I Woke Up Dead at the Mall

I Woke Up Dead at the Mall

by Judy Sheehan


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ISBN-13: 9780553512496
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 335,970
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Judy Sheehan is one of the original cast members and creators of the long-running stage hit Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding. She was the playwright-in-residence at New York City’s prestigious Looking Glass Theatre and has had plays produced there and at regional theaters around the country. She lives in New York City, which is sort of like living in a giant mall.

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I Woke Up Dead at the Mall 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I flew through it and am ready to reread it. It had everything you could want romance, mystery, death, graceful writing, and just the right touch of humor. You couldn't ask for more.
EllenPlace More than 1 year ago
Finding this book was like finding $20 in your jeans pocket. That's how happy it made me.
Novel_Novice More than 1 year ago
An irreverent and compellingly unique story about death, grieving, and moving on, I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan successfully mixes the macabre and morose with a lighthearted twist on the afterlife. Most books that deal with death and grieving tend to be on the dark, serious side. I Woke Up Dead at the Mall is a unique — and quite frankly, brilliant — combination of that dark, serious side with an uplifting, lighthearted twist. The result is an optimistic outlook on this macabre theme. What’s more, Sheehan does so without ever getting into that murkiest of subjects: religion. I Woke Up Dead at the Mall is more about coming to terms with a great loss — in this case, the characters’ own human lives — and finding peace to move on. It’s a backwards way of looking at grief, and that’s what makes this book work so brilliantly! Sheehan cleverly turns the subject upside down, and narrates her story from the perspective of the deceased, rather than the bereaved. The twist still portrays the challenge and heartache of grief and loss, but leaves room for some irreverence, tasteful humor, and lightness. The combination is an easy to read, accessible book about death that is enjoyable. Also, Sheehan’s afterlife limbo for murdered teens is the freaking Mall of America. The humor and writing in this book is just so damn witty. It adds an unexpected but delightful spice to a book about an otherwise very serious subject: death, and solving a murder. I mean, the smarts involved just in thinking up such a wildly unexpected combination deserves some applause. I Woke Up Dead at the Mall may inspire a few tears — but more likely, it will inspire a smile, a few laughs, and a warm, fuzzy feeling.
StephanieDoyon More than 1 year ago
This is Sheehan's third novel (her first YA) and I think her best to date. As in her other work, this book is full of her trademark wit and tenderness. Sheehan manages to pull off a difficult feat: exploring the weight of loss and longing without being maudlin or depressing. The plot is fast-paced and full of suspense. In the end, the reader can't but help but feel a renewed sense of wonder and appreciation for life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. Good group of characters and they flowed well in the world that the author created :) Very Enjoyable read!
annasmama More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book. Shop-a-holic meets Walking Dead? I really had no idea. What I found was a hilarious narrator with a team of unlikely allies-- all murdered teens trapped in the Mall of America trying to come to grips with their deaths and let go of their lives. I loved the relationships between Sarah and her friends, and especially her doting mentor. There are some truly sad moments and lots of fun moments in between, with even a bit of romance in there for extra sweetness. This is a great summer read - not too serious, and oddly (but somehow perfectly) lighthearted despite the dark topic. If you've ever seen (and loved) the 90s movie Heart and Souls, you definitely want to check out this book.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to receive this ARC through a Shelf Awareness newsletter that announced the drawing. I usually don't win, so when I was contacted by Judy Sheehan, the author of I woke Up Dead at the Mall and congratulated, I was thrilled! Now don't be turned off by the title. When I first saw the title and cover, I thought to myself, "Huh... the cover is rather ordinary and that title is weird!" But I put in for the drawing and BAM! I got the book! I also got a bookmarks, that I'll be sharing, but the story is about Sarah. A girl who literally died and woke up in Mall of America, a sort of Purgatory. No one could see her. No one could touch her and she had unfinished business. She met an odd woman, Bertha, who gave instructions and left Sarah alone to deal with her death until other young, deceased individuals arrived. Together, they learned the ropes of being dead, shared their stories and eventually... they were to move on. But Sarah wasn't ready- and she had a job to do and needed to use her 'Knowing' to get it accomplished!... *For the full review: http://bit.ly/1NAJJxM *Book provided by author Judy Sheehan and Shelf Awareness, for an honest review.
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
When Sarah wakes up dead, in an ugly bridesmaid dress, in an afterlife situated in the Mall of America, her story is just beginning. She soon meets the quirky cast of characters who populate this in-between place while they wait to be born into new lives: tough girl Lacey, optimistic Harry, sad, sweet, Alice, dim pretty-boy Declan, and swoony Nick. Watching over them all is a no-nonsense angel named Bertha. Sarah soon learns that she and all her new friends have all been murdered, and worse – her murderer is now after her grieving father. Her quest to save him will take her in and out of the mortal world as she confronts her own hidden powers and makes choices about the kind of person she wants to be. Not even death can take away Sarah’s wry sense of humor, and the mall is filled with delightful details – the zombie mall-walkers, the dead camping out in Crate and Barrel, the elevator to the mortal world. Who knew a story about death could be so funny and uplifting?
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year-old New Yorker Sarah Evans is shocked when she wakes up dead. At the Mall of America. In Minnesota. Wearing the mango chiffon bridesmaid gown she had on when she died. Along with fellow teen murder victims Harry (cancer, although that isn't technically what killed him), Lacey (pushed off a roof), Alice (she doesn't want to talk about it), and the oh-so-dreamy Nick (gunshot to the chest), Sarah is supposed to use her time at the mall to prepare to move on. The only problem is that Sarah can't believe anyone would want to murder her when she spent her entire (short) life determined to be ordinary. Interfering with the living is against the rules according to her annoyingly chipper "death coach," Bertha, but Sarah knows her father is in danger and that she is the only one who can help in I Woke Up Dead at the Mall (2016) by Judy Sheehan. I Woke Up Dead at the Mall is Sheehan's first novel. Sarah's snark-filled, first person narration meshes well with the madcap quality of this story. This novel sidesteps religion by presenting the Boy (AKA "Boss of You") as the ultimate authority figure in the afterlife while also keeping things like angels separate from any faith-based interpretations. Unfortunately these seemingly arbitrary alternatives also provide little in the way of world building for the fantasy elements of this story. Pop culture references, including a years-too-late cameo by Oprah, lend a dated and out-of-touch quality to this otherwise strong plot. In this offbeat ghost story Sarah uses her uncanny haunting abilities, along with some help from her new friends, to make sense of her afterlife and save the day. I Woke Up Dead at the Mall is a fun read but it is also slight and shockingly lacking in diversity for a novel that draws its cast from New York City. One note characters with vague motivations further diminish the overall impact of this novel. I Woke Up Dead at the Mall starts with an interesting premise that sadly never realizes its potential. Sheehan's quirky vision of the afterlife ultimately leads to a meandering story with a mixed bag of plot points and an ending that ties things up with a too-neat bow.