The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble

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Hallelujah! A paranormal tale of angels that’s not a romance, making it a novel that breaks the mold.
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The angel book gets a Texas makeover from the author of the Dreaming Anastasia series.

"I found out two things today: One, I think I'm dying. And two, my brother is a perv."

So begins the diary of Jenna Samuels, who is having a very bad year. Her mother spends all day in bed. Dad  vanished when she was nine. Her older brother, Casey, tries to hold together what’s left of the family by working two after-school jobs—difficult, as he’s stoned all the time. To make matters worse, Jenna is sick. Really sick. When she collapses one day, Casey tries to race her to the hospital in their beat-up Prius and crashes instead.
 
Jenna wakes up in the ER to find Casey beside her, looking pretty good. Better than ever, in fact. Downright... angelic. The flab and zits? Gone. Before long, Jenna figures out that her brother didn’t survive the accident at all, and she isn’t just sick; she’s being poisoned. Casey has been sent back to help Jenna find out who’s got it out for her, a mystery that leads to more questions about their mother’s depression and their father’s disappearance.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Joy Preble

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Joy Preble grew up in Chicago where-- possibly because she was raised by an accountant and a bookkeeper--she dreamed of being a back up singer, but instead earned an English degree from Northwestern. Eventually, she began to write books so she could get paid for making up stuff. She now lives in Texas with her family, including a basset/boxer mix rescue dog named Lyla-- who never met a shoe she didn't want to eat. Visit Joy at joypreble.com
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Soho Teen. 244 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Mar 27 2013

Hallelujah! A paranormal tale of angels that’s not a romance, making it a novel that breaks the mold.

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