Famous Last Words by Katie AlenderFamous Last Words by Katie Alender

Famous Last Words

byKatie Alender

Hardcover | September 30, 2014

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Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this un-putdownable thriller by master storyteller Katie Alender.

Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone - orsomething - is trying to send her a message.

Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles - a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.

All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem - and the movies.

KATIE ALENDER is the acclaimed author of several novels for young adults, including the Bad Girls Don't Die series and Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer. A graduate of the Florida State University Film School, Katie now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her daughter, and her very spoiled dog, Winston. She enjoys reading, sewing, and...
Title:Famous Last WordsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.54 × 5.78 × 1.11 inShipping dimensions:8.54 × 5.78 × 1.11 inPublished:September 30, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545639972

ISBN - 13:9780545639972

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ! I bought this book a few years ago, and still in fact is on my top lists of favorites. In all honestly I'm not a huge fan of murders and thriller (more of a romance lover) but this book sparked my interest! Absolutely recommend to anyone wanting to try out a murder, thriller, supernatural themed book, and trust me when I say you won't be able to put it down once you get started.
Date published: 2019-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved I read this book a long time ago and I remember not being able to put it down. Not really being a fan of books that involve supernatural elements, I was pleasantly surprised. I would definitely want to read more books like this.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Re-read Many Times!!!! I borrowed this book from a friend before I bought myself a copy. It was such a page turner that I just couldn't put it down! As soon as I finished reading it I went right back to the beginning to start reading it again. I would always recommend this book to anyone who likes a little bit of a mystery!
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turning read "Hollywood can be murder" This is a really great book! I read it in two days because it was that good! This is a contemporary and a mystery.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good first read from this author I gave this book a 3.5. Famous Last Words is a supernatural thriller with a creepy mix of a ghost, multiple murders, a serial killer, and the magic of Hollywood. The book starts off right away. The house has a drippy leak that doesn't exists. There is a dead body in Willa's swimming pool, which disappears as soon as Willa's parents check on her. The mystery of the Hollywood Killer is not as climactic as it could be. Admittedly, I had a hunch as to who the murderer was going to be from the moment we first met him, but I wasn’t exactly sure how it was all going to come about and how he did it. I loved the creepiness of intertwining the murders with old movie scenes, this is what brought Hollywood to the book. Paranormal events happen almost out of nowhere, and there were definitely some parts that had me looking around the room. The combination of Willa’s visions along with the paranormal episodes helped drive the story and made it hard for me to put it down. This was my first book from this author, and I have a feeling that if I see another Katie Alender book, I will be glad to snatch it up.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good sit-down read. Suspenseful and creative, Katie Alender definitely knows how to keep us at our toes.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely Worth The Buy I sat down and read this while on a road trip and it was just so good I didn't even realize time was passing as I wouldn't put the book down. Finished reading in a couple days as it kept distracting me from everything. I just kept asking what is going to happen next and was disappointed when the book came to an end.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great plot! Very exciting and thrilling. This book has everything, mystery, hollywood history, murder and many more! The plot was good and I didn't see the plot twist, which I took very hard. Willa, I found a very relate-able character. She had her problems and wasn't a perfect protagonist, which makes you think, are the things she's seeing real or just in her head. This is a great book if you like the whole creepy vibe thing. Famous Last Words will give you a spook but it doesn't have a lot of romance in it ( not like Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer ) but its good enough. Once again, Alender created another great paranormal/thriller that'll keep you on your toes.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good. It was enjoyable and exciting. Even though it is short, it is well written and worth the time.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful! It was an enjoyable read and the author hit all the right marks when it comes to adding the perfect amount of suspense. There were moments that were pretty spooky and kept me wanting to read and find out what’s happening.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful story to read late into the night The Master of Suspense Katie Alender writes a dark and fascinating tale about a ghost and a girl. Willa has to figure out what this ghost is trying to tell her, before its to late.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book is amazng i love books like this i really do hope that you wite more books like this that would be great!!|
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book! This book excited,scared and kept me on my feet wanting more. If your looking for a book that has a little romance and some scares this is it.
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A compelling and somewhat creepy contemporary When I first heard about Famous Last Words, I knew I had to pick it up, despite it being a book I wouldn’t normally read. And oh boy am I glad I did. This book has everything! Murder, mystery, red carpets, brooding boys, new stepfathers, serial killers, and snarky characters. Basically, a recipe for a great read. Willa is moving on up, to Hollywood! But only because her mom has remarried and Willa’s stepfather is some big-deal director. While struggling with finding her place in a new world, Willa also discovers that there’s a serial killer out there. And this serial killer targets young Hollywood actresses and recreates famous movie murder scenes, earning the killer the lovely nickname of the Hollywood Killer (personally, I like The Screamwriter better). But that’s not all! Willa is seeing things that aren’t really there and her new home may not be as safe as she thought… Once again I repeat, this is all a recipe for a great read! *cackles* If that short description didn’t sell you, here’s to hoping that I can help. Famous Last Words is definitely a unique contemporary novel, with its somewhat closed-off main character and original plot. Willa was definitely a mystery to read about, especially since she keeps a part of her self secret even from herself, but over time, she learns to forget the past and get over what happened before the big move. (Are you hooked yet?) Her personal character development was just marvellous to read about and it kinda helps that she’s a little snarky. Besides the awesome that is Willa, the whole plot was very great too. I loved reading about the serial killer and about all the victims, reading what lead them to being killed. (I meant that in an interested way, not in a creepy way). And I am so pleased to say that where the plot is concerned, THERE IS A TWIST! And oh, it is a good one! Despite the greatness of Famous Last Words, I have slight reservations about the romance. I thought the romance was somewhat cliche, typical and rushed but it was very cute and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me giddy at one point or another. But unlike most YA novels, the romance is not as typical as *characters meet and instantly feel connection*, the romance builds over time and I think it turns out really well. Overall, Famous Last Words is just an awesome novel that I highly enjoyed and highly recommend for people looking for an unusual and somewhat creepy contemporary read. Pro tip: don’t read this one during a thunderstorm as I made the mistake of doing, it gets really creepy but still so enjoyable!
Date published: 2015-02-08

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer:

"Delicious, campy mayhem." -School Library Journal

"A story that mixes slice-of-life teen drama with supernatural menace, infused with the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Paris that comes to life in the process." -Publishers Weekly

"All the flavor of a macaron, bound by a ganache of sweet, supernatural grit." -Kirkus