Three Quarters Dead

Three Quarters Dead

by Richard Peck


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Being the new girl at school is rough. But when the popular girls choose Kerry as the newest member of their ultra-exclusive clique, she thinks her troubles are finally finished. When her three new friends are killed in a horrifying car crash, her life seems over as well. But then the texts begin. . . .

Richard Peck returns to his contemporary teen- and ghost-story roots in this suspenseful page-turner with a subtle commentary on peer pressure that fans of television dramas such as Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries will devour.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142419427
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/29/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Richard Peck, author of more than thirty novels, is one of the most celebrated children's book writers in the country. He has won the Newbery Medal, the Edgar Award, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, a National Humanities Medal, and twice been a National Book Award finalist, among many other honors. He lives in New York City.

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Three Quarters Dead 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book right before Halloween and I think that it was a perfect book to be reading during this time of year. The book is written from the point of view of Kerry, a sophomore high school girl who is doing her best to just blend into the wallpaper at her school. But one day at lunch she catches the eye of Tanya, a senior and one of the school's top social bracket. When Kerry gets pulled in, she becomes a new girl, and typical with this situation, it runs its course, but has a tragic end. When Tanya and two of her best friends are killed in a car wreck, Kerry plunges into a deep depression and she goes back to being obscure. Its during this depression that the book changes its tone. Starting from where Kerry gets a text message from one of the dead girls, the story is very etherial and spooky. Kerry goes to New York, to the apartment where Tanya is at and you really wonder if Kerry is really seeing these things, or has her depression clouded her mind. The closing scene is something that plays out like a scene from a horror film and you finally start to see the cloud lift from her. This is perfect for a spooky read during this time of year, and its quick, but you still get a satisfying closure. You really dont have any clue as to the ending till its right there in front of you, so the author does a great job of keeping you guessing.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kerry is a lowly sophomore when the three top girls at her school befriend her. She is too dazzled to question their behavior. Then things take a paranormal turn.Unlikeable characters and implausible events make a bad combination. Peck's high school stories are usually much better than this.
ShellyPYA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The new girl at school is befriended by the three most popular girls, one of which she swears has the strangest ability to make time speed up or slow down. When her three friends die in a car accident, she discovers she was right.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a hot mess... I think it partially could have been fixed if it had been set in the past, but the strange mix of dated names (high school characters named Sandy [guy], Bob, Tanya...) and modern technology makes the setting muddled. The characters fell flat for me and I was totally confused halfway through, so I ended up putting it down.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really tried to get into this book but for some reason it fell flat for me. Maybe it was that I didn't really like the narrator, Kerry. Or that the themes in the story were not unique and, in the end, predictable. But to me, this book was just okay. Let me explain:The first half of the book really dragged for me. In this first half you meet Kerry and how she wants to be popular and will do anything to get noticed by the three most popular girls (Tanya, Natalie and Makenzie) in her school. Of course, the mean girls - the one's we all love to hate. They're rude, they're snobby, obnoxious and yet, they somehow notice Kerry. Just when she thinks she's finally going to hit the big time... these three girls die in a car accident.Kerry finds herself in a slump - feeling three quarters dead (if you must). That is until she gets a call from one of her dead friends. Now, this second half of the book picked up for me. Call me a masochist, but I like a good scare and, although the book was not scary per say, it did have a few moments that were goosebump worthy. What can I tell you? I dug the ghostly mean girls. It was mildly gory, had some violence and even touched on some adult themes, but it was still a rather tame read. I enjoyed this latter half of the book and I found the ending to be surprisingly good. I find that I still think about it from time to time - so that definitely brought it up a notch in my book.All in all, this was a fast-paced read that you'll find yourself smiling over one minute and then freaked out a few pages later. Although it really was not my cup of tea, I can definitely see its appeal and know there are many readers who will enjoy it. I'd say if you like contemporary/paranormal YA lit, with a hint of horror thrown in, then you might want to pick this one up.
SevsOnlyGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kerry's a sophomore at Pondfield High School. She sits at lunch pretending to talk on her cell, because her best friend transferred schools and she has no one to hang out with. One day she's swept in THE circle of girls: Tanya-a Senior, beautiful, in charge, organised and so knowledgeable about everyone and everything. Natalie -a Senior, the prettiest one. Makenzie - a Junior, 'ginger' hair, tiny and full of life.Right from the beginning Tanya repeatedly says to Kerry "Try to keep up". At first Kerry wonders if maybe they are the 'mean girls', then decides that they aren't, I mean Tanya keeps in communication with EVERYONE. Besides, they took her in, right? They can't be mean girls. I found myself saying 'they're using you!' to Kerry as I read, but Kerry is telling the story of what DID happen, so she already knows the ending and can't change it.From the first day she hangs with the girls, Kerry notices that time...stretches...when you're with Tanya. Lunch goes on forever, or at least until Tanya's ready to move on. Natalie and Makenzie come across as the beloved pets next to Tanya's Queen. What does that make Kerry? The chambermaid, perhaps?One day at school Kerry gets a call from Tanya, but she doesn't answer in time. She tries to call back, but there's no answer. It turns out that the girls have been in a car accident and all three were killed. Tanya was calling Kerry when she went off the road into the ditch. Kerry slumps into grief, but I couldn't decide if it was really for the three girls or if it's for herself and her social standing.A month later, Tanya texts Kerry telling her to meet them at Aunt Lily's in New York. What?! She's DEAD! I know, right?! But does Kerry question it? Nope, she picks up and takes the train to New York. Here's where it gets weird. The girls greet Kerry at Aunt Lily's apartment (Aunt Lily is in Paris, apparently). They order food, dress in Aunt Lily's amazing old fashioned dressing room and go out to party. By this time I was annoyed by Kerry. But then I remembered what it's like to be the shy girl, the new girl, the girl without friends and for the first time in the story, understood what Kerry was thinking. How could she let these girls go? They were her only friends! Who cares if they're bossy and kinda snooty and always saying "Try to keep up". Not Kerry. At first.I was a little surprised at the ending and I think you will be too. By the end, Kerry has learned something valuable and looks at people in her life with a new perspective. I finished the book in one sitting, which I haven't done in awhile, but I just couldn't put it down. I was too busy Trying to Keep Up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've had a loss, this will creep you out. It is way more graphic than the blurb leads you to think.
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