Book Review–Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo

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This is the 75th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

 

Picture source: Goodreads.com
Picture source: Goodreads.com

 Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo
Published August 26th, 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Home is where the bodies are buried.

Darkly humorous and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Jennifer Longo’s YA debut about a girl stuck living in a cemetery will change the way you look at life, death, and love.

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?

 

 

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The idea for this one was interesting, but hard for me to get into until I was about a third of the way in. However, once I got into it, things were pretty good. The characters are quirky and memorable, the setting is unique, and the story is fun yet deep on an emotional level. The writing style didn’t sweep me off my feet but I found Leigh’s humorous voice to be endearing once I warmed up to her.

This is one of those wacky, unpredictable stories with fun characters and an unusual setting. While reading this, my furbabies passed away unexpectedly and while that may be a factor in why I found this book so hard to get into at first, I think in a way it has also helped me cope with that major loss.

Would love to see more books like this in the future. I also love how this is based on the author’s past life–would have never imagined such a thing would really happen.

 

 

 

3halfstars

 

 

 

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