Genre: Realistic Fiction/Mystery
# of Pages: 454
RAC Book: Yes
Elizabeth Valchar wakes up to find her own dead body, but she can’t remember anything before she died. As she watches her friends and family move on from the tragedy she realizes that her life was not as perfect as everyone thought it was. She had already suffered the loss of her mother at a very young age, and of her father’s hasty remarriage afterward. She did truly love her boyfriend, Richie, which is why it’s so hard to see him suffer after her death. She has a ghostly companion in Alex, a boy in her high school who died a year before Elizabeth. He was very unpopular and people did not react to his death the way they do hers, which makes for an uncomfortable situation. Can Elizabeth find out what happened to her so that she can be free?
This story grabs readers right from the beginning because there is so much that Elizabeth does not know. The more she remembers about the months before she died the more confusing it gets. She is surrounded by a bunch of questionable characters who could either be on her side or working against her. Her circle of friends is particularly mysterious as they appear vapid, but some of them know more than they are saying. Fans of The Everafter, Elsewhere, and Thirteen Reasons Why will enjoy this book, but there are some heavy issues discussed.