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Putting Makeup on Dead People

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    Putting Makeup on Dead People touches on many ways as a society we deal with death. It puts a new spin on dealing with a parent

    Before I even had an inkling as to what Putting Makeup on Dead People was about, the cover and title drew me in. I assumed because of these two things, it was going to have something to do with death. Of course, Putting Makeup on Dead People involves death in a couple different ways.

    I want to give props to Jen Violi for having Donna, our protagonist in Putting Makeup on Dead People, have an interest in mortuary science. It was unique from anything I've read before, so I loved reading about it even though it was a bit creepy at times. The weird obituary style death notes(only way I can describe it) throughout the book added something else different and unique to Putting Makeup on Dead People and it also added some humor to the story for me.

    Another reason Jen Violi needs props is because Donna is older...18 and heading off to college. Donna has many decisions to decide on at the end of high school and she decides on being a mortician, which goes against what her mother wants. Everyone around her still thinks she's stuck on her father having passed 4 years prior. Liz ends up turning out to be a new and great best friend for Donna and helps her learn some things about herself along the way.

    Jen writes sex with teens in a real way. Many of the thoughts Donna had about sex, I remember having felt myself looking back on it now. I appreciate her adding those situations and thoughts into Putting Makeup on Dead People. A couple of different boys make an appearance here and I think having both shows how much Donna grows and changes during these pages.

    One side plot through the story I almost thought was pointless. In a way I can see why it was added and at the same time I feel like it could have been omitted. I almost wanted to just read over the pages that contained what I'm speaking of. I'm not telling you what bothered me, I'm hoping you can decide for yourself if you think it's needed or not. The book is still a good read whether it's there or not.

    Putting Makeup on Dead People touches on many ways as a society we deal with death. It puts a new spin on dealing with a parent who has passed away.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

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    What I like most about this book was her self discovery. Donna has been through so much with losing her father at a young age. She tried to relate or feel in the moment.She took lots of risk, some I don't even approve of or liked, but in the end, she found who she needed to be, herself.

    Now with I don't approve of. I know that when a teenager rebels, they rebel. And granted the whole situation was not her fault but what I didn't like was the fact that she liked it.

    Donna is a great character, whom learn a great life lesson. She found the one she was truly meant to be with and held on to it. She learn to forgive and let things go, so she could move on with her life. She also learn who she was and stuck with what she love. I loved walking along with Donna to see her become someone new.

    I would not recommend this book for a young teen. There is a lot of cursing and while there is no sex, there is still some pretty heavy messing around*

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