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Dead Girls Don't Write Letters

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Dead Girls Don't Write Letters

You
know that DEAD GIRLS DON'T WRITE LETTERS will be a page-turner from
the initial hook. "Things had been getting a little better until I
got a letter from my dead sister," says the 14-year old narrator,
Sunny Reynolds.


Sunny's older sister, Jazz, has presumably died in a fire in New
York City, although her remains are never found. Soon after they
receive the tragic news, Sunny's family begins to unravel. Her
mother becomes severely depressed and her father starts drinking
heavily. The family, already torn apart by divorce, becomes even
more dysfunctional.


Sunny is the only one in the family who is not upset by the loss of
her sister; she had been living in Jazz's shadow her entire life.
So when a letter from Jazz arrives in the mailbox, announcing that
she will be returning home soon, Sunny does not share in her
parents' excitement.


The girl who arrives at the house is not Jazz, but an imposter.
Sunny and her father quickly realize the truth, but Sunny's mother
wants desperately to believe that Jazz is alive. The tension is
heightened when Sunny matches wits with the imposter. However, the
plot suddenly twists and turns in unexpected directions and the
story is wrapped up too quickly, leaving me to question what really
happened.


DEAD GIRLS DON'T WRITE LETTERS is a psychological thriller that
will cause readers to analyze the ambiguous ending and reach their
own conclusion.


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Reviewed by Renee Kirchner on October 18, 2011

Dead Girls Don't Write Letters
by Gail Giles

  • Publication Date: August 24, 2004
  • Genres: Psychological Thriller
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • ISBN-10: 0689866240
  • ISBN-13: 9780689866241