How do you live after death?
Julie Nolan is a pretty average girl with pretty average problems. She’s been in love with her best friend, Lorelei, ever since they met in grade three. Only Lorelei doesn’t know about it — she’s too busy trying to set Julie up with Henry, her ex, who Julie finds, in a word, vapid.
But life gets more complicated when Julie comes home to find her mother insisting that her heart is gone. Pretty soon it becomes clear: Julie’s mom believes that she has died.
How is Julie supposed to navigate her first year of high school now, while she’s making midnight trips to the graveyard to cover her mother with dirt, lay flowers and make up eulogies? And why is Henry the only person Julie feels comfortable turning to? If she wants to get through this, Julie’s going to have to find the strength she never knew she had, and to learn how to listen to both her mom’s heart and her own.
The description really drew me to this book, It seemed so different than anything else I’ve read lately. Although only in grade nine, Julie (sometimes pronounced Jewel-ie) knows she’s in love with her best friend Lorelei. She tried once to call her parents by their first names, but that just ended with her mom crying and her reverting back to calling them mom and dad. They live in modern day Toronto here in the regular world.
Though this book isn’t supernatural or anything, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. In fact, I thought it was a well needed break from those other books. Julie’s worried Lorelei is too cool for her, too pretty and too good to date her, so she never tries anything. Then one day her world is rocked in a pretty unusual way. She comes home to find her infant brother JC (James Christopher) screaming his head off. After changing him and entertaining him a little, she’s almost certain they’re home alone, until she finds their mother standing completely still in the kitchen, unresponsive. Finally after cleaning her up she gets an answer out of her, that her heart is missing. This begins the longest part of Julie’s life so far.
Overall I really liked this book. Although the characters are a lot younger than I am, I never felt like I was too old to be reading it. Julie deals with something terrifying, but still is able to deal with it despite her life falling apart around her. It’s a really good read, and I’m glad I got the chance to read it. Definitely check it out if you get the chance.
Here’s the link to the book on Amazon, and another link to the author’s Twitter.
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