Bad by Jean Ferris

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews



Inspired by the author's work in a girls' rehabilitation center.

Ray called it skating when we did the crazy things . . . Hot-wiring a fancy car for a joyride after midnight. Boosting stuff from stores . . .

Sixteen-year-old Dallas loves the rush, the excitement of "skating." But then she and her friends decide to rob a convenience store and it's Dallas who gets caught while the others get away. Since it is her first offense, she thinks her father will help her out - but when the judge says she can go home on probation her father says no, he can't control her. So the judge gives Dallas six months in the Girls' Rehabilitation Center. Once there, Dallas meets an assortment of "bad" girls, many of whom don't expect to change, and those who do often don't make it. How Dallas comes to terms with herself - both the bad and the good - makes for a heartfelt and insightful novel about troubled teenagers and the odds they face in trying to turn their lives around.

About Jean Ferris

See more books from this Author
After receiving her MA in Music History and Literature at Arizona State University, Jean Ferris taught Music History and Appreciation at ASU. In addition to her work at the University, she has been involved with the music community by serving as a church choir director, singing with the Phoenix Symphony Chorale, playing the organ, and touring to Japan with her high school handbell choir--apparently the first handbell choir to perform in that country. Ferris is the author of two books: "Music: The Art of Listening" and "America's Musical Landscape".
Published September 12, 2001 by Square Fish. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Bad

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Dallas is a bad girl, who thrills to the dangers of “skating”’shoplifting, purse-snatching, joyriding, having sex in public places—that almost fill the vacuum she feels inside.

| Read Full Review of Bad

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Ferris (Invincible Summer) follows six months in the life of a 16-year-old confined to a criminal rehabilitation center for teenage girls in this novel based on interviews with young women in real-lif

Aug 02 1999 | Read Full Review of Bad

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Ferris often opts for insight over authenticity in Dallas's first-person narration (""At home, at school--when I managed to get there--everything seemed to be in slow motion and muted colors.

| Read Full Review of Bad


Hal Jordan seems like a guy who needs to get punched in the face.

Aug 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Bad

The Telegraph

G Jenkins (Wal), R Best (Ire), A Jones (Wal), R Gray (Scot), I Evans (Wal), D Lydiate (Wal), S Warburton (Wal), S Parisse (Italy) Coach W Gatland (Wal) Dan Lydiate (Wales) The tackler supreme.

Mar 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Bad

Reader Rating for Bad

An aggregated and normalized score based on 31 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review