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Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagan
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Chick-Lit
Release Date: November 1st 2015 by Lake Union Publishing
Format: Hardcover, 242 pages
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I was recommended this while perusing the shelves at my local library one day, by the librarian who hosts the book club at said library. Since I had no idea what the book was, I had no idea what I was going into, aside from the knowledge that it was humor and adult, somewhat outside of my comfort zone as a YA reader. Regardless, I took the plunge, and I’m glad I did.
From the start, this book had some pretty funny dialogue and prose. The main character, Libby , had a strange sense of humor that was clearly portrayed in her person through her actions, and I really enjoyed the fact we were seeing it all through her eyes. There were moments where I was holding my head and wondering what on earth was going through her head, despite technically being in there with her, and she did have some erratic decision-making and problem-solving skills, but it definitely only added to the humor of having her as the main point of view.
I didn’t always agree with Libby’s decisions, and I got frustrated with her on more than one account, but I think it worked in her favor this time, which rarely happens with me and characters that frustrate me. All the frustration just made me want to read more so I could see where the decisions got her, and her humor over whatever did happen helped to make it worth the time it took to read that far.
All-in-all, if you’re looking for an adult read with lots of humor surrounding it, I definitely suggest this one. I want to read more from this author at some point, too. If you’ve ready any of her other books, please let me know what you thought of them!
Thanks for reading!