading it. Thanks for recommending!

  5. this was a GREAT book. I recommend people to read it!!! It was heartwrenching but definately worth reading!


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