When you’re sixteen, you have your whole life ahead of you. Unless you’re Sarah. Not to give anything away, but . . . she’s dead. Murdered, in fact. Sarah’s murder is shocking because she couldn’t be any more average. No enemies. No risky behavior. She’s just the girl on the sidelines.
It looks like her afterlife, on the other hand, will be pretty exciting. Sarah has woken up dead at the Mall of America—where the universe sends teens who are murdered—and with the help of her death coach, she must learn to move on or she could meet a fate totally worse than death: becoming a mall walker.
As she tries to finish her unfinished business alongside her fellow dead teens, Sarah falls hard for a cute boy named Nick. And she discovers an uncanny ability to haunt the living. While she has no idea who killed her, or why, someone she loves is in grave danger. Sarah can’t lose focus or she’ll be doomed to relive her final moments again and again forever. But can she live with herself if she doesn’t make her death matter?
“This sparkling debut pulls out all the stops: sweet, sad, hopeful, funny, and romantic in turn, it’s a story bound to make readers laugh even as they cry.” —Booklist starred review
"A feel-good novel about being dead? Only in this quirky, even romantic story."—Kirkus
"Humorous and offbeat."—School Library Journal
Judy Sheehan started her career as one of the creators and original cast members of the long-running stage hit Tony n' Tinas Wedding. She is currently playwright-in-residence at New York City's Looking Glass Theatre, which produces her work every season. Excerpts from her plays have appeared in the popular anthologies Monologues for Women by Women and Even More Monologues for Women by Women. In 2000, Sheehan joined the growing ranks of adoptive parents when she traveled to China to adopt a ten-month-old girl. She and her daughter, Annie, live in New York City.
This was a cute light read about the afterlife. I really liked that the author did a wonderful job with the MC Sarah. She sounded like the 16 year olds I know so it was perfect! It has a great set of characters and a message to the readers about stopping to smell the roses and don't let life pass you by.
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