The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina Mcbride Book Review

Goodreads Summary:
You have four days to locate five treasured trophies. Break the rules and you all die. Happy hunting!

Back in September, the town of Bakersville, Ohio made national news when a video went viral featuring thirteen of the high school’s elite in compromising positions. Now it’s May, and every month since the “Bakersville Dozen” made their infamous appearance on the national stage, one girl has gone missing. Officials are no closer to identifying the criminal.

Bailey “Like a Virgin” Holzman is getting really fed up with the scrutiny. She just wants to enjoy the rest of her senior year and have an epic summer before heading off to college. So when she discovers a note in her locker on the last day of school inviting her on a scavenger hunt, she thinks it’s just a sweet surprise from her boyfriend trying to cheer her up.

But following the clue leads her, instead, to the first official casualty. And another sinister envelope. The killer is close, and it could be anyone. Even the people Bailey’s always trusted most—her best friend, her perfect boyfriend, or the boy-next-door she’s always pined for.

With the clock ticking, she faces a terrifying choice: play the game by the killer’s rules—follow the clues, tell no one, and no cops—for a chance to save the rest of the missing girls, or risk becoming the next grisly victim. 

My rating:4/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My thoughts:

I feel that books like these are always quite a toss up an whether or not I like it depends on the big reveal or plot twist. I definitely didn’t predict the ending and while I did have some issues with the way the book was told, I really thought it was a good book. It definitely was entertaining and I finished it very quickly which is always fun.

The premise was really interesting and I thought that the concept of the video was an interesting setup for a thriller. There’s something really entertaining about an event in a story being national news. I think it adds an interesting dynamic.

One thing that I liked about the girls involved in the video was that despite the fact that despite the fact that all the girls were being targeted for something sexually related and the main character Bailey was “like a virgin.”  in the video there never was any slut shaming from anyone really.  They were only ever seen as the victims which was really nice. I also loved seeing how Bailey and the other girls supported each other and how much they cared about each other.

I was excited to find out who was behind the video and the other stuff and I wasn’t disappointed. I had my suspicions and I was partially right but I was pretty surprised. I do wish that there had been a bit more exploration to the motive behind these heinous acts. We did get some explanation but I would’ve liked just a little bit more.

I really liked seeing the friendship between Bailey and her best friend Hannah. I feel as though positive friendships are so rare in YA, so it’s always nice to see best friends who support each other. I also liked the relationship between Bailey and her brother which is also really positive. I’m still unsure how I feel about the romantic aspect of the novel: I have mixed feelings about it and I feel like it could’ve been developed just a little bit more. One thing that I found really odd was how absent the parents are. We get nothing about them and when we did they almost felt as though they weren’t real people. I think they could have played a much bigger role.

I also felt as though Bailey wasn’t developed enough. Obviously her life was currently centred almost entirely on all the crazy things that were happening, but we really didn’t know much about her or any of her passions. She was a little one-dimensional which didn’t affect the story that much but it would’ve been nice to just get a little more background.

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