I was fortunate to receive this ARC through a Shelf Awareness newsletter that announced the drawing. I usually don't win, so when I was contacted by Judy Sheehan, the author of I woke Up Dead at the Mall and congratulated, I was thrilled! Now don't be turned off by the title. When I first saw the title and cover, I thought to myself, "Huh... the cover is rather ordinary and that title is weird!" But I put in for the drawing and BAM!
I got the book!
I also got a bookmarks, that I'll be sharing, but the story is about Sarah. A girl who literally died and woke up in Mall of America, a sort of Purgatory. No one could see her. No one could touch her and she had unfinished business. She met an odd woman, Bertha, who gave instructions and left Sarah alone to deal with her death until other young, deceased individuals arrived. Together, they learned the ropes of being dead, shared their stories and eventually... they were to move on. But Sarah wasn't ready- and she had a job to do and needed to use her 'Knowing' to get it accomplished!
This is Judy Sheehan's debut novel and she did an excellent job. This book isn't like your run of the mill, YA, 'Oh my life is crap so I may as well kill myself' sorta story. Sarah wasn't popular or rich, she simply wanted to live. Just when she was ready to accept her new life, it was taken away. And the way the book's written, you can totally relate to her and her feelings.
Dealing with regret, missing mom and dad... even a step-parent; it was all in this story. But so is some hilarious insanity! This book makes you laugh, understand, and even a little misty eyed because of the enormous loss Sarah has to deal with. I did not walk away from this book feeling anything but satisfied. And that's funny because I bumped two books down on my TBR list to read this upon receipt! There was something about this book that made me want to dive right in and I regret nothing. Check out this great author!
I Woke Up Dead at the Mall is an excellent story and I have no doubt Ms. Sheehan has a bright future in writing. I'm a fan, that's for sure!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
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*Book provided by author Judy Sheehan and Shelf Awareness, for an honest review.
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