Book Review: Three Quarters Dead by: Richard Peck



Rating:
4/5

Publisher:
Dial Books

Publish Date:
October 28, 2010

Origins:
From Publisher for Review

Format:
Hardcover

Order From: 
Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
Kerry is chosen by the coolest clique in school and so she thinks life has finally begun. For once she's in on the jokes and sitting at the right table, and she is willing to do whatever it takes to be part of their clique. But then it seems all over when her three friends are killed in a shocking car accident. Or are they? Only weeks after the accident, Kerry receives a text from one of the girls: We're all 3 here at my aunt's in the city. Take the 3:50 train. B there.

But how much will it take? And after her life with the popular crowd starts to feel as cruel as death, what will she decided to do about it?

Exhilarating, terrifying suspense is crossed with a thought-provoking examination of peer pressure in Richard Peck's return to his contemporary teen- and ghost-story roots. This is a master author's gift to the Gossip Girl/Twilight generation: his own smart, stylish, and fun take on the paranormal.

Review: Kerry's the type of girl who just wants to to fit in and when the three top girls in school pick her to come sit with them at lunch, she's beside herself. But Kerry's always two steps behind - she doesn't know what's going on and tries even harder to fit in with them, showing them that she doesn't really belong. Then one day, a car crash takes the lives of  the three girls leaving Kerry alone and unsure of herself. Until she gets a text from Tanya...who is supposed to be dead.

This was a mind-twisting tale of cruelty, power, and the struggle to define one's self. The 'mean girls' are delectably cruel and Kerry is the shy shrinking violet who longs for nothing else than to be important - to belong - to them. Don't read this one too quick or you might miss some details that you'll need to file away for later. It reminds me a bit of 'Stir of Echoes' meets 'Mean Girls' meets 'Jawbreaker'. Enjoy at your own risk!

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