Living Dead Girl

With a title like Living Dead Girl, I didn’t expect this book to be light and fluffy, but I was not prepared for it to be as disturbing as it was.  This novel by Elizabeth Scott gives readers a look at what life might be like for someone held captive by a pedophile.

Alice was ten when Ray kidnapped her.  She is now fifteen, and Ray is looking for a new little girl to replace her.  Alice is dead inside, and she will do anything to escape Ray’s torture, including picking out her replacement–the new Alice.  She knows this means her life will soon end, but it really ended the day he took her.  That’s when she became Alice, and she just wants it to be over.  Even if it means that another girl must take her place.   She can’t ask for help because Ray will kill her family.  And, really, no one wants to see what’s really going on.  Alice knows her only choice is to die.

Elizabeth Scott’s Living Dead Girl is a gripping account of what a child living with a pedophile might go through and how this abuse becomes cyclical.  No matter how hard I try, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget this book.

If you enjoyed Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones or Patricia McCormick’s Sold, you might want to read Living Dead Girl.

Note:  This book is definitely for mature readers.  I don’t think I would recommend it to most teens.  Many of my students (and a few adults I know) would not be able to handle the book’s subject matter.

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