Synopses & Reviews
Thick with suspense and simmering with adolescent turmoil, Bad Girls
is an action-adventure survival story that pits a group of troubled teens against a forbidding tropical landscape, an elusive enemy, and, worst of all, each other. It's Mean Girls
meets Lord of the Flies
, and it marks the debut of an innovative new voice in fiction.
Anna Wheeler's parents have had it up to here. They can't seem to control their daughter anymore and so, one night, Anna's yanked from her bed and carted off to Camp Archstone boot camp for troubled teen girls. There, on a vast, remote, sparsely populated island, Anna will be expected to change her ways and repent for the sins her religious father just can't seem to forgive. Here's a hint: There's a boy involved. No, a man.
Life at Camp Archstone is Anna's worst nightmare. Every minute of the day is scheduled, the counselors are hardcore, and one girl is crueler than the next. But when a grueling hike into the forest goes horribly wrong, things go from bad to worse. Stalked by an unknown foe and left to fend for themselves, the girls band together to try to find their way back to civilization and that's when the real trouble begins.
"[S]ome readers (the majority of whom will probably be older teens) will enjoy the nail-biting suspense, the jungle survival challenges, and the mean-girls politics." Booklist
"Not that the writing was spectacular, or the story was especially amazing, but it was a well-written, engrossing tale that simply unfolded at its own pace, which happened to be a very quick pace." Curled Up With A Good Book
In this survival/adventure tale about a group of troubled young women stranded in the wilderness, the real trouble begins when they band together to find their way back to civilization.
About the Author
Alex McAulay, author of Bad Girls, Lost Summer, and Oblivion Road, is a graduate of Brown University, and holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also an indie-rock musician who has recorded several albums under the name Charles Douglas. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa.&