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The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

by Shaun David Hutchinson, 296 pages, Grades 8 and up. 

Dino is the son of morticians and already quite talented at making up the faces of the corpses to look alive enough for open-casket funerals. Somehow he convinces himself he is the only one who can make July, his ex-best-friend, look her best in death. Even though it is rough having to see his ex-friend dead on a gurney, autopsy scars popping out above the hospital gown, he is managing just fine until her eyes pop open and she sits up and starts talking to him like … well, like she was alive. He knows she is NOT alive; beyond the facts of the autopsy, the smell of rotting flesh is a dead give-away (pun intended). The question is, why won’t she die like a normal person? And how do you keep an undead friend from ruining life for everyone left behind?

If you don’t mind stories about death that include irreverent narrators you might also like Hold Me Closer Necromancer, by Lish McBride. If you like books about contacting friends beyond the grave you might also like: The End or Something Like It, by Ann Dee Ellis. If you enjoy books about the place we might go after we die, you might like: Heaven Looks a lot Like The Mall, Wendy Mass, or Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin.