Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: 1st May 2009
Vicks is the wild child whose boyfriend has gone suspiciously quiet since he left for college; Mel is the newcomer desperate to be liked; and Jesse will do anything to avoid a life-altering secret. Each one has her own reason for wanting to get out of their nowheresville town, even just for the weekend. So they climb in Jesse’s mom’s “borrowed” station wagon and head south.
Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything.
How to Be Bad is a fun story about family, friends and an ancient stuffed alligator.
The three-way split narration told the stories of three very different girls. Vicks is bright and spunky, Jesse is very religious and a little uptight and Mel is quiet and eager to be liked. All three added different dimensions to the story with their opposing characters and backgrounds. The only one of the girls I didn’t like was Jesse. She was far too religious and preachy for me to gel to her.
With the three girls written by three distinctly different authors, every teenage girl will be able to identify with bits of all three of them. So many teenage dilemmas were faced by Vicks, Jesse and Mel. Serious illness, the need to fit in and be liked, sibling rivalry and long-distance relationships are just a few of them.
I love books about road trips. Everything about them appeals to me, from singing along to the radio to the utter freedom of it to the wacky stops you make along the way. I’d love to do one myself, New York to LA preferably! Maybe one day…
While not one of my favourites, How to Be Bad is an easy, enjoyable read from three brilliant authors.