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The Resource Kiss me kill me, Lauren Henderson

Kiss me kill me, Lauren Henderson

Label
Kiss me kill me
Title
Kiss me kill me
Statement of responsibility
Lauren Henderson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Longing to be part of the in-crowd at her exclusive London school, orphaned, sixteen-year-old Scarlett, a trained gymnast, eagerly accepts an invitation to a party whose disastrous outcome changes her life forever
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YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2011
Review
  • Gr. 9-12 Fans of Libba Bray's books will enjoy this contemporary British murder mystery featuring 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield, an orphaned heiress who believes that her first kiss kills her longtime crush, Dan McAndrew. Although she is not charged with Dan's death, Scarlett feels responsible, and her subsequent expulsion from her exclusive London private school doesn't help. Scarlett retreats to her grandmother's private girls' school, where she tries to put herself back together and find out who, and what, really killed Dan. Henderson knows how to construct a murder mystery. Her pacing and exposition of clues are skillful, and intriguing secondary characters abound. The many Briticisms make sense in context and will not deter American readers. Scarlett is a talented gymnast, and her training episodes capture the sport's excitement and the athletes' constant striving for perfection. An abrupt ending will leave readers gasping with anticipation for a sequel that will hopefully pick up the fast-paced story's loose threads. -- Carton, Debbie (Reviewed 02-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 11, p42)
  • Gr 8 Up— Seconds into her first kiss, Scarlett watches her dream guy, Dan, fall to the floor dead. Traumatized, she switches from one posh English girls' school to another, where a mysterious note forces her to question whether he died naturally or was murdered. Sharp, witty narration makes Scarlett's simple sleuthing a lark. Teens will find themselves enamored with Henderson's sassy British colloquialisms and the protagonist's pluck. Her gymnastics skills, which surface at key moments throughout the story, will inspire oohs and aahs as well. A cliff-hanger ending might frustrate readers looking for resolution, but like a complicated tumbling sequence, this lithe mystery has great momentum.—Shelley Huntington, New York Public Library --Shelley Huntington (Reviewed March 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 3, p200)
  • Turning for the first time to YA, Henderson (the Sam Jones mysteries; Jane Austen's Guide to Dating ) kicks off her Scarlett Wakefield series with a mostly captivating mystery. Sixteen-year-old Scarlett is trapped in social obscurity at St. Tabitha's, an ultra-ritzy, all-girls' school in London. Used to spending her free time at gymnastics practice and watching movies with her only two friends, Scarlett is stunned when the school's poshest set invites her to one of their parties. She eagerly accepts, hoping to see her longtime crush, Dan McAndrew, the most golden of the boys from the neighboring school. But when she and Dan actually kiss, he drops dead at her feet—and her classmates brand Scarlett a murderer. Forced to flee to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, a private school in the English countryside where her aristocratic grandmother reigns as headmistress, Scarlett launches her own investigation to discover the cause of death and clear her name. The marriage of chick lit and murder can be awkward: Scarlett can barely breathe in Dan's presence, but Henderson can't let readers get invested in him lest the treatment of his death seem casual. However, this author knows just how to time even the smallest revelations for maximum drama, and her mini-sleuth has a natural glamour and intelligence that Nancy Drew can only dream of. The audience will be rivited. Ages 14-up. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed January 21, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 3, p172)
  • Stylish, sassy prose spins a whodunit that doesn't quite satisfy. Sixteen-year-old Scarlett Wakefield suffers from the usual teenage-girl angst: to be part of the popular crowd and to kiss Dan, one of the most popular boys in her class. When these wishes are granted with an invitation to a posh party, Scarlett finds herself among the glitzy girls and their upscale lifestyle and in the arms of her adored Dan. When she and Dan kiss, he suddenly, horribly dies of anaphylactic shock. Nicknamed "the Kiss of Death Girl," Scarlett is sent to live with her grandmother at Wakefield Hall. Finding an anonymous note in her desk, she discovers that she may not be to blame for Dan's death and finds herself embroiled in mystery. Reminiscent of a young Stephanie Plum, Scarlett's sharp sense of self-deprecating humor shines. While a breezy blend of mystery and mean-girl fun, Henderson's offering doesn't provide its reader enough of a resolution to be fulfilling; they may be disappointed to work their way through to find that too many threads have been left dangling in order to carry over to a sequel. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
260939
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Henderson, Lauren
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
930L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PZ7.H3807
LC item number
Kis 2008
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 12
Reading level
5.9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Scarlett Wakefield mysteries
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Popularity
  • Orphans
  • Friendship
  • Wealth
  • Bullying
  • Murder
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Mystery and detective stories
  • England
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Kiss me kill me, Lauren Henderson
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
660615
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
260 pages
Isbn
9780385734875
Isbn Type
(trade)
Lccn
2007027653
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385734875
  • (OCoLC)167491236
Label
Kiss me kill me, Lauren Henderson
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
660615
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
260 pages
Isbn
9780385734875
Isbn Type
(trade)
Lccn
2007027653
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385734875
  • (OCoLC)167491236

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