The angel book gets a Texas makeover from the author of the Dreaming Anastasia series.
"I found out two things today: One, I think I'm dying. And two, my brother is a perv."
So begins the diary of Jenna Samuels, who is having a very bad year. Her mother spends all day in bed. Dad vanished when she was nine. Her older brother, Casey, tries to hold together what’s left of the family by working two after-school jobs—difficult, as he’s stoned all the time. To make matters worse, Jenna is sick. Really sick. When she collapses one day, Casey tries to race her to the hospital in their beat-up Prius and crashes instead.
Jenna wakes up in the ER to find Casey beside her, looking pretty good. Better than ever, in fact. Downright... angelic. The flab and zits? Gone. Before long, Jenna figures out that her brother didn’t survive the accident at all, and she isn’t just sick; she’s being poisoned. Casey has been sent back to help Jenna find out who’s got it out for her, a mystery that leads to more questions about their mother’s depression and their father’s disappearance.
|Publisher:||Soho Press, Incorporated|
|Series:||Sweet Dead Life Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Lexile:||HL640L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Joy Preble is the author of the popular and highly acclaimed Dreaming Anastasia series and It Wasn’t Always Like This. A former English teacher, Joy grew up in Chicago and is a graduate of Northwestern University. She is now a full-time writer and lives with her family in Texas, where she has learned to say “y’all” without any hint of irony.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sweet Dead Life is such a refreshing angel story. The angels aren't broody, or anything like angels in other books. In fact this angel is the sort, you might not want your kiddos hanging out with. Jenna is an awesome character. She's spunky, and doesn't hold back her thoughts. I love that's she's out there. I also adore the fact that this book isn't centered around her pining over some boy. Her and her brother, Casey, are trying to figure what is wrong with her and her mom. They have supported their family any way they can. Casey is a mess. He tries to keep food in the house for Jenna, and his biggest downfall is that he is stoned much of the time. He has the best of intentions though. I really enjoyed the fact that Preble included drugs in her story. It's something that kids face everyday, and I hope that they can choose what's right and wrong. The story is fast paced, and there's always something that keeps Jenna and Casey occupied. You realize how important these siblings are to each other. I love how they react to each other. It reminds me a lot of my relationship with my brother. We annoy each other, but we love each other. It's the same for these two. If you're looking for a fun, quick read, then this book is for you. It's sweet, loving, and mysterious. I'm ready for the sequel next year!
Such an original, funny and sad, mysterious story - a take on angels like no other! Jenna has a lot going on in her life right now - her father has abandoned the family, her mother seems to be in a depression and hardly ever leaves her bed, and her older brother, Casey, is your typical teenage boy that tries to keep things together the best way that a teenage boy can. Which can be pretty difficult at times since Jenna is always sick with some sort of mystery illness that the doctors can never figure out. When Jenna gets extremely ill, Casey attempts to rush her to the hospital and unfortunately gets into a bad car accident on the way there. Jenna tries to keep alert, but now with a few injuries on top of being so very sick, she can hardly hang on and keep track as to what has happened to her brother. When she wakes up, things get very, very interesting... The book does start with a 'middle grade' sort of feel, but once things start moving along it definitely takes a good 'young adult' turn. We see spunky 13 year old Jenna mature and take responsibility like no other teen should have to. With creativity, humor and sass, Jenna is able to deal with whatever life throws her way - her absence from school, her medical care, having no adult supervision, taking care of her mother and to top it all off - a brother who is now an angel?! And that's not all! With the help of Casey's 'angel-ism', they soon discover that Jenna's illness and their mothers forgetfulness and supposed depression are related and someone is purposefully making them sick, maybe even trying to kill them! And all of this may be the reason why their father has disappeared... The relationship between Jenna and Casey is so realistic and amazing - every time they are together you get some really great sister and brother moments that leave you chuckling and, if you have a sibling, completely relating to them. They have their ups and downs, but under the circumstances that have come to light, they need each other more than ever. And absolutely nothing can keep these two apart. Not even a pair of angel wings. A fast-paced novel for ages 12 and up. There is something for everyone in this book. Joy Preble has wowed me with her writing and realistic story. She really knows how to create a realistic family dynamic. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series called THE A-WORD, which is expected to be released in May 2014.
I really liked The Sweet Dead Life. I really liked the story line and overall pace on everything that happened. It wasn't too fast or too slow. I also really liked the relationship between Jenna and her brother Casey. It seemed really genuine and true to how siblings really are. I also really liked the mystery element of the story. I am really liking mysteries lately and this just fit that need. The only thing that I didn't really like is their plan to confront the enemy without any real plan in mind. Overall, I really liked the story and enjoyed reading it.