Narrated By: Madeleine Lambert
Duration: 6 hours and 7 minutes
What to expect
"I found out two things today: One, I think I'm dying. And two, my brother is a perv."
So begins the diary of fourteen-year-old Jenna Samuels, who is having a very bad eighth-grade year. Her single mother spends all day in bed. Dad vanished when she was eight. Her sixteen-year-old 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. 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. Beatified. Literally. The flab and zits? Gone. Before long, Jenna figures out that Casey didn't survive the accident at all. He's an "A-word" (she can't bring herself to utter the truth). Soon they discover that Jenna isn't just dying; she's being poisoned. And Casey has been sent back to help solve the mystery that not only holds the key to her survival, but also to their mother's mysterious depression and father's disappearance.
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Horror and ghost stories, chillers, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Crime and mystery fiction, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Fantasy, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Fantasy, Children’s / Teenage general interest: Mysteries and the unexplained
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“A smart, sassy, supernatural mystery chock-full of heart, hope, and fun.”
“A snarky, sarcastic murder mystery that I absolutely couldn’t put down!”
“Jenna’s sarcastic and sassy tone will easily resonate with readers, and her keen observations are derisive and laugh-out-loud funny.”
“There’s a whole lot going on here: poisonings, blackmail, sibling relationships, romance, and abandonment, in addition to angels, but the unifying thread is Jenna’s clever, bitter, self-aware, and loving voice…Preble’s lively descriptions and unusually well-drawn, caring sibling relationship (a topic not usually explored in teen fiction) are especially noteworthy.”
“Bizarre? Yes, very. Fun to read? Yes, very.”
“The Sweet Dead Life is mischief and mayhem, zippy one-liners, mystery and a tiny bit of tragedy. A-word: Awesome.”