Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo Review: Unoriginal, Believable, and Lacking

September 23, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 3 stars, ARC Reviews, Books, Reviews

Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo Review: Unoriginal, Believable, and LackingSix Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo
Published by Random House on August 26, 2014
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Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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Home is where the bodies are buried.

Darkly humorous and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Jennifer Longo’s YA debut about a girl stuck living in a cemetery will change the way you look at life, death, and love.

Leigh sells graves for her family-owned cemetery because her father is too lazy to look farther than the dinner table when searching for employees. Working the literal graveyard shift, she meets two kinds of customers:

Pre-Need: They know what’s up. They bought their graves a long time ago, before they needed them.

At Need: They are in shock, mourning a loved one’s unexpected death. Leigh avoids sponging their agony by focusing on things like guessing the headstone choice (mostly granite).

Sarcastic and smart, Leigh should be able to stand up to her family and quit. But her world’s been turned upside down by the sudden loss of her best friend and the appearance of Dario, the slightly-too-old-for-her grave digger. Surrounded by death, can Leigh move on, if moving on means it’s time to get a life?

Michelle’s Thoughts

Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

“Please don’t go.” “I’ll be back.” “You won’t.” “I will.” His shoulders, his arms again and again holding the weight of my aching head, my sadness, my selfish, lonely heart. Two days later he is gone.”

Six Feet Over It was a book that you need to read when you’re in a certain mood. And after my “experience” of reading this book in the point-of-view of a gravedigger’s daughter who went through a ton of loss and grief after her best friend and only person who understood her died, I’d say that you’ll need to be in a mood where you won’t get so pissed-off easily. Because really, I chose to be reading this during the wrong time.

In a nutshell, this is another one of those funny-contemporaries with dark periods in between. I’ve read many of those before, and I’d have to say that this was nothing new, although there were some interesting parts that came to be. Leigh was a protagonist who you’ll end up feeling so much sympathy for, and especially for the way she was treated by everyone around her—like a piece of trash on the street that everyone loves to kick around. And the thing is… she let them kick her around. She needed to transform into somebody else.

Throughout a long period of the novel, Leigh feels as if she’s being followed around by the stroke of death. Death is supposedly at her footsteps and is around her—and in a way, you could say that it’s true. She basically lives in a graveyard. And she’s in charge of selling graves. Adding to that, more grief and unfairness shows up when she finds out that her best friend, Emily, died. Emily was the only one who understood her and her problems, and through her, she felt like she had a real family. As time goes on, Leigh still doesn’t know what she’s supposed to do (and I really don’t blame her) so some feelings between her and Dario, the little-too-old gravedigger sprout.

The basic point and idea of this book was all about Leigh trying to figure out what she wants. Her family’s crazy and dumb and don’t understand her (which gets me to feel sorry for her) and her brain’s all over the place. Sure, Dario was hot, but I couldn’t get the thought of him being a little too old for her out of my mind. And then when he left? Ugh don’t even get me started.

As this seems like an ordinary story with a not too well-thought out plot, it was good for a lot of parts. The idea may have been wacked-up, but it kept me sane and left me wanting to read on and find out who Leigh will come to be. It was believable, and I pictured all of the events coming to life just as I expected. Jennifer Longo is a very talented author who will sure stun readers in the coming days, weeks, months, millenniums, whatever you want to call time. And through this book, time was a key thing that made the story grow onto a teensy pretty flower as I see it as.

A good key thing to remember is that although the romance in unreal, it was cute. Dorio and Leigh did make a cute couple, especially when you think about the connection and strong feelings they had for each other. Their love was sparkly and firework-y, just as you’d expect a romance to be and turn into in a contemporary about finding yourself would be. I was all, “YES!”

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As we come to the end, I think about the key concepts that made this book original and lacking from a 5 star rating, which it obviously wasn’t. It definitely had its negatives, but unusually coming from a book with a 3 star rating from me, it was enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong about my negativity. Sure, the protagonist needed a slap or two, but it was a story that grew on me from beginning to end. So don’t freak out if you end up getting fireworks in your heart by the time you complete this even though you’re thinking of a 3 star rating. It’s normal. 

Rating: 3 out of 5

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22 responses to “Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo Review: Unoriginal, Believable, and Lacking

  1. I have this one for review as well and now I know to lower my expectations a bit, haha. The romance seems a bit uncomfortable but if it's cute, I guess I can't complain 😛 All main characters make me want to slap them at one time or another so maybe she won't be too bad? Haha

    Great review, Michelle!

  2. Hmm…I'm honestly not sure what to think of this. It's a shame the plot was a bit unoriginal and same-old-same-old, but, on the other hand, I admire the sound of how the author is able to make all these events and scenarios seem realistic and really come to life. Leigh sounds like a character who might be annoying, but ultimitely it sounds like you were able to sympathize and connect to her, which is what really matters, right? Thanks for sharing Michelle and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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    • Thank you so much, lovely! <3 Hmm.. in a nutshell, this had the good and the bad, like the yin-yang, haha. I was hoping that it'd be a teensy bit more enjoyable, but it was still bearable and okay. 😀

  3. I definitely think this might be one of those generic type reads when you're looking for something entertaining, but pretty mindless. Surprisingly it actually doesn't sound morbid, which I thought given what her father does might have been the case. How much older is Dario? I'm hoping that's not where the creepy part comes into it. LOL. Love the man wearing the dress GIF. Like a younger Mrs Doubtfire. Brilliant review Mich, and thanks for the warning <3
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    • YES! You've just aced it in one sentence, Kelly! Now that you've mentioned it, that is exactly what this book turned out to be! No concept, just plain brain-freeze the entire time. How old? The author wasn't exactly clear… but Leigh was 14 when the book began… and he was 18? 19? I think that's pretty crazy. I didn't catch the age, ahaha. Thank you, lovely! xx

  4. I totally get what you mean by reading the book at the right time. I guess thats me and my cute and fun contemporaries–normally I cannot deal with them but sometimes, thats just exactly what i need. This one actually sorta reminds me of The Secrets of Lily Graves where a chick basically leaves by a graveyard and works in a morgue as family busines.s

    Lovely review, Michelle! <33
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    • Yes! They can totally brighten up my mood if I'm in a more stressful one. Ahh! I really want to read The Secrets of Lily Graves! The cover is GORGEOUS and I love the idea! Thank you, Mel! <3

  5. I have to be in the "right" mood as well (& it has to fall into the right time too) otherwise I fear I may not enjoy certain things as much. I normally like my romance with a bit of believability (no matter how unbelievable the setting is) so I think I might skip on this one.

    But thanks for the fabulously informative review, Michelle! x <3
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    • Thanks a bunches, lovely! xx Yay, it's not just me! Haha I guess I took the chance with my mood with this one, and I was left disappointed because of it. Hmm.. Yes! Put the story on a ice-castle atmosphere with flying penguins, but if the story and writing is believable, then anything can seriously sound real! <3

  6. Thanks for the warning. After a closer look I don't think this is for my anyways. A gravedigger'a daughter does make for a great canvas, I think the character who filled that role needs some tweaking

    • You're absolutely welcome, Braine! *bows* Being a gravedigger's daughter would be pretty cool, now that I think about it, but I didn't feel like the author did a fantastic job in terms of relating the situations to the reader. All it was was basic sympathy.

  7. YOUR GIFS!!!!!

    Im laughing! *composes self* okay, let's get down the business.

    I love the sound of this one, the synopsis is incredibly creepy and different (I'm going to throw in a weird here, okay?) but I usually like ambitious books like this. That being said I get what you mean about reading it as a certain time. I think I need to be in the right mindset to properly enjoy this one and understand the MC and her reasons for doing things. Fantastic review!
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    • HEHEHE! *blushes of gratitude*

      I agree, Lily! This is a weird and strange book compared to "ordinary" contemporaries. Jennifer Longo added that "weird touch/feel" to it that made me sorta like it and sorta hate it. Somewhere in between. Everyone can literally either love this book or hate this book! Thank you so much! <3

    • Thanks, Kara! I guess that's what comes out of a three star review! Everyone can either decide to read it or not, since it's basically right in the middle of good and bad, haha. I love contemporary-romance, but this was a bit of a downer for me compared to other reads that have surely stunned me! <3

  8. Oh, God. I CAN'T CONCENTRATE BECAUSE I'M LAUGHING AT YOUR GIFS bwahahaha *composes self*. Okay, okay, breathe.

    RIGHT. I like the creepy idea of selling graves. Maybe I'm a very distubred indivudal haha, but it's a cool premise! And I'm glad the romance brung it (even if it wasn't exactly realistic). Swoon is more important than realism!

    • LOLOL, I feel honoured! *secretly thinks that I love making people laugh*

      So do I! I have another book on my Kindle from Netgalley that I got a whiillleeee ago that's similar, except it's a memoir! I forgot what it was called.. hmm. My laziness is getting the best of me today. 😉 Swoon is my #1 must in a contemporary-romance. WE NEED IT TO SURVIVEEE

  9. Wow, great review Michelle, I really enjoyed your gif as always! It sounds like Leigh was one of those weak characters that just gets used by everyone, and I really get annoyed at those types of characters after a while. I can see why she fell running into Dorio's arms, even though he was the older guy. Sounds like a decent romance in the end though.

    • Thanks, Jeann! <33 *bows* Same! I can cope with them for a little while if it makes sense to. Otherwise, *throws the book at the wall.* I guess I can say the book was pretty decent itself! 🙂

  10. Bwahahaha, LOVE that second gif!! XD So aptly suits the paragraph, hehe!! x)

    I remember requesting this off Netgalley a while back but I got declined, but now I'm glad, as I don't really think I would've liked it ;/ I'm not very good with *weak* main characters, as a lot of the time, their life would be a million times better if they helped themselves, and when they just whine and wait for other people…gah I just want to throw the book at the wall 😐 I don't have your patience, lol 😉

    Lovely review, Michelle! <33
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    • Hehe, thank you, Ella! xD Isn't it awesome when the "got declined but it's actually not worth it anyways" situation occurs? I love those praise-worthy times! *giggles* I can totally deal with the main characters, but if they're annoying and whiny like Leigh sorta was, then I have a teensy problem. LOL I always end up having horrible patience with plots and their amazing captivation skills! <33