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Six Feet Over It

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,102 ratings  ·  242 reviews
No one is more surprised than Leigh when her father buys a graveyard. Less shocking is the fact that he’s too lazy to look farther than the dinner table for employees. Working the literal graveyard shift, she becomes great at predicting headstone choice (mostly granite) and taking notes with one hand while offering Kleenex with the other.

Sarcastic and smart, Leigh should b
Library Binding, 352 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Joan I think a high level 8th grader would do fine with this title. There is a tiny bit of language and maybe some details that might go over their head, b…moreI think a high level 8th grader would do fine with this title. There is a tiny bit of language and maybe some details that might go over their head, but it is a good story. Sort of along the lines of a Sarah Dessen novel.l(less)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Ugggggggggggggggggg! I'm so mad! I just knew I was going to love this book to death <--- No pun intended. But for some reason I just liked it. I really loved UP TO THIS POINTE by the author but only liked this one. When I read the blurb, I thought this was going to be totally awesome but I just wasn't feeling it.

This is one of those books I will have to do a re-read because it could have been my mood. I mean I'm not in the greatest of moods and here I am reading a book about a girl who has nuts
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I cried all the way through this damn book. Excellent--should be a Printz contender next year. More to come...


I adored this book, despite the fact I wept all the way through it. I cannot believe this is a debut novel!

Six Feet Over It was so not what I expected. I thought it would be a snarky teen surface-depth kind of book. I did not see this one coming.

What I loved about this book: 1) Leigh. Her voice was immediately sympathetic and authentic. My heart just ached for her every time she
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is so very hard for me to review.

It was a hard book to read even, for many reasons mostly because, this isn't a happy go lucky kind of read. It is about a girl that is literally surrounded by death, every single day. But that isn't what makes the story special, or even the girl for that matter. Instead, this is a story about a girl trying to deal with death, not just live with it.

There is depth to the pages, to the inner monologue and to the conversations around Leigh and sometimes, e
DNF @ 25%.

I'm not going to rate this book, because I didn't finish it. I managed to read 63 pages into it and just couldn't go on any more. It's not that it was a horrible story or had horrible writing, it was just horribly depressing.

Fourteen-year-old Leigh works for her father, selling gravesites and headstones in a memorial park. Her parents are infuriating, neglectful, absent-minded, self-centered, inconsiderate...I could go on. Every conversation with Leigh's parents just made my blood bo
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Six Feet Over It (out 26 August 2014) is a story to savour.

The book rolls out more slowly than the typical YA. The back-story and conflict are allowed to unfold carefully, making room for the reader to become immersed in the story, much like wading into water on a shallow beach, rather than a more commercial book that throws you off the boat on page one.

The author gives credit – and reward – to the reader for hanging in there.

With the slow unfolding, you might be forgiven for thinking, “Wait, is
Susan's Reviews
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm rating this author's debut novel a 4.5 out of 5.
What an enjoyable - but heart-wrenching - read! Fifteen year old Leigh was suffering from what I call Caregiver's Syndrome. If you've ever been responsible for a terminally or gravely ill family member, then you will most likely have experienced much of what Leigh had to endure in Six Feet Over It. Chapter 3 just downright had me sniffling into my hanky. Things stayed sniffly for a few more chapters, and you were so fed up with Wade and Meredit
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-books
Tips for any desperate soul who decides to read this book and protect their sanity:

1. Consume an obscene amount of caffeine
2. Invest in a second brain to prevent overall thinking exhaustion
3. Contemplate whether or not tip 2 made sense
4. Be unable to come to a decision due to loss of brain cells
5. Chocolate
6. Try and understand. Why. Longo's sentences. Are so. Cho. Ppy.
7. Attempt to sympathize with Kai and overlook her annoyingness because cancer
8. Fail
9. Two words: Sexy. Mexican.
10. Three
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
High praise indeed for this author's debut!

What a quirky (without trying too hard to be quirky) story, with a sharp and funny MC, and charming supporting characters. At first, I didn't really know what I was getting into. I'm not much on pithy titles, but the premise sounded interesting enough. I'm so glad I didn't listen to the inner cynic in my head.

However, it did take a while for me to fall "into" the story. I was afraid I was going to get a sort of "Six Feet Under" copy cat in YA nove
1.5 stars

Under normal circumstances, this book's rating would've fluctuated between an underwhelming 2 stars or a merciful and mediocre 3 star rating. Six Feet Over It is a strange and quirky read - not exactly enjoyable, but weirdly compelling. It is very slow, the plot is nonexistent and the narrative is frustratingly choppy, but there's still something about the book that's peculiarly charming. Not exactly an explosive debut, but a contemplative and mildly engaging one that provided me with a
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was really good!! absolutely amazing voice, not too saccharine, a little bit meaningful, full of just the right amount of morbid humor i wanted out of a book about a girl working at a graveyard. i can't wait for longo's next book to come out in paperback (because, let's face it, when was the last time i bought something in full-price hardcover?).
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn’t like this as much as Up To This Pointe and some of the humor fell a bit flat but it was still a funny and enjoyable read.
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Six Feet Over It is a story about a girl surrounded by death who is still trying to learn how to deal with loss. Death, in fact, is the recurring theme of this book, but it's life and learning how to live that is the essence of it. Thoughtful, poignant and undeniably hypnotizing, Six a Feet Over It is a tale about loss, grief, family, friends, letting go, finding happiness and opening your heart.

I'll be honest with you and admit that I did not, initially, like the passive-aggressive tone of th
Melissa Chung
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition! I wish I could just cut and paste the author's notes from the back of the book. I won't do that, but I will start this review with a snippet from the author's notes instead.

"Six Feet Over It is a story about a girl keeping it together. Maybe she shouldn't have to, but she's good at it and someone has to do it, so she does it until she just-can't."

I read this book pretty slowly. Not because it was boring, but because it was a story that didn't need to be rushed. This dark contemporar
Ruth Turner
Sep 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned


I'm in the minority again. So many great reviews for this book, but I didn't enjoy what I read.

The writing was choppy, the narrative was rambling and hard to follow at times, and the main characters were unlikeable, with no real depth.

I stopped reading at half way.
Michelle Wrona
Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

“Please don’t go.” “I’ll be back.” “You won’t.” “I will.” His shoulders, his arms again and again holding the weight of my aching head, my sadness, my selfish, lonely heart. Two days later he is gone.”

Six Feet Over It was a book that you need to read when you’re in a certain mood. And after my “experience” of reading this book in the point-of-view of a gravedigger’s daughter who went through a ton of loss a
Hazel West
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thoughts on the Overall Book: On occasion I like a contemporary novel and this one actually fit the bill really nicely. It was a lovely friendship story and coming of age story with enough sarcastic humor to appease me and surprising feels throughout. I enjoyed it a lot.

Cover--Yea or Nay: I like the idea of the cover, but do not like the girl at all. She doesn't look a thing like how I pictured Leigh.

Characters: This is a very character driven book and it has a cast that can actually support tha
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth
One of the perks of working in a library is that sometimes publishers send us ARCs in the hopes we'll rec them to patrons down the road. We keep a shelf in the staff room to peruse at our leisure and this one happened to appear just as I was returning to work after the recent death of my father. Needless to say, the title immediately caught my eye.

What I most appreciated about this book was probably its humor. Even its darkest moments had a tone of humor that kept the book from being too gloomy
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, contemporary
I'm just such a sucker for a book with a spooky pun title.

This book... every chapter I was just barely interested enough to keep reading instead of DNFing it. I think it just had a little too much going on? Here's how much stuff it has going on:

- Leigh's older sister is in remission from cancer
- In the meantime, her dad impulse bought a graveyard and makes Leigh work in it afterschool because he can't handle selling graves to people
- Leigh seems to have some sort of eating disorder that's not re
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet, sad, beautiful book. I don't usually like narrators this young (14) in YA, but Leigh is obviously someone who's experienced life in a way that realistically makes her feel older and wiser. The secondary characters bring so much to the table (there will be several points throughout in which you will be super sad Elanor is not a real person, I assure you), and I really loved the uniqueness of the cemetery setting and Leigh's somewhat involuntary career. Beautiful writing, beautiful d ...more
Morgan Pena
Jan 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
i didn't like this book i thought it was just her at a cemetery to scared to have friends because she lost Emily, also who sits around and eats York's all day. i wish i knew what happened to Emily family i thought the book would at least mention it. the only part i liked about this book was the page mentioned about going to Disneyland and how she accepted Elanor friendship. other than that i didn't enjoy it i kind of dreaded finishing it.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Wasn't for me. Nice cover, misleading synopsis. Awful protagonists, choppy writing, useless plot. Didn't enjoy a single moment of it.
DNF at 26%
I've always been interested in cemeteries ... and so this cover/synopsis drew me in. However, I only "liked" the book, I didn't "love" it. It is definitely dark and sad. You really can't blame Leigh for being all depressed and hardly eating (I think she eats her weight in York peppermint patties in this book)! She is getting over her best friend's death while basically being the only adult in her family - herself, parents, and older sister. Leigh's dad, Wade, has her work after school in the cem ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I was really enjoying this at the beginning and then it just started to make no sense. And it was definitely not what I thought it was going to be. Oh well.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I needed a book I could sink my teeth into and just read. This was perfect.
Six Feet Over It was a quirky, if not slightly morbid, book about a young girl growing up – and learning important life lessons – in a cemetery. Surrounded by death all day, everyday, Leigh has to learn to cope with life’s many challenges, shocks and surprises (both pleasant and unpleasant).

Leigh was an odd character and it took me awhile to get inside her head, though I never completely did. She’s slightly younger than I realized when I first started reading – just 14-years-old at the start of
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Longo has quite the flair to making you think and feel things that you don't want to. In SIX FEET OVER IT, we encounter loss and death, depression and sadness, new and unusual friendships - a coming-of-age story of a girl who learns that its okay to let go, move on... to live life and be happy.

Leigh, pronounced like Lee, has had quite the tumultuous childhood. We get to see reminisce about her childhood on their much beloved beach house with a cool older sister, hippie-artist mom and f
Sara Grochowski
Fourteen-year old Leigh has had quite enough of death. Her older sister, in cancer remission, is focused on living life to the fullest, but Leigh feels like death is constantly lurking around the corner. Reeling from the recent loss of her best friend, the last place she wants to spend her days is a graveyard, but that's exactly where she ends up. After her father makes the ridiculous decision to purchase a graveyard, he proceeds to move the whole family from the ocean to their new home, in the ...more
Leigh is surrounded by death. She was born three months premature, died, but was revived. Her older sister nearly died from cancer. Her best friend in middle school died while Leigh was cooped up at her grandparents' for the Summer. Her birthday is on the Day of the Dead. And now, her father has purchased a cemetery where Leigh works in the office selling graves. Despite all of that death, Six Feet Over It is actually a pretty cute and fun read. Leigh takes all of this in stride, and after hirin ...more
Chelsey Wolford
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am unsure where to start with this debut novel because it was not at all what I expected it to be. I flew through the story because of the pacing and the main character’s voice, but this story is not a happy go lucky one. It’s about a girl, Leigh, who is surrounded by death. Her father bought the local cemetery and it is her job to try and sell the plots of land to people who have recently lost their loved ones. This is of course Leigh’s story, but it’s not just about death, it’s about Leigh l ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, z-2016, ya, fiction
Had no plans to read this until I read Up to This Pointe and was hooked—colour me a Longo fan. In Six Feet Over It, Leigh is a teenager struggling to cope with everything life has thrown at her recently: her sister's illness, the loss of her closest friend, and a move to a graveyard. Her parents (who, while not even close to earning a Worst Parents Ever award, should at least consider entering such a contest for the experience) are happy to ask her to sell graves day after day (her father, whose ...more
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