Friday, November 27, 2009

Freaky Friday :|: 39

Title: Let Me Tell You How I Died
Author: Sinclair Smith
Published: May 1994
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Pages: 160
The bestselling author of Dream Date spins an out-of-this-world story about a murderer stalking a young girl--who begins to suspect she might be the reincarnation of the murderer's earlier victim. (from
Customer Review:
delia can't stop reading the old diary which mysteriously appears in her locker one day.little by little,she starts to become more like the girl whose words she reads- even having her memories and seeing the world through her eyes. a dead girls eyes. soon delia is convinced that she was the girl who wrote the diary-in a past lfe. but the terror is about to come alive once more. for the girl who wrote the diary was murdered. and the killer is after her again... an awsome book! (from
While reincarnation isn't a big thing in terms of originality, I like it with the premise. It's a nice escape from the reincarnated lovers/lives that seems to be making headway into YA. It's almost bordering on possession from the description of the customer review. Sounds like something I could get into reading, that's for sure.


Barbara said...

Sounds potentially interesting although I've never heard of this author. Well I guess I can't know every bestselling one. Oh all I have to do is look at one of those websites with the customers reviews to feel better about my crappy book posting skills.

Rhiannon Hart said...

I love these classic horrors. Can I call them classic when they hail only from the distance of my tweenhood? Why the hell not. I hope you enjoy it.

Donna said...

They are our classics. And other classics are only classics because other people say they are. I think it's a logical assumption to do the same for other books. :)

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

This sounds like something I'd probably like, too.

ps - I agree with you, Donna.
When something is good enough it can be 'related' to is all that really matters. Or a book that is a 'stellar' example of its particular genre.

IMO, a lot of the books that have long been considered as 'classics' are works that it has become increasingly difficult for many to now 'relate' to - given the mores and social structure in place during the era they were written. The emotional dilemmas may remain the same, but other than that ... some of them just seem silly now

I love seeing (and have REALLY enjoyed) the evolution of the YA genre over the last ten to twenty years - it's come a long way, baby hehe (I can remember when SO many of the scholastic books revolved around girls who loved horses, girls who longed to be ballerinas and boys who longed to be baseball heros ... can we say BORING?! LOL
(then again, I was a weird little girl who was reading Edgar Allen Poe at age 10 instead of pissing around with Barbie dolls)

Anyway, wonder what the next twenty years will deliver?

Donna said...

Kids are saying that it's getting harder and harder to relate to Holden Caufield in Catcher in the Rye. Instead of sympathizing with him, they find him whiny and annoying. Time change and some books that are considered classics will persevere but as the older generations die, it's not a surprise that the love for those older books will too.

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Too true. And something else that I've notice per my favorite genre, the paranormal 'classics'/victorian ghost tales and such, like those by M.R. James - while they are still fun reads, over & over the characters swoon at the mere MENTION of anything suggestive of a ghost, while as in today's reading, not only are our fictional characters of steadier nerves, but are actually interacting/pursuing the elusive ghost. I think this would be a reflection of today's society, in general, being more intellectually inquisitive vs superstitious.

I've never read Catcher in the Rye, but I know both my children did while in school.

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