Dino doesn’t mind spending time with the dead. His parents own a funeral home, and death is literally the family business. He’s just not used to them talking back. Until Dino’s ex-best friend July dies suddenly—and then comes back to life. Except not exactly. Somehow July is not quite alive, and not quite dead.
As Dino and July attempt to figure out what’s happening, they must also confront why and how their friendship ended so badly, and what they have left to understand about themselves, each other, and all those grand mysteries of life.
‘A good friend will bury your body, a best friend will dig you back up.’ How could you not want to read this book after a line like that? I needed to know why July came back.
I had a love/hate relationship with these characters. At times, I loathed both of them – especially July, as she comes across as extremely self-centered and incredibly selfish. A couple of moments I warmed to her, after the reason behind some of her actions came to light. Deep down, both Dino and July have some heavy self-esteem issues, but deal with them in different ways.
The friendship between these two is puzzling. They appear to care deeply about each other, but make hurtful, biting comments (especially July), and then a couple of paragraphs later, are friends again. It’s true those you love the most can inflict the deepest wounds. Towards the end, Dino and July’s conversations are more heartfelt and honest, and a couple hit close to home for me.
It’s hard to classify this story. It’s made up of laugh-out-loud funny lines and situations, bittersweet conversations, deep character introspection – and I learned far more about how morticians prep bodies than I wanted to. Things I’ll never be able to forget. An unusual, darkly amusing portrayal of death, and a sometimes too honest, but deeply loving friendship. This book is scheduled for release February 19th, 2019.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.