John Belushi Is Dead
Pink-haired Hilda and oddball loner Benji are not your typical teenagers. Instead of going to parties or hanging out at the mall, they comb the city streets and suburban culs-de-sac of Los Angeles for sites of celebrity murder and suicide. Bound by their interest in the macabre, Hilda and Benji neglect their schoolwork and their social live...more
"They were scavengers feeding off others, obsessed with lives that were not their own."
Yes, it's morbid, likely disturbing for some people, but it's real, gritty and packed with emotion, which I really did not expect.
I'll admit to going through a phase where I was obsessed with weird famous deaths. I w/>"They ...more
'John Belushi is Dead" (also published as 'Hollywood Ending' in Australia) is an strangely compelling and original read.
It's dark and gritty in parts (okay, in more than just parts). it doesn't shy away from vivid descriptions of death/disaster.
It fascinates with its exploration of that morbid curiosity that so many of us have in regards to sudden (gruesome) tragedy ~ particularly in the lives of the famous. It captures that haunting sense of history that you get from just stand ...more
However, as the novel progresses, we soon start exploring the hidden (although unsurprising) depths of these characters, as well as of those around them, sometimes tragic, and some downright scary. And they are very real - ...more
Hollywood Ending will appeal to everyone with a bit of morbid curiosity, and is a must-read for anyone who's ever been fascinated by a celebrity death (it's certainly very timely after a whole string of deaths of well-known personalities). I really enjoyed this novel, though there was something so disquieting about Benji and the obsession he shares with Hilda in ce ...more
I thought the cover was really cool!
I’ll be straight up with you ...more
Hilda is probably one of the best, most well thought out characters I have read about in a long time. Hilda moves in with her aunt after her parents die in a car crash and she becomes obsessed with death, especially celebrities' death. Hilda travels to famous murder scenes, suicide locations and cemeteries to get close to those unfortunate events with her friend Benji. Benji has his own secrets and you can tell he is quietly unravelling while Hilda tries to pull he ...more
John Belushi is Dead is an awesome read. I hadn't heard a lot about it, but I am super happy I decided to read it. I was charmed by the characters and fell in love with the story.
John Belushi is Dead has a slower start, but don't let that throw you! Soon you will be so captivated by the story that you won't put it down til the last page is turned. Thestory was so fascinating - it was a bit morbid and definitely off the beaten trail. I loved all the random celebri ...more
I'm usually a big fan of the surprisingly intelligent MTV Books; but while this latest is I suppose okay for what it is (a simplistic coming-of-age tale about two teens in Los Angeles obsessed with dead celebrities, and the trouble this gets them into one summer), the actual quality of the writ ...more
The book did a wonderful job at describing where these celebrities died and how, but it also did a wonderful job at illustrating the line between interest and obsession.
Hilda and Benji are best friends who share the same interest- finding where all these celebrities were murdered, committed suicide, or overdosed. However, Hilda is the one who maintains a simple interest, keeping it a hobby, while Benji ...more
I really liked the main character, Hilda, and I thought Benji and Hank were well developed.
I have nothing negative to say about this book but I don't believe this book is for everybody. It deals with death and murders and suicides and is pretty graphic. So anyone uncom ...more
i'm glad i powered through because it went above and beyond that trope. everyone has a different relationship with death and it's interesting to explore how it manifests in different ways
also, for what it's worth - i'm a murderino and i think you'll enjoy this if you are one too
The main character, Hilda, was definitely my favourite. I loved the way in which the author had shown us her journey: fro ...more