Title: The Day I Died
**Watty Awards Winner 2014**
Ever plummet at 200km an hour and face plant the ground? Well let me tell you something, it’s way worst than it sounds.
You’re probably wondering how I would know in the first place and if you’re not, well too bad, I’ll telling you anyways. You see, I have a bucket list, filled with exactly 100 things I wanted to do. Thanks to number 81 and a little malfunction that occurred, I maybe, sort of, kind of….died.
Lucky enough, I got a chance to redeem myself, a chance to earn a second life and all I had to do was finish the rest of the list. Sounds easy, right? Wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong. Why? Well, I have deadline.
And all of this madness started yesterday, on the day I died.
I figured since starting a new year always initiates bucket lists and resolutions, why not review a book that highlights these aspirations that so many of us hold? The Day I Died by NeonLights1404 is a Wattpad novel that I read a while ago, but have never forgotten.
Sometimes I struggle with finding something to read that is new and original. On a platform like Wattpad where people are developing their own voice and discovering their writing style, this can be especially hard. NeonLights1404 had one of those original ideas that was still laced with fun cliches. She was able to develop characters that were weirdly unique compared to their seemingly used up physique.
Throughout the book, the main character Ranelle, is fighting against time as she needs to complete her bucket list by the end of the year or risk not returning to her old life. While doing this, some twists come her way as she meets some guys that get the same joy out of doing new things like she does. This leads Ranelle on a path that makes her journey amusing and interesting as she is able to enjoy it with people she grows to love.
Ranelle’s desires for her future become a little muddled as the connection she feels for her new friends cannot be replaced nor would she want to replace these new emotions. This book isn’t about the dependency Ranelle has on other people. No, this book is captivating because it centers around Ranelle’s desire to be her own person and to rule her own life. Her devotion is never something that she has to discover, but is already present in the beginning, which is honestly, very refreshing to a lot of stories I feel are out their today.
NeonLights1404 did a great job with her story line, and conveying the views and emotions of different characters, but I felt the book was lacking in a few areas. Instead of using typical stereotypes, I wish she would have written more originality into her characters. Specifically, infusing the characters Nike and Jordan with more individuality could have made them more important to the story. I would have liked to learn more about their backgrounds and then in turn, could have grown more of a connection with each of them. The lack of some creativity could also be found in the plot. The stage was set with more stereotypes; a high school with her “queen bees” and also the group the main character finds herself with are the “attractive, popular guys that everyone wishes to be or be with”. Overall, I believe if more thought was put into these few areas, the book would have been even better and more original.