When Sarah wakes up dead at the Mall of America, she learns that not only was she murdered, her killer is still on the loose.
I WOKE UP DEAD AT THE MALL is a terrifically fun, voicey YA novel that tackles some of life’s – and the afterlife’s – biggest questions.
When you’re sixteen, you have your whole life ahead of you. Unless you’re Sarah. Not to give anything away, but . . . she’s dead. Murdered, in fact. Sarah’s murder is shocking because she couldn’t be any more average. No enemies. No risky behavior. She’s just the girl on the sidelines.
It looks like her afterlife, on the other hand, will be pretty exciting. Sarah has woken up dead at the Mall of America—where the universe sends teens who are murdered—and with the help of her death coach, she must learn to move on or she could meet a fate totally worse than death: becoming a mall walker.
As she tries to finish her unfinished business alongside her fellow dead teens, Sarah falls hard for a cute boy named Nick. And she discovers an uncanny ability to haunt the living. While she has no idea who killed her, or why, someone she loves is in grave danger. Sarah can’t lose focus or she’ll be doomed to relive her final moments again and again forever. But can she live with herself if she doesn’t make her death matter?
How did I get the book? I bought it.
Review: I picked up I Woke Up Dead at the Mall because the blurb intrigued me.
The story wasn’t quite what I anticipated but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Sarah is a protagonist that destiny has a plan for, even if she doesn’t realise her own importance. Her character is the good girl. We also have the love interest (slightly tortured but nice and with a hero complex) a frail haunted girl from the past and the mean girl. While I was happy to let things about the story go, I have more issues about the characters, they read more like “this is your box”-versions. I couldn’t form a connection and consequently didn’t care all that much.
On the plus side, I Woke Up Dead at the Mall is kinda fun. In a Scooby-Doo mystery way. There is a gang and mystery, plus each ghost ends up developing some haunting skill. To balance this, the author also has some serious moments, like how Amber can relive a day or her attending her own funeral.
I Woke Up Dead at the Mall is one of those books that works if you don’t overthink it but appreciate it for what it is.