Book Review: Spooky Little Girl – Laurie Notaro

Title: Spooky Little Girl: A Novel
Author: Laurie Notaro
ISBN: 9780345510976
Pages: 304
Release Date: April 13, 2010
Publisher: Villard
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

When Lucy Fisher returns from an all-girls vacation in Hawaii to find all of her belongings on the front lawn of the house she shares with her fiancé and the locks to the house changed, she thinks her life can’t get any worse.  But Lucy doesn’t know how wrong she is – she’s fired from her job the very next day.  And to top it off?  She accidentally steps out in front of a bus.  And dies.  When she awaken in the afterlife, Lucy isn’t sure what to think or how to come to terms with her abruptly shortened life.

Review:

I thought Laurie Notaro’s Spooky Little Girl sounded like a quick, fun, and utterly forgettable read.  I was correct on two out of three counts – the book was a fast read, and hilarity definitely ensued – but this is not a book I’m going to forget anytime soon.  I was very impressed with Spooky Little Girl.  Notaro did an excellent job combining a great main character with a storyline that keeps the reader hooked.

Lucy was an endearing main character who you couldn’t help but feel sorry for.  All these horrible things happen to her in such quick succession, and then before she knows it, everything she ever knew is ripped away from her.  She handles it well, given the circumstances, and she has a wicked sense of humor to deal with what’s thrown at her.  Lucy really makes the book worth reading.

Though the plot of a main character dying at the beginning of the book and dealing with the afterlife has been done before, Notaro brings something fresh to the table in Spooky Little Girl.  I loved where she went with the story.  She made the premise her own and brought in unique details that really set it apart from other books like this.

Laurie Notaro is clearly a talented writer with a great sense of humor.  I really enjoyed Spooky Little Girl and will definitely be picking up more books by her in the future.

Comments

  1. I haven’t read many books like this. I think the only other so far is Peony In Love, but this one sounds really different but still worthwhile.

  2. I haven’t read many books like this. I think the only other so far is Peony In Love, but this one sounds really different but still worthwhile.

  3. I read a memoir of hers for book blog several years ago and didn’t love it, but I’m glad to know her fiction was wonderful. I’ll look for this one!

  4. I read a memoir of hers for book blog several years ago and didn’t love it, but I’m glad to know her fiction was wonderful. I’ll look for this one!

  5. This one looks good, how do hear about so many good books that are not discussed on the blogosphere?

    I have an award for you.

    http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2010/06/awards-awards-awards-thank-you.html

  6. This one looks good, how do hear about so many good books that are not discussed on the blogosphere?

    I have an award for you.

    http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2010/06/awards-awards-awards-thank-you.html

  7. I hadn’t heard much about this book, but after reading your review, I really want to investigate further. It sounds like a really interesting read, and I am really curious about how the author uses the afterlife to further the plot. Great review! I will be looking for this book!

  8. I hadn’t heard much about this book, but after reading your review, I really want to investigate further. It sounds like a really interesting read, and I am really curious about how the author uses the afterlife to further the plot. Great review! I will be looking for this book!

  9. This is precisely the kind of book that I’m currently in the mood for. I’m really eager to read it.

    Terrific review!

  10. This is precisely the kind of book that I’m currently in the mood for. I’m really eager to read it.

    Terrific review!

  11. Laurie Notaro is my literary hero! She started out as a small-town humor columnist, then compiled her stories into autobiographical books (have you read them?! Hilarious!) and now writes novels. Love her. Her sense of humor is spot-on and her books are always a great time!

    I’m actually kind of mad that I haven’t picked this one up yet… especially considering I’m going all No. 1 Laurie Notaro Fan on your blog here! 🙂

  12. Laurie Notaro is my literary hero! She started out as a small-town humor columnist, then compiled her stories into autobiographical books (have you read them?! Hilarious!) and now writes novels. Love her. Her sense of humor is spot-on and her books are always a great time!

    I’m actually kind of mad that I haven’t picked this one up yet… especially considering I’m going all No. 1 Laurie Notaro Fan on your blog here! 🙂

  13. Another winner! You are on a great reading streak.

  14. Another winner! You are on a great reading streak.

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