Thursday, June 2, 2011

Die For Me - Amy Plum

Publisher:  HarperTeen
Publish Date:  May 10, 2011
ISBN:  978-0-06-200401-7
Jacket Illustrator:   Johanna Basford
Jacket Photographs:  Monalyn Gracia/Corbis and Olya Smith/Getty Images

There will be spoilers!!!!!

Kate and Georgia are suddenly orphans and move to France to live with their grandparents.  Quite frankly, it surprises me that the grandparents aren't more careful about what the girls are doing, running around at all hours and with people they don't know.  Maybe it's different in other countries, but my teenager wouldn't be allowed to do that - craziness, I tell ya!

Georgia jumps right into Paris nightlife, at 18 years old she's having a great time at nightclubs and parties.  But 16 year old Kate is still in mourning and having a harder time with it all.  Until she meets a boy.

Vincent isn't an ordinary boy.  He's only 19 years old, but was alive in the 1920's.  He's a Revenant.  They jokingly call themselves zombies and they're a bit like guardian angels.  See...sometimes when a person willingly dies for someone else, they rise three days later and are able to go on to save others.  Sound familiar?  There's a similar story about this dude named Jesus.  The story goes that he died for mankind, rose three days later and went on to save loads of people.  Anyhow, that's what Vincent and his kindred do.

Can Kate handle the truth and a relationship with a Revenant?

The characters are beautiful and the writing is lovely.  I'd definitely recommend DIE FOR ME to anyone looking for a great love story.  The only thing that comes off as awkward is Kate's language - she doesn't speak like a 16 year old girl, she speaks like a mature woman from an older time period. Maybe that's why she gets on so well with Vincent?  It's not a huge barrier to the story, so I didn't worry about it.

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