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  1. says:

    Have you ever seen those ridiculously cheesy but adorable pictures of Anne Geddes babies If you have anything close to a maternal instinct, they re the sort of pictures that make you get misty eyed, laugh a little, and coo over the baby This was similar to my reaction to Putting Makeup on Dead People It s a surprising book about loss, redemption and finding your way back.Donna Parisi s been floating in a quiet space ever since her father passed away She goes to school, she pretends to be normal, but she s just drifting through life Until the day one of her classmates dies, and she finds herself back at the funeral parlor where her dad was waked Surprisingly, Donna finds herself intrigued by the prospect of working on dead people, and a conversation with the owner of the funeral home guides her path to mortuary school But finding her career doesn t mean everything is a ok in Donna s life The path to recovery and change proves longer and much arduous Donna s got a great voice It s straightforward, moving, with the most surprising touches of humor In fact, the main reason this book rates three stars in my book three and a half, to be exact is because it manages to infuse humor into a character and a situation that could so easily have descended into unmitigated angst Putting Makeup looks very clearly at the trauma faced by the people who get left behind when a loved one dies Donna s reactions are not always healthy or rational, but her eventual message of change and redemption leaves the reader on an optimistic high However, this book is far from being perfect The pacing of the book is slow to begin with, and towards the middle third, slows down almost unbearably Since this is almost entirely a character driven novel, with next to no plot to speak of, this is a bad thing Too many disconnected narratives are left hanging People that Donna reaches out to and connects with, but who never get a solid fleshed out characterization Donna s friendship with Liz is touted as being significant, but while Liz has the potential to be an interesting character, she leaves town too often to actually be of any import in Donna s life, and by the last third of the book, has lost any significance to the plot whatsoever Similarly, her brother Brendan ends up being a half and half sketch, not entirely in the background, but not a fully realized character either Donna makes a great effort to reach out to her Aunt Selena, but apart from meeting her a couple of times and receiving sage advice that makes no impression on her, there was absolutely no point to the introduction of that character The real movers in this plot are Donna and her mother, and with them, Violi has done a great job Donna s conflicted feelings about her mother moving on with her life, her unwillingness to let go of the ghost of her father and her inability to rise above the fog of loss and inadequacy surrounding her are all portrayed movingly I did get a little impatient with Donna s moping, but since it eventually gave her the motivation to change her life, I guess I can live with that The love angle in this book was interesting There s Tim, the wanna be free spirit and Charlie, the flower child who likes her from a distance, and Donna s conflict between finding true love and settling for the first boy who actually displays interest in her, even if he is a bit of an asshole I also liked the fact that this book intertwined religious themes in the plotline without getting preachy, although I am not generally a fan of books with religious messages All in all, Putting Makeup on Dead People was an interesting, if somewhat slow read I like Violi s style, and I ll definitely be looking out for her other books in the future Disclosure A copy of this ARC was provided to me by the publishers via Net Galley No external considerations affected this review.


  2. says:

    I m probably the only person that cried over this funny, compassionate book about growing up, discovering yourself, and coping with life after the death of a loved one, but we all know that I am a huge weepy sap, anyway I love character driven stories, and while this one doesn t exactly go where I expected because it is also largely plotless, with a lot of interesting avenues mortuary school classes, for example left unexplored , it also gave me a satisfying, meaningful experience I connected with Donna s slightly off sense of humor, her observations of the people around her, and her frequent insights into her own life that still don t result in immediate changes in her thinking or behavior Donna is confused and sad and hilarious and very real Violi s writing is expressive and unique, and she does a great job conveying complicated emotional stuff in small, simple ways There s some really great stuff in here and I can t wait to see what Violi does next.


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    The title of this book had me at hello The jacket flap sealed the deal The reading made me full of long and joy and delight.From page one, I climbed into Donna s back pocket and was totally wrapped up in her journey though this book I haven t rooted so hard for a character in a long time I just wanted everything to be all right for her She makes some great decisions, some terrible ones, but they all seemed really necessary at the time I loved the naked honesty of the narrative, and Donna s views of other people throughout She s very observant, even though she s stand offish I even enjoyed the impact of Catholicism on the book, which I did not expect Normally, I m not taken with religious characters But here, Donna s faith and relationship with religion were an integral part of her journey without defining her or constraining her Violi played her hand beautifully here.The secondary characters in this book, especially Liz, were as real as Donna herself, and I really enjoyed how Violi kept them from being stereotypes Yes, Liz was the independent, free spirit, but she was not predictable Yes, her sister, Linnie, was the angsty goth type, but she turned out to be open minded at the end than almost anyone.There were so many delightful things about this book, I could wax poetic for pages But I d rather you just read the book and experience it for yourself You won t regret it.


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    I must admit, I wanted to read this novel for the mortician aspect I ve always wanted to be a mortician I know it s morbid, but I ve always had a weird fascination with death, so I was easily able to connect with Donna on this level I had hoped for of the story to center around the funeral home and actually putting makeup on dead people, but the focus of the book isn t really about that at all, or even the job of a mortician Instead, this novel focuses on Donna Parisi s coming of age Lost and forlorn, Donna still struggles with the death of her father, and she must battle her metaphorical ghosts and learn to move on While I enjoyed this portion of the story, I did find the narrative to be a bit too slow for my taste As Donna deals with different aspects of her life, such as her mother, love interests, finding a job, and deciding on a school for college, she seems to just glide along I m of an action lover, and this novel doesn t really deal with that aspect much, though its real life parallels were interesting in their own right To read my full review


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    I read this ARC via NetGalley.Three years after her father s death, high school senior Donna is still feeling the loss When she attends the funeral of a classmate, she ends up talking to one of the men who run the funeral home, and that s when she begins thinking about how she might like to work at a funeral home, putting make up on dead people Most of her friends aren t too thrilled about her new career path, with the exception of Liz, the new girl who has a gift of making everything positive Liz s acceptance leads Donna to apply to a mortuary science college.Donna s mother doesn t like her decision, even as Donna begins a summer internship at the funeral home and starts to come to terms with her father s death.I first heard about this title from a webinar talking about new Spring 2011 titles, and this sounded like a fun, quirky book Unfortunately, I found it lacking in quirky The story seemed to drag in places, partially because the narrator has an emotional disconnect Nothing really seems to affect her until the very end, when she s fighting with her mother She is clearly somewhat attracted to her friend Charlie, but there is no flirting or anything Then she starts dating a college guy named Tim, and they have a rather intimate encounter in the backseat of a car her sexual feelings for Tim seem to come out of nowhere, and she seems extremely comfortable with her sexuality even though it doesn t seem like she ever had a boyfriend before or engaged in any of these sexual acts Charlie is a sort of serious hippie type, and the way Donna flirts with him felt very out of sync Liz, though she is a major part in the first half of the novel, disappears at the end I understand that Donna was dealing with her emotional disconnect, but I didn t like feeling the disconnect with her as a reader.


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    This book had me from the prologue Donna is fourteen Her father is dying, and it s time for her to say goodbye And I felt just exactly the same when I was nineteen, and my father was dying, and it was time for me to say goodbye It s rare for me to read a book about grief where I fully identify with the way the main character feels it I m not saying that those other forms of grief are wrong, or badly written, just not mine And in so many ways, through so many situations, Donna was feeling my grief For that reason, take my reaction to this book with an entire shaker full of salt, because I couldn t possibly be objective.So It s now four years past her father s death, and Donna still feels stuck, and drifting And then, a little suddenly, she decides she wants to go into the funeral business Her mother absolutely cannot understand this, which is somewhat reasonable It s a career path well outside of the expected, and Donna makes her decision, and springs it on her mother, sort of suddenly And Donna can t explain how her mother is suddenly dating her hot yoga teacher, which is somewhat less reasonable Then again, maybe I would have felt the same when I was eighteen I hope that I wouldn t have Reasonable or not, it was at least understandable.Other readers who don t identify so strongly with Donna will probably find the pace a little too slow There s large chunks of the book where nothing much happens Donna s new friend, Liz, is essentially a Manic Pixie Dream Girl And the actual mortuary science gets very short coverage in a book that you could reasonably expect would have of it All very valid concerns, but ones that didn t affect my enjoyment of this book.


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    The title, the cover, and the premise automatically made me want to read this book The cover s simple, colourful, and cute, and the title is odd I m also getting into realistic YA, about family and grieving and the like.Donna is a realistic character with a clear, unique voice The first person narration is raw and extremely honest I never really knew what people meant when they said the voice was honest until I read books like this She was definitely relatable, which made it easy to sympathise with her.The relationship dynamics between Donna and her family members, between Donna and her friends, and between Donna and people she meets over the course of the novel all felt realistically built.Her interest in becoming a mortician, though pretty out there , made sense for the character I admired how although she cared what other people thought about her ambition, she didn t let their opinions sway her She was determined.If I had to some this novel up in one word, it d be sweet.I give Putting Makeup On Dead People a 5 out of 5, and recommend any realistic YA fans to keep an eye out for it in July It reminded me vaguely of Other Words For Love, so definitely check this one out if you liked that.


  8. says:

    The smooth, glossy prose makes this book go down easily but I am not so sure that is a good thing There are four main strands to this story Donna s pursuit of becoming a mortician, her strained relationship with her mother, her love life, and her spirituality The first strand, and the only one that is prominently featured on the back blurb and summary, is far and away the most interesting Donna s interest in mortuary science is unique, and the way the story takes us behind the scenes at a funeral home is fascinating and not morbid at all I was a little frustrated, however, that the story never truly answered the question of why Donna wants to be a mortician It seems to imply that it is just her calling, and never really delves into questions like if Donna s dad had never died, would she still want to be a mortician This wouldn t be that big a flaw if the story itself had not raised the issue early on, and then never delivered on the answer Donna s relationship with her mother is weird because both of the characters are written so unreasonably at different points, and it s not always clear if the characters and or the story know how unreasonable they are being I remember being 18 and having terrible fights with my mom, but the fights in this story seem to blow in out of the blue one of the characters will blow up out of nowhere, or will seem to deliberately bait the other , and then just sort of dissolve away because they love each other I never understood why Donna s mom came around on the issue of Donna being a mortician, or if she really did and didn t just say so for the sake of preserving her relationship with her daughter or the issue of view spoiler Aunt Selena hide spoiler


  9. says:

    Dieses Buch ist so wie ich mir die Hintergrundmusik in einem Bestattungsinstitut vorstelle leise, beruhigend und tr stlich Protagonistin Donna f llt es kurz vor Ende ihrer Schulkarriere wie Schuppe von den Augen sie will nicht wie urspr nglich geplant Communications studieren sondern sich zur Bestatterin ausbilden lassen Dieser Aspekt hat einen u erst interessanten Handlungsspielraum f r die Geschichte er ffnet Mein Wissen ber amerikanische Bestattungsinstitute beschr nkte sich bisher auf die TV Serie Six Feet Under, an die ich w hrend des Lesens auch st ndig denken musste In Putting Makeup On Dead People konnte ich erfahren, was man so alles lernt, wenn man Bestatter wird, wie lange die Ausbildung dauert und mit was f r Situationen man konfrontiert werden kann Insgesamt bietet der Roman aber nur einen sehr kleinen Einblick in das Bestattungsgesch ft Vordergr ndig setzt er sich mit Donnas Lebensentwicklung auseinander Ihr Vater ist vor vier Jahren gestorben und hat sie mit ihren beiden Geschwistern und ihrer Mutter zur ckgelassen W hrend Donna St ck f r St ck lernt mit diesem Verlust klarzukommen, entdeckt sie, was sie vom Leben m chte, wer sie sein will und am Wichtigsten wie sie das erreicht Dieser Weg ist f r Donna alles andere als einfach, vor allem wenn es um die Konfrontation mit ihrer Mutter geht, die ebenfalls versucht ihr Leben nach dem Verlust ihres Mannes weiterzuleben Die Beziehung zwischen Donna und ihrer Mutter ist steinig, aber dabei umso herzergreifender Von Zankereien und heftigen Streits bis zu Vers hnungen und hilfloser Ignoranz wird jede Gef hlsnote angeschlagen.Ansonsten bleiben die Nebencharaktere blass Es sind zwar zahlreiche Figuren pr sent und leicht auseinander zu halten, aber in diesem Buch geht es vor allem um Donna, was man der Charakterzeichnung stark anmerkt Verwirrend fand ich das bei Donnas bester Freundin Liz, die sehr dominant ist und sich zum Beispiel auf Anhieb blendend mit Donnas Mutter versteht Das wurde am Anfang so stark thematisiert, dass ich schon einen ich bin eifers chtig auf dich, weil du dich so gut mit meiner Mutter verstehst Handlungsstrang erwartet habe, was aber ausblieb.Pluspunkte hat Jen Violi f r ihren Umgang mit Sex bei mir gesammelt Nat rlich sind Jungen f r Donna ein Thema und sie durchlebt die verschiedensten Gef hle von Sehnsucht bis zu Leidenschaft, ersten Erfahrungen und falschen Entscheidungen Dabei nimmt die Autorin kein Blatt vor den Mund und beschreibt geschmackvoll, was zwischen zwei hormongesteuerten Halberwachsenen ablaufen kann.Zwischen den Kapiteln finden sich immer wieder Akten ber Verstorbene Die Idee ist interessant, ich mag Einsch be immer sehr gern, aber sie m ssen auch irgendwie mit der Geschichte verkettet sein Die Verstorbenen tauchen zwar inhaltlich im Roman auf und irgendwann hat sich mir auch erschlossen, dass Donna selbst wohl die Verfasserin dieser Akten ist, aber es wird nie erw hnt, dass sie eine Art Notizbuch ber die Toten f hrt Es wird w hrend der Handlung nie Bezug darauf genommen, wodurch ich mir die Frage stellen musste wozu das Ganze Kurz und knapp Jen Violis hat einen leisen, gef hlvollen Deb troman verfasst Die Geschichte setzt sich auf einf hlsame Weise mit dem Thema Verlust und Familienkonflikt auseinander und schl gt mit dem Thema Bestattungsunternehmen hier und da ein paar ganz neue T ne an Thanks to Hyperion Books who allowed me access to the book via NetGalley.


  10. says:

    The synopsis that I had read for this title make it seem as though this tale is about Donna s coming of age But really this book encompasses an entire family s rebirth The Parisis lost their father to cancer a few years before the beginning of this novel and the plot opens while the family is still in some sort of stasis The mother remains loyal to her husband, not dating, not socializing The younger sister, Linnie, is rebellious in the form of wild hair color choices, and Donna herself is slightly withdrawn and maybe a little morose Only the eldest brother seems to have cleanly moved on succeeding at college and a healthy relationship.It was a quiet novel What starts as Donna being portrayed as a quiet girl is slowly revealed to be a girl changed by her father s early death She s very much in her own head throughout the book I think that s why you don t notice how little interaction with others Donna really has I felt like at first she could just be super quiet Her reactions to things are quirky and unexpected When her new BF Liz is called a spitfire Donna asks if this means Liz is like a dragon Perceptive, yes normal response, no Donna s mother would like nothing than to see her daughter at the local University of Dayton working towards a degree in communications Apparently under the misunderstanding that a communications degree will help Donna learn to interact with people better, lol But it s this unusual view, the inability to present to the world what they want to hear that allows her to become such a sympathetic mortician.Yep, Donna s great goal in life is to become a mortician Lets just say that a girl withdrawn after her father s death becoming obsessed with a career in funerals freaks everyone out Freaks But seeing how well Donna takes to the job s unusual skill set, how happy the job makes her, clears away any stray thoughts of the depressing It also helps that the brothers running the local funeral home are happy, normal, and super supportive It was cool to see the insight into this career the book gave It really seems like it could be super rewarding That is if you can get over putting the makeup on dead people.Also the afore mentioned best friend, Liz, really jump starts Donna s transformation Liz helps bring Donna back into a relationship with her Aunt Selena who is a witch Another sub theme of this book is a discussion of religion Donna s family are devout Catholic Thus, Aunt Selena has been banned from the family because of her Wiccan religion While Aunt Selena s views on life may not be Donna s, a big part of Donna s coming of age is understanding her own religious viewpoint and how it may differ in some ways from her traditional upbringing.Like I said, this was a quiet read I think it remained realistic and could have a great impact on someone if read at the right time in their life Someone on the brink of change, heading off to college or dealing with the death of a loved one For myself, while I understood the text, and felt for the characters it didn t pack as big of a punch Though I ll chalk it up to reading it at the wrong time Put this one in your back pocket for a rainy afternoon or a suggestion for a teen dealing with a lot of change in their life.http thelibrarianreads.wordpress.com


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Putting Makeup on Dead People summary pdf Putting Makeup on Dead People, summary chapter 2 Putting Makeup on Dead People, sparknotes Putting Makeup on Dead People, Putting Makeup on Dead People ff5a300 In The Spring Of Her Senior Year, Donna Parisi Finds New Life In An Unexpected Place A Coffin Since Her Father S Death Four Years Ago, Donna Has Gone Through The Motions Of Living Her Friendships Are Empty, She S Clueless About What To Do After High School Graduation, And Her Grief Keeps Her Isolated, Cut Off Even From The One Parent She Has Left That Is Until She S Standing In Front Of The Dead Body Of A Classmate At Brighton Brothers Funeral Home At That Moment, Donna Realizes What Might Just Give Her Life Purpose Is Comforting Others In Death That Maybe Who She Really Wants To Be Is A Mortician This Discovery Sets In Motion A Life Donna Never Imagined Was Possible She Befriends A Charismatic New Student, Liz, Notices A Boy, Charlie, And Realizes That Maybe He S Been Noticing Her, Too, And Finds Herself Trying Things She Hadn T Dreamed Of Trying Before By Taking Risks, Donna Comes Into Her Own, Diving Into Her Mortuary Studies With A Passion And Skill She Didn T Know She Had In Her And She Finally Understands That Moving Forward Doesn T Mean Forgetting Someone You LoveJen Violi S Heartfelt And Funny Debut Novel Is A Story Of Transformation How One Girl Learns To Grieve And Say Goodbye, Turn Loss Into A Gift, And Let Herself Be Exceptionalat Loving, Applying Lipstick To Corpses, And Finding Life In The Wake Of Death

  • Hardcover
  • 326 pages
  • Putting Makeup on Dead People
  • Jen Violi
  • English
  • 17 June 2017
  • 9781423134817

About the Author: Jen Violi

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Jen Violi has since made her home in such places as Dayton, OH, Goodyear, AZ, New Orleans, LA, and Takoma Park, MD Jen has currently staked her claim in Portland, Oregon, where the greenery is plentiful, the creative spirit palpable, and the fresh coffee available every few feet just how she likes it At the University of Dayton, Jen completed both a BA in En