The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson
Shaun David Hutchinson
Feb 19, 2019

Dino's ex-best friend, July, just died. Or so Dino thinks. Dino's family owns a funeral home, and Dino's family tries to make dead people look like they're peacefully resting in their coffin before their burial. Dino is preparing for July's funeral, putting make-up on her, doing the usual, when suddenly, July bolts upright and starts screaming. She's not dead, but she's not quite alive, either. Dino then learns that July's awakening has made it so that nobody, and I mean nobody, is able to die anymore! This compelling, coming-of-age story about friendship will suck readers into it.

The most compelling aspect of the book was the overall message, or the theme, that the author was trying to send. I think that the author's message to readers is that you never know how important something or someone is to you until you lose them. This is shown perfectly with Dino and July, as Dino thought July had "died" thinking he hated her. This book illustrates what would happen if people got a second chance in life.

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Eddy J from Blue Valley YAAC

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