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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans

Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class. 
Dying wasn't on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson's to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she's stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she's stuck there with the geekiest, most annoying boy in the history of the world, ever. 
In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything is wrong, Riley has become an outcast. She begins a desperate quest to get back home, but her once-perfect life starts to unravel into something not nearly as great as she thought it was. And maybe death isn’t really that bad after all... 
Welcome to Afterlife Academy, where horns are the norm, the microwave is more intelligent than the teachers, and the pumpkins have a taste for blood.

Afterlife Academy was pretty good, and unique! Usually, at the beginning of a book, you are introduced to a character, who has a problem, and a lot of unfair circumstances. You end up feeling sorry for them, or identifying with them, and start rooting for them. Afterlife Academy is the opposite. At the beginning, you will absolutely hate the main character (protagonist, if that’s what you wish to call her…) It was refreshing to have a different kind of character (frustrating in the best kind of way.)

I never did warm up to the characters personally, but I did enjoy the story and the message it sent. I was however a little disheartened at the fuzzy line it drew in the afterlife. I understand why that was done (either because the author doesn’t believe in God, or perhaps to make it more palatable to a broad audience.)

I do like how Riley was thrust in to life on the other side of the fence, and she eventually learned to deal with it. The only real stickler for me (like I mentioned) was the fact that I never actually cared for the characters. On the other hand, it was a nicely written novel (and some of the pranks, I’ve actually seen carried out in real life, and they were HILARIOUS.) So, I think I’d have to say that my review is overall good. It’s one of those on-the-fence-feelings books.

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