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Teen and Young
Author: Kathy Charles
ISBN: 1439187592
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Pages 309 pages
Publisher MTV Books; Reprint edition (August 24, 2010)
Language English
Category: Teen and Young
Rating: 4.3
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by Kathy Charles

John Belushi is Dead, the debut novel by Kathy Charles, is an interesting YA contemporary novel. The characters are strong, and Charles writing is clearly fantastic.

John Belushi is Dead, the debut novel by Kathy Charles, is an interesting YA contemporary novel. This is more of a dark and edgy novel, not supernatural at all, just digs into the unhappy cases of some real Hollywood murders (the OJ Simpson case, Charles Manson murders, etc). I liked the mystery that surrounds Hank's character, and a possible love connection between Hilda and Jake adds another layer to the story.

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John Belushi Is Dead - Kathy Charles. Kathy Charles’s debut novel is a different kind of thriller, a dark comedy about growing up, and a twisted love letter to Los Angeles. John belushi is dead. Dark, funny, endlessly fascinating and beautifully human. I stayed up all night readin. nd then had crazy dreams.

It wasn’t intentional. I didn’t plan for it and I didn’t plan on doing it again. And I wish I could say that my first time felt right and natural and pure, but it didn’t. And I wish I could say that my first time felt right and natural and pure, but it didn’t en say that it was traumatic or painful. The best word for it was pleasant, or perhaps something more benign, like nice. We came together and we came apart and it was just nice.

John Belushi is Dead is quite an interesting book, one that provided me with a fascinating journey. Starting with Hilda and Benji’s interest in the macabre side of LA/Hollywood and its celebrities. The narrative is constructed in a very clever fashion by introducing its main characters in the middle of one of these raids and then interspersing the text with glimpses into their past. Benji, on the other hand has no similar back story and his motivations are a bit shadier. Why is this important? Because most of the book is spent on sites where death occurred or with the characters talking about death. And the author doesn’t shy away from graphic details either.

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In John Belushi is Dead, Kathy Charles explores a side of teenage life that is often not looked at in a favorable light. Kids who might otherwise be labeled as goth, get a deeper look in this debut novel. The book’s protagonist, Hilda, narrates a s. January 2, 2011 ·. Great noirish piece on the Chateau Marmont, John Belushi and Sophia Coppola's Somewhere. After Belushi's body was removed, back in the day, the wise guys in the movie business said he was on the road to nowhere.

Kathy Charles is in the studio to talk about her first novel and life in Los Angeles.

IN THE END WE ALL FADE TO BLACK. Pink-haired Hilda and oddball loner Benji are not your typical teenagers. Instead of going to parties or hanging out at the mall, they comb the city streets and suburban culs-de-sac of Los Angeles for sites of celebrity murder and suicide. Bound by their interest in the macabre, Hilda and Benji neglect their schoolwork and their social lives in favor of prowling the most notorious crime scenes in Hollywood history and collecting odd mementos of celebrity death. Hilda and Benji’s morbid pastime takes an unexpected turn when they meet Hank, the elderly, reclusive tenant of a dilapidated Echo Park apartment where a silent movie star once stabbed himself to death with a pair of scissors. Hilda feels a strange connection with Hank and comes to care deeply for her paranoid new friend as they watch old movies together and chat the sweltering afternoons away. But when Hank’s downstairs neighbor Jake, a handsome screenwriter, inserts himself into the equation and begins to hint at Hank’s terrible secrets, Hilda must decide what it is she’s come to Echo Park searching for . . . and whether her fascination with death is worth missing out on life.
Hilda has always felt a bit odd. Together with her best friend, Benji, they prowl the sites where celebrities have died, sometimes taking away a piece of history to remember it. When one apartment they come across has an old man living there, Hilda and Hank form a bizarre friendship. When Hank's downstairs neighbour, Jake, brings himself into the equation, Hilda starts to discover that Hank is hiding a dark secret. As Hilda's new relationships grow, she starts to question whether her fascination with death is making her miss out on life.

I did not know what I was getting myself into when I opened the first page of John Belushi is Dead, but I was not disappointed. From the first page, the reader is introduced to Hilda and her macabre friend, Benji. The two have a bizarre fascination with the dead - especially dead celebrities. All the characters are well thought out and believable, which made some parts of the story gut-wrenchingly realistic. I loved Hilda (and her pink hair) and the journey she took throughout the novel was full of enough twists and turns to keep me reading.

The premise of this story is unique, and even though some of the scenes were confronting and graphic, I couldn't put it down. Besides the melancholic tones, there's also the subtle romance that blooms between Hilda and Jake. His introduction to the story turned the whole plot upside down, which is a good thing because I was never able to see where it was going.
This is an emotional story which will appeal to anyone with the slightest bit of morbid curiosity, or anyone who has ever been interested in a death of a celebrity.
I'm not a writer. I wish I could write a novel; after all, I know just what I want to read. But since I'm not, I'm constantly searching for books to read. This one just fell into my lap.

I have a writer friend on facebook who recommended that I friend Kathy Charles and read this book. I looked it up, saw that it's something that sounded interesting, ordered it, and two days later it arrived. I was a little reluctant; after all, the author is a (new) facebook friend; what if I hate it? That happened recently when somehow I ended up with a copy of a self-published book (no, not yours, Rob Kroese!!!) and just plain could not read it. But the cover of John Belushi Is Dead just kept pulling me back, so I started reading it.

I ended up reading till 3 a.m., determined to finish it before I went to sleep. Actually, I usually stay up until that time anyway, but it sounds good so I threw it in. Really, though, I love Hilda, I love the growth she evidenced throughout the book. I've read too much YA urban fiction that is harsh, mean, with characters that I couldn't like no matter how much my school librarian coworkers insisted that they had value. I just couldn't see it. Hilda is someone I could identify with, even if just a little.

I'm looking forward to Kathy Charles' next book, whatever it is. I'll read it.

Kathy, you now owe me a pizza :)
Maybe the best book I've ever read in my life. So much fun.
Hilda and Benji are best friends forever. Maybe. Their interests seem to match perfectly, as both have a passion for haunting the most notorious places in Los Angeles: sites where celebrities have been murdered or where celebrities have taken their own lives. This fascination, while dark, is actually quite therapeutic for Hilda, who has had a lot of loss in her young life. Her mother and father were killed in a car accident that almost took her life, too.

Everything changes, though, when the pair end up investigating a suicide in the apartment of an old man named Hank. Although initially put off by the two crazy kids, one with pink hair, knocking at his door and asking to take pictures of his bathroom, Hank agrees and it takes little time for Hilda to realize there's something special about this man. And soon after, he'll begin calling her and she'll find a connection with an adult in town.

Although Hilda and Hank begin growing closer, Hank's downstairs neighbor Jack becomes concerned and tries to break it to Hilda that Hank has a lot of secrets and history that should make her wary. It won't be until tragedy strikes Hank and Benji nearly kills himself that Hilda begins to understand her fascination with death means something deeper.

John Belushi is Dead was one of my favorite reads so far this year. This engaging, edgy, and boundary-pushing novel brings together the ideas of life and death in a city of lore and lust that just works. Hilda is a likeable character from the get go: we know she's had a tough life, living with her aunt because of the death of her parents, and we know she's a little wild, as seen from her romps around notorious LA places. She and Benji are quite a pair, and while outsiders to the rest of the world, they come into their own together and don't quite feel like outsides, recluses, or losers. In the end we will find out that Benji isn't quite what he seems, but since this story is told from Hilda's perspective, this is a realization we will come to with her.

After Hilda and Benji initially meet Hank, I couldn't help but draw the comparisons between this book and Paul Zindel's classic The Pigman. While they aren't perfect readalikes, I think that the quirky relationship building between generations is somewhat similar, and the realizations that happen between Hilda and Hank are similar to those John and Lorraine have with the Pigman.

Enter Jack.

Jack is the propulsion in this novel that really drives Hilda to think about who she is and what she loves. Her budding relationship with Hank is completely innocent, though much of it is based around death, much like her relationship with Benji. When Jack comes in and begins to push Hilda's perception about Hank, though, things change. Hank, as it turns out, has a greater history in the world than he's letting on, and it's one that revolves around death. Big death -- something greater than the death of John Belushi or Chris Farley. No, this is the death that changes history, the world we live in, and Hilda.

Kathy Charles's novel was well paced and plotted, and the character development is absolutely spot on for me. That, in conjunction with the setting, came together to leave a not just a pretty story, but a strong message about life and living. This book published initially in Australia titled Hollywood Ending, and when it published in the US, the title changed to John Belushi is Dead. Both titles work, and they work for different reasons.

This is the kind of book I would hand off to fans of Perks of Being a Wallflower. The feeling of being an outsider and an insider simultaneously and the growth of the main characters are similar in both titles. Both push the boundaries of the reader's expectations, and both convey quite an important message without being books that are about delivering a message. The quirky factor will work for fans of Steffan Piper's Grayhound, Joe Nemo's Hairstyles of the Damned, and other similar titles.

Because of the issues brought up here and the edgy factors (and let me tell you - calling anything edgy really bothers me, but it's the best word to use here), this book is best for high schoolers and adult readers. This is the kind of book perfect for college students. While reading this title, I couldn't help but think of my best friend from college the entire time who would eat this up in no time. She's a huge fan of Francesca Lia Block, and I think it would be interesting to hand a book like this to a fan of hers. I suspect there would be a lot to like because of the language, the setting, and the character development. And of course, try this one who liked Zindel's classic. They aren't perfect readalikes, but the comparisons that could be drawn are great.