The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine KaplanThe Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan

The Accidental Bad Girl

byMaxine Kaplan

Hardcover | May 15, 2018

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After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has been hacked and she’s being framed for stealing from a dealer, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a drug ring lurking in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. If she wants to repair her tattered reputation and save her neck, she’ll have to decide who she really is—and own it. The longer she plays the role of “bad girl,” the more she becomes her new reputation. Friends and enemies, detectives and drug dealers—no one is who they appear to be. Least of all Kendall.
Maxine Kaplan was born in Washington, DC, and now lives in Brooklyn. She studied English and political science at Oberlin College and held a variety of positions in the publishing world before landing at her current job as a private investigator. The Accidental Bad Girl is her first novel.  
Title:The Accidental Bad GirlFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:May 15, 2018Publisher:Amulet BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:141972858X

ISBN - 13:9781419728587


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mehhhhh I had some problems with this one I would probably give this book more like 2.5 than 3 stars. It was overall an okay read. My biggest problem was with Kendall at the beginning of the book, where the plot was set up. She was hacked, beaten up, and threatened by drug dealers for supposedly stealing some of their "doses," and then she was drugged and left outside her school by said drug dealer, and she said nothing to teachers or parents or friends. AND THEN she was blackmailed by the drug dealer to work for her to find who actually stole the doses, and so she actually does work for him! It got a bit better throughout, but I still found some parts a little too unbelievable. Despite this, Kendall is actually a kind of compelling, semi-likable character who seems more pretty realistic in other ways. She deals with identity and who gets to define her, friendships, her feelings toward sex and the double standards that society enforces on different genders, and how to move forward when things are not going well at all.
Date published: 2018-08-07

Editorial Reviews

"An exploration of double standards, rape, petty revenge, and even lax parenting as Kendall faces danger to bring down the despicable dealer who tries to convince her that she is just as amoral as he, simply because she doesn’t behave as girls are supposed to."