Author: Tonya Hurley
Book #: 1
Reading Level: Middle Grade/YA
Goodreads Rating: 3.31
Published: August 1st, 2008
by Little Brown Young Readers
"Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake"
Sometimes high school really is a matter of life or death.
Charlottle Usher feels practically invisible artschool and then one day she really is. Even worse: she's dead. And all because of a guy and a gummy bear.
In this satirical yet heartfelt novel, Tonya Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at times and the lenghts we'll go to be seen.Taschima's POV:
From the first moment I layed eyes in this book words like charming, cute, and enchanting crossed my mind. Now if I were going to describe the book in a single statement I would go with Gothic Fairytale. The book is written in a way that everybody can follow and know what the writer is talking about without going "what the bloody hell is going on!".
The story evolves around a girl called Charlotte. Charlotte was trying this whole new look in life, everything is going to go swell, birds singing, and then she ate a gummy bear and died. To say that she had unresolved issues is an understatement. Charlotte is in love with the jock at school, the old popular guy, named Damen, which is not working at her advantage. Charlotte at times may seem a bit shallow and kinda of a stalker, but her weakness may be her strength as she is also a girl with a goal, who knows what she wants, ans just how to get it.
Other characters in the book are Scarlet (My favorite character), Damen, Pam, Prue, Petula, the Wendys, and the Dead Kids.
This story is about two things. Accepting yourself; loving yourself for just who you are. That the inner geek, gothic, nerd, or whatever you consider yourself will make you shine as bright as a star, as nothing else could or would. And also living life at the fullest, the things you want to do, do them, before its too late and the ship sails away