Saturday, August 1, 2020

Dead School by Laura Gia West

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

This book baffled me. I was exci

ted to get it based on the premise that Tina Crocker  is a teen performing at a talent show when she is suddenly killed and ends up in Dead School. She is put in the guide division as an assistant to another person. This has never happened before.   They have to guide and help change the life of another person.  They classify this girl as a loser.

I started and stopped this book so many times. I very seldom abandon a book. I decided to sit and read it until I was finished.  The main character gave me mixed feelings.  She has such a self-loathing attitude it was hard to like her. I was pleased when she decided to perform at the talent show. I felt like maybe her attitude would change.  When she is killed and lands back in Dead School she is the same person.  In many ways she was like Melinda,  the girl to whom she was an assistant. Both of them came across as bullies.  The bouncing back and forth between the different “classes”  was unique and well written. I really thought that the ending was headed in the right direction. It was satisfying. Then the ending is ripped from your grasp and an alternate is thrown in and the story ends.

I wish I could say what it was that really made me not love this book. For some reason I didn’t click with it the way I hoped I would. It wasn’t terrible once I got it started, it just wasn’t my favorite.

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