Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She'll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?
But with each changing moment, RJ's life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.
RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who's cuter than you'd expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.
This book was pretty hilarious! From RJ's narration, to her story, to the characters that she ran into! So funny, from Death Himself, Saint Peter, and Al! They were their own people, and it was just fantastic to go on this journey!
To have your life taken away from you, by a reaper, even though you were supposed to live for 60 more years, that sucks. And then the trial that takes up a great deal of this book, then the 3 moments where she could change where she went...yeah. Pretty awesome!
I don't think that middle paragraph of the synopsis fits in with this book. Sure, her life changes, but it didn't unravel. It became better, without the people who weren't good for her to hang about. And she had friends. So I disagree with it!
A bit sad, that ending! Because she'd made the changes in her life, and got to go back, and then that ending! Just a little bit sad, but there were some really great points, too! And that last line was just pure RJ! So snarky and awesome!
Really fantastic book, and I'm just so glad that I read it, such a great and quick and awesome read!
Author: Sarah J. Schmitt
Read: October 4th, 2015
Reason Why: It sounded really great! And it's a DAC Book and a SAC 2015 Book!
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published: October 6th, 2015