Author: Jennifer Longo
Publisher: Random House
Publishing Date: August 26th, 2014
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Blurb: Leigh sells graves for her family-owned cemetery because her father is too lazy to look farther than the dinner table when searching for employees. Working the literal graveyard shift, she meets two kinds of customers:
Pre-Need: They know what’s up. They bought their graves a long time ago, before they needed them.
At Need: They are in shock, mourning a loved one’s unexpected death. Leigh avoids sponging their agony by focusing on things like guessing the headstone choice (mostly granite).
Sarcastic and smart, Leigh should be able to stand up to her family and quit. But her world’s been turned upside down by the sudden loss of her best friend and the appearance of Dario, the slightly-too-old-for-her grave digger. Surrounded by death, can Leigh move on, if moving on means it’s time to get a life?
Me: This book comes out in August, so make sure you read it then! I've actually read this book about 3 times now, and I've had it for like 2 months. Basically, if I've managed to fit this in between all my other books, IT'S GOOD.
The Ups: Okay. So this is about a girl who has to work at her family's graveyard. I don't think there is a better hook than that. The main character also happens to be antisocial, serious, sarcastic, intelligent Leigh. It's a really intriguing story about Leigh, who needs her own help and time to grieve but instead pushes the need down with the excuse of having to help people who have already cracked. Love characters with flaws.
No matter how wonderful the character, it's a boring story if she's just going to struggle and go nowhere. Jennifer Longo mixes in dark, sarcastic humor that had me laughing out loud a lot, and the supporting characters were all so bright and vibrant. I think that that was part of the struggle with Leigh. Here she was, demeaning herself and attempting to find something to do without having to socialize, when all these happy, caring people surround her and want her to open up to them.
It's rather pathetic. And hilarious. And painful. But lovable to the max.
The Downs: Not your most believable story in the world. What are the chances of almost dying at birth, your sister having cancer, and your best friend just happening to die by being crushed by a tree? Not very likely. But still, that is kind of the idea of a story. Unlikely things happening. But I feel like at some points in this book I kind of had eye rolling moments where I was kind of like, 'Reallyy.....'
Overall: Very good. Just not a story that's gonna happen in your neighborhood. But that's okay. Great for realistic fiction lovers who love a humorous, touching story.