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Gr 9 Up-Seventeen-year-old Frenchie is surprised when Andy Cooper asks her out-she has had a crush on him for years, but he barely acknowledges her. On top of that, it is a strange date as they trek to various places that seem to be important to him. When Frenchie finds out the next morning that he has committed suicide, she wonders why he chose to spend his last night alive with her. A bit of a loner, Frenchie discovers the grave of Emily Dickinson and pretends that the woman is the famous poet and makes her her best friend and confidante. After all, the grave is just down the street from where Frenchie lives in Orlando, Florida, convenient for get-togethers and gab fests. Grieving over Andy's death, Frenchie must discover why he thought he had to kill himself. She enlists Colin, a boy she met at a club, to help her retrace their steps on Andy's last night. Despite its dark topic and the depths of Frenchie's sorrow, there is an undercurrent of humor in her observations and her conversations with Em, which keeps the novel from becoming overwhelmingly a book about death and grief. There are also the realistic aspects of teen angst as Frenchie wonders why Joel, her best friend for almost forever, has a new girlfriend, someone Frenchie does not like at all. This is a fast, well-written read with a satisfactory though not necessarily happy ending and a protagonist to remember-a survivor and person of action. A solid choice that is accessible even for reluctant readers.-Janet Hilbun, Texas Women's University, Denton, TXα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Francesca “Frenchie” Garcia lives on a block that dead-ends into a cemetery, which makes bearing witness to funeral processions a neighborhood pastime. Although she patterns her thoughts after Emily Dickinson’s poetry, Frenchie’s daily paradox balances between the blinding light and heat of an Orlando summer and the paralyzing doom and gloom of a death obsession. Frenchie is trying to make sense of the suicide of her high-school crush, Andy, who chose to spend his last night with her. In addition, her passion for art is derailed after rejection from the art school of her dreams, and her childhood friends are following the postgraduation natural order of growing up and out. With well-paced revelations, Sanchez gradually strengthens Frenchie’s resolve to heal and move forward, ultimately letting her friend Colin tenderly help her retrace the events leading up to Andy’s death. Frenchie genuinely wants the funeral in her brain to stop, and the author wittingly ensures that the reader wants nothing less for her. Grades 9-12. --Gail BushSee all Editorial Reviews
Frenchie goes on a road trip with a super-cute new â€œfriendâ€ Colin to make sense of what happened the one and only night she hung out with Andy Cooper, the boy she loved from... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Latin@s in Kid Lit
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher for an honest review.
There is a lot to like about this book - perhaps my favorite thing is that the... Read more
Perhaps her outlook on life would have been different if she lived on another street but for Francesa who lived on the same street as the cemetery, every time a funeral procession... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Live Outside
My expectations for Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia were not exactly high - it's a small-press title, and the story sounded like the typical grief plot,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
Frenchie lives down the street from the local cemetery, so she's well aware of the impermanence of life. Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Cynthia Hudson
Frenchie is obsessed with death. And she's depressed. And who wouldn't be? Her long time crush took his life after spending his last night visiting weird places with her. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by Heather
My immediate reaction to this book was "I am in love!" Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia is a beautifully written young adult novel. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Jenna Papaleo
It was the cover Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia that struck me first-- a young adult cover without a picture of someone's face? Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Khy