I haven’t read a book since Sunday, when I finished Melina Marchetta’s exquisite “Quintana of Charyn.” It was such an emotionally exhausting (in a good way) experience, I can’t bear to crack open another novel, BUT we do have our weekly Casting Call feature for you presented by YA Crush, The Grown-Up YA, Gone Pecan, The Book Addict’s Guide. This week we are dream casting Kimberly Derting’s creeptastic novel “The Body Finder,” which is a zippy read with an interesting plot and lovable characters. Have you read it? If so, join us by coming up with your own dream cast!
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer… and becoming his prey herself.
Have you ever noticed that I keep mentioning “Friday Night Lights”? There’s a reason for that, which is simply that the show is awesome and features some of the best acting by young actors ever on primetime. Aimee Teegarden, along with the fantastic Jesse Plemmons, was one of the only actors who was actually high-school aged at the time. She’s not just a pretty face — she can handle the emotional aspects of playing a girl who can connect with the dead.
If one thing is becoming increasingly clear, it’s that my Casting Call friends and I have a thing for English guys (the three single ladies in our group should seriously consider marrying one). I picked Jeremy — even though in my mind he’s a perfect Sean Kendrick— because he has those boy-next-door looks but can also handle the intense protectiveness Jay displays toward his Violet. By the way, Jeremy has already been in two literary adaptations — “War Horse” and “Now Is Good,” which is based on one of my favorite tear-jerker books, “Before I Die.”
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Honesty Clause: In our development of this feature we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays.” Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities is purely coincidental. Also, you should check out their casting because it rocks!