Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi

This book wins for awesome title, awesome cover, but more importantly – awesome story! The fact that Donna is a grieving teen,  trying to live her life is the real pull into the emotional heart of this story. And it’s not her sadness, but how she finds her own way despite everyone else’s strong opinions about her feelings and their idea of grief that make the story interesting.  Despite her loss, she has choices to make – this boy or that one; this school or the one where you learn to put makeup on dead people that dominate her growth.  I just loved this book.  It’s the difference between finding a book you should read and one you want to read; the difference between a book about death and one where it’s a part of life. Put it on your list; I know you want to read it.


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