I started Dead Girls Don't Blog by Pamela Frost Dennis unsure as to what I would find when I opened the book and began to read. What I found was a story that surprised me. Mrs. Dennis wrote her story in a way that twisted my mind and made me question what would be right or wrong. As I journeyed through this book, I found myself questioning what I would do in a similar situation. I will admit that I did take my time with this book because of the extreme emotions the story incited. I had to analyze not only the book but myself. So, please remember that as I write this review.
I'll start with the setting. I loved that the story took place in Santa Lucia, California. It gave a vibrant backdrop to a very sad story. The setting showed a nice neighborhood along with a college atmosphere ripe with fraternities and sororities. I have to give Mrs. Dennis kudos for that. The setting allowed some light into a dark situation.
Now, I will get to the characters. I loved Katy. She made me smile and she seemed like someone that I would be friends with. Equally, I loved her mother, father, Sam and grandmother, Ruby and of course, Josh the Viking too. Even her pets, Daisy and Tabitha were wonderful. Surprisingly, I found that I liked Jake and Phil and that's where my feelings become conflicted. I can understand these characters. I can understand what led them to their fates and it shook me.
That leads me to the story itself. When I pick up a book, I want conflicts and emotion but I also want something that makes me think. This book did that. It made me think and see mistakes. This book made me experience humanity in a very raw form. So, I am in awe of the talent of Mrs. Pamela Frost Dennis.
So, now I am to the part where I give something that I disliked about the book. The problem is that I couldn't find one thing wrong. I loved it. I can't wait to read book two. Thank you for a wonderful story, Pamela Frost Dennis.
My Rating: 5
My book cover rating: 3