February 26, 2019

#BookReview for How to Experience Death for Beginners by Jessica Branton

Synopsis: Casey Darling can enter the minds of people when they die.

 After receiving romantic advances from the enigmatic new guy at school, a serial killer invades her small town. 

Local police grow suspicious as she appears at crime scenes, but an FBI agent believes in her psychic powers. 

Will Casey fall in love or help take down a psychopath? Maybe both.

[Trigger Warning: This book contains situations of self-harm and stalking.]

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About the Author: 
Hello all! I am currently a graduate student at Georgia Southern, but before that I attended the University of Georgia. I love writing and have a book coming out February 14, 2019. I wrote that book, titled How to Experience Death for Beginners, when I was 14. I love writing and I hope you all enjoy what I have to offer.

Rating: ⭐⭐
My Review: 
This young adult novel about a girl named Casey who is is cursed with being a clairvoyant.  Although I did enjoy this one I think that it would have made more sense for this one to be classified as a middle-grade novel vs. ya. It does touch on subjects such as abuse and suicide and I do have to say that the author did well with these topics. I think that the main character should have gone one step further than just telling the other character to promise not to do it again.  Suicide and self-harm is one of the leading causes of death in this age group.  So having her go to a teacher or counselor would have been a better idea. And  I still say that the writing in this one was more suited to younger/beginning ya and higher middle grade.

The romance in this one was very cute and in the end, this one was a story of friendship and finding yourself.

As for the powers in this one, I felt like they could have been better researched but other than it was ok. Just not as integrated into the story as it could have been.

I think this one will appeal to younger readers but with the aspects of the self-harm I worry that they will not get the right idea about those topics.

Casey and her circle of friends are well-drawn... a solid and multilayered thriller. - KIRKUS Reviews
A competent first novel... Branton is skilled at misdirection. - IndieReader

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