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Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Sixteen-year-old Samantha D’Angelo has death on the brain. Her summer internship at the local newspaper has her writing obituaries instead of soaking up the sun at the beach. Between Shelby, Sam’s boy-crazy best friend; her boss Harry, a true-blue newspaper man; and AJ, her fellow “intern scum” (aka the cute drummer for a band called Love Gas), Sam has her hands full. But once she figures out what—or who—is the best part of her summer, will she mess it all up?

As Sam learns her way around both the news room and the real world, she starts to make some momentous realizations about politics, ethics, her family, romance, and most important—herself.

If you're looking for a book that's fast, fun, and undeniably sweet, then Famous Last Words may be the book for you. From the first page, I was definitely drawn into Sam's whirlwind summer as she navigates her internship (and, of course, the two cute boys who work there with her) because her voice is so enjoyable to read. And Sam's job of writing obituaries gave this story a unique twist as well. While Famous Last Words is never particularly deep, I have to say that I loved this story for what it was: a feel-good and funny summer read.

Rating: 4.0

Review copy from Macmillan

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