girl in a bad place

How far would you go to save a friend?

Mailee and Cara take care of each other. Mailee is the star of their high school’s plays; Cara is the stage manager. Mailee can’t keep her life together; Cara has enough organizational skills for the both of them.
 
So when the girls are invited to visit the Haven, a commune in the mountains near their suburban Montana town, it seems like a cool new adventure to go on together. And it is, sort of — until Cara starts spending every waking minute there. Mailee isn’t sure if she’s losing Cara to the Haven or just losing her, but either way, she doesn’t know what to do about it.
 
Then Cara asks Mailee to come visit the commune and tells her the news: She’s decided to move to the Haven permanently. Mailee knows in her heart, in her gut, that this is a terrible idea. The Haven just feels like a bad place. And when she discovers that the “welcome ceremony” involves a three-day hike to some cave, Mailee is sure: They aren’t safe in this Haven. But is it already too late to save her best friend . . . from herself?

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praise:

"I adored this intense, suspenseful, and highly original examination of female friendship, self-discovery and survival. I was rooting for Mailee and Cara from the first page to the last. Girl in a Bad Place is a book that's impossible to put down and Kaitlin Ward is an author to watch." --Courtney Summers, New York Times Bestselling author of Sadie

"Eerie and gripping, Girl in a Bad Place will grab you and not let go until the last page." --Kara Thomas, author of Little Monsters and The Darkest Corners

"Kaitlin Ward's Girl in a Bad Place is a hold-your-breath, twisty thriller that is well-plotted, mysterious, and pulse-pounding. I couldn't stop reading this story about friendship, danger, and survival!" --Jennifer Mathieu, author of Moxie and The Truth About Alice

"Intense doesn't even begin to describe this propulsive read."

--Kieran Scott, author of What Waits in the Woods

"A good place for young fans of Lois Duncan and Christopher Pike." --Kirkus Reviews

"Tackles important issues of manipulation and safety with a fast-paced story that could be ripped from the headlines."

--School Library Journal

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Content © Kaitlin Ward. Background photo © Denis Ward.