After her father’s death, Donna has simply been going through the motions in high school. She applies to college before she even knows what she wants to do with her life.
Donna isn’t happy; she hates that her family’s starting to move on. She hates knowing that she’ll never hear father laugh again. She hates that she's being left behind.
After a conversation with a mortician at a classmate’s wake, something shifts inside her.
Donna begins to find her confidence again after befriending the new girl in school. Liz seems to have all the right answers. She finally knows what she wants to do with her life. She wants to put makeup on dead people. She wants to help people find a way to get through the most awful time of their lives.
My Thoughts: This is not a book I would have picked up on my own, but I'm so glad I read it. I liked following Donna's path. She stood up for herself. She found her way. She branched out in her life. It's a little bit morbid. I love that it's an older book for YA - as it takes place during the last semester of high school and into Donna's further education. We need more books for this age - you can read my post here on my thoughts on YA and college. The book was funny, heart-wrenching, and an all around good read.
Cover Thoughts: Very different - eye catching - and a little creepy
Source: reviewing for VOYA