Frenchie had only one night with Andy, as they travelled through town discussing life, philosophy, and the world. As they went from destination to destination, Andy espoused his ideas about the way of the world. And though, Frenchie is attracted to Andy, that is not what this night is about. It is more about listening to Andy and his thoughts about everything from the inevitability of death to the moral uncertainty of life. When that night culminates in Andy’s death, Frenchie is devastated. Since she had not had a connection with Andy before that night, Frenchie grieves alone and wonders what she could have done to prevent the sad ending of Andy’s life.
I found the depth of this book refreshing. It does not shy away from the philosophical questions of life or the devastation of grief. Though Frenchie is depressed for most of the book, she seems relatable and real. She fights with her friends, she feels butterflies for new guy, she gets jealous. Her grief is well written and not maudlin or manipulative. She is someone you would like to know. The supporting characters in this novel are also well written.
This book is quieter than the typical teen flashy novel that seems to be the primary output of young adult novelists these days. But, it is a sensitive portrayal of a topic that deserves attention. There were some situations and language that make the book inappropriate for younger teens, but for older ones, Death, Dickenson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia, is a treasure.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Regina