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On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave

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  • Posted February 21, 2013


    Not at all what I expected... rambling, boring, could not get myself to finish it. Don't waste your money, even for kids.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Read anyway

    Ok really a rubber ducky that eats him alive. seriously. And then u got a kid coming bck from the dead and then dead again THEN u got an old lady having a heart attack of spiders really Divergent is way better yawn*

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    Fleming did an exceptional job creating intriguing characters an

    Fleming did an exceptional job creating intriguing characters and placing them within authentic historical settings. Her allusions to well-known stories (The Yellow Wallpaper, The Monkey's Paw, Romeo and Juliet, and others) add to the depth and impact of the writing. While each story is set in a separate place and time, Fleming skillfully connected them for a fascinating journey steeped in horror, humor, and history.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    This book was okay

    This book was a little too young for my tastes. That being said, the writing is phenomenal, and I really enjoyed the Chicago history incorporated in On the Day I Died. The main reason this book called to me on NetGalley is because it featured Chicago as a backdrop. I really enjoyed the idea of the short stories being linked together. It reminded me of those "scary" books I used to read when I was in junior high. That's one of the reasons I didn't give this book a higher rating, though. I felt like it was supposed to be scary, but it wasn't.

    The story begins with a present-day ghost story, and the stories that follow are all being told from various victims of death. They all died in different ways and in different time periods. I also liked how Fleming included a bit about the Urban Legends she pulled from in the end. This collection of stories is rich and well-rounded, to say the least. My favorite story was the depression era story. I love that time period in Chicago.

    Overall, I'd recommend this book to children ages 11-14. It reads for a younger audience than the YA that I'm used to. It may scare the kids a bit, but who doesn't love a good scare at that age? The stories are definitely suspenseful, and I think that if I wasn't as old as I am, then they would have scared me a bit. Nothing too horrifying, just some good clean, scary fun. If you have a kid who enjoys the tween scary stories, like I did when I was growing up, then they are sure to love this book!

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

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    *rated 3.5 on blog. This was a great collection of stories of h

    *rated 3.5 on blog.

    This was a great collection of stories of how each of these characters died. I liked how it was set up though. It wasn't like a typical anthology would be with just having the short stories in it. The short stories are being told to Mike who stumbles into this cemetery due to an event that happens. Each ghost is telling the story of the day that they died. After each story we are brought back to the present where Mike and some of the ghosts say a few things about the story they just heard before the next ghost tells their story. All of these ghosts died when they were teenagers, all around Mikes age. They all need to tell their stories. I am not going to go into each one, I will just give you an idea of what each story is about.

    The book starts off with Mike, who is the narrator. He is on his way home, but something unexpected happens which brings him to the graveyard. It is there that the stories begin. We first get to hear Gina's story, she was fifteen when she died. This was a story about a psycho kid really. The next story is about Johnnie, who insists that he got revenge and revenge got him. He was sixteen when he died. He lived during The Depression. He was a trouble maker, and in the end he feels like he got what he deserved. We move onto Scott after that who was seventeen when he died. His is a creepy ghost story from an insane asylum. Then David tells his story. He was fifteen when he died. This was a pretty crazy story to be quite honest. Evelyn, who was sixteen when she died is up next. Her story is about her and her twin sister who she absolutely hated. Lily's story is one about love and loss. Also evil magic. She was seventeen when she died. Rich was sixteen when he died. His is a story of evil possession. Edgars story is a bit odd, but creepy. He died when he was seventeen. And then there was Tracy who died when she was fifteen. This girl had a pretty rough life and it gets much more rough and scary weird on the day she dies.

    So I know that all of that didn't really tell you much. What is really cool is that each of the stories have some actual history behind them from the time period that it is from. At the end of the book the author so nicely puts each person and where their story came from. I really love how she details each story. It's interesting to get to know some of the real history of the events and the places. It seems like she really looked into the time periods to get the settings, fashions, and decorations correct. You can really imagine these characters in the specific time they are supposed to be from.

    This was a fast and entertaining read. The stories had magic, love, revenge, evil, and ghosts. They were all such different and creative stories about how these teenagers lives ended. In the end they need someone to listen to them tell it. Evey one of them needs their death tale heard. This was very well written and you really feel like you are listening to each of these people tell you how they died. (There will be an audiobook version of it which I would love to listen to.) There is plenty of creepiness and action in this book, and it doesn't read like an anthology. The stories are within a story and it works really well. It's almost like a bunch of teenagers hanging out with each other telling ghost stories. If you like ghost stories this is a fun book. It's not scary, but some of it is a bit on the creepy and weird side. It was just a mindless read, which you really need sometimes.

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