Monday, December 6, 2010

Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck

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. 


This was my first Richard Peck story. Like many authors, I've often come across his books but always put them in my save-for-later pile. So, I was very happy and excited that I was taking the leap and finally reading one of his books. Three Quarters Dead is your typical girl-gets-a-chance-to-roll-will-the-most-exclusive-clique-in-school-and-soon-finds-out-that-she-can't-handle-it story. Keeping what you've read in the synopsis in mind you can basically come to the conclusion that all isn't what it seems in this story. 

While I was reading this book I kept trying to figure out what the supernatural slant to the plot would be. Throughout the story I thought the girls in the clique were witches but as it turned out they weren't (don't worry I won't spoil you. I want to say I enjoyed the story (in a way I did), but despite the fact that it as fun to read about Kerry coming into her own, and realizing that not because it says designer means that it looks or smells good on you. I mean, when written well stories like that are always fun. However, what was lacking for me was the supernatural plot line. Yes it made me feel as if what happened Kerry could easily happen to me, but (call me jaded or greedy) I felt that  there could have been more to the story-- supernatural wise. If you're interested in reading Three Quarters Dead please do so and tell me what you think.

Despite my mixed feeling towards this book I really want to try reading another Richard Peck story, and thinking about it is making me excited to do just that. So if you have any recommendations at all please do not hesitate to point me in that book's direction.

1 comment:

Nina said...

I read this for a science fiction project and I didn't enjoy it.I thought that some parts were a little bit rushed.But that's just my opinion.