Bad Girls Never Say Die

Jennifer Mathieu

Bad Girls Never Say Die
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Bad Girls Never Say Die

Jennifer Mathieu

Evie Barnes is a bad girl. And everyone knows that bad girls make the best friends…

A story of murder, secrets and tragedy from the author of Moxie.

1964. Houston, Texas. Evie Barnes is a ‘bad’ girl. So are all her friends. They’re the sort who wear bold makeup, laugh too loud and run around with boys. Most of all, they protect their own against the world.

So when Evie is saved from being assaulted by a good girl from the right side of the tracks, every rule she’s always lived by is called into question. Now she must rethink everything she knew about loyalty and learn that when girls stick together it doesn’t matter whether they’re ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

In this riveting story of murder, secrets, and tragedy, Jennifer Mathieu reimagines S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders from a female perspective. Bad Girls Never Say Die has all the drama and heartache of that teen classic, but with a feminist take just right for our times.

Review

Author of Moxie, Jennifer Mathieu, has written a compelling re-imagining of one of the greatest books about teen rebellion of all time: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders.

Set in 1964 Houston, it focuses on a group of ‘bad girls’ from the poor part of town, and is written in the voice of 15-year-old Evie, the youngest in her gang of tough girls who cut class, shoplift, steal booze from their parents, and wear a lot of makeup. Their sworn enemies are the rich kids from River Oaks – they call them ‘tea sippers’.

One night at the drive-in, Evie goes to the bathroom alone and is accosted by a River Oaks boy. He pulls her to the back of the toilet block and begins physically assaulting her. Evie passes out and when she wakes up the boy is dead, killed by a tea-sipper girl. The two run away together, and this begins Evie’s friendship with Diane, a girl with a tough life despite her family’s wealth.

Written in a style as fast-paced as Hinton’s original, and with an authentic early 1960s setting, this is a story about girls daring to be themselves and fighting for love and friendship, despite forces within their families and society telling them otherwise. The gang of young women are so real and authentic that you want to befriend them. I literally could not put down this brilliant, engaging novel. It will be truly loved by The Outsiders and Moxie fans alike.

Highly recommended for readers ages 13+.


Angela Crocombe is from Readings Kids.

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