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Adventures in Funeral Crashing

(Funeral Crashing #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,953 ratings  ·  307 reviews
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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Kait Lenox, sixteen (almost seventeen) years old, had a weird hobby. Kait liked “crashing” funerals – attending the funeral of people she didn’t know. The day she attended Ethan Ripley’s sister Liz’s funeral, she unwittingly found herself mixed up in a murder mystery. Although Liz’s death had been deemed on overdose, Ethan wasn’t convinced. And when Kait and Ethan discovered there were other girls who had mysteriously died, they knew they were on to something…

Adventures in Funeral Crashing by Mi
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Midu Hadi
Dec 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young adult fans
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
 Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Audults and Young Adult Readers of Parnormal Stories
Recommended to Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews 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
Norah Una Sumner
This was really fun.

Don't let the weird hobby of our main character Kait make you not want to read this book.It's actually really fun and interesting.The characters are likable,the plot is very interesting and the ending is...


Things I really liked:
1.)Kait.She's a really funny and smart character.And she's always up for an adventure!
2.)Ethan Ripley come to mamma.


Things I didn't liked:
1.) I felt like the story was too short actually.The plot wasn't rushed but I wanted to know more about Kait.
Sep 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book had so much potential and a new plot twist to add to the already overcrowded teen-scene. Unfortunately, the author’s desperate attempt to ride the Twilight fanbased tidal wave caused it to fall flat for me.

CONSTANT references to Twilight. “Kait takes out her favorite book, Twilight…, Kait stays up late reading New Moon under her covers…Kait wonders, maybe he could be my ‘Edward’” All the references were not necessary for the story to move on. You’re not a real author until you can sta
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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
April Wood
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Adventures in Funeral Crashing is a young-adult tale about an outcast who has a strange hobby… funeral crashing. At one of these funerals she meets the most popular guy in school, Ethan, who has just lost his sister. From there, Kait finds herself wrapped up in a murder mystery with Ethan by her side.

Although classified as a mystery, there wasn’t any suspense, and the clues left behind didn’t ultimately lead to the conclusion. – At least that’s my opinion which others might not agree with. Howev
May 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, mysteries
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.
Kelli Santistevan
I enjoyed this book.
Sharon Lipman
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
"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
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

This book, you guys. At first, it sounded kind of weird--I mean, a girl who likes to go funeral crashing? What?? But I gotta admit, this book was fantastic! The quirkiness is actually what called to me (that and the fact that is was an Amazon freebie!) and I am so glad I decided to pick it up!

So, you all know I’m a huge fan of murder mysteries, and the one in this book was pretty darn good! The handsome and popular Ethan wants to find out who and if someone actuall
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Flora Smith
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
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
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Maghon Thomas
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Kampfer
Dec 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
This girl is too obsessed with Peanut butter banana milkshake for my liking.
Janice Spina
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a quick read that is perfect for preteens, teens and young adults. The protagonist, Kait, is drawn to funerals since her mother died. She says she goes because she likes to hear the stories that are told by the families and friends about the deceased. At one of the funerals, Kait finds herself embroiled in trying to solve a possible murder which leads to many other possible murders with a variety of suspects.

This was an interesting mystery that moved along and kept this reader guessing w
Michelle Bacon
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Quirky Kait

Wow, what a cute little romantic mystery. This is a short YA book about Kait Lenox who is not so popular in her school because she's a little strange. Strange because she likes to attend funerals. She gets caught attending the funeral of the sister of the most popular guy in school named Ethan.
Just gets told that these college-aged girls are coming up dead from heroin overdoses and suspects that they are not accidental.
Really enjoyed this one.
Muse-ic ♬
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-on-kindle
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Aug 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
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
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
Bonnie Dale Keck
Kindle Unlimited, but got a copy from the writer for possible review, then my computer messed up with all my arcs, review copies and so on. If I hadn't gotten copy of the 3 set, probably would not have even finished 1 much less 3 books, but this was one of my was asked to review, own free will, no other compensation blah blah blah blah reviews. Read this in the 3 {1-3} set.

There were issues from the start, with the 90210 chick angst, and the cell phone being turned off {which only means, in some
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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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,
Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
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