Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Review: Putting Make Up On Dead People By: Jen Violi

Putting Makeup on Dead PeoplePutting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story of coming to age is found in Putting Make Up On Dead People.

A personal growth, internal and external struggle, the gifts of loss and love and how the two can be the same -

Donna Parisi, whose father passed away 4 years ago, finds herself at the end of her Senior year of high school and looking into a path that goes against the path chosen for her. Through a chance encounter, she hears the call to do something otherwise different, but the pull is great, she wants to be a mortician.

Her growth is chartered through the interactions of those around her, from her amazing free spirited friend, to her family members. She isn't the only one moving with time, as does her brother and his upcoming marriage, her mother dating - but she is the one that finds a way to hold to the past while transforming.

A great story of being able to let go, to grow and honor oneself (despite the odds), and find love in everyone/everything around you.

An easy, quick read that loeaves a smile on your face as you turn the last page.

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