But with each changing moment, RJ's life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.
RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who's cuter than you'd expect; Hawaiian shirt-wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.
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- ISBN-13: 9781634501736
- ISBN-10: 163450173X
- Publisher: Sky Pony Press
- Publish Date: October 2015
- Page Count: 320
- Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-10-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Seventeen-year-old Rowena Joy Jones is a victim of "accidental collection" by a grim reaper named Gideon, resulting in her untimely death, decades ahead of schedule. Not long after arriving in the afterlife, R.J. meets everyone from Buddha and Saint Peter (who looks "like Ryan Reynolds's doppelganger") to Cerberus and Death Himself, who debut author Schmitt casts as a Hawaiian shirtwearing surfer. Intent on returning to the world of the living, R.J. meets with the Tribunal, a jury of three angels who will decide her fate, and a reluctant deal is struck: R.J. must fix three key moments in her life to prove her worth, or she risks remaining in limbo until the time when she should have died. Schmitt's smart, funny novel will keep readers entertained as they follow R.J. on her redemptive path from "self-absorbed princess" to someone more capable of kindness, while perhaps contemplating their own actions and choices. R.J.'s sarcastic sense of humor sharply counterbalances touching moments as she learns how to live more generously. Ages 12up. Agent: Liza Fleissig, Liza Royce Agency. (Oct.)