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Life after Death? –Review of Best Friends through Eternity by Sylvia McNicoll


Title: Best Friends Through Eternity                               Author: Sylvia McNicoll

Publisher: Random House of Canada Limited / Tundra Books

Publish Date: February 10, 2015

Type: Children’s Fiction

Pages: 194

Avid Reader Time: 56 mins

Rating :   

Inspired by the true story of a teen who was killed at a railway crossing, the author weaves the tale of fourteen-year-old Paige, who, taking a shortcut alongside the tracks to avoid the school bullies, is tragically hit by a train and transported to a surreal world where she encounters Kim, who died seven years before. Convinced she is only dreaming, Paige must discover a way to return to her former life. Poignant, gripping, and full of unexpected twists and turns, Best Friends through Eternity will resonate with readers who have struggled with cultural identity, a sense of belonging, and the real meaning of home.

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This book is based off a true story. The premise was interesting. The author based it off a true story about a teen who was killed on a railroad crossing. The writing is concise and easy to read. Some of the situations is realistic. Well, besides the traveling back before you died to change things. The characters seemed flat in the beginning, but did grow a little by the end. The Best Friends through Eternity is a cute storyline.

It’s a quick read with only 192 pages. The author is good at keeping your interest and moving the storyline forward at a decent pace. Although I loved the going back and fixing things helping the character learn more about the situations. I feel like after reading the end and throughout the book that the main character was in a coma the whole time. But that’s just what I took away from it. It is an uplifting book even though it based on a sad story of someone’s death.

Overall, it’s a good book to read. It’s not my type of book. But it was enjoyable. It had great family values and self-discovery. I’m not entirely on board with this story. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. Not entirely whelmed by this book, but it is cute to read. I think its just not in my age range and a normal style of read for me.


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