Title: The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Publication date: February 19th, 2019
Recommended for: 14 and up
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Death is nothing new to Dino, as his parents own a funeral home, but when the dead don’t stay dead, he finds that he has a harder time coping. It’s difficult enough that his ex-best friend, July, has died suddenly, but when she comes back to life, Dino’s world turns upside down in a way he never quite expected. While Dino and July try to piece together the cause of July’s not-quite-dead, not-quite-alive state, they find themselves confronting what went wrong between them, and more importantly, whether or not their friendship still has a fighting chance.
This book definitely got me invested in the story and characters fast. I found the ongoing dialogue about what a toxic friendship looks like really interesting, and found myself rooting for characters I initially wasn’t sure about. This book had a really interesting somber but fun tone that made it easy to read but still made it feel meaningful all at once. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes books with LGBTQ+ representation, as well as themes of mourning, family, purpose, and what it really means to have a friend