After an East Fresno student is murdered, his mind leaves his body. Now he must get used to being an invisible spirit, one who watches his friends and family deal with his death.
©2003 Gary Soto; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
"[Soto] not only paints the scenery brilliantly but also captures the pain that follows an early death." (Booklist)
I found the imagery of Soto's work pulling me in, the narration by Ramirez top-notch. . . but that's about it. Chuy's learning in the afterlife (the narrator dies in the story), to me, felt self-absorbed and forced. I did want to like this more and it's a solid story, but I felt Soto's story was over-the-top and trying to impress because he told this frmo a point-of-view he's not yet known--or maybe has, but told frmo another account.
I did want to like this more, but it just left me slightly depressed in a manner I didn't come away learning a lesson. Chuy learned his after he passed. . . and found love in an unusual manner. Soto did one gaffe most writers shouldn't have: permitting the love interest to know one another after they'd pased, but that could be the twist that didn't work for me.
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