Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

Posted January 15, 2017 by Ely in Disability Diaries, Reviews / 7 Comments

Dead Girls Society Book Cover Dead Girls Society
Michelle Krys
YA Mystery
Delacorte Press
November 8th 2016

You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.

Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.

When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she just might win some real money.

But the Society isn’t all that it seems…and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.

Dead Girls Society was one of my most anticipated books of 2016. I love a good mystery novel, as I’m sure some of you know. Even more than that, I was ridiculously excited to read a book about cystic fibrosis. I don’t know anything about CF, or know anyone who has it. But in the lead up to this event and just in general, I want to learn as much about as many different disabilities as possible. I think this is a nice introduction to CF, and I’m interested in doing more research.

Analysis of Disability Representation

As I don’t have CF myself, I don’t feel that I can judge how good of a representation this was. I think the theme of disability was dealt with really well—it’s definitely present, but the novel isn’t just about Hope’s CF but about Hope as a person. This is the most important thing to me when I read disability—is the character a person with a disability, or are they just a disability? Hope has her own personality and history that don’t rely entirely on her CF, which is great.

From what I’ve read in the past, and have seen in ‘real life’, people with disabilities are often boxed into one of two personalities—the inspiration or angry. Without a doubt, people can fit into both boxes, but we’re human just like anyone else—there is a lot more to us than just those two options. I’m bringing this up again because I think Michelle Krys did a good job in writing Hope to be more than this. There are moments when she is angry, but what teenager isn’t? She gets to be so much more than just that.

I wish that we got to learn a little more about CF. That being said, that might have made it a little too info-dumpy. I really want to learn more about cystic fibrosis, so I will be doing my own research in the coming months. I’ll also be keeping my eye out for any books that feature CF in the future.

Everything Else

I enjoyed the story as a whole. There were a few parts I had problems with, in particular, some of the characters. There were characters I was much more interested in reading about that sort of got pushed to the side. I wasn’t a huge fan of Ethan, which really surprised me, but I just couldn’t understand why Hope liked him. I would have really liked to have seen more about Farrah—she was really interesting.

Here’s an awkward confession: I honestly thought this was historical fiction. I guess it kind of gave off a Gemma Doyle trilogy feel for me. I was very confused when Hope pulled her laptop out on the second page. Anyway, even though I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t getting a super cool historical novel, I did really enjoy this. I wish we got to see a little more of the setting too—it’s set in New Orleans, and I think that could have been played on a little more. But that might just be because I’m going through a Southern Gothic obsession at the moment.


I would be really interested in hearing the thoughts of someone who lives with cystic fibrosis, and how accurate this book is. If anyone knows of any said reviews or discussions, please do let me know.

I hope you’re all enjoying Disability Diaries so far. I’ll be back tomorrow with another post!

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7 responses to “Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

  1. Ely!
    I agree with you on things being too info dumpy if we had gotten to know more about CF. It’s nice that the character is doing more than just existing with her disability. The idea of having a disabled main character kicking butt gives me hope!

  2. This one is on my short list TBR (hoping to get to this month) so it’s nice to see a review for it. I knew someone who had CF when I was young but it’s been years, and I really hope this one does a good job depicting it. It certainly seems like Krys tried to be accurate and that’s great. I have high hopes for this one. Great review!

  3. Interesting, I read another review on this book and there wasn’t a mention of Hope’s CF at all. Your analysis of its disability representation actually makes me want to read this book more! Great review!

  4. I have this book on my TBR for a while but I wasn’t thinking much about it, it was just sitting there because the synopsis interested me but your review gave me more information and I actually am more interested in reading this. 🙂