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Two teens, one stuck atoning for her sins and one destined for heaven, fall in love in purgatory in this darkly hilarious and heartfelt rom-com, perfect for fans of The Good Place.

Beatrice Fox deserves to go straight to hell. At least, that's what she thinks. On her last day on Earth, she ruined the life of the person she loves most--her little sister, Emmy. So when Bea
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Razorbill
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    Emily
    Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    There's a phrase that several of my writer friends and I use--that sometimes a book is so much better than it needs to be.

    This book is so much better than it needs to be.

    I laughed, I cried, I contemplated making coffee jello.
    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    I've seen this pitched as perfect for fans of The Good Place, and I am a huge fan of that show so I am very intrigued. Yet also reasonably skeptical, because those are big shoes to try and fill. But I am willing to give this a chance =)
    Stacee
    Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I was intrigued by the cover and sucked in by the synopsis and I couldn’t wait to read this one.

    I really liked Bea and Caleb. She’s aggressive and maybe a bit hard hearted, but I truly loved reading her unravel her emotions and grow as a character. He seems sweet and unassuming and the conversation between the two of them was interesting. I also really liked Sadie and Jenna and how they tried to make the best of everything.

    Plot wise, it was super unique to me. I loved this idea and the
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    Princess  Peach
    Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019
    Kids today are so lucky to have Gabby Noone writing for them. I want the coffee jello though.
    Lisa
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, 2020
    This was weird? And good. A good weird. Bea is definitely a character who might be tough to read at first, but you see very quickly what really matters to get and how someone like her develops into being.

    The food was disgustingly interesting - Jell-O-cased everything. And the side characters were interesting and flashed out.

    My only wish would be for a bit more action in the middle - certain things have to be set up but things dragged a bit during that time.

    Laugh out loud funny and deep all at
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    Marie
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2020-releases, arcs
    Ahh I had a lot of fun with this one. Loved the flawed, sarcastic main character and her growth, love the originality of it all. Definitely will be looking forward to reading more from the author :)
    Full review coming soon!

    Thank you to Penguin Random House International for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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    Cheska the Great is Not Okay
    Oct 23, 2019 marked it as to-buy-soon
    THIS IS FOR FANS OF THE GOOD PLACE??

    *SCREAMS FOR ETERNITY*
    *mk*
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
    This book kind of touts itself as a book for fan of The Good Place, and while I think there are some similarities in terms of plot, it is lacking the same depth and strong emotions that the latter has.

    Layoverland tells the story of Beatrice Fox, or Bea as she is known. The story begins with her having "ruined" the life of her younger sister and after that, in tears, she gets in a car accident and is killed. Instead of heaven/hell, she is sent to purgatory (which here, resembles an airport) and
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    Storiesandcoffee
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Thank you Razorbill for the advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

    If you're a fan of The Good Place listen up...Layoverland is just the book for you.

    When seventeen-year-old Bea dies in a car accident, she is shocked to find out she isn't entering heaven or hell. She is sentenced to purgatory in an airport-like dimension with the task of helping 5,000 people move on to heaven before she, herself, can move on too.

    With Bea's no-nonsense attitude, forcing people to get to the root of what is
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    Vee_Bookish
    Oct 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
    love the concept, hate the cover.
    Rachel Davies
    Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    extremely excited about this one. we have to get the hot serpent from Riverdale (now dead) in the role of Caleb!
    Tatum Bowen
    Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I don't even know where to start! I've been wanting to read this book for so long and when I got it I was sooooo excited, and I was not let down. As soon as I began reading it was easy to see the sarcastic humor, but it was also a note that recognized how important it is to reflect, if you know what I mean. As a 16 year-old myself, this book was relatable and I understood every reference, which was freaking fantastic; sometimes I read YA books and I can tell an old person wrote it, but ...more
    Margaret Schoen
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This is a review of an ARC from Edelweiss.

    After a terrible fight with her sister (and best friend) Beatrice ends up in a car accident, and well, dies. But she's not in Heaven (and she's not in Hell). Instead she's stuck at an airport somewhere in between, with all the other folk who need to let something go before they can continue on their journey. Beatrice's task is to help them on their way - once she's helped a certain number, she'll have atoned for her life and be ready to move on herself.
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    Ab
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I just finished this book, and my first thought: Adorable. But also: Hilarious. I laughed out loud multiple times reading this book, which is not entirely common. The author has an amazing knack for explaining something with such perfect, sarcastic clarity, that you just can't help but let out an audible guffaw. The entire premise of the book is just awesome - I love "Afterlife-As-A-Boring-Place" situations (Oh hey, "Dead Like Me"!) and incredibly sarcastic, quick-witted female protagonists (Oh ...more
    Shannon
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
    For a book that kind of focuses on death this was a fun read. It's definitely a good one to hand to fans of The Good Place or looking for a quirky read. I'd actually pair this one with Libba Bray's Going Bovine. I loved all of the characters, even Bea. I'm LOLing at all the reviewers on Goodreads complaining that she gets needlessly political. They totally missed that Bea's whole thing is political. Being political is a core tenant of who she is. I feel bad for her because she never got the ...more
    Katie Mac
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: ya, fantasy
    After reading a less-than-stellar YA book with fantasy elements, this one was a treat with its unique premise--a sort of "medium place" (for those that watch The Good Place) with opportunity for advancement.

    I really liked Bea--she's snarky in a realistic way, and Noone is clear to give her some emotional development and depth. The alternation between past and present was constructive rather than confusing, and it added to this character development. In a different way, I also loved Caleb; it
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    Rec-It Rachel
    Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    i really liked this
    Gina Adams
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
    This concept was great and it was fun to read. I have severe death anxiety and this story was able to soothe that some by presenting the afterlife as something just as monotonous and frustrating as real life.

    The feelings in this book were realistic. Like, the stages of grief but a person grieving themselves. There was plenty of humor and some deep moments too.

    However the ending of this book just left me feeling incomplete. It makes sense for someone to have gone through dying and heal enough to
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    Aly  Cohen
    Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    Leticia Vila-Sanjuán
    i really liked this. bea is a flawed, witty and clever teenager. caleb is very lovable. a great ya debut to watch out for.
    Judy Beetem
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Loved this book! The preliminary description was intriguing and I was fortunate to receive an ARC to read the entire book. Gabby Noone has created a unique plot, with interesting characters and a story that was so well-paced that I stayed up all night to finish it. Beatrice Fox is an angry seventeen-year old who is involved in a fatal car accident. When she wakes up, it is on a plane full of other passengers as it touches down in a seemingly random airport. Soon we find out that Bea is in ...more
    Cindy Huskey
    Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: 2019, ya, arc, edelweiss
    Oh how I really> wanted to l like this book. I mean, look at that cover!

    Alas, it was not to be. And I knew from the first paragraph, but I still kept reading anyway.

    “You know the kind of crying where you’re crying over one thing and then you think about a slightly less upsetting but still definitely upsetting thing and it makes you cry even more? And then you think about every bad thing that’s ever happened to you in your whole life and everything you think is unfair in the world? And it’s
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    Nannette Demmler
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: debut
    I just love a good story about what happens after we die. This one is pretty good, except that I thought the ending was a little abrupt, but that might have been due more to the fact that there were a lot of blank pages at the end of the e-ARC so I kept thinking there was more? But other than that it was a wonderful story.

    The story starts with Bea already dead and on her way to Layoverland. We find out what happened to her, how she died, through flashbacks to what happened on her last day. I
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    Emily
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
    Advance copy provided by NetGalley

    I liked this OK. It’s the kind of weird thing I usually go for, and I hadn’t read a YA novel in a while. I liked the idea of purgatory as an airport, and Caleb and Jenna were sweet characters. It was a quick read, and the pre-death and post-death unknowns kept me turning pages.
    I think my lukewarm feelings are mostly because, for most of the book, it was hard to live in Bea’s head. Figuring she was on a redemptive path didn’t make it easier to take the hateful,
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    Teresa
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of Layoverland by Gabby Noone.

    When Bea gets into an lethal head on collision and wakes up in an airport, it becomes clear that heaven is not exactly what she thought it would be. But she's not in heaven, or hell. She's in an inbetween place where people go to resolve issues keeping them from heaven. And Bea's job is to help navigate people through their memories so that they can move on. So when Bea meets the attractive and kind Caleb, she's initially intrigued,
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    Chanel
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I really loved this book! It's a refreshing take on YA novels that involve death, which I either think are too tragic or too enlightening, if you know what I mean. But, Gabby Noone's modern narrative really does grab you and allows you to identify with every character's flaws and strengths that even at some points you might yell, "I FEEL PERSONALLY ATTACKED." Besides that though, I still can't get over some of Bea's zingers and to be honest, the writing made me want to date Caleb, despite his ...more
    Candace (Chaoticfable)
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2020
    This book has an interesting take on purgatory and the plot executes it really well. From a plot stand point this book is a four star read for me.

    I also really liked the characters. The main character Bea is Morally Gray and A go getter, she doesn't let anything get in her way of voicing her opinion. Caleb is adorable and while he tries to act tough he is a marshmallow.

    The thing however that made this a 3 star read for me is that it gets very political. I personally don't care for reading about
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    Erin Kelly
    Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is the wholesome YA content I have been craving. I felt like I was truly inside of a 17-year old teen mind. Bea is an admirable, yet flawed character who I totally would have looked up to and related with as a teen. She is smart, witty, funny, and outspoken. You watch her grow into a mature young ~ but dead~ adult throughout the story. Gabby Noone has an amazing voice that is FUN, SMART and MODERN. It took me way too long to finish the book because I didn't want it to end!!! Like when your ...more
    Jennifer
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
    Bea has died in a car crash and ends up in a limbo area that resembles an airport, working to help other dead souls move on to heaven. When she runs into the person responsible for the crash, she makes a plan to exact revenge, but if course, those plans to awry. It's an interesting but if fluff that's getting compared to The Good Place, but there's a lot less existential truth here. It's really just another teen romance in a different setting. Review from e-galley.
    Edward
    Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book is absolutely brilliant. Noone's voice is a totally unique one - she's a laugh-out-loud funny writer, one able to mine humor from both banal and dark places with ease. At the same time, her ability to write dramatic moments is extremely heartfelt and real, yet not saccharine. All this comes together for an incredible book by a first-time author I cannot wait to read for years and years to come. I loved Layoverland.
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