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QUICK NOTES: The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride

QUICK NOTES: The Bakersville Dozen was a little bit like stepping into a teenage horror/melodrama TV show halfway through the season. There were some great things revealed but you would have liked to read more about them "in-the-moment", you wanted the first half that felt cut-out. Instead, you're suddenly in the middle of the story and it's a little hard to find the right mindset.

For the purposes of the book a lot of things made sense but at the same time you’re wondering why everyone is making such stupid choices... just like most dramatic teen shows... but still, it was at times just baffling. It was entertaining, for sure, and had its moments but it was also obvious and unsurprising. With a few tweaks here and there and more time and chapters spent leading up to what we had, I think it could have been great.

Ultimately, I just wanted the book to be done.

RATING: ★★★☆☆/ 2.75 stars.


GENRE: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

SYNOPSIS: You have four days to locate five treasured trophies. Break the rules and you all die. Happy hunting!

Back in September, the town of Bakersville, Ohio made national news when a video went viral featuring thirteen of the high school’s elite in compromising positions. Now it’s May, and every month since the “Bakersville Dozen” made their infamous appearance on the national stage, one girl has gone missing. Officials are no closer to identifying the criminal.

Bailey “Like a Virgin” Holzman is getting really fed up with the scrutiny. She just wants to enjoy the rest of her senior year and have an epic summer before heading off to college. So when she discovers a note in her locker on the last day of school inviting her on a scavenger hunt, she thinks it’s just a sweet surprise from her boyfriend trying to cheer her up.

But following the clue leads her, instead, to the first official casualty. And another sinister envelope. The killer is close, and it could be anyone. Even the people Bailey’s always trusted most—her best friend, her perfect boyfriend, or the boy-next-door she’s always pined for.

With the clock ticking, she faces a terrifying choice: play the game by the killer’s rules—follow the clues, tell no one, and no cops—for a chance to save the rest of the missing girls, or risk becoming the next grisly victim.


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