released: September 29, 2009
publisher: Balzer & Bray (HarperCollins)
Hardcover, 248 pages
intended audience: Young Adult
Madison Stanton doesn't know where she is or how she got there. But she does know this—she is dead. And alone, in a vast, dark space. The only company she has in this place are luminescent objects that turn out to be all the things Maddy lost while she was alive. And soon she discovers that with these artifacts, she can reexperience—and sometimes even change—moments from her life.
Her first kiss.
A trip to Disney World.
Her sister's wedding.
A disastrous sleepover.
In reliving these moments, Maddy learns illuminating and sometimes frightening truths about her life—and death.
This is a haunting and ultimately hopeful novel about the beauty of even the most insignificant moments—and the strength of true love even beyond death.
Review: This whole concept of this book was so intriguing, that after you die you are surrounded with items you lost, that connect you to moments in your life. Such a unique idea! I really enjoyed this one overall. At times, the swift jumping around from scene to scene and age to age had me reeling and feeling alittle disconnected, but the mystery of it all kept me reading and I was glad of that because in the next page turn there would be something I was glad not miss! It kept me asking what happen to this poor girl? why is she dead? what is the divine purpose of her being surrounded by all these random objects? This one really had me in a range of emotions. At some parts, it was a bit grim and depressing (obviously when you are dealing with the death of 17 year old), some parts were hopeful it its idea of what the afterlife could be like. I did think it was clever and must have been a unique writing experience for the author to have to write the character at so many different ages as she jumped from point to point in her life.
All in all, a really good read!