Funerals for Fun

Original publish date: 3 November 2014

Funerals are somber affairs that most people try to avoid–for either the sadness or the creepy factor. But in Adventures in Funeral Crashing by Milda Harris, we meet 17 year old Kait Lenox who enjoys going to funerals, which gets her branded as a freak at school thanks to her former best friend, Ariel.

Perhaps sparked by the first funeral she went to, her mother’s, when Kait was young, Kait has found an emotional release from attention funerals. But little did she know that the college-aged girl’s funeral she’s attending is the half-sister of her crush, Ethan Ripley. And, we learn in no uncertain terms that Ethan is smart, athletic, popular, and hot. Getting caught in her funeral crashing ways by her crush wasn’t what she had envisioned, but it did wind up bringing them together to solve the “if I can’t have you no one can” mystery behind the out-of-character drug overdose death of Ethan’s half-sister.

The concept of the story was intriguing, making for a quick read, and I feel like it had a lot of potential, but when coupled with the incredibly annoying voice for Kait, I found myself cringing at the “I’m not like most girls” ideal being portrayed through that voice–especially with the heavy-handed Twilight references throughout the text. If it were just that the voice was annoyingly juvenile, I could handle that, but the superiority complex involved when treading in the “I’m not like most girls” realm makes it a no-go for me.

Overall, I’d give it a 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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