ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Feb 25, Rachel Stansel rated it really liked it. A short unique book. Each night she relives the last few months of her life as well as her death. With the help of her bench neighbor Lionel, she uncovers the cause of her death and tries to come to terms with it.
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I found the story touching and suspenseful. A good read for a rainy day. Full disclosure - I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. May 02, Susan Angela Wallace rated it it was amazing.
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My life as a bench by Jaq Hazell. Ren though her name is Lauren is dead. She has come back as a bench. She keeps going back to when she first came to London to see her dad. This was a really good read with good characters. It was a little slow but it soon picked up. I loved the ending perfect.
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I really felt for Gabriel. A very moving and emotional read. Tbc on fb. Mar 20, Lolly K Dandeneau rated it liked it. Why dump me here? Seventeen year old Ren Miller is dead, stuck haunting a park bench memorial by the River Thames, London. Nothing haunts her more than her longing to see Gabe, her boyfriend while she was alive. Surprisingly while it may annoy some readers, thinking of teenagers and the obsessive all consuming love, I think some have forgotten what it early love is like.
Ren and Gabe forever, right?
What could be worse than being stuck riverside with so much life left to live? Being 17, and barely having lived any life at all. Ren meets a fellow spirit Lionel that has been riverside for much longer.
It is through him that she is able to slowly dissect the life she no longer has. People come and go, but not Gabe.
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All she wants is Gabe to visit her bench. She dismisses most of her loved ones, wanting no one but him. Self-centered, her longings clouded by hungry love. Or can they? Could she be wrong about her beloved? Did he kill her? All she wants is to connect with one of the living, to get to the truth, to keep her beloved from being blamed. But is she blinded by love or was someone else involved?
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We journey back and forth through her life, seeing the end of her dreams for becoming a singer with her death. That Lionel is older is a lovely idea, because much like speaking different languages, time in itself is similar. Inventions, pop culture, slang… is like a foreign country. Ren came off like most young people do to their elders.
This is one a much younger crowd may enjoy. Publication Date: May 2, 2o17 Nowness Books Feb 14, Shruti Ramanujam rated it really liked it. I received an e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much, Jaq! Ren Miller, our protagonist, died a tragic death at seventeen. Her consciousness remains attached to a bench by River Thames.
She makes friends with the adjacent bench, inhabited by the consciousness of an old man Lionel. Throughout the book, we see Ren reminiscing about the months leading to her death and trying to contact the people who come to visit, with occasional conversations with Lion I received an e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Throughout the book, we see Ren reminiscing about the months leading to her death and trying to contact the people who come to visit, with occasional conversations with Lionel which I loved!
I wanted to know what happened to Ren. How did she die? Ren-the-bench spends each day talking to Lionel and the nights going through an endless loop of memories from the time she first came to London. Through her memories, we see how she forms relationships with the people around her. She makes a lot of friends in London, with whom she hangs out often, too. At the same time, she also has a good relationship with her family. As for her relationship with Gabe, I felt that it was a little hurried.
The writing is perfect, the story is fast paced, and everything flows smoothly to tie up with a beautiful finish. This is a light-hearted read that will also make you tear up just a smidge on occasions. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes their YA contemporary with a touch of suspense. May 01, Natalia Jefferson rated it it was amazing. A novel about young love that transcends the genre and had this, ahem, 'mature' woman reaching for the Kleenex with Amy Winehouse on repeat.
Before we move on, can I just say how much I enjoyed Ren and Lionel's relationship which was just delightful. But there's the gamut of relationships and emotions going on in this gem of a novel which I pretty much loved from the moment I saw the title. At the heart of the story is the inextinguishable and authentic flame that burns between Ren and Gabriel, A novel about young love that transcends the genre and had this, ahem, 'mature' woman reaching for the Kleenex with Amy Winehouse on repeat.
At the heart of the story is the inextinguishable and authentic flame that burns between Ren and Gabriel, but there's so much more going on with Ren struggling to find her place in London with her new family when she runs away from a broken heart - leaving her mother and brother behind. Teenage emotions run high and love and other, more sinister, feelings intermingle and explode. I was lucky to get an advance copy of this book because I've read it three times already.
In summary, funny and poignant writing; with real and sometimes quite properly frustrating characters; lyrical touches which demanded rereading immediately and a sound track to die for pun intended?!
It's just a lovely book which I hope my teenagers will enjoy as much as I did. Jul 15, Lisa Bentley rated it liked it. Sometimes a book will stay with you for all the right reasons long after you have turned the final page. Not because I overly loved it. It was good but I have read books that captured my heart more but because the story is just so cleverly thought out and so unusual. It is the story of Ren Miller whose life has been tragically cut short. Her soul however lingers on in a memorial bench that has been bought in honour of her.
She strikes up a friendship with the bench next to her and sometimes she has visitors.