I Woke up Dead at the Mall

I Woke up Dead at the Mall

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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?
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780553512465
Branch Call Number: YA SHEEHAN
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 10, 2017

I Woke up Dead at the Mall is a story that revolves around a girl named Sarah, who wakes up at the Mall of America after mysteriously being murdered. As Sarah begins to familiarize herself with her new home, she meets young men and women who, just like her, were murdered and have some unfinished business. The main task for Sarah and the others is to let go of their previous lives and move on. I felt that Sarah’s sense of humour makes her a likable character. With Sarah as the narrator, the development of the story is extremely entertaining. Furthermore, it is interesting to see how realities are slowly brought into light and the way that characters react to them. In spite of the darkness associated with murder, disease and death, Sheehan has effectively given the story a light-hearted tone. Overall, this book gives life and death a new existence, both proving their importance in the world. With mystery, romance, and a determined protagonist, I Woke up Dead at the Mall is a must-read! 5/5 Stars
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

May 16, 2017

Original review on www.fabulousbookfiend.com

This book was so much more than what I was expecting it to be. I originally picked this up because of my interest in the mall of American (shopping is my sport of choice, what can I say?) but this turned out to be a magical story about the afterlife and what we expect it to be versus what we actually expect it to be. I really enjoyed this aspect of the storyline, despite being someone who doesn't necessarily enjoy magical or fantastical novels. I found it to be well explained, it was all logical and made sense and therefore I could cope with the idea of viewing ones funeral or having a special floor of the mall just for the dead to roam around!

I liked getting to know the characters in this book too. We have five young people who have all been murdered and all come from New York City. In fact, they find that they all lived in the same neighbourhood as each other. Where some of them died a while ago, some of them died at virtually the same time, did they know each other in their former lives? I liked the fact that there was a bit of conflict between the characters, but also the relationships that they formed with one another. Sarah is our main character and so we see things through her. She has had it tough in life, but not as tough as some of the others and there is definitely more to her than meets the eye!

Of course I loved the setting. There is a particular scene where they go down to the aquarium and another where the ride the roller coaster and I really enjoyed reliving my trip to MOA alongside them. The description is great though, particularly the scenes in New York and so if you haven't been to either of these places, you will definitely feel at home there after reading this book!

As I say, this book isn't quite what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed what I got. Perhaps there could be further clarity on the jacket as to what to expect, but if you are ready to suspend your disbelief and you are ready for a little bit of magic, then I am sure you will enjoy this story of teens and their afterlives.

Jan 25, 2017

This was an interesting concept. A bit like "Her Lovely Bones", but lighter. Sarah is a likeable character and her inner dialogue adds to the tone of the book. We all fall in love with Nick along with her and the book would not be the same if they were not working through their need "to move on" together.

ArapahoeKati Nov 26, 2016

Picked this up on a whim and am I glad I did. I wish my lunch break lasted about four hours so I could sit and read this all day. The humor, the mystery, the murder...and a cute boy? What's not to love?

ArapahoeStaff2 Sep 11, 2016

Your typical girl meets boy love story. Well, except for the fact that they're dead. This one had some funny moments but also fell into your typical teen chick-lit trope.

Jul 08, 2016

It's a fun chick-lit story but there wasn't a lot of substance and the romance made it super obnoxious to read. It would make a good fluffy movie though.

multcolib_susannel Apr 17, 2016

The biggest surprise for Sarah wasn't that she died and ended up on the fifth floor of the Mall of America. It was finding out that she had been murdered.

Mar 22, 2016



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Jul 08, 2016

Sarah wakes up after being murdered. She finds herself in the Mall of America with a bunch of other NYC teens who've met their untimely ends in unnatural ways. She needs to move on but first she must save her father, who's in danger of being killed by her murderer...


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