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This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.Six Months or Less by Latifa Hazim Rogers
Published by Outskirts Press on July 30th 2013
Genres: Adult fiction, Fantasy
Source: ARC from publisher
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Six months ago I was diagnosed with cancer...and in a few hours I will be dead. Page Langford is fifty years old, a wife and a mother-and now that she's dead, she finds herself in the unenviable position of existing as one of the living dead. She is forced to watch as her friends and family's lives unravel. There are secrets long since buried, lies too deep and gruesome to believe. But they're all true, all of them, and Page is glad to be dead. Glad to feel no pain. If she were still alive, the pain of the betrayal and the lies would be too much for her to bear. As a spirit, Page watches and tries to help her loved ones. She tries to give them choices, feelings she places in their hearts and souls. She attempts to direct them so the inevitable won't occur, but they never listen. They feel her presence but ignore her warnings, her gentle nudging. Unable to do anything else, Page just waits and welcomes her loved ones as they join her in death, one by one...
The style was a bit inconsistent. Sometimes it would be elegant and descriptive (and occasionally poetic) and other times it would be short, choppy and confusing. This wasn’t too distracting, however. I did notice a tense change (past to present) at least once and punctuation missing in a few places, and at times it was hard to tell who was talking, but it didn’t take too much from the story.
The plot was fairly unpredictable due to skepticism. You think something is going to happen, but then you think ‘no, that’s too unrealistic,’ but then it happens anyway and it’s wonderful. There are a lot of little stories going on, and you find out it’s not really about Page at all; it’s about the people in her life. It’s certainly not a paranormal. In fact, View Spoiler »Page doesn’t even die until approximately 1/3 into the book « Hide Spoiler
. But everyone’s lives are so different, and quintessential in some way, that it’s a very compelling read. It doesn’t seem realistic, but in the back of your mind you keep thinking, Somewhere this is real and it’s happening. Thank goodness not here,
or maybe it is happening and you can relate.
The characters are so diverse and full of life.
Dan: seems really nice for most of the book. Then he’s a creep.
Page: Poor Page. Everything turned upside down so quickly. But she had guts.
Vanessa: She seems all right at first, and you think she’s not going to turn to the dark side, but of course she does and she’s a hardcore crazy evil stalker View Spoiler »(not to mention a killing machine) « Hide Spoiler. Wow she’s scary. And she has such unrealistic expectations.
Michael: Like Vanessa, seems all right at first, but then he goes between the two women like a ping pong ball. Very fickle and undecided. Untrustworthy.
Denise: Her husband can’t even stand to look at her because of her weight, and she still doesn’t do anything about it. How thick can you get (literally and figuratively, haha)? I did feel sorry for her, but she annoyed me for that reason. She clearly does not respect herself enough to keep up her appearance.
I felt like it was a satisfying ending. Not a cliffhanger. The epilogue took care of that. I would definitely read it again.
This was a very fun book. It was completely unpredictable because as soon as you thought something was going to happen, you disregarded it due to lack of plausibility, but then it happened! The characters were amazing and extremely diverse. The writing itself was inconsistent but compelling and it was impossible to put down. The plot itself was morbid but still quite enjoyable. Would I read more by this author? Most likely. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, age 15 and up. I quite enjoyed this book.