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Het geestige leven van Lucy Shaw

(Afterlife #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  686 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Wat als je houdt van jongens, fashion, gossip, muziek, tv-kijken en al het andere waar een normale vijftienjarige zich mee bezig houdt? Wat als je leven al een tijdje stilstaat en je alles moet missen waar je zo van hield? Wat al je vastzit op een mannentoilet, niemand met je praat en er regelmatig over je spiksplinternieuwe Uggs heen wordt gepiest? Wat als je dagelijks ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published 2011 by Blossom Books (first published February 26th 2010)
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Jenny / Wondrous Reads
My So-Called Afterlife is a great debut novel, with lots of humour, gorgeous ghosts and a murder mystery to keep you guessing. It has one of the funniest opening lines I've encountered, and more than its fair share of quippy, fast-talking dead people.

Lucy's stint in the men's toilets where she was murdered is hilarious, and I don't want to think of the sights she must have seen there. Luckily she does manage to leave that hellish place, and embarks on a journey through the streets of London. I
Mel (who is deeply in love with herself)
"My patience was wearing thinner than a pole-dancer's thong."

If you like the above kind of humour (like me), then this book is for you. (To be honest, the only reason I btohered to write a quick review for this book was to slip that quote in--because I love it so much. I'm sad, I know.)

Lucy, the protagonist, is lovely and frank and snarky; just how I like 'em to be. Jeremy is lovely; I have this geeky crush on him, like a schoolgirl writing love doodles over her geography teacher. Ryan did
Keren David
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally like 'afterlife' books, but this one won me over. Tamsyn Murray's created a great teen voice in Lucy, destined to spend eternity in the smelly toilets where she was murdered. Even though the subject matter is dark - murder, suicide, bereavement - the story is full of bounce, romance and humour. Girls will love it - and they'll think a bit about emo behaviour that gets out of control.
Millie Hodgson
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant can't wait to read her next book.
Rebekka Sabram
Jan 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing I like about this book.

I started to read it because it sounded funny; a teenage ghost stuck to a mens bathroom and the sarcastic jokes made me lone it and take it home. But my enthusiasm and hopes for the book left me not much longer after I began reading it. Lucy is the most annoying character that I have ever read. She isn't just really sarcastic and ironic, she is mean, not funny, so immature, ungrateful for the people helping her, and unwilling to do things that would

I was going to give My So-Called Afterlife three stars even though I didn't like it but the lazy ending has thrown the rest of the book into light. If you're very undemanding, between 12-15 and as shallow, superficial and celebrity obsessed as Lucy is, this will probably be right up your street. Personally I found Lucy incredibly irritating and I was glad this was more novella than novel.

Some people have described My So-Called Afterlife as a murder-mystery but I can't agree.
Oct 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear lord this book was bad.
If you want character development, an interesting plot or something that doesn't kill off your brain cells one by one - then My so called afterlife is not for you.
The story's only redeeming quality would have to be it's humour although this is really overdone. The main character, Lucy, was annoying from the start, and you get to learn next to nothing about the rest of the cast. Some may call this a murder mystery - oh no it's not intelligent enough for that, in
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
I found this a really fun, quick read. Although it does have some dark moments its mostly a very light and humorous read. I really loved the characters and the afterlife world was brilliantly created so many small details were added to make it feel really believable. I really liked Lucy really sassy and witty - and her relationship with Jeremy was so sweet. I really enjoyed their friendship and the way she completely takes over his life (and TV!) Her budding friendship and later intervention ...more
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really, really eager to read this book and I eventually found it. It did not disappoint! I loved it. It is not a dark novel, it is a mixture of different genres drawn into one. Romance, humour, and thrilling events.

Lucy Shaw is a fifteen year-old girl murdered six months ago. I loved Lucy, she was probably my favourite charcter. I loved her sarcasm and some parts really make you lol! The afterlife is very similar to reallife, even ghost mobile phones. When you turn into a ghost, your home
Teri Terry
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghost-stories
I really enjoyed this! It was a case of right book at the right time: I wanted something diverting, with humour. This isn't too serious a read, but at the same time there are parts that are really touching. I stayed up later than I meant to so I could finish it in a day.
Essie Fox
Excellent YA - hits all the right spots. Tamsyn Murray writes prose so cleanly and effortlessly that reading is a sheer delight.
This one is a bit of a weird one for me, I don't think I am the target audience for starters. I like the premise, a girl stuck after her murder, and I liked the way most of the story flowed. But ghosts texting over their own network.....come on, that's a little far fetched. Certain aspects were just a little step to far for me and I won't be continuing with the series. Overall it's a pretty easy read, despite the describing of the odd stabbing in a manky toilet, it didn't send shivers down my ...more
George Fowles
At the beginning of the book I was thinking to myself that I would give this 2 stars because of the overuse of cliches, stereotypes and references. I also struggled with why Jeremy came back to the toilets in the first place, but that being said I did end up getting into the story. I did it in one sitting which is usually a good sign. Im glad it ended neatly, if a bit rushed, because now I dont feel inclined to read the others in the series. ...more
Leo Ryder
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable story with slight romance would recommend for teen girls
We were going along so well... Until insta-love happened. The only reason I gave it two stars was because I rather enjoyed the sarcasm, but not enough to stomach the insta-love. Nope.
"I knew it was time to move on when a tramp peed on my Uggs..." Meet Lucy Shaw. She's not your average fifteen year old - for a start, she's dead. And as if being a ghost wasn't bad enough, she's also trapped haunting the men's toilets on Carnaby Street. So when a lighting engineer called Jeremy walks in and she realises he can see and hear her, she isn't about to let him walk out of her afterlife. Not least until he's updated her on what's happening in her beloved soaps. With Jeremy's help, ...more
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2010
I first heard of Tamsyn's book early last year. I thought it sounded incredibly interesting but at the time I didn't read anything other than chick lit so I quickly dismissed it. However, when I finally got into the YA genre I found myself reading more and more reviews for My So-Called Afterlife. I managed to read the first chapter online which I loved but I was hesitant to spend 6€ on a book that was barely 200 pages long. However the fantastic first line made me purchase the book and I'm so ...more
No, you are not suffering from déjà-vu, I have just reviewed Tamsyn Murray's book for younger readers about Harriet Houdini the Stunt Bunny, and I loved it so much that I immediately picked up Tamsyn's debut YA novel!

Needless to say that, yet again, I have looked like a crazy person laughing out loud on the tube... I love this book!

What I love the most is that Tamsyn Murray takes a situation - the ghost of a girl brutally murdered in a toilet on Carnaby Street - and creates a very unexpected
Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
Review: Lucy was murdered in a toilet and is now a ghost. Not the most fun position for teenage girl to be in, especially as no-one can hear her and its pretty boring. And then Jeremy comes in, can see and hear her, and wants to help her solve her murder. She meets lots of ghosts, like stuck up Kimberly, was-suicidal Hep and dreamboat Ryan. Jeremy then says that she needs to track down her killer, something Lucy isnt particularly keen on. However she does, which is the basis of the book.
Jade Walker
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My So Called Afterlife is one of those books that I would have totally loved if I'd been a few years younger, or hadn't been reading so many deep, involved young adult supernatural books but because I'd just finished a long, dark book this one seemed a little shallow to me.

That's not to say that I didn't thoroughly enjoy the read - it was fun and sweet and while it isn't really on-the-edge-of-your-seat reading, it is also quite short and that
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fantastic debut that had me smiling everytime I thought about it. It made me laugh out loud, fall off the bed, and had me hooked from the very first sentence, "I knew it was time to move on when a tramp peed on my Uggs.." Seriously! This line definitely wins the 'Line of The Year Award'. If there was one! It's short, sweet, and cute, perfect first line!

Fifteen year-old Lucy Shaw is stuck as a ghost, haunting Carnaby Street's public (men's) toilets after being (quite brutally)
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tamsyn Murrays My So-Called Afterlife is a sharp, funny and moving debut that kept me smiling throughout.

Our heroine, Lucy Shaw, is one hell of a girl. Even after being brutally murdered and being entrapped in the mens public toilets on Carnaby Street for six moths, she still retained her spirit. Lucy is sparky, sarcastic and brilliantly funny in her observations and one-liners. Though Id love to be her friend, I dont think Id want to be haunted by her. She talks too much!

Underneath the light
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book quite likeable and it was a nice read. Lucy is slightly annoying at first, but she has a good heart and the story has such a sweet ending. When Tamsyn Murray came to speak at my school, I wasn't sure what to expect of her or the afterlife series as I'd never heard of either before, but both are very interesting. I've never read any supernatural or ghosty stories before because it isn't usually my thing, but I enjoyed My So Called Afterlife because of all the other themes weaved ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk-authors
I knew it was time to move on when a tramp peed on my Uggs AND I knew I had to read this book after that line.

My So-Called Afterlife and the subsequent books My So-Called Haunting & My So-Called Phantom Lover are a fun read with Lucy providing a wonderful narration in book 1 and Skye continuing in book 2 & 3. I read all three books in one go, one per night and I wasnt disappointed.

In the series My So-Called Afterlife is the strongest. Lucy is perfectly captured; she is flawed, annoying
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A charming but also very sad book.
Lucy Shaw has been murdered in the toilets one night after a party, due to the tragic circumstances surrounding her death she is not free to move on.
One night she meets a man who can see and hear her and with his help and a whole host of "supernatural" characters they set out to try and track down her killer who has not as yet been apprehended but can she move on if and when this is accomplished or is there another mission she had to complete before her ghost
Amy Jacobs
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A refreshing read featuring ghosts! Just what I needed. After all the paranormal suspense I have been reading, I wanted a good lighthearted read with the paranormal included in it. Ever wonder if a ghost can fall in love? Yep. Ever wonder if they watch you? Yep. Ever want to meet one? Yep!! Well, in this book, we get to meet Lucy who was murdered in a men's restroom. EWW. Well, that is her thoughts too! She spends her time counting the tiles in the bathroom and wishing someone would see her. ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghosts
The book was funny troughout and exciting towards the end, but it lacked some depth to my taste. Especially in the love department: girl meets boy and wham they're in love. I like the Bella-Edward Cullen kind of romance better: where they long to be together but can't, and meet lots of obstacles before they can finally be a couple. Now, if the ghost had fallen in love with a human boy, that would have been something.
Other than that I liked it, and the humor kind of reminded me of Sophie
Denise Flynn
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
I loved this teen book which my daughter had read some time ago. It was humorous, a times a little sad, romantic and there were moments of enlightenment about the angst experienced by teenagers growing up. Basic plot centres around Lucy, a ghost who died when she was 15 and is initially confined to the place where she died, a agent'spublic toilet in central London. Whilst the location isn't glamorous, the plot centres around Lucy's experiences as a new ghost which become more complex once a ...more
Princess Jasmine Flies Away
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Supernatural fanatics and people who have read the other two books in the series
Recommended to Princess Jasmine by: No one.
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