A Snow globe with a ship inside, resting on a red base


Gabrielle Zevin
Rated by
Diane H.
Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015

Ever wonder what happens after you die? Elsewhere answers that question in a unique way.

Fifteen-year-old Liz Hall wonders where she is, and why she is there. Is this a dream? The afterlife is nothing like she expected; not that she was really expecting to be in the afterlife at so young an age.

Now she has to figure out how to have a life after death in a place called Elsewhere.

The Hit

Melvin Burgess
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014

There's a brand new drug: Death. Take it and you'll experience the best week of your life - and then die promptly after.

I thought it was a decent, fast-paced book. The concept was very interesting. I felt very distant from Adam, who, despite being the main character, had a lacking presence. However, I loved his character - he wasn't really a "hero", he cries when his life is crumbling around him. He's a gold digger. He's an awful boyfriend. In short, he's a complete loser. I found that really fascinating.

My favorite part was the overall concept of a drug that would be so...

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart
Rated by
Debbie F.
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014

Wow! I am so glad I knew absolutely nothing about this book from the beginning. Lockhart creates a world I can see...of salt and sand and old houses and summers and friends and young love. I was so wrapped up in this wonderful world that when tragedy snuck in and reared its ugly head it really packed a punch.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Claire North
Rated by
Debbie F.
Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014

The First Fifteen Lives is an excellent and satisfying journey through time travel. Harry August is a Kalachakras, a group of people born and reborn many times. After a message from a young girl is passed to Harry that the world is ending, Harry is left with the task of saving the world. From the beginning of the story "Let us begin at the beginning" I was hooked. The author lets us see just enough of Harry's previous lives to allow the reader an idea of how being reborn works. North had me questioning the people I cross paths with.

Croak by Gina Damico

Rated by
Diane H.
Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013

Croak is a coming-of-age, teen identity, death-is-my-life book. Lex is 16 and headed for expulsion from school. Her parents are trying to understand and help her, but Lex has become an unmitigated brat and terror. As a last resort, they ship her off to her uncle for the summer, hoping that country life will straighten her out.

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013

After the Event, people see the dead. They are as normal to life as breathing now, but Veronica wishes that life would return back to the way it was before. Now, the ghosts are becoming stronger and they want to return to their lives and become part of the living again.

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Rated by
Jennifer R.
Friday, Aug 31, 2012

In her second installment in the Anna Dressed in Blood series, Kendare Blake hits the reader’s full force with instant action, gore, and sadly death.

Friday, Jun 15, 2012

We read books to help us parent well, to strengthen our marriage, to improve our careers and to manage our finances, but it seems off-putting to read a book to help us prepare for death. But Lani Leary, author of No One Has To Die Alone: Preparing for a Meaningful Death, believes that how we die matters and how we serve our lo

Friday, Feb 17, 2012

It’s Passover and Laurel, a junior in high school, her little brother and parents celebrate at their neighbor’s home. Following the meal everyone decides to go to the ice cream shop for dessert. Laurel and David, the neighbor’s son, both decide to forego the ice cream—Laurel to do homework and David to do whatever it is David does these days. When they were little Laurel and David were good friends; however, upon growing up and entering high school they had grown ap

Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu

Rated by
Katerina J.
Friday, Feb 3, 2012

“Everyone has secrets. Some are just bigger and dirtier than others. At least that’s what I told myself whenever I stood in a crowd of normal-looking people and felt like I was the only one.” Lucy has been living with a shameful secret. Her mother, who on the outside is a respected, caring and gifted oncology nurse, is on the inside a stubborn, irritated person who is incapable of caring for her children and house.