Wednesday, May 30, 2012

John Belushi Is Dead by Kathy Charles

Published: August 24th 2010
Pages: 320
Format: PaperBack (New)
Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Pink-haired Hilda and oddball loner Benji are not your typical teenagers. Instead of going to parties or hanging out at the mall, they comb the city streets and suburban culs-de-sac of Los Angeles for sites of celebrity murder and suicide. Bound by their interest in the macabre, Hilda and Benji neglect their schoolwork and their social lives in favor of prowling the most notorious crime scenes in Hollywood history and collecting odd mementos of celebrity death.
Hilda and Benji’s morbid pastime takes an unexpected turn when they meet Hank, the elderly, reclusive tenant of a dilapidated Echo Park apartment where a silent movie star once stabbed himself to death with a pair of scissors. Hilda feels a strange connection with Hank and comes to care deeply for her paranoid new friend as they watch old movies together and chat the sweltering afternoons away. But when Hank’s downstairs neighbor Jake, a handsome screenwriter, inserts himself into the equation and begins to hint at Hank’s terrible secrets, Hilda must decide what it is she’s come to Echo Park searching for . . . and whether her fascination with death is worth missing out on life.

I saw someone do a haul featuring this book a few months ago on Youtube. It seemed like a book that was just my taste and fairly easy/quick read. I was exactly right. I could totally relate to Hilda in a lot of ways and the characters were great. Also very believable. It's a very touching story that deals with a lot of death but really, it's a book all about living. So if you think this is a book you'd enjoy, make sure to give it a try. If you are thinking about it reading it but aren't sure, do it.

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