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Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for h ...more
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Published June 16th 2011
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Nicole
May 16, 2012 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens
Recommended to Nicole by: read to review
I liked this book, it was very cute and a quick read. Definitively worth it.

Ms. Harris did a great job keeping the dialog modern and events current. This was not my typical Paranormal YA book, in fact there are no paranormal elements to it but I still enjoyed it. I think the characters seemed a bit immature for high School students but it would be a perfect book for junior high school kids and teens. They would enjoy reading something with the older kids in it but also would not me exposed to an
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Dec 18, 2011 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: R2R
Shelves: reviewed
I received this as part of the Read 2 Review program. (As side note, this book has no paranormal aspects to it.)

I loved this story. I mean it was super cute. For those that have attended a recent funeral for a loved one may not want to read this story. But in no way does this book make light of funerals or the loss of a loved one. I enjoyed the writer’s style and found this to be a super fast read because I liked it so much.

I rate this book 4.5 stars because my only problem was the over the top
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Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Thanks to the R2R program to give me an opportunity to read and review this book!

This is a fantastic, witty YA mystery with romantic, and almost Scooby-Doo-like elements. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

The premise:

Kait is your average social pariah at school, even the "nerds" would be demoted by asking her out. Her mother passed away from cancer, and ever since then one of her coping mechanisms has been to continue to attend funerals.... for people that she has never met. It comes from a
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Midu Hadi
Dec 20, 2011 Midu Hadi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adult fans
Shelves: romance, really-ya
I received this book to read and review from the Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! The book's based on an intriguing topic and I loved that. It had everything a YA novel requires:
a not-so popular female lead who reads (shocking, I know) and has problems at home which make her weirder
the hottest guy in school
the estranged bitchy mean girl/ex bff
I just had one small issue with it and that was this book is yet another example of the current trend. The trend that divides kids into the
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Lissa Smith
Mar 07, 2012 Lissa Smith rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Audults and Young Adult Readers of Parnormal Stories
Recommended to Lissa by: Reads 2 Review Club
I was fortunate enough to make the cut for reviewing this book for R2R and in no way does this affects my review…

Adventures in Funeral Crashing… Mother verses Daughter, the skirmish for control of the book pursues… need I say much more.

It has certainly been a challenge keeping this book in my possession, as my 11- year old daughter Macy would snatch it away every time I turned my back.

We both were drawn to the book; by what you might ask. Why the cover art of course. No it not some out of this
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Jill
Dec 13, 2011 Jill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all YA readers
Recommended to Jill by: Goodreads
Shelves: r2r
I'm a high school English teacher, so I read a lot of young adult books to stay abreast on what's out there, find things to recommend to students, have books for my class library, and look for things to teach that will interest students. Having said that, I found this book completely enjoyable. It's a simple story, unpopular girl likes popular boy and they're flung together (much to her enjoyment)when she crashes his sister's funeral.
Most YA fiction tends to fall into the "tragedy of the week
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J.A. Belfield
Okay!!! There are some good points and some bad points for this tale, and I'll try listing any that spring to mind to try and explain my middle-of-the-road rating!!!!

What could use working on!!
-the punctuation could use working on! It was pretty distracting! There were commas all over the place where no commas were needed! And there were commas where there should have been periods! On top of those, I don't think I have ever read a story before with quite! so many! exc!amation marks!!!! They wer
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Flora Bateman
I received a free copy of this in exchange for my honest review.

I really enjoyed this one! It was such a fun read, a wonderful YA mystery that that was quite an adventure.

Kait is a wonderful positive strong female character. She's not the most popular girl in school and she's ok with that. She is also dealing with the grief of losing her mother and does so by crashing funerals of people she doesn't know. On one such occasion she crashes the funeral of the sister of the most popular boy in schoo
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Jennifer
This is the story of Kait Lenox who is a junior and a social outcast at her highschool. She works at a video store, reads, and crashes funerals. Her mother passed away and since then she has loved going to funerals of any person, mostly because she likes how friends and family come together to celebrate peoples lives. While crashing a funeral she runs into the hottest guy in school, Ethan, whom she has a crush on. Come to find out it is his half sister's funeral who died from an overdose of drug ...more
ShazzyLouLou
"Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciti ...more
Emma
Dec 14, 2011 Emma rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: r2r, ya
I really liked this book. It read really easy and I liked that it actually felt like a teen was talking. Sometimes, especially in the beginning you got that feeling that Kait was rambling, like she would just talk about what ever popped into her head which I found very endearing reminding me of my almost teen niece and her speak.

The story itself was interesting, a girl crashing furnerals after her mother's death leads her to Ethan's sisters funeral and off on a murder mystery adventure with the
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Maghon Thomas
So first, as always thanks to R2R and the author for getting this copy to me! I think this is one of the first non paranormal/fantasy books I've read that I honestly liked and want to read more of! Normally I find these non paranormals boring, but this was a great little mystery with really interesting characters and a real life problem that's so believable. I can relate to that which makes it all the more awesome. I read this story in just a few hours, and no, it's not a short story, but it's a ...more
Emma
Dec 09, 2011 Emma rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: r2r
The story was short, which annoyed me a lot. I think it's very, very, VERY YA. That's okay, I think it was written well (as far as I can tell with english not being me first language). The storyline flowed nicely, the characters could have been likeable. I just think the story is too short. If some things were stetched a bit, or maybe just more character descriptions and more mystery... make it more exciting and scary instead of funny and oh-wow-a-boy, I would have loved it! Now I just liked it. ...more
LiteraryMarie
Adventures in Funeral Crashing is the first book in the Funeral Crashing trilogy by Milda Harris. Sixteen-year-old Kait Lenox has a weird hobby: funeral crashing. She is not obsessed with death but just likes to attend funerals. Until one day she is outed by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley, when she crashes his half sister's funeral and is asked the question Kait tries to avoid. "How do you know (insert deceased's name here)?"

Ethan Ripley is convinced his sister didn't really die of
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Clare Marie
I'm not too sure where to start with this one; it was a good book, and it had everything a story needs, but it was short. I wouldn't say no if there was to be another book released, and I'd read it again on a slow day, but I'm not sure it would be my first choice. This has absolutely nothing to do with the way it's wrote, and more to do with my personal tastes. I'm more .. Paranormal Romance, than I am YA books.

It was a nice, pleasant book though, and definitely worth a read if you have the tim
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Hazel G. (I ♥ Mancandy) *Craves the Angst Reviews* .
Adventures in Funeral Crashing by Milda Harris is an excellent read! Its a YA novel about a 16 (almost 17) year old high school outcast named Kait Lenox who likes to respectfully crash funerals. While at her latest funeral, she runs into a bit of a snag as she tries to quietly melt into the background, that leads to her becoming part of a murder mystery surrounding the small town she lives in. She, along with the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley, team up in an unlikely pair to solve the ...more
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
This is an interesting story about a girl who has an odd hobby; funeral crashing. This results in an adventure that she could have never expected. It is a mystery novel that essentially keeps you on your toes. While you believe you've got it down to a tee, it's possible you'll be surprised by the actual result. The story itself flows quite well and it is certainly a nice, quick, and easy read but, unfortunately, it simply wasn't one for me. I can see, however, that it is one that others, especia ...more
Cecilia (rather barefoot than bookless)
I really enjoyed this really cute and simple young adult mystery. It was a really easy going mystery book with a little romance for good measure.

I really liked Kait the main character. She is a social outcast who likes to read books watch movies and crash funerals. Not strange at all just a regular teenage girl with a kind of unusual hobby that leads Kait right in to a investigation of a murder. Kait is such a sweet person and she is determent to find out the truth and of course it does not hur
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Alexei
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SYNOPSIS: Sixteen year old Kait Lenox is known as the weird girl around school, thanks to her ex-best friend who ditched her when Kait's mother died of cancer. While trying to survive high school, she indulges in her favorite hobby- funeral crashing! She's figured out how to blend in and not get caught at a funeral, but when she crashes her latest one, who else is there but the high school hottie and her crush, Ethan Ripley! When she's caught by him,
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Hannah
I have to say that I really enjoyed this fun book. Don't get me wrong, the novel contains the seriouselement of funerals and by no means does it demean or make light of funerals. It is very respective towards that very sensitive subject, but the main character (as I like to call her) Cornie (Pun intended) attends a couple of funerals throughout the book in order to stop a mass murder. This book is light and a fun chick-lit read about Cornie, a 16 year old weird girl, who teams up with her crush ...more
Husnaa
I got this book through R2R so thank you so much!!

I loved loved loved loved this book so freaking much!! And I would totally read this again once I am done with the other R2R (:

I'm not sure exactly what Enthralled me about this book. Whether it was gorgeous Ethan or her whole funeral crashing thing or the whole mystery behind it. Maybe it was all 3?? Anyway, it was defo one of my favorite books this year!!

I think I actually love book like this that lightish even tho there was a mystery and kill
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Sarah Kampfer
I read this book as part of a R2R with Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics. It's about a girl named Kait Lenox who enjoys crashing funerals and ends up volunteering her efforts to help Ethan (the guy she has a huge crush on) investigate the death of his sister. The book was extremely predictable. Girl helps the guy she has feelings for and the guy ends up falling for her. This happens in about 150 pages. I would not recommend this book to anyone. It felt like I was reading a book wri ...more
Jen
Funerals are somber affairs that most people try to avoid--for either the sadness or the creepy factor. But in Adventures in Funeral Crashing by Milda Harris, we meet 17 year old Kait Lenox who enjoys going to funerals, which gets her branded as a freak at school thanks to her former best friend, Ariel.

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Perhaps sparked by the first funeral she went to, her mother's, when Kait was young, Kait has foun
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Rachel
I really hate giving bad reviews , but I do feel like two stars is rather generous. So, I got pretty excited to read this book mostly because of the intriguing title, and also because of all the good reviews, but I have to say I was very disappointed. I couldn't even get through the first chapter it kept jumping around so much! It seemed to me that the author was attempting to sound like a young, teenage girl, which may have been part of the problem.
The story begins with a young girl basically j
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Allison
I was reading this book partially to escape from reading for homework, as it seemed like a light and breezy YA murder mystery, but then I started over-thinking it quite a bit. Rather than taking it at face value, I started thinking things like, "What if this is a classic example of an unreliable narrator twisting the story to her own needs?" and "What if Kait's pop culture obsessions have manipulated her to such an extent that these murders haven't occurred at all and she's given herself the sta ...more
Jennifer
Wow Adventures in Funeral Crashing was a really annoying book for me to read. Maybe if I were younger I wouldn't have minded so much, but Kait annoyed me to no end. Really quickly I just wanted her to shut up and stop talking. I know, that is bad, especially since the entire book is just her ramblings. So definitely not the book for me.

Kait is the weird girl at school. Her mom died, and ever since her funeral she has been crashing other peoples funerals. She likes to hear the stories and nice wo
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Shy The WidowMaker
This was a cute book with a cute concept. I have never even heard of a funeral crasher but I could see it being something people do. Kait was your normal everyday girl that feels like she doesnt fit in. I love the fact that she was ok with not being liked by everyone and ok with being herself. I thought Ethan was an ok character but their budding relationship felt like the normal popular guy realizes not so popular girl is worth his time. Overall this was a cute book and an easy read.
Jessica
Probably 2.5.

I think liked the premise of this book more than the execution. I really liked Kait, and the first 15% of the book, but after that it got a bit weak, and too simplistic. and repetitive. Also, maybe I'm not being realistic, since Kait is really young but her though process was way too simplistic (So-and-so just wasn't the "type" to do heroin. She adopted a puppy- does that sound like a heroin user?)

The book could definitely use some copy editing, too.
Tamar
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Russell Sanders
Milda Harris’s Adventures in Funeral Crashing is, I suppose, a good enough book that a teen reader would enjoy. The main character Kait is well-drawn, amusing, and engaging. The secondary character Ethan is handsome, and his stock characterization becomes quite different than expected, so together Ehtan and Kait make a good combination for an enjoyable read. The plot is a procedural murder mystery, and while there aren’t a lot of surprises, it moves along and keeps you guessing. I was drawn to t ...more
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MILDA HARRIS has a dog named after a piece of candy (Licorice), was once hit by a tree (seriously), and wears hot pink sunglasses (why not?). She is the young adult author of Doppelganger, Adventures in Funeral Crashing, Adventures of a Graveyard Girl, The New Girl Who Found A Dead Body, and Connected: A Paranormal Romance. She also works in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, H ...more
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