Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall
Published by: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: September 1, 2007
Disillusioned sixteen-year-old Tessa is pretty unhappy with life. One minute an Ashlee Simpson song is running through her mind in gym class, and the next a dodgeball comes hurtling at her head. The next thing Tessa knows, she’s floating up to heaven, only to find that it bears a striking resemblance to her hometown mall. Written in free verse, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall is the story of a spunky heroine who hasn’t always made the right choices but who needs to discover what makes life worth living.
"Tessa's journey and authentic voice is one that readers will appreciate. Her tendency to turn a blind eye to the good in others and herself is a trait that many teens have in common. What makes this novel unique is its ability to bring the character to this realization without being preachy or condescending. Funny, thought-provoking, and at times heartbreaking, this story will entertain and inspire readers."
—School Library Journal
"An entertaining and thought-provoking story that teens will enjoy. The short, free-verse format might entice reluctant readers to pick up the book."
"You didn't actually DO any of the things in this book when you were growing up, right? RIGHT?"
—Linda Mass, worried mom