The Sweet Dead Life
So begins the diary of Jenna Samuels, who is having a very bad year. Her mother spends all day in bed. Dad vanished when she was eight. Her older brother, Casey, tries to hold together what’s left of the family by working two after-school jobs—difficult, as he’s stoned all the time. To make matters worse, Jenna is sick. Really sick. When she collapses one day, Casey tries to race her to the hospital in their beat-up Prius and crashes instead.
Jenna wakes up in the ER to find Casey beside her, looking pretty good. Better than ever, in fact. Downright . . . angelic. The flab and zits? Gone. Before long, Jenna figures out that her brother didn’t survive the accident at all, and she isn’t just sick; she’s being poisoned. Casey has been sent back to help Jenna find out who’s got it out for her, a mystery that leads to more questions about their mother’s depression and their father’s disappearance.
Sweet Dead Life is such a refreshing angel story. The angels aren’t broody, or anything like angels in other books. In fact this angel is the sort, you might not want your kiddos hanging out with.
Jenna is an awesome character. She’s spunky, and doesn’t hold back her thoughts. I love that’s she’s out there. I also adore the fact that this book isn’t centered around her pining over some boy. Her and her brother, Casey, are trying to figure what is wrong with her and her mom. They have supported their family any way they can. Casey is a mess. He tries to keep food in the house for Jenna, and his biggest downfall is that he is stoned much of the time. He has the best of intentions though.