Judy Sheehan's debut young adult novel is a terrifically fun listen that also tackles some of life's - and the afterlife's - big questions.
Last night Sarah was a bridesmaid, dressed in a hideous mango chiffon. Today she wakes up dead at the Mall of America. This is where the universe sends teenagers who were murdered. In fact most malls are haunted. The living don't notice it, what with all the bright lights, sales, and free samples. The dead just pass through them while finishing up the business of their former lives.
As Sarah and her fellow dead teenagers work together to move on, she hits just a few complications: Sarah discovers an uncanny ability to haunt the living, and while she has no idea who killed her, she knows the one person she loves back on Earth is in grave (yes, grave) danger. Meanwhile, she's falling madly and badly for Nick, who died heroically saving his girlfriend. Sarah can't let these distractions put her at risk of being doomed to relive her final moments again and again. But how can she stop her killer from killing again?
©2016 Judy Sheehan (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I'm a clinical psychology doctorate student. I love to read a good romance or ya novel to escape from the everyday stresses of life.
I loved the dark humor and the escape this book offered me. I've read a few more serious books recently and ended up picking this book when I was looking to de-stress. The love story part was a tad bit annoying at times (and I'm usually a hopeless romantic), but it didn't ruin the overall story. I think the best part of this book for me was Sarah's internal thoughts and her pondering over questions.
I was looking for something light and entertaining to listen to. And this book did not disappoint. It was well written and moved along at a good pace. It was fun without being stupid. The story was imaginative and didn't get bogged down in trying to be philosophical about the after life. Overall, a good read/listen. The narrator did an excellent job.
I loved this book. It is such a beautiful way of thinking of the afterlife. I like that it doesn't have to do with religion. It is such a positive outlook on death and the characters were great.
I LOVED this book! The story was funny and sad and joyful. It was awesome all the way through!
The narrator is a favorite of mine. She always does an excellent job!
Sara and her dead mall group learn and experience epiphanies pst death. Very sweet story. Would be nice if this was what the afterlife was really like.
Very strange book and honestly, I wasn't expecting it to be that great. However, it was really unique and incredible. Nothing like anything I've read before and a story that will stick with me for quite some time.
It had a few moments of insight, and what could have been some philosophical depth, but overall, a simple, sweet, yet immature and undeveloped story. Not bad, but not great either.
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