Published by: Delacorte Press on March 22, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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When Sarah wakes up dead at the Mall of America, she learns that not only was she murdered, her killer is still on the loose. I WOKE UP DEAD AT THE MALL is a terrifically fun & voicey YA novel that tackles some of life’s – and the afterlife’s – biggest questions. When you’re sixteen, you have your whole life ahead of you. Unless you’re Sarah. Not to give anything away, but . . . she’s dead. Murdered, in fact. Sarah’s murder is shocking because she couldn’t be any more average. No enemies. No risky behavior. She’s just the girl on the sidelines.
It looks like her afterlife, on the other hand, will be pretty exciting. Sarah has woken up dead at the Mall of America—where the universe sends teens who are murdered—and with the help of her death coach, she must learn to move on or she could meet a fate totally worse than death: becoming a mall walker.
As she tries to finish her unfinished business alongside her fellow dead teens, Sarah falls hard for a cute boy named Nick. And she discovers an uncanny ability to haunt the living. While she has no idea who killed her, or why, someone she loves is in grave danger. Sarah can’t lose focus or she’ll be doomed to relive her final moments again and again forever. But can she live with herself if she doesn’t make her death matter?
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: Drew me in from start to finish.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
The synopsis to this book sounded so interesting, despite the cover not being all that appealing, I just had to give this one a try. I’m so glad I did. I Woke Up Dead surprised me with how entertaining, funny, and relatable it is. I easily connected with all the characters, loved the aferlife world that Sheehan created, and I definitely wanted to see Sarah get her justice and find peace. Right away, Sheehan captured my attention with her engaging main character, Sarah, and I just loved being inside her head.
So, we’ve got a bunch of teenagers who were all killed one way or another and they end up at The Mall of America, where I’ve always wanted to check out. I loved the setting. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be at a mall where everything is free and you can eat whatever you want without gaining weight?! Sure, you’re dead, but you know what I mean. Anyways, the story is about all of them moving on and finishing their unfinished business. Letting go of your past life and embracing your new one. The main focus is, of course, on Sarah, how and why she died, and what she’s going to do about it. There’s a good amount of supernatural stuff going on, dead people aside, that I think Sheehan incorporated very well into the story. We don’t get a rhyme or reason to it, which was a bummer, but we still get a good sense of it. I also really like the romance and Sheehan’s take on fate.
The flow of the story is steady and I never once felt bored. I seriously didn’t want to stop reading, and that’s saying something as you all know how I usually feel about YA contemporary. This book just has it all, really, with the fun and drama, and I liked how it makes you think about life and death without being too serious or preachy. Sheehan has a real winner in this book and I hope readers won’t pass up this gem of a book. This one is not-to-be-missed!