In case you haven’t heard about, Joy Preble’s latest book, The Sweet Dead Life, I’m excited to share Casey’s Playlist. But first, a little about the book:
"I found out two things today: One, I think I'm dying. And two, my brother is a perv."
So begins the diary of Jenna Samuels, who is having a very bad year. Her mother spends all day in bed. Dad vanished when she was eight. Her older brother, Casey, tries to hold together what’s left of the family by working two after-school jobs—difficult, as he’s stoned all the time. To make matters worse, Jenna is sick. Really sick. When she collapses one day, Casey tries to race her to the hospital in their beat-up Prius and crashes instead. Jenna wakes up in the ER to find Casey beside her, looking pretty good. Better than ever, in fact. Downright . . . angelic. The flab and zits? Gone. Before long, Jenna figures out that her brother didn’t survive the accident at all, and she isn’t just sick; she’s being poisoned. Casey has been sent back to help Jenna find out who’s got it out for her, a mystery that leads to more questions about their mother’s depression and their father’s disappearance.
Casey Samuels used to have a pretty great, normal life. He played football—in fact he was on varsity as a freshman. He had a girlfriend named Lanie – blonde, cute, cheerleader type. He had a future – business major maybe. Something where he could use his gift of gab. And then his family fell apart. He had to quit football. His girlfriend broke up with him. He started smoking too much weed and hanging out with loser guys like Dave Pittman the local dealer and working two jobs to support his family. He loves his sister, though and he will do what it takes to take care of her. And then, there’s the car accident. And suddenly he’s Casey 2.0 Angel version. With wing nubs and a mission.
Casey’s playlists fall into a couple categories:
Because I Get High—Afroman
The Joker-Steve Miller Band
Dance with my Father—Luther Vandross
How it Feels—Tom Petty
Finish Line—Snow Patrol
Heard the World—OAR
My Hero—Foo Fighters
Aren’t you excited! Here’s the links to where you can purchase The Sweet Dead Life:
And if you want to find out what Joy’s up to next, you can find her on: