The story of one boy’s experience with the (not so) sweet hereafter.
Fresh from having stolen a piece of fruit and taunting the grocer, Jim, a fourteen-year-old wannabe gangster, bully, and car thief, is run over by a car. What follows is a hilarious, bleak, and ultimately hopeful visit to the afterworld, courtesy of Richard Scrimger, one of the country’s finest writers.
This is an afterlife peopled with unforgettable characters that might be drawn from video games: angry Slayers, tearful Mourners, and scary Grave Walkers. Jim meets them all and is given the chance to return to earth with the extraordinary gift of knowing what happens when we die. Now he must deal with living demons, including a neighborhood torturer and a truly creepy older sister. With imagery from the mean streets as well as the arcade, Me and Death is thought-provoking, exciting, sad, and funny — sometimes all at the same time.
"The cosmology of Scrimger's afterlife manages the feat of being as inventive, playful and elaborate as a video game yet permeated with keen truths about this life, and maybe the next one, too. This is a quick-paced, entertaining read, yet the subtly handled beats of regret, loss and terror resonate." -- Vancouver Sun
"Scrimger’s novel is a difficult, compelling read that taps into teens’ fascination with death, as well as the line between good and bad behavior." -- Booklist
"Although this novel clearly draws on a fascination with the afterlife and ghost-human relations, it is infused with teen-appropriate black humour. The novel may be challenging for younger readers, with its ghostly shifting of time and place, but Jim's descriptions of the ghosts he encounters, his randy daydreams and his horrid nightmares are vivid and memorable." -- Resource Links
"I was amused ... and surprised. I liked the ending and enjoyed the story overall." -- The Little Bookworm
"A witty and original riff on the Scrooge story ... surprisingly chilling." -- Quill & Quire
"... comic irony and suspenseful climax." -- Toronto Star
"I LOVE quirky kids books... And Me & Death by Richard Scrimger was plenty enough quirky for my tastes. A sort of retelling of A Christmas Carol but with a mean kid instead of an old man, there was so much in this book that made me smile... Jim’s a great character, and while Scrimger went overboard with Jim’s bullying ways (but overboard in a fun way), the book never really came off as preachy when Jim starts to straighten out. I loved how all of the characters in Me & Death seemed so random at first, but in the end they all tied together and intertwined… a wonderful book and one that I would highly recommend." -- Lavender Line
"This supernatural young adult novel ... pulses in perfect beat with the hormone-addled teenage mind." -- Telegraph-Journal
"The story becomes more engrossing the more one reads. The setting is drawn realistically, and the direct style of writing, liberally seasoned with humour, propels one forward ... Jim, himself, is a believable personality whose growth and change from local delinquent to diamond is graduated and authentic. The large cast of minor characters is developed and real. The author manages to combine humour with pathos as well as providing readers with a situation that is at once gripping and thought-provoking.... The unorthodox fast moving plot, lively dialogue and believable characters make this an essential purchase." -- CM Magazine