Home is where the bodies are buried.
Darkly humorous and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Jennifer Longo’s YA debut about a girl stuck living in a cemetery will change the way you look at life, death, and love.
Leigh sells graves for her family-owned cemetery because her father is too lazy to look farther than the dinner table when searching for employees. Working the literal graveyard shift, she meets two kinds of customers:
Pre-Need: They know what’s up. They bought their graves a long time ago, before they needed them.
At Need: They are in shock, mourning a loved one’s unexpected death. Leigh avoids sponging their agony by focusing on things like guessing the headstone choice (mostly granite).
Sarcastic and smart, Leigh should be able to stand up to her family and quit. But her world’s been turned upside down by the sudden loss of her best friend and the appearance of Dario, the slightly-too-old-for-her grave digger. Surrounded by death, can Leigh move on, if moving on means it’s time to get a life?
I think that my first initial reaction to Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo is confusion. I don’t necessarily mean that in a negative way; I just didn’t understand why it was a contemporary book because it would have made one kick-ass paranormal book. A girl who works in a graveyard? Come on…that just calls for the spooks. That being said, I found it a little too dark of a contemporary for my personal taste. It had a really creepy feel to it that was, well, a little too creepy for me. That was to be expected in a contemporary book set in a graveyard and was probably the whole intention of the book. If it had been a paranormal, then I would have been 100% on board.
Jennifer Longo’s writing is absolutely beautiful and advanced. It’s very shocking to me that this is her debut book. Contemporary lovers will especially love this book because it has a crap ton of feels from page one all the way to the end of the book. Very beautiful writing and setting. The only negative thing that I can say about the writing is that sometimes big words were used and went over my head. Also, sometimes there wasn’t any translation for the Spanish conversations and I was so confused.
This is going to sound awful on my end…..but I would have loved this book a lot more without the parents. The problem was that I absolutely hated them from the very beginning and it can be really difficult to adore a book when you HATE a character. And I hated two…both the mom and the dad. Unfortunately, they were in a lot of scenes (especially the dad) and I was constantly gritting my teeth and rolling my eyes.
Overall, I thought that this was a unique take on a YA contemporary book, and I think that it’s going to be a big hit in the YA community. It’s very dark and has so many feels throughout the whole book….people are going to eat it up. Again, I would have liked it to be a paranormal instead of a contemporary but that’s just my personal taste. Contemporary lovers will adore this book!
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