- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: October 1, 2009
Madison Stanton doesn't know where she is or how she got there. But she does know this—she is dead. And alone, in a vast, dark space. The only company she has in this place are luminescent objects that turn out to be all the things Maddy lost while she was alive. And soon she discovers that with these artifacts, she can reexperience—and sometimes even change—moments from her life.
Her first kiss.
A trip to Disney World.
Her sister's wedding.
A disastrous sleepover.
In reliving these moments, Maddy learns illuminating and sometimes frightening truths about her life—and death.
This is a haunting and ultimately hopeful novel about the beauty of even the most insignificant moments—and the strength of true love even beyond death.
I've been dreading writing this review because I really did not like this story at all. I'm not sure if reading Before I Fall ruined this one for me, but the way this story played out was definitely a factor. Let me start out by telling you why I didn't like it.
I couldn't get a read on Maddy. I couldn't like her or not like her. Like her character stuck in IS, I felt like I was stuck too. The whole psychobabble bullcrap about Heaven and Hell and Purgatory dragged this story down. The idea that certain objects that she lost in her lifetime could bring her back to that period in time just didn't jive with me. This could've been a great story, but the time spent in limbo just made me more frustrated.
Gabriel. He was the amazingly beautiful boyfriend. Maddy questioned and still questioned why he was with her. This plot point in books is getting old. Really old. I'm going to call this the Bella-technique. Maddy was annoying in her jealousy of Gabriel's ex-girlfriend. Who is not so nice. Okay.
The set up of the story seemed mashed together. And the final revelation? I was more like who cares.
Please realize this is my opinion and I know others that have absolutely LOVED this story. Obviously this one wasn't my cup of tea.