Tuesday, April 20, 2010

REVIEW: My So-Called Afterlife by Tamsyn Murray

My So-Called Afterlife by Tamsyn Murray
Pages: 176
Publisher: Picadilly Press
Publication Date: 1st February 2010

From Amazon
Meet Lucy Shaw. She's not your average fifteen year old - for a start, she's dead. And as if being a ghost wasn't bad enough, she's also trapped haunting the men's toilets on Carnaby Street. So when a lighting engineer called Jeremy walks in and she realises he can see and hear her, she isn't about to let him walk out of her afterlife. Not least until he's updated her on what's happening in her beloved soaps. With Jeremy's help, Lucy escapes the toilet and is soon meeting up with other ghosts, including the perpetually enraged Hep and the snogtastic Ryan. But when Jeremy suggests Lucy track down the man who murdered her, things go down hill. Can Lucy face up to the events of that terrible night? And what will it cost her if she does?
A wonderful debut novel which, as well as being laugh-out-loud funny, is full of insights, compassion, and love.

This book was a fantastic debut that had me smiling everytime I thought about it. It made me laugh out loud, fall off the bed, and had me hooked from the very first sentence, "I knew it was time to move on when a tramp peed on my Uggs.." Seriously! This line definitely wins the 'Line of The Year Award'. If there was one! It's short, sweet, and cute, perfect first line!

Fifteen year-old Lucy Shaw is stuck as a ghost, haunting Carnaby Street's public (men's) toilets after being (quite brutally) murdered on her way back from a party. But everything is changed when, Jeremy, an engineer, strolls into the toilets and can actually see and hear her!
 Her boring 'hereafter' is suddenly transformed when she finally manages to escape (for a little while at a time though) and meet other ghosts, just like her, including the gorgeous Ryan and distressed Hep! 

Lucy is a vibrant, bubbly character with a very loud voice! Her witty observations, and sarcastic remarks make her the girl you wish could be your friend.

This book has everything a book needs, glittery characters, a fantastic plot, and a remarkable sense of humour, on top of the fact that Tamsyn deals with everything in such a light-hearted way, touching on loss, suicide, and even exorcism (!), but in an optimistic way. My So-Called Afterlife is not a depressing story, but a fun mystery, that does reveal some dark truths, but shows us that you can fall in love even if you're dead..and death isn't always necessarily bad, but something, you will have to encounter and deal with, in the cycle of life.

I'm looking forward to reading more books by Tamsyn Murray, including her upcoming, My So-Called Haunting.

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  1. Great review! This book sounds fabulous! :)

  2. :) It was a funny book, exploring deeper issues. Glad you liked it!


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