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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  18 reviews
How do you live after death?

Julie Nolan is a pretty average girl with pretty average problems. She’s been in love with her best friend, Lorelei, ever since they met in grade three. Only Lorelei doesn’t know about it — she’s too busy trying to set Julie up with Henry, her ex, who Julie finds, in a word, vapid.

But life gets more complicated when Julie comes home to find her
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ebook, 304 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by HarperCollins
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India Kiely Sounds like the MCs mum is having a hard time with mental health and believes that she (the mum) is dead, so the MC is having to deal with that while…moreSounds like the MCs mum is having a hard time with mental health and believes that she (the mum) is dead, so the MC is having to deal with that while also working out her sexuality.(less)

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Lola
First 2018 LGBT book read – My goal is to read fifty of them.

3.5 stars. Julie, the main character, grows on you. The first page is irksome, because she proudly admits her teacher is in love with her, and that is not something to be happy or boastful about.

But Julie receives a slap in the face early in the book, and this particular slap that concerns her mother, too, starts to make her look at her family and friendship with Lorelei differently.

You see, her mother thinks she is dead, so she makes
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Jay G
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review!

Julie Nolan has been in love with her best friend Lorelei since the third grade. Unfortunately for Julie, Lorelei seems oblivious and is trying to set her up with her annoying ex boyfriend, Henry. Too make things even more interesting, Julie arrives home one day after school to find her mom frozen in plac
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Cori Reed
It took over a month, but I finally did it!
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

Actual Rating: 4.5*


Full review to come in September as part of We Can(ada) Read on Books and Ladders!
Kate Olson
Can't review here - stay tuned to School Library Journal for my review!
Helen Power
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Julie Nolan is just another teenager who’s madly in love with her best friend, Lorelei.  She’s obsessed with her and spends a lot of time hunting down the perfect opportunity to come out and profess her undying love.  Once she does, she knows in her heart that Lorelei will reciprocate this love and they will live happily ever after.  But Julie’s home life is getting in the way with her grand plans. Her mother, who just gave birth to Julie’s younger brother, has started to act strangely.  Her mot ...more
Jennie Shaw
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With an authentic teenage voice, I fell into PAST TENSE immediately. A smooth read filled with the intense crushes that consume us in our teens, I got caught up in Julie's crush on her best friend, Lorelei. But things are never easy and the complicated nature of female friendship came into play, and all the while, Julie's mother is in the midst of some sort of breakdown.

I can see why Star Spider's writing has been long listed for prizes, as this was an engaging story with rising tension towards
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Sam - Spines in a Line
Ninth-grader Julie is dealing with pretty average teenage problems (in love with her best friend, you know how it is) but one day she finds her mom standing stock-still by the sink, hands resting in freezing dishwater, saying that her heart is gone. As Julie reels from this admission and her mom’s strange detachment in the coming weeks, she struggles to find a way to get her mom back to normal while keeping her condition secret from everyone else. But high school brings more drama, and Julie’s s ...more
Jessica Lewis
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Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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How do you live after death?

Julie Nolan is a pretty average girl with pretty average problems. She’s been in love with her best friend, Lorelei, ever since they met in grade three. Only Lorelei doesn’t know about it — she’s too busy trying to set Julie up with Henry, her ex, who Julie finds, in a word, vapid.

But life gets more complicated when Julie comes home to find her mother insisting that her heart is gone. Pretty soon it becomes clear: Julie’s mom believes that she has d
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Sam
3.5

Huge thank you to Harper Collins Canada for this ARC!

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel when Past Tense showed up in my mailbox. It looked like a story that was going to play with my heartstrings, though I admit, it took me awhile to get into.

Our heroine Julie is in love with her bestfriend Lorelei, and her mother has a rare disease, where she insists that she is, in fact, has died. Not dying, has already died, how weird and different is that? I will say, that aspect of the story was what
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Gabrielle
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Stephanie Jachymek
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Bn
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and I read it in one sitting. While it deals with some heavier/depressing topics, I still found it to be a "lighter" read (if that makes sense?). Before this book, I had read Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda. While I found the writing style a bit off in Simon (I didn't think a teenager would talk like that or write emails like that), I found the writing style from a teenager perspective more realistic in this book. When I first started reading it (coming ...more
CS
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The main character's thoughts and action read much younger than 15. Closer to 12-13. She misses the obvious cues of those around her. She doesn't have a basic understanding of common concepts and even when they're referenced they're treated as "unimportant to know in any depth" the way a young kid hears "tax reforms" and says "Yeah, I don't need to know about that." But I'd expect more from a 15 year old, especially in regards to LGBT identifiers like butch and femme given the myriad of high sch ...more
Gv
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh. I really struggled with the narrative voice, almost gave up on the book because of it, because i just... did not like the "person" that that the character was. But I kept going, and the themes are quite cool.
Stacy Lingeman
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Could not put this down..... I wanted more of this book....more of the story ... I did not want it to end....
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