A surprisingly good read. Sam is a very relatable character. Just your average teen who couldn’t rely on her superhuman good looks nor excessive popularity. She doesn’t fall into a particular high school group and is more than happy to leave the whole high school thing behind. I knew of somebody exactly like her. Myself, of course. Lol.
I really liked the premise of the story. I find it quite original that Sam is interning at their local paper, Herald Tribune, as an Obituary writer. It sounds morbid but somehow she makes it sound inspiring and challenging.
“It’s sad to think that for some people, an obit is the only time they’ll be in print, and they’re not even around to enjoy it.”
I also enjoyed the effortless humor of the narrative in the POV of the main character herself. Sam is very realistic with annoying traits in fact but which make her quite more tangible and real.
“Did you even think maybe he was flirting with and you blew him off? You can be sort of…stuck-up sometimes.”
“Stuck-up? Where’d you get that? I’m shy.”
“I know that, Sam. But not everyone does. Shy can come off as snobby. It puts people off.”
There is a little mystery involved as well as an adorable little romance and there are valuable little life lessons deserving to be quoted.
“Writing about the dead this summer has taught me how to live.”