“The Sweet Dead Life” by Joy Preble features an unusual angel trying to save his sister. In life, Casey was a pot-smoking, slightly overweight teenager. Killed en route to taking Jenna to the hospital, he’s now a smoking hot angel determined to find out who is trying to kill her. And perhaps winning back the girl who dumped him and broke his heart.
Bizarre? Yes, very. Fun to read? Yes, very.
Casey and Jenna live with their mother, who can’t seem to get out of bed. She used to be a speech pathologist but when their father disappeared years ago, their mother fell apart. She doesn’t pay attention to the kids, who are forced to fend for themselves.
Their mother’s former boss, a doctor, does stop by to make sure their mother gets vitamins and medication, but otherwise, they take care of themselves. Casey dropped out of football so that he could work to support them.
Jenna’s problem is that she is sick — so sick she thinks she’s dying. One night, Casey drives her to the hospital and has an accident. That’s when they meet Amber, an angel who moonlights as an EMT. She finds out that someone has been poisoning Jenna.
The three of them investigate not only what is happening to Jenna, but why their father disappeared so long ago — and if it’s all related.
This is not a book filled with deep, thoughtful scenes. It’s light, and narrated by Jenna in first person with a youthful, teenage feel. Perfect for middle school students who just want a quick and easy read.
Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Soho Teen, for review purposes.
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