Spooky Little Girl
Author: Laurie Notaro
Publication Date: April 13, 2010
Death is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.
Coming home from a Hawaiian vacation with her best girlfriends, Lucy Fisher is stunned to find everything she owns tossed out on her front lawn, the locks changed, and her fiancé’s phone disconnected—plus she’s just lost her job. With her world spinning wildly out of her control, Lucy decides to make a new start and moves upstate to live with her sister and nephew.
But then things take an even more dramatic turn: A fatal encounter with public transportation lands Lucy not in the hereafter but in the nearly hereafter. She’s back in school, learning the parameters of spooking and how to become a successful spirit in order to complete a ghostly assignment. If Lucy succeeds, she’s guaranteed a spot in the next level of the afterlife—but until then, she’s stuck as a ghost in the last place she would ever want to be.
Trying to avoid being trapped on earth for all eternity, Lucy crosses the line between life and death and back again when she returns home. Navigating the perilous channels of the paranormal, she’s determined to find out why her life crumbled and why, despite her ghastly death, no one seems to have noticed she’s gone. But urgency on the spectral plane—in the departed person of her feisty grandmother, who is risking both their eternal lives—requires attention, and Lucy realizes that you get only one chance to be spectacular in death.
How would you feel if you were a few months away from your wedding and you returned from your last-hurrah-girls-only vacation to find all of your belongs (except for your beloved dog, Tulip) out on the lawn? Lucy Fisher faces this scenario, but add in losing her job, an ex-fiancee that won’t answer her phone calls and hasn’t returned her dog, and an unfortunate accident with a bus while on the way to the unemployment office. Once Lucy wakes up dead she learns she is in the “Nearly Hereafter” and must learn the ins and outs of being a ghost to complete her mission. Only when this is complete can she go to “The State”, where she will exist happily for eternity.
Laurie Notaro has written mostly memoirs, which are laugh out loud hilarious. When I saw that she had a novel coming out, I preordered it without hesitation. I really love her writing style and the humor/strange situations she injects in her memoirs and fiction. In Spooky Little Girl, Notaro introduces you to her version of what happens when you die. And this version is not your run of the mill, you die and go to heaven or hell, sequence of events. Her characters are very vivid and likeable, and the relationships between the characters are extremely realistic.
I give Spooky Little Girl 5 out of 5 books. Be sure to check out Laurie Notaro’s other books, they are hilarious and definitely unique.