Dead Diary by L.P. Donelli
Dead Diary by L.P. Donnelli is the story of Mathilde, a girl (I’m guessing 12 or 13), who tells the story of her unusual life through a series of diary entries. Mathilde, who is a bit of a bookworm, seen by others as odd, and not really liked by any of the kids at school, and she can see and helps ghosts pass on. Except for that last bit, she and I have a lot in common!
The plot was fairly simple but interesting, and I enjoyed all the different ways Mathilde helped the ghosts crossed over. I didn’t even mind the flashbacks to my own junior high/high school days, even though I saw what was coming a mile away, I don’t think younger readers will.
The characters, both alive and dead, are unique, and I love how the ghosts come alive in this book. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) I felt kind of bad that some of Mathilde’s best (only) friends are dead, but it beats being completely lonely at that age, right?
As an American, reading the Queen’s English was a bit tricky,but the vocabulary and writing would be easy for any middle school aged child to read. The author really nailed the young teen’s voice and awkward outlook I remember from that age. I think similarly aged readers will have an easy time relating to Mathilde.
My Rating: 4/5
This book would be great for pre-teen and younger teens, so if you know one, Dead Diary is available on Amazon for only $1.99 or free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
Thanks for reading!