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I Belong

Review: Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck

Title: Three Quarters Dead

AuthorRichard Peck

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: N/A

Publication DateOctober 28, 2010

Format: Hardcover, 208 Pages

ISBN-10: 0803731519 (Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0803734548 (Penguin)

Reviewed byBridget


Kerry is chosen by the coolest clique in school and so she thinks life has finally begun. But then it seems all over when her three friends are killed in a shocking car accident. Or are they? Only weeks after the accident, Kerry receives a text from one of the girls: We’re all 3 here at my aunt’s in the city. Take the 3:50 train. B there. Exhilarating, terrifying suspense is crossed with a thought-provoking examination of peer pressure in Richard Peck’s return to his contemporary teen- and ghost-story roots. This is a master author’s gift to the Gossip Girl/Twilight generation: his own smart, stylish, and fun take on the paranormal.

Quick & Dirty: This was a coming of age book that really fell short for me.  The main character was very weak and the plot was really boring.

Opening Sentence: Actually, this isn’t about now.

Excerpt: No

The Review

Kerry has just started her sophomore year of high school.  Her best friend was shipped off to boarding school so she is quite the loner now.  She sits by herself at the lunch table but on the other end of the table the most popular girls in the school sit.  There are three girls that rule Pondfield high: Tanya Spangler, Natalie Davenport, and Mackenzie Kemp.  Mackenzie is a junior with ginger hair and she has a cute Scottish accent.  Natalie is a senior that is by far the most beautiful girl in the school with long brown hair and violet eyes.  Tanya is also a senior and she is the leader of the group.  She is gorgeous and she has an attitude to match it.

One day at lunch Kerry is invited to sit with them.  Kerry can’t believe it and she soon becomes a part of the group or at least she thinks she does.  On Halloween night she is invited over to Tanya’s house for a get together, but they ask her to play a cruel joke on another class mate.  Kerry wants to fit in so bad that she goes ahead and does it, but she feels guilty about it.  Not long after that there is a horrible accident and Tanya, Natalie, and Mackenzie are killed.  Kerry goes into a depression and has a hard time getting over it.  Then one day in the spring she gets a text from Tanya, to come and hang out with them.  Did they really die in that car crash — Kerry is about to find out.

Kerry is a very weak character.  She is so naïve that it is irritating.  I get she has no friends and she wants to fit in, but she will basically do anything the girls ask, whether she wants to or not.  She blindly trusts these girls that she barely knows just because they are popular and they sort of include her.  She had no personality of her own, and she never really develops one.   I thought that she was a boring character and there was really nothing that I liked about her.

This was a really boring read for me.  The plot was really under developed and honestly I felt that nothing really happened in the book.  It jumped around and the paranormal part of it really didn’t seem to fit in.  The characters were all pretty weak and I didn’t really like any of them.  Honestly, I understand wanting to fit in, but this book took mean girls to the extreme and Kerry was so naive that she just went along with everything.  This is my first book by Richard Peck and honestly I think it will be my last.  I can’t really recommend this book to anyone since I really didn’t enjoy it.

Notable Scene

The sun glared on the screen, and the message melted.  I hadn’t been keeping my phone charged.  But the important thing is that Tanya texted.

The bell went, and the courtyard filled up with classes changing.  Not a big bunch.  It was the Friday before prom, and a lot of people had manicure appointments.

It was warm now, way past crocuses, and people were looking ahead to summer.  The guys were in Lacoste and long shorts, and the girls were less layered.  Everybody back in flip-flops.  Their quick glances bounced off me.  I was back to being invisible these days.  I wanted to be.

But I was there, more or less.  On the bench with the phone in my lap, thinking about the first train into the city after seventh period.  The crowd flowed on like I was gone already.

Then I remembered.  Tanya was dead.

FTC Advisory: Penguin provided me with a copy of Three Quarters Dead. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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