Bad Girl Gone

Reviewed by Melanie on September 12, 2017


Echo has woken up in a room she’s not familiar with, surrounded by people she doesn’t know. After running away to her house, Echo finds out she’s been murdered. Like all the residents at Middle House, Echo will remain here until she discoveres who murdered her, and how to settle the rest of her unfinished business.

The writing style of the author is very fluid and easy to read. The storyline never really gets dull and it’s easy to move through it fairly quickly. I thought that a book about dead children would be macabre and difficult to read, but the unique situation of the children was interesting and made for an enjoyable read.

The characters of the book, especially Echo were a bit boring. Echo disocveres things about herself throughout the book that causes her to second guess how she saw her life. With the title, I expected Echo to be a “bad girl” but did really see that, even in her memories. There are rumors of her cheating on Andy, but she never confirs this, leaving me to feel like perhaps she was bitchy, but a lot of teenagers are.

Cole is the most interesting character of the book, but I think that is because we don’t really get to know him. It’s written that he and Echo “talk” about their lives, but other than learning about how he dies, we don’t know much else about him, or reall any of the kids at Middle House. We get small glimpses, but never get daetails. With Cole being one of the primary characters I expected to learn more about him.

The other Middle House residents, like Zipperhead and Echo’s roomate Lucy were flat with bit parts that made them seem like afterthoughts to the actual story.

Overall I enjoyed the book. The concept of “Middle House” for murdered children is an interesting one and is a neat take on life after death and purgatory. I had guessed the ending about three quarters of the way through the book, but enjoyed the satisfying ending regardless. A nice quick read that officially completed my 2017 GoodReads Challenge to read 100 books.

Bad Girl Gone Book Cover Bad Girl Gone
Temple Matthews
Young Adult, Mystery, Fiction
A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
August 8, 2017

Sixteen year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea where she is or how she got there. But she soon finds out she s in Middle House, an orphanage filled with mysteriously troubled kids.

There s just one problem: she s not an orphan. Her parents are very much alive.

She explains this to everyone, but no one will listen. After befriending a sympathetic (and handsome) boy, Echo is able to escape Middle House and rush home, only to discover it sealed off by crime scene tape and covered in the evidence of a terrible and violent crime. As Echo grapples with this world-shattering information, she spots her parents driving by and rushes to flag them down. Standing in the middle of street, waving her arms to get their attention, her parents car drives right through her.

She was right. Her parents are alive but she's not.

She s a ghost, just like all the other denizens of Middle House. Desperate to somehow get her life back and reconnect with her still-alive boyfriend, Echo embarks on a quest to solve her own murder. As the list of suspects grows, the quest evolves into a journey of self-discovery in which she learns she wasn't quite the girl she thought she was. In a twist of fate, she s presented with one last chance to reclaim her life and must make a decision which will either haunt her or bless her forever.

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