At a school carnival, moments after RJ has her fortune told, the Grim Reaper appears and instead of taking the fortune teller, nabs RJ. Suddenly, RJ is dead! As a girl who is used to having everyone and everything go her way, this is quite the shock. Gideon – the Grim Reaper who reaped her too early, admits his mistake but tells her there is nothing he can do about it; it is up to the “higher ups” to fix the mistake.
At first RJ must wait in a great hall while all the souls get processed. When she finally gets a chance to see her life, she realizes that she hasn’t made the best choices. Still, it isn’t fair that she was taken by mistake. However, it turns out there is a lot involved in placing a “dead” person back into their old life.
A tribunal must convene made up of three angels, and Death Himself gets involved in the process as well. Turns out that not many believe RJ deserves to go back because she hasn’t done much with her 17 years of life as it is. It is up to RJ to prove she should go back, by completing three tests.
It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah Schmitt is book that could have been deep, but seems to skirt the shallow end. Readers might be shocked by the ending of the book, but probably won’t feel too much because of the tone of the book.
Recommended for 6th grade and up.