A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend

November 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm 1 comment

“The gaping hole of her gone-ness opened up all at once, and I couldn’t bear it. It was like a betrayal, to think that our lives could keep rolling on without her.”

There were two ways that Cass felt like she could honor her best friend Julia after she died: take Julia’s ashes from Illinois to California on a solo bike trip, and help put on a production of Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad, the musical Julia was writing before she died.

The problem is, you can’t just jump on a bike or listen to a few bars of “The Flavor of Blood is Sadness” and expect that your grief and doubts and questions will go away.  Is Julia’s boyfriend right – was Cass actually in love with Julia?  And if she was, is it a betrayal of Julia’s memory for Cass to fall in love with their former junior high enemy Heather?  How do you deal with having a dead best friend when you still need her so much?

My Review: I liked how Cass and Julia were best friends in the best possible way, and there was no dramatic argument before Julia died or anything like that.  Cass wasn’t left with painful regrets, but the deep sadness of losing someone who she was intensely close to.  Cass ran through every emotion you’d expect: anger, confusion, and turmoil, but also  acceptance and forgiveness.

But, the book isn’t just some emotional roller-coaster.  A lot of it takes place during Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad rehearsals, which are pretty funny.  The song titles, staging, and drama of the production were a nice light part of the book.  It was cool the way Julia’s play brought Cass and Heather together, kind of going from an old, unspoken crush to a new, unexpected relationship.

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner is now available at the library. It’s sweet, it’s sad, it’s funny, and it’s definitely worth a read.   Check out the author’s website here.



Entry filed under: book reviews, NaBloPoMo10, new books.

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  • 1. Books for Gleeks « Winfield Library's Y.A. Blog  |  October 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    […] Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner YA FIC HORNER Read Katie’s review here. As she tries to sort out her feelings of love, seventeen-year-old Cass, a spunky math genius with an […]


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