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About the Book
Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences.
Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead.
She doesn’t go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.
These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. “There are even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have this band.” The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.
Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice.
There is no homework.
You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until you’re 24.
By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because no one knows how long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next.
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This book was so much fun and not what I was expecting. I don’t read a lot of YA paranormal but this one definitely put me in the mood to find some more to read.
Walker was such a great character. When she wakes up to a new house and a new school it takes a few days before she realizes that something just isn’t right. It’s when she finds out she’s actually dead that things start to get really good. I honestly wouldn’t mind living in a place where you can eat what you want without gaining weight, not have to pay for anything, and can dive off a cliff without dying because of course you can’t die twice.
The concept of this book is unique and well executed. There’s some romance with a mysterious hunky boy named Daniel who has a secret he’s been keeping and only Walker is the one to bring it out of him. The two of them come up with a plan to find a way back to the “real” world but the way to get there is just as dangerous as what they’ll face on the other side.
This book has adventure, romance, and found families. It’s a great blend of the paranormal in a setting that feels believable. If I were to die and end up in Limbo I think The Academy would be a fun place to end up. I enjoyed the small pop culture references and even characters based on real life people including Kurt Cobain as the music teacher. I definitely plan on reading the rest of this series!
About the Author
I’m C.L. Gaber, an author and film journalist for the New York Times Syndicate and Chicago Sun Times. I also co-authored Jex Malone series. Originally from Chicago, I make my home in Nevada with my husband, bonus daughter and two unruly dogs.
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