Release Date: 05/08/10
Charlotte Usher has always felt invisible at school. But now she has a plan to break into the popular crowd and nothing is going to stop her. Not even death. It's the first day of the rest of Charlotte's life. She isn't going to be invisible any more. And she's not going to stop at just getting noticed, she's determined that she'll be envied! Much to Charlotte's surprise her plan actually seems to be working: Petula, the most popular girl at school has finally acknowledged her existence and her lab partner for the rest of the term is none other than Damen Dylan, school heart-throb and object of Charlotte's desire. It's only a matter of time before she's accepted into their elite circle...that is until, in her excitement, Charlotte chokes to death on a gummy bear. So, OK, it's the first day of the rest of Charlotte's death - why should that change her plans?
Charlotte may have graduated Dead Ed but that's not the end of her story Life, for Charlotte, was one bitter disappointment after another. And it seems death isn't going to be much different. Convinced that graduating Dead Ed was her route to the afterlife Charlotte is a little surprised to find she has to complete an internship! Answering the phones at a help centre for troubled teens isn't proving brilliantly exciting. Until Scarlet calls: a pedicure-gone-hideously-wrong has landed Petula in a coma and Scarlet thinks Charlotte is the only person who can help...
Before she can rest in peace, Charlotte Usher must return to the tragic site of her death: High School. On the brink of Dead Ed graduation, Charlotte and her fellow classmates learn they have one last mission to complete before gaining entrance to the much-anticipated afterlife: Observe one designated teen with an unexplained problem and help said-troubled teen by Prom. For the life of her, Charlotte can't imagine why she has been assigned to help Damen, last year's Homecoming King and her former fatal crush. To make matters worse, her boyfriend Eric is sent to look after her best (breathing) friend Scarlet, who has since ditched her goth girl image for a girlier look that turns more heads than just her boyfriend Damen's. Charlotte would die (again) for love. But when her only chance at an afterlife means having to face the dreaded, all-too-familiar pains of being invisible, it may be too much for her to handle.
To be honest this series was a bit of a worry for me. After all, there’s nothing worse than reading a book, finding that you don’t like it and then have another two in the series to read.
That said, once I started I was pretty gluad that I did as I had an absolute blast. Each book is self contained although spoilers are present in the later two. The characters within evolve not only spiritually but mentally with each of their personality quirks adding to the overall arc giving the reader the chance to care about them.
It’s quirky, the dialogue crisp as well as witty and the overall thoughts conveyed almost has an innocence about it that is lost in a lot of Teen fiction. The story’s are also well balanced with morals and have fitting peaks and lulls in pace to make this an absolute joy to read. If you want something different for your teen, want life (or in some cases death) lessons imparted then pick up these titles. I really hope that there’s going to be a book four.