Lessons from a Dead Girl

Lessons from a Dead Girl

by Jo Knowles

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An unflinching story of a troubled friendship -- and one girl’s struggle to come to terms with secrets and shame and find her own power to heal (age 14 and up).

Leah Greene is dead. For Laine, knowing what really happened and the awful feeling that she is, in some way, responsible set her on a journey of painful self-discovery. Yes, she wished for this. She hated Leah that much. Hated her for all the times in the closet, when Leah made her do those things. They were just practicing, Leah said. But why did Leah choose her? Was she special, or just easy to control? And why didn’t Laine make it stop sooner? In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laine is left to explore the devastating lessons Leah taught her, find some meaning in them, and decide whether she can forgive Leah and, ultimately, herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763660024
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 479,561
Lexile: HL620L (what's this?)
File size: 959 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jo Knowles says the inspiration for LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL came from an article she read about kids abusing kids. "I began to wonder what makes childhood friendships so complex, so painful at times, and yet so binding," she says. The recipient of the 2005 PEN New England Children’s Book Discovery Award, Jo Knowles lives in Vermont.

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Lessons from a Dead Girl 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laine possessed a bitter hatred for leah, wishing that Leah would die and leave her alone. She didn't understand her, or why she chose her to be her best friend all those years ago. She didn't understand the things that Leah did to her in the doll closet, or why Leah would torment her with that knowledge and the shame that Laine felt. As they grew older, she didn't understand the problems that Leah faced, or the impact that they had on her behavior. As their English teacher told them once, you only hate what you don't understand.
Now that Leah Greene has died, Laine forces herself to try to understand Leah, and the things that Leah taught her about friendship and secrets. Friends are forever, Leah told her. Permanent just like the ink that Leah used to stake her claim on Laine's hand back when they were young. Laine must now face the impact of what "forever" really means, and how it has affected her own aspects of the world.
Jo Knowles has penned a stunning book that takes an introspective look at the scars of childhood abuse at the hands of a child's peers. Laine's experiences will have a profound impact on anyone who has ever wondered about the dynamics of child sociology, and how the damaging effects of abuse resonate from the original victims. For the mature young adult.
If you liked such stories as Thirteen Reasons Why, Love Returns Through The Portal of Time, Someone Like you, Story of a girl and others like these great reads, I highly recommend 'Lessons From a Dead Girl as another must read for your library.
bobbles918 More than 1 year ago
Lessons From A Dead Girl was good cause it told the story that is never told. How the victim can become the predator and what it does to the victim. It's sad. Even though somewhere througout the book I myself hated Leah just like Laine but in the end I felt very sad for the loss of Leah even though she was the predator she also was the victim & was crying out for help in a self destructive way!
lLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
I read this in like 4 hours, a result of refusing to get up or go to bed. Anyways yes this may be a short read, but it was wonderful. A well paced story told by the main character Laine. In a way she reminds me of myself when I was younger. In other words, a push-over whom would do anything for their so called friends. If you like stories which are seemingly innocent with a dark twist then this is the book for you.
Astallaslyons on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lessons from a dead girl is a unusual read. I read this book a few months ago and i still can't quite it it out of my mind. I enjoyed to sincerity and honesty that it portrayed. It truly describes the struggle Laine must face after the "experiments" practiced in the doll closet. It hits close to home for most girls, the sexual tension between the girls (or rather more for Laine then Leah) is very believeable. I'm sure many people can relate to Laine, she feels "gross" and used. The times in the doll closet really tear her apart on the inside. I enjoyed her insicirites, (did i spell that right?) and how her new friends helped her overcome the deep secret inside. I also enjoyed Leah's part in the story. From the very beginning she is vindictive and twisted. Being the cool kid in the class she is admired by everyone. Yet, she also faces inner struggles like Laine. I can understand her reasoning for the doll closet experiments, i think deep dpwn she only wanted someone who could share her inner pain. That someone was Laine, even though it alomost destroyed Laine, i think Leah's character was crucial to this story and i wouldnt have changed her at all.
TFS93 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was well written. It is true that many of those who are abused become abusers themselves. It is also true that a lot of parents just don't pay enough attention to notice what is going on. Poor Laine! She wants to belong so badly and doesn't even realize that Leah is using and manipulating her. I was so glad that the author let Laine gain some true friends and gain some self esteem. It is important that readers realize that you can come out of abuse and be okay, and you don't have to abuse others to make yourself feel better! And that no matter what the abuse was NOT your fault. This author does a good job of dealing with a Very touchy subject, one that I am sure happens to way more people than we will ever know.
NarleneA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.It was intensely-written, painfully honest and angst-ridden, everything that makes up an excellent book in my opinion. The story covers the entire friendship (for lack of a better word) of the plain and shy Laine and the beautiful, popular but twisted Leah. Laine is the 'chosen' one, Leah's best friend, a position every girl throughout their friendship envies. Laine would you anything for Leah, and 'anything' turns out to be a heck of a lot. I hated Leah from the very first mention of her, she is sadistic, nasty and savage, but later in the book, you see the side of her no one has seen before.There's the doll closet, and what Leah does to Laine in it is what Sam - her father's best friend - does to her. Leah forces Laine to kiss and touch her, and constantly hangs it over Laine's head for the rest of her (Leah's) life. As you have maybe guessed, Leah is dead, and I loved how the author started off the novel with Leah's death, and then continued into the back story.It's the best book I've read in a long time, and while the author doesn't use flowery language or big words, the style will leave you hanging on tenterhooks. While the subject of the novel will not appeal to everyone, it is unusual, bold, extremely interesting and I thoroughly recommend it.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a heavy read dealing with sexual abuse and a girl that is unravelling. Laine is surprised when the seemingly perfect Leah Greene befriends her in fifth grade. The book follows the relationship between the two through high school. Leah is controlling and manipulative, while at other times she seems to be a sincere friend. She acts out some of the abuse she is receiving from a family friend on her friend Laine and calls it "practicing". Although they become estranged in high school, but Leah keeps popping up and threatening to reveal their past to Laine's new friends. The book is told from Laine's point of view, and Laine is not sure how to handle Leah or what she suspects to be going on in her friend's life.
eejjennings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Story deals with the troubled friendship between two girls and the impact of sexual abuse of one of them on their relationship. I was left wondering if Laine ever figured out why Leah picked her to befriend or if her new friends would be able to help her get through her tragic loss.
airdna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Laine hears the news that Leah Greene is dead, she reflects on the conflicted history of their friendship, from innocent playground games to the not-so-innocent episodes in the doll closet where Leah made her do things that repulsed, frightened, and inexplicably excited her. A moving and realistic exploration of the complicated nature of friendship and the damaging ripple effect of sexual abuse.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a surprisingly quick and easy read considering the topic. Knowles knows how to keep the interest going nonstop throughout the book, even after Leah moves to a different school. We find out near the end of the book that Leah was sexually abused which is why she "did the same" to her friend, the main character Laine. Very interesting book about pain, anger, and guilt. It's rare to find a book about a girl physically abusing another girl, especially a friend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lessons from a dead girl is a really great book. Read it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book! One of my absolute favorites! Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book..... not sure if its worth the money but excellent teen read
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lizzemz More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book.
manna23 More than 1 year ago
Small, Simple read. I could not put it down, to have a friend you trusted all you life just turn on you and make you look like the crazy one. everything you trusted her with, everything you two did growing up.. she told you it was ok.... we are just playing....its our little secret
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is deffinantly recomended for high school and up. It has some sexual abuse, teen drinking, and suicide. I could not put the book down. It is one of the better books i've read. It is kind of like Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, just instead of each chapter being a person it is a lesson that Lainey (the main character) has learned from her best friend Leah (who is dead). If you liked Thirteen Reasons Why, then you will probally like this book. And I personally think it is better than Thirteen Reasons Why. I have read this book three times already, it is just that good!
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wintergirl_13 More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting, it reminds you of the people that slipped away in your life but yet have that importance that they seem to always find their way back. This book is one of my new favorites I couldnt out in down and when I did The events keep replaying in my mind an I had to find out what was going to happen next.
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