KLIATT - Paula RohrlickTo quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2002: Headstrong, mouthy 14-year-old Alexandra and her mother have just moved once again. Now they're living in a rundown trailer in her mother's old hometown, and Alexandra hates everything about it, fantasizing about the father who left them years ago. She spends the summer before high school indulging in her new hobby, attending the funerals of strangers at the adjacent graveyard, and she becomes obsessed with the death of a boy named Jimmy who would have been a classmate. She sets out to prove that his death was not accidental but a murder. Along the way, she makes friends with a boy named Dennis, connects with a wise English teacher, and makes an enemy of a vicious classmate. Her investigations nearly lead to another death, and to her slow-dawning realization that her impulsive actions can have terrible results. The plot here might stretch credulity, but Alexandra, a fierce, bright, smart-mouthed girl who skips classes blithely and goes after the truth regardless of the consequences, is worth meeting. O'Keefe renders her sardonic wisecracks and her painful loneliness convincingly, and in the end readers will root for her.
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My Life and Death by Alexandra Canarsie based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Alexandra Canarsie (great name) has a very unusual hobby. Reeling from being uprooted once again by her single mom, she arrives in her mother's hometown and entertains herself by attending the funerals of strangers. She's grieving, too -- missing the father she hasn't had since her parents' divorce years earlier. At one funeral however, she realizes the deceased, who died in a swimming accident, is a boy who would otherwise have been in her class at school. Alexandra becomes obsessed with the boy and learns things about him which convince her his death was not an accident. She goes on a quest to prove it was murder. This may sound heavy, but the plot is leavened by Alexandra's sardonic take on life and a lively cast of lovable characters, including Alexandra herself. A very fun read.