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The Ten Best Days of My Life
     

The Ten Best Days of My Life

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by Adena Halpern
 

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Twenty-nine-year-old Alexandra Dorenfield suddenly finds herself in heaven after an unfortunate encounter with a MINI Cooper. The seventh—and highest—level of heaven to be exact. Her dog, Peaches, is with her; she is reunited with her beloved grandparents; she has the wardrobe of a movie star; and she lives in the house of her dreams next door to a

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Twenty-nine-year-old Alexandra Dorenfield suddenly finds herself in heaven after an unfortunate encounter with a MINI Cooper. The seventh—and highest—level of heaven to be exact. Her dog, Peaches, is with her; she is reunited with her beloved grandparents; she has the wardrobe of a movie star; and she lives in the house of her dreams next door to a handsome guy. This is heaven!

But there’s a catch. Alex must prove she led a fulfilling existence by writing an essay on the ten best days of her life—or she will be demoted to a lower level of heaven, where the clothes are last year’s styles, the men aren’t quite as handsome, and, worst of all, Peaches and her family won’t be nearby. Witty and inspiring, this divine debut novel dares to ask a material girl—and the rest of us—what makes life precious.

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Publishers Weekly

The hereafter is happier than ever in Halpern's debut novel. After Alex Dorenfield and her dog, Peaches, get smashed by a car, they wind up in heaven, where bubbly 29-year-old Alex is floored by how hip the digs are-especially Seventh Heaven, where Alex's dreams (of, for instance, designer clothes, an awesome house and eating without gaining weight) come true. The icing on the cake is her reunion with a few deceased family members and meeting a dreamy prospective soul mate. Only problem? She must pass an entrance exam to stay in Seventh Heaven and not be demoted to the fourth level, where she would have to live in a condo, wear last year's clothes and lose Peaches (all dogs stay in Seventh Heaven). So Alex gets to work on an essay to prove she led a worthwhile and fulfilling life. This simple little story is syrupy sweet throughout; readers into the heavenly have another bonbon to savor. (May)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440638367
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/27/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
297,360
File size:
336 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

ADENA HALPERN wrote a popular series of essays titled “The Haute Life” for the back page of Marie Claire magazine, which reaches 3.1 million readers monthly. She is a contributing writer for Daily Variety and has written for The New York Times. Adena earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and a master of fine arts degree in screenwriting from The American Film Institute.

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Ten Best Days of My Life 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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joanni711 More than 1 year ago
This was a real page turner about life and death. It even prompted me to wonder what my own 10 best days are (so far). However...there were a lot of grammar mistakes and capitalization errors that bugged me and distracted me from the story. They made me wonder if Halpern really proofread her work before submitting it to the presses. Anyways, it was a great story nevertheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a really great read ! Once i started to read i had a hard time putting it down . Aa great book, well eritten with lots of heart, laughs and meaning
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
A sweet read with a dark subject - death and the afterlife. Stepping back and taking a look at the book and the subject matter, I realized that this was a cute way to approach the subject of does your life matter and what are you doing to better the world around you. In a twisted way, I was inspired to evaluate where I spend my time, money and emotions - do they help those around me or am I wasting it all away? Before I dive into a deep though provoking, off topic tangent - the book. A girl just my age is walking her pup and is hit by a car and they both die - tragic, but she ends up in heaven and what a heaven it is! She is surrounded by all the things she wished and coveted while on earth plus more. BUT she has to write an essay about her ten best days and prove that she deserves to stay where she is. This is where the meat of the story unravels and you learn about her from her childhood to the day she dies. I absolutely adored the way the story was told. I loved learning about her life through her account of her best days and the stories that evolved. I think women should pack this in their beach bags and take a few hours to soak up the sun and read this one this summer.
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pagese More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time with this book. The narrative drove me crazy. Alex is suppose to be 29, but she comes out sounding like she's 15. And a very spoiled, annoying 15 at that. I also don't think I connected with her because her idea of heaven was a closest full of designer clothes and the perfect guy next door, because in Seventh Heaven you get exactly what you dreamed of. I did like the idea of earning her right to stay in Seventh Heaven, but not much of her story made me feel like she did deserve to be there. I did enjoy her reflections of when she realized she couldn't rely on her daddy to bail her out of trouble anymore. And I was impressed with her desire to move to the other side of the country to make something of herself. Overall, it was really just the main characters voice that I couldn't handle. Not sure if I will seek out something else by this author.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book! i loved how it was about death and heaven but in a good funny read way it wasnt to deep but it had a nice message in it. i really enjoyed this book it is like my new favorite book i have been telling everyone about it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I randomly purchased this book and from the very beginning the book grabbed my attention and I had a hard time ever putting it down. This book has good laughs and makes you appreciate the 'little things' in life.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Four AM in Los Angeles, twenty-nine years old Alex Dorenfield was walking Peaches her Miniature Beagle whose bowel obstruction became unobstructed when a Mini Cooper ran them over. Doritos and Ambien aside, Alex finds herself in perfect Seventh Heaven with her beloved poop dog Peaches at her side. Her grandparents lovingly greet her and she can eat all the delightfully fatty carbos she wants with no weight gain or bad cholesterol issues. She has her choice of a designer wardrobe and a wonderful home. Finally Alex also feels she has met her soul mate after a decade plus of wondering where the hell (make that heaven) is he.---------------------- Of course like the way she died in which Peaches need to crap had a hidden celestial agenda inside it she learns for her to remain in Seventh Heaven, she must defend her life in essay form sheesh she feels she graduated years ago and never though she would ever write an essay again. However failure means demotion to the fourth floor where she would have a condo not a house, wear last year's off the wrack clothing, no loving grandparents to spoil her, no soulmate hunk next door, and most critical having her beloved Peaches with her as dogs by their unrequited loving nature always go to Seventh Heaven. Alex must defend her life as being worthy of seventh heaven.------------------- Any moment one would expect Albert Brooks to appear to mentor Alex on Defending your Life, as the heroine struggles to make a case that she is worthy and not clueless. Readers will enjoy Alex¿s whimsical chick lit asides as she ponders why she deserves seventh heaven and writes the essay on THE TEN BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE. While working on it she realizes she must not just prove to the angels her worthiness, she must prove to herself she earned ¿Heaven On The Seventh Floor¿ (without Paul Nichols¿ help). Amusing and poignant, Adena Halpern provides a fascinating look at a young woman defending her former existence to herself.------------------ Harriet Klausner