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Title: Death Dickinson & the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Available Formats: Paperback & Ebook
Details: Released May 28th 2013, 272 pages
Source: Given in exchange for an honest review for blog tour with Book Nerd Tours

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Frenchie Garcia can’t come to grips with the death of Andy Cooper. Her friends didn’t know she had a crush him. And they don’t know she was the last person with him before he committed suicide. But Frenchie’s biggest concern is how she blindly helped him die that night.

Frenchie’s already insane obsession with death and Emily Dickinson won’t help her understand the role she played during Andy’s “one night of adventure.” But when she meets Colin, she may have found the perfect opportunity to recreate that night. While exploring the emotional depth of loss and transition to adulthood, Sanchez’s sharp humor and clever observations bring forth a richly developed voice.
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 "Nope" I say. "But I believe in assholes at first sight."~Frenchie to Colin on the topic of love at first sight

Death Dickinson and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia (quite the mouthful of a title huh?) took me by surprise. Going into Death Dickinson I really wasn't sure what to expect, the premise sounded promising, but I hadn't really heard much about it. I decided even though I hadn't heard much on it, I was going to take a chance on it, and boy, am I glad I did.

No one knew that Frenchie had a crush on Andy Cooper for quite sometime. So when he dies from suicide no one knows it has turned Frenchie's world upside down and has filled her with emotions she doesn't know what to do with. No one knows that Frenchie was the last person with him before he committed suicide.

This was a very raw and touching read, Jenny Torres writes everything beautifully, while reading I really felt like I was there with Frenchie, feeling what she was feeling and wishing she would find a way out of the sea of grief she was submerged under. I flew through this book in two sittings and could not get enough of Jenny's writing. After reading Death Dickinson I plan on reading Jenny Torres's other novel The Downside of Being Charlie very soon, I am so glad to have been introduced to a new author that is so talented.

My personal favorite part of Death Dickinson, was easily Frenchie. Frenchie isn't your usual YA main character, she mysterious,artistic, and more to her self (she was also hilarious). Which is why I liked her so much, she was so different, so different than I am and so different than other YA characters are. She's unique, and bold. I found myself wishing she was someone I knew in real life. Also besides Frenchie I really liked Colin.

This is a book I suggest to anyone that is looking for a beautiful (and realistic) story on a girl going through and getting over some heavy grief. Frenchie is a character that is not the norm, but I believe she is a character alot of readers will fall in love with and have you feeling like she is real and not just a character in a book. This is a book that will tug at your heart strings, entertain, and teach you a great life lesson all in one.


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  • 3 Winners will receive a Signed Copy+Swag of Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez. 
  • 1 Winner will receive a Poster and Bookmark of a Surprise Art by James Vallesteros. 
  • 10 Winners will receive One bookmark of a Surprise Art by James Vallesteros.

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3 comments:

Natasha Parker said...

I just adore the book cover for 'Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia'. The blurb got my attention, as well as your review Haley. I have stepped away from YA book lately because too often the main character, is almost similar in almost all of the books that I have read lately. So reading 'Frenchie isn't your usual YA main character, she mysterious,artistic, and more to herself (she was also hilarious)' is one of the main things that sold me on this book and got me to add it to both my goodreads TBR wishlist and my amazon wishlist. Thank you (Natasha @ Intertwined Blog)

Dee D said...

She's so pretty :) and the book sounds awesome definitely will check it out!

Stephanie Kaye said...

This book sounds awesome! Definitely going to be checking this out soon! Great review!
xo
Stephanie