“the ten best days of my life” by Adena Halpern

Alexandra Dorenfield is dead at 29.  At first, I didn’t know what to expect from this book since the protagonist dies after getting hit by a Mini Cooper while walking her dog at four in the morning.  Automatically, I thought this character would be one of those girly book characters.  I wasn’t that far off.  I can’t say that I loved or hated this book, and it was a perfect book to read on an airplane.  So after Alexandra (or Alex as she prefers) dies, she is sent to heaven with her beloved dog, Peaches.  Once she arrives, she meets up with her deceased family members in a place called 7th Heaven.  You guessed it, this plane of heaven is for the most deserving people with every want and wish accounted for.  In her first night in heaven, Alex manages to meet a very hot guy and sleeps with him and is ready for her eternity ever after.  Unfortunately, since Alex died so young while accomplishing very little, she is told by her guardian angel that she might lose her spot in 7th heaven and be demoted to a place called 4th heaven.  In order to stay in 7th heaven, Alex must write an essay about the ten best days of her life and be evaluated.  At this point, I didn’t know how the book would go since Alex only talked about how hot her new boyfriend was and how her heaven closet had all the designer clothes of her dreams!  She is extremely shallow and narcissistic and it is tough to root for her.  Perhaps I’m in the minority, but when I think of heaven, I don’t really want to think that my one and only spirit is concerned if my after-life form will have cellulite or wrinkles with pinchy high-heeled shoes, you know what I mean?

However, I did enjoy reading about her ten best days of her life.  (Well, most of them).  Alex had a very deep and loving relationship with her grandparents and uncle Morris (and no, they never capitalized the “uncle” which bothered me) while they all were alive, and that part was sweet to read about.  Since I am in my early 30’s, I too tried to think of the ten best days of my life, and I felt mine were akin to hers.  Think about it for yourself.  You’ve gotta pick a day that stands out with your family that is no longer with us, the day you meet your best friend, the one banner-party night in college that you will never forget and cherish no matter all the bad things you may have done, the day you buy your dog, etc.

As I mentioned before, I did enjoy the book and even got a little teary towards the end.  If you had to look back in death on your last day on Earth, how would it make you feel?

Jen’s Rating: ***

2 thoughts on ““the ten best days of my life” by Adena Halpern

  1. Hm, this is a tough thing to think about. I can think of 10 defining moments in my life, but 10 best days is a different category!! Maybe worth a blog post🙂. There are some days I can recall that must be up there. Then, I also think I must have been an alcoholic since many of them include heavy drinking.

    • That would be a good blog post! My mom and I were thinking of things, and she thought some of the days on my list were incredibly random and not noteworthy, but to me, they were HUGE days I cherish. Strange, huh?

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