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you'd think the people would have had enough of silly love...stories

I have been writing so much about connections between and among books that I must subconsciously be picking books to read that are connected. Today's entry for my #bookaday reading is A LOVE STORY STARRING MY DEAD BEST FRIEND by Emily Horner (Dial 2010). There are two story arcs here labeled THEN and NOW. Cass is dealing in both halves of the narrative with the sudden loss of her best friend Julia. Cass decides to continue with the plans she and Julia had made to travel cross country to California. She will do it solo, though, and on her bike. That is the THEN portion of this story. In the NOW, Cass is working behind the scenes as a handful of Julia's friends plan to put the play she wrote as a lark into production. TOTALLY SWEET NINJA DEATH SQUAD, a musical with lots of fighting and gore, is their way to memorialize Julia and her place in their lives.

What sets this apart from other books? Terrific characters, an incredibly complex story about relationships. That and the fact that readers already know that Julia's death is the catalyst for much of the action here, so how does Horner make us care enough to read? Mostly it is because of the complexity and reality of the friendships at the heart of this novel. Part of it is also because of the split narrative that weaves seamlessly to past and present letting readers see quick glimpses before the full picture is painted. <235>




READING LADDER POSSIBILITIES:

LOOKING FOR ALASKA
NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL
ABSOLUTELY MAYBE
PEACE, LOVE, AND BABY DUCKS
SAME DIFFERENCE
VAST FIELDS OF ORDINARY
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