Blog Tour | The Accidental Bad Girl #review #giveaway

I’m on a roll of good books recently, I’m pretty sure that is a big hint to how this review is going to go before we get to my thoughts and the giveaway here is what the book is about.

bad girl

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.

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You know when you read a book blurb and you think ok yeah this seems kinda fun and then you read it and you are completely blown away. That just happened!

I mean I was expecting that I would enjoy it but I didn’t realise that I would fly through it in two days desperate to find out what happened next, cursing when I had to put it down for work or sleep, or that it would have some pretty relevant messages.

Let’s start with Kendall, she’s not your typical goody two shoes or badass at the beginning, she’s a girl with flaws and vices but as the story progresses she finds out what she is capable of and how to use what she has to get what she needs. Even though she ends up doing some dodgy things she still has a moral compass and is often trapped between knowing what she should do and how that’ll affect other people.

I loved her, she often references the girl in the picture (which you will understand if you read the book) but I liked how she could essentially become anyone she wanted and she realised that it wasn’t a mask as such but just a different side to the same person.

Simone is another amazing character, she’s unapologetic even though she gets written off by the rest of the school. She has this amazing self – reflection that bolsters her confidence and her strength is unbelievable. Even though he is not the good guy at all I also liked Mason, his charm, wit and manipulation, he knows he’s not a good guy but can lull you into a false sense of security and I liked how he sparred with Kendall.

The writing was snappy and didn’t feel too overly dramatic, which I feel can happen sometimes in YA and the story was super fast paced and involved a lot more than I expected. There were some pretty important messages about slut-shaming not only towards other people but reflecting that back on yourself, the inequality between boys and girls and how other people perceive them and the injustice of how that effects judgment. As well as the thrilling aspect of who is framing Kendall and what she’ll have to do next.

There was only one bit that I was a little let down by and that was the event at the end, there had been a fairly constant pace throughout the whole book but the ending sped up a bit and what happened came a little out of the blue. Not that it affected my enjoyment I just felt maybe it was one step a tiny bit too far.

I absolutely loved this book and I am so glad that it came under my radar, I will most definitely be looking out for any future Maxine Kaplan books.



Well if you like the sound of it from my review then be sure to click the link below to win…


a copy of The Accidental Bad Girl

Don’t just take my word for it though there are lots of other wonderful things to be found on the other stops on the tour.


Maxine Kaplan was born in Washington, DC. She and her twin sister spent their early childhoods trotting behind their journalist parents as they traveled around the world, eventually settling in Brooklyn, NY. Maxine graduated from Oberlin College in 2007. Following a long stint in the world of publishing, she has worked as a private investigator since 2009. She lives in her adopted hometown of Brooklyn, NY, with her lovely husband and complex cat. THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL is her debut novel.

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2 thoughts on “Blog Tour | The Accidental Bad Girl #review #giveaway”

  1. This is a really nice review! I’ve genuinely never heard of this book before and you described it very well. Simone seems like the type of character I’d really like, so I’m excited to get around to reading this at some point. It’s definitely on my TBR now 🤗

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