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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,553 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jess Rothenberg Narrator: Suzy Jackson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464038518
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Brie's life ends at sixteen: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart - literally. But now that she's in heaven, Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend knows a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost - and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul who's been D&G (dead and gone) much longer than she… and who just might hold the key to her forever after. With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on… but how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces? Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Inventive, gorgeous, funny, and yes … heartbreaking. You will absolutely love this book.”

    Lauren Oliver, author of Before I Fall

  • “Weaving significant contemporary issues into a romance flecked with humor, Rothenberg blends genres in a fresh and heartwrenching way. With echoes of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, this is an emotional and thoughtful first novel with a twist.”


  • “In her debut novel, Rothenberg supplies readers with an imaginative and intriguing vision of what might happen after death.”

    School Library Journal

  • “[A] fresh and poignant narration, this first novel brings a welcome touch of irreverence to the larger themes of death, heartbreak, and forgiveness as Brie learns that sometimes there really are second chances.”  

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/20/2014

    " Very unusual book...with many twists and turns before it ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/12/2014

    " AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a must read for anyone who likes a hearbreaking and a little but confusing book. it is soooo good!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/30/2014

    " 4.5 Stars, a heart-breaking and amazing book, although slow and confusing at times, it's one to remember... Recommend it for everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raechel | 1/18/2014

    " I was worried this was just going to be a 'Dead Like Me' retake, but it turned out to be an original, fun read, with some interesting plot twists along the way. I laughed, I cried, and I highly recommend it to all YA lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doha Al-Haddad | 1/17/2014

    " More like 3.5 stars , the story was nice but I have a problem grasping the concept of "live" after "death" , it just doesn't make sense to me .. Patrick was a very nice character I liked him so much , but I didn't get the part where he loved her .. because along the way he was acting like a big brother and suddenly he loves her !! .. I don't know about that , but what really surprised the truth about Jackob I literally gasped LOL "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Blair | 1/8/2014

    " I can't seem to get far in this book.... First time I have ever fallen asleep reading a book from boredom!!! Ugh! But this is just my opinion!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shiva Riahi | 1/1/2014

    " Wasn't sure about this book when I first started reading, but I loved that each chapter was a title or lyric from a song. As the book went on I began to like it more and more and I love how everything came together in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 georgia -ωαт¢н ɱє fℓу- | 12/10/2013

    " Loved it! Patrick and Brie were amazing and Brie had the MOST AMAZING FRIENDS EVER (except for my BFF'S). Jacob was really nice as well, and I loved the story! I wish there was a sequel! But there was one thing I didn't get.(view spoiler)[Did Patrick go with her, in the end? (hide spoiler)] "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fearlesprincess | 9/18/2013

    " This book is good. I liked it. The writing is good. I liked the story too. Recommend it to anyone who wants to read a nice story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mari - loves to read | 7/25/2012

    " With the benifit of doubt a four star rating, really more of an 3,8 stars :) Moving and laugh out loud funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jmgrey | 4/4/2012

    " I liked that the chapter titles were lyrics or titles from songs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandyn | 3/9/2012

    " This book had an interesting premise and was a cute enjoyable read. It didn't wow me though. "

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About the Author
Author Jess Rothenberg

Jess Rothenberg received her BA from Vassar College and is pursuing her MFA in children’s and young adult writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A former editor of children’s books, she is now a full-time writer. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Suzy Jackson is an audiobook narrator whose readings include several novels by Charlane Harris, Jodi Picoult, and M. L. N. Hanover. She has won an AudioFile Earphones Award and was a finalist in 2013 for the Audie Award for Best Fantasy Narration.