Monday, November 4, 2013

Dying to Go Viral by Sylvia McNicoll

A week after her birthday Jade is persuaded to ride her new skateboard while holding onto a car without a helmet on.  She has a crush on the boy who asks her to do this foolish thing and she pays for her decision with her life.  When she arrives in heaven she finds her mom who promises Jade that amazing things are waiting for her in the afterlife but after Jade sees her father and brother at her funeral she wishes she had just a little more time to help them deal with her death.  Jade is given the chance to go back and relive the last week of her life with the intention of easing her family's pain at her death.  Knowing what will be happening at the end of this week Jade views things with new eyes, even the method of her upcoming death.  I really enjoyed this book and how Jade made changes in her own life as well as the lives of her father and brother.  It could have been very sappy but it seemed realistic, given the unrealistic premise.