Alexandra Dorenfield dies from being struck by a Mini-Cooper while walking her dog Peaches in Los Angeles. Alexandra has died and her cute dog Peaches too. Their destination, heaven. Here heaven is more than Alexandra could have ever dreamed of. She has a fine home, a walk in closet full of the cutest trendiest clothes, and all of her favorite foods appear with no effort on her part. She can eat without gaining wait and she's met a cute guy. Best of all, her grandparents and uncle are there and they are thrilled that she's arrived.
Even the best things come with expectations as Alexandra learns. She's stationed in seventh heaven but must pass an entrance exam to remain there. She's at risk her angel Deborah tells her. She may be bumped to a lower level of heaven if she can't pass. It's still heaven, but the cool vibe she has with Adam who she met when she first arrived won't be there. In fact, there are fewer cuties, smaller houses, and she will have to do her own cooking. She learns that a lot of musicians who died from drug over-doses can be found on the fourth plane. It's a happening plane for music lovers. Her grandparents and uncle have passed their exam, and all dogs go to heaven. If she doesn't pass she'll be separated from family, Peaches, and Adam.
She's worries big time about the exam where she has to write an essay on the ten best days of her life. Alexandra is freaking out over the possibility of being ousted from the coolest place ever.
Alexandra's best days include life lessons. She and twenty friends trash a hotel room rented in her name with a credit card that is for emergencies only. The cost: fifty-five thousand dollars. Her dad is outraged and makes her work in his company. She starts at the bottom and is angry about having to give up her apartment and fun times. Still childish, Alexandra overlooks the fact that she is not paying rent and can still hang out with her buddies.
She recants the story of meeting Charles, a big time lawyer from a monied family. They are engaged after only five months of dating. Her dad wants the marriage because the families will likely do a business merger. Alexandra doesn't love Charles and breaks up with him. Her dad is distraught and tells Alex that her life (and his) would have been set with the marriage. He trips out on her saying a lot
of hurtful things. It gets so bad her mother intervene and she's never challenged her husband.
Alexandra's mom explains, that she can do better than Charles by finding out what makes her happy and living her life. The doors of opportunity are wide open for women unlike when her mother was a young woman. Alex moves to California to find her fate.
Her essay is accepted and she and Adam get to stay together on the seventh plane of heaven. They have adopted Ruth an eight-year-old girl and they love their after life. When her dad dies ten years later the family is there to greet him. Alexandra visits her mother in a dream and lets her know that her dad is fine. With her mother at peace Alex shows her dad the best times.
Favorite part of story: I liked that Alexandra figured out that life (even after death) isn't only about material things.
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked that Alexandra figured out that life (even after death) isn't only about material things.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene was Alexandra reuniting with her grandparents and uncle.
Opinion about the main character:
I loved Alexandra's sense of humor and good taste.