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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (8 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416960600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416960607
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback.Pub Date:2009-09-08 Pages:170 Language: Publisher:Simon Pulse 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 didnt 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 Alices story. It is one you have never heard. and one you will never. ever forget.


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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I received my copy of LIVING DEAD GIRL right before it came out in September. I read it the same day, and promptly hid it in a huge stack of other books, hoping to forget about it. I didn't. I came across it last week, and sat down and read it again. This time, I knew that, just like before, I'd never forget it, but I finally decided I was ready to write a review on the story.

Alice has lived with Ray since she was ten. Now that she's fifteen, she knows her time with him is about to come to an end. The only question will be how it will happen - whether Ray will kill her, or whether she'll kill herself.

You see, Alice wasn't always Alice. She was once a girl with a mom and dad who loved her, until the day Ray abducted her during a school field trip. Although they don't live far from her childhood home, Alice has only once made an attempt to escape, and that was right after she was abducted. Ever since then, she's become the emotional/physical/sexual slave that Ray has turned her into, and she does what she's told, when she's told.

When Ray sets his sights on Lucy, a replacement girl, Alice couldn't be more thrilled. Her time with Ray is finally, finally coming to an end, and all she can do is experience immense relief. She may have a moment's doubt about setting up a small, young girl to go through the same torture and torment she has endured, but basically, that overwhelming sense of relief is all she can bring herself to feel.

Events unfold quickly, and the ending of the story is not a resolution so much as a beginning to an entire new set of complications.

I hated LIVING DEAD GIRL, in a way that made me love it.
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I knew this wasn't going to be an easy read but I wasn't completely prepared for how brutally realistic it was going to be. I loved Bloom and was astonished that this was written by the same author - it was just so different. It was beautifully written though, almost like verse in a way, and I truly believed in Alice's voice. I had so many emotions while reading it - horror, sympathy, hatred, unease and for some reason guilt. It almost felt as if I was reading something I shouldn't really be reading - which in itself is testament to Scott's talent as a writer.

The story is devastatingly sad. It scared the hell out of me too and I realised that Alice's three rules - No one will see you. No one will say anything. No one will save you - are unfortunately true. How many times do we `not see' the things we don't want to see? How many times to we not want to get involved? It also gave me an insight into abuse that I had never really considered. I have never understood why someone would stay, would not tell someone what was happening - but I didn't really understand the impact of fear as a motivator. I realised after reading this though that fear for oneself is not the only type of fear - the threat against her family was so strong I could understand why it had the impact it did and it terrified me that essentially love can be used against you in this way. It also scared me that I could see signs in Alice that she too had the potential to become an abuser - how that the need to escape, to not be abused anymore overtook everything else.

Would I recommend this book? Hell yes! It's not the most comfortable read but Elizabeth Scott does an outstanding job bringing the story alive. It was absolutely heartbreaking to read but Alice will be a character I remember for a long time.
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This was a quick read. Wasn't crazy about it though. It wasn't even the subject matter (I've read darker), but the writing style. I know the intention was to tell it through the eyes of an emotionally damaged girl, but it wasn't for me.
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A heartfelt piece of writing that will pull at your heartstrings, you will need a ox of tissues after reading this. It faces real issues and seriously provoked some strong thoughts, it was heart felt and you better be prepared... It slightly similar to Lovely Bones in some aspect whilst been unique
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This is one of the hardest books I have read. I had absolute hatred for Ray and his actions, I felt sad for Alice and admired her strength to cope with the horrific life Ray has endured her to. It is well written and believable which is what makes it so difficult to read, the story is horrible but it does happen in real life and you do believe it is happening to this little girl. It has been passed onto all of my friends and they all felt the same which is unusual as we are a diverse group with varying tastes. If you want a light hearted chick lit book this is not for you, but if you want to really engage with the characters and go through a whole range of emotions whilst reading it then definitely buy it.
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I read a lot of true crime books as well as fiction and I have to say that this book is pretty realistic and even harrowing in places - I wonder if it was part inspired by the true life case of Jessyca Mullenberg who was abducted by a neighbour? However I did find the 'poetic' way it was written a little frustrating and I would have liked more details - for example how did he actually get her to leave the zoo with him? Why didn't she make a fuss or try to attract anyone's attention? I can understand how she was intimated later and brainwashed into staying because of his threats to her family but how did he initially manage to get her away? Yes I understand that it is supposed to be from the viewpoint of an extremely emotionally damaged abuse victim but I would have preferred a more documentary style narrative and I think the book should have been longer. Also didn't really like the ambivalent ending - I felt I needed something more positive to uplift me since the whole book was such a downer. That having been said it's a worthwhile read for adults as well as young adults. Not for younger children in any shape or form though.
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