The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried
A good friend will bury your body, a best friend will dig you back up.Dino doesn’t mind spending time with the dead. His parents own a funeral home, and death is literally the family business. He’s just not used to them talking back. Until Dino’s ex-best friend July dies suddenly—and then comes back to life. Except not exactly. Somehow July is not quite alive, and not quite dead.As Dino and July attempt to figure out what’s happening, they must also confront why and how their friendship ended so badly, and what they have left to understand about themselves, each other, and all those grand mysteries of life.

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried Details

TitleThe Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherSimon Pulse
ISBN-139781481498579
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Lgbt, Contemporary

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried Review

  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    I love this title more than the kids that I don't have
  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5I may be a *bit* biased considering Shaun is my favorite author/I'm definitely his #1 fan at this point, but I still would have loved this without those pre existing factors. Dino is used to being around the dead. His parents run a funeral home, so its a daily occurrence of his life at this point. But what he's not used to, is them coming back to life. When Dino's ex-best friend, July comes back to life after a sudden death, the two must confront what happened to their friendship, and why 4.5/5I may be a *bit* biased considering Shaun is my favorite author/I'm definitely his #1 fan at this point, but I still would have loved this without those pre existing factors. Dino is used to being around the dead. His parents run a funeral home, so its a daily occurrence of his life at this point. But what he's not used to, is them coming back to life. When Dino's ex-best friend, July comes back to life after a sudden death, the two must confront what happened to their friendship, and why it ended so badly.Since we all know how terrible I'm at formatting reviews, let's just address a few bullet points:• Writing: Shaun's writing is lyrical and attention grabbing as usual, not a surprise to me since I've read most of his work.• Characters: The characters are exceptionally real and jump off the page. Shaun doesn't try to sugarcoat things, either. July is one of the most problematic characters I've ever seen, but Dino corrects her every time, which isn't something you see a lot.As you may have noticed, I'm rating this a 4.5 instead of a full 5. That's because this book seemed to be spending more time on why July is back to life, instead of the characters themselves. Characters are my favorite part of Shaun's books, so this was definitely noticeable to me.
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  • sofi
    January 1, 1970
    i know it won't but i hope the synopsis stays "It's about best friends and maybe zombies. There's also lots of queer stuff." because that's Gold™
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    January 1, 1970
    wow gotta love this reverse bury your gays shit !!
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    only just read Shaun David Hutchinson's last book and now I'm adding his next book, because I am a classy bitch
  • Circe
    January 1, 1970
    I'm simple, I saw Shaun David I clicked & I want.
  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    January 1, 1970
    Update:Look at that cover. Look at that summary. I’m so freaking pumped.Earlier pre-review:There is no release date, blurb, or synopsis. Just a title and an author.This is already an anticipated read for me.Why must you do this to me, Shaun David Hutchinson?!?
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  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorite books of the year, and I can't wait until everyone can get their hands on it. Dark, funny, sweet, and unique, it was the first book of 2019 that made me cry.
  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    Zombies + Shaun’s name = a no brainer for me, but for this I was left wanting. I liked Dino and July well enough. They’re both so stubborn and even though at the root of all of this, they’re stupidly loyal to each other, their relationship felt a little toxic. I really liked Rafi and his group of friends. And Dino’s family is pretty rad too. Plot wise, it was okay. There was a lot of arguing, a lot of commentary on current events, a lot of great lines and a lot of love between the groups. Even w Zombies + Shaun’s name = a no brainer for me, but for this I was left wanting. I liked Dino and July well enough. They’re both so stubborn and even though at the root of all of this, they’re stupidly loyal to each other, their relationship felt a little toxic. I really liked Rafi and his group of friends. And Dino’s family is pretty rad too. Plot wise, it was okay. There was a lot of arguing, a lot of commentary on current events, a lot of great lines and a lot of love between the groups. Even with all of these great things, it felt boring. I never completely connected to any of these characters and could have easily DNF’d without wondering how it ended. Overall, it was an interesting idea, yet sadly missed a spark I was hoping for and sort of expecting. **Huge thanks to Simon Pulse for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Martin
    January 1, 1970
    This blurb sounds intriguing! Cannot wait for my next Hutchinson fix!!!
  • Max Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Thank You Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewI think it's finally happened. I've found a Shaun David Hutchinson book that isn't a full five stars for me, which is a shame because Hutchinson has been a significantly consistent for me since I first read The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. Maybe it's because this book is so different from his previous ones, but so was Elena Mendoza and I loved that.The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried is about Thank You Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewI think it's finally happened. I've found a Shaun David Hutchinson book that isn't a full five stars for me, which is a shame because Hutchinson has been a significantly consistent for me since I first read The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. Maybe it's because this book is so different from his previous ones, but so was Elena Mendoza and I loved that.The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried is about friendship. Specifically the friendship between a boy and a girl, which was one of the main selling points for me. I'm always interested in book with a strong male-female friendship that doesn't end in a romance. Plus, it's Shaun David Hutchinson, so I was on board from the the start. But reading the actual book. It was..it was...it was boring.Those things that make Hutchinson's writing good, the dark, but hopeful tone, the blunt honesty, the humor, it was all missing from this book. It was like everything that made his works unique were sucked away into something...bland. Dino and July are just so boring. They're flawed, deeply, deeply flawed, but they're not interesting. I didn't, couldn't, care about these two characters who fell out of love with one another. Dino was passive and July was overly hostile. They never gelled as friends, even hostile ones. I couldn't get invested in their story, because it didn't seem like they had one to tell. They stopped being friends a year ago and the reasons why were just so blase and could have been easily solved if they just talked to each other like human beings instead of being stubborn and broodish.I think the main issue lies in the fact this book seemed more preoccupied with explaining the importance of death then telling Dino and July's story. So much of the was devoted to the thematic elements of the story instead of building character or plot points. It's like Hutchinson had something to say about death, but not a cohesive or interesting way to say it. So what we're left with is a story that has a message, but no substance. And that's just disappointing because Hutchinson is better then that. I know he is, because I've read his stuff. This is by no means a bad book, and I'm not going to stop being a fan, but The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried is just a miss for me.
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  • Eliza Rapsodia
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED IT I NEED IT I NEED IT I NEED IT
  • Lilly (Lair Of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot resist a good tale of the dead who won't stay buried...described as "Six Feet Under meets Pushing Daisies" side note: I LOVED Six Feet Under! & had every intention of watching Pushing Daisies haha! the parentals in this book own a funeral home & i'm here for it! :)
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  • BookChic Club
    January 1, 1970
    Yet another winner from Hutchinson. I'm absolutely loving each and every one of his books, and this was no different. The friendship between July and Dino is done so incredibly well, with lots of inside jokes, little annoyances, deep-seated anger, and lots of love. It's an interesting concept too to have your dead (ex)best friend come back to life to work out unfinished business, and the novel plays around with whose unfinished business it actually is. The novel takes place over the course of tw Yet another winner from Hutchinson. I'm absolutely loving each and every one of his books, and this was no different. The friendship between July and Dino is done so incredibly well, with lots of inside jokes, little annoyances, deep-seated anger, and lots of love. It's an interesting concept too to have your dead (ex)best friend come back to life to work out unfinished business, and the novel plays around with whose unfinished business it actually is. The novel takes place over the course of two days or so, but so much is packed into that time frame. I also really enjoyed Dino's relationship with his trans boyfriend (whose name I cannot remember) and the ups and downs the two of them had to deal with over the course of the novel; it's a sweet romance. The only thing that rubbed me the wrong way was the scene with July first meeting Dino's friends and she makes a "faux pas" and gets lectured; I thought it seemed way too preachy and just too much. It was a short scene though so it didn't really affect my overall opinion of the book. Definitely a book to check out when it's released next month!
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  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    'A good friend will bury your body, a best friend will dig you back up.'  How could you not want to read this book after a line like that?  I needed to know why July came back.I had a love/hate relationship with these characters.  At times, I loathed both of them - especially July, as she comes across as extremely self-centered and incredibly selfish.  A couple of moments I warmed to her, after the reason behind some of her actions came to light.  Deep down, both Dino and July have some heavy se 'A good friend will bury your body, a best friend will dig you back up.'  How could you not want to read this book after a line like that?  I needed to know why July came back.I had a love/hate relationship with these characters.  At times, I loathed both of them - especially July, as she comes across as extremely self-centered and incredibly selfish.  A couple of moments I warmed to her, after the reason behind some of her actions came to light.  Deep down, both Dino and July have some heavy self-esteem issues, but deal with them in different ways.The friendship between these two is puzzling.  They appear to care deeply about each other, but make hurtful, biting comments (especially July), and then a couple of paragraphs later, are friends again.  It's true those you love the most can inflict the deepest wounds.  Towards the end, Dino and July's conversations are more heartfelt and honest, and a couple hit close to home for me.It's hard to classify this story.  It's made up of laugh-out-loud funny lines and situations, bittersweet conversations, deep character introspection - and I learned far more about how morticians prep bodies than I wanted to.  Things I'll never be able to forget.  An unusual, darkly amusing portrayal of death, and a sometimes too honest, but deeply loving friendship.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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  • färbe mich rot
    January 1, 1970
    Daddy has written a new book and I cannot wait for February 2019 to come.
  • McKinlay Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Shaun writes hella weird books, and I dig em. Simple as that. I'll write a better review after i've slept.
  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    2019???!!! I NEEED IT RIGHT NOW !!!!!😭😭
  • rin
    January 1, 1970
    i mean I'll read it either way but if it's the SUPERIOR BEST FRIENDS TO LOVERS TROPE then it's even more exciting
  • Aimee
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this novel before its publication date. This is my first Shaun David Hutchinson book and considering all the praise I've heard about his works in the past I was very excited to get a chance to read this.I didn't dislike this book by any means but I think I expected to love it more. As I'm not the best reviewer I find it best to break things down into likes/dislikes: Likes: - It is inclusive and diverse. Gay, trans, and plus-size char Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this novel before its publication date. This is my first Shaun David Hutchinson book and considering all the praise I've heard about his works in the past I was very excited to get a chance to read this.I didn't dislike this book by any means but I think I expected to love it more. As I'm not the best reviewer I find it best to break things down into likes/dislikes: Likes: - It is inclusive and diverse. Gay, trans, and plus-size characters are given positive representation. Homophobic and body-shaming comments are challenged and resolved. - I liked Dino and Rafi's relationship and found it to be one of the more interesting ones in the book.- The dialogue was funny and most of the time I enjoyed July's snarky nature. Dislikes: - While the plot is interesting it is not fleshed out AT ALL. The proof clocks in at just under 300 pages and is just too short to effectively do what I believe it is trying to do. - While the characters are witty there is honestly not a whole lot of development with the exception of maybe Dino. Dino's family is on the peripheral of the story but I would have loved for them to be a bigger part of the story. They all seemed awesome and deserved more scenes and development.- Maybe after reading Undead Girl Gang and loving it so, so much I thought I would just be into a "friend coming back from the dead" story better but this one just didnt' click for me. I didn't care much about Dino or July and was more interested in the side characters.I am definitely still interested in reading more from this author and am grateful for the opportunity to read this early.
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  • Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)
    January 1, 1970
    Read my full review at between-the-shelves.com!Since Dino’s parents own a funeral home, he doesn’t really mind spending time around dead bodies. It’s just a normal fact of life. But when his ex-best friend, July, comes back to life as he’s prepping her body for her funeral, things start to get a little weird. She’s not really dead, but she’s not really alive, and it’s having an effect on death everywhere else. Now July and Dino have to figure out why.I received an advanced copy of this book from Read my full review at between-the-shelves.com!Since Dino’s parents own a funeral home, he doesn’t really mind spending time around dead bodies. It’s just a normal fact of life. But when his ex-best friend, July, comes back to life as he’s prepping her body for her funeral, things start to get a little weird. She’s not really dead, but she’s not really alive, and it’s having an effect on death everywhere else. Now July and Dino have to figure out why.I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and Simon Pulse in exchange for my honest review. I was so, so happy to get an advanced copy of this book! Shaun David Hutchinson has probably become one of my favorite authors, and so far, my favorite book of his is The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza. The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried hasn’t surpassed it to become my favorite, but it was still a masterpiece of its own accord.One of the things that I love most Hutchinson’s works is the way that they often examine friendships. This book in particular did this best, as July and Dino try to figure out why they stopped being friends. The reality is that it took July’s death in order for them to make amends, which is something that happens all too often in real life. We get the good, the bad, and the ugly of teenage friendships, and everything about July and Dino’s relationship feels real. Well, except for the fact that July is not-dead. The emotions are also a strong aspect of this book. We feel everything that the characters feel, which is what makes this book so effective. Hutchinson’s book will take you on a weird, wild ride that you won’t want to put down until it’s done. And even then, you’ll probably want to go back and read it again.4.5/5 starsFollow me!Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    When friendships end it’s hard to move on, even more so when the past refuses to be buried. “The Past and Other Things that should Stay Buried” follows Dino who is struggling to come to terms with the death of his ex best friend July and his conflicting feelings of the words they left unsaid when his final goodbye is interrupted by her coming back to life and venting out some issues of her own and if they don’t work to mend things quickly they’ll have more than just one undead body to hide. This When friendships end it’s hard to move on, even more so when the past refuses to be buried. “The Past and Other Things that should Stay Buried” follows Dino who is struggling to come to terms with the death of his ex best friend July and his conflicting feelings of the words they left unsaid when his final goodbye is interrupted by her coming back to life and venting out some issues of her own and if they don’t work to mend things quickly they’ll have more than just one undead body to hide. This book speaks a lot to friendship and how we as people can hold on to certain things for a lot longer than we should and in this case that manifested into something bigger than just an old feud. Both Dino and July are flawed people who have a history of hurting each other and making up before repeating the cycle and it’s only through her death that the idea of reconciling for real becomes a possibility even if the circumstances leave a lot to be desired. I really enjoyed their back and forth as they dealt with their pasts and how they each were able to express how they felt and how the others actions affected them even if some of those moments where shouting matches and the others were quiet I think it really showed the ups and downs of relationships and how we tend to stand in our own way when it comes to getting what we want and sometimes you need the harsh truths to get you on the path to peace and happiness. This is an interesting read that definitely doesn’t shy away from the goriness of death but pairs it with two people who need each other in order to move forward in both life and death and I think it’s something a lot of people will enjoy. **special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**
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  • B220
    January 1, 1970
    If you are looking for a hilarious and ultimately uplifting story about friendship with the un-dead, then The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried is for you. Dino has hit a rough patch with his ex-best friend July Cooper after he meets and begins dating Rafi. When July unexpectedly dies of a massive brain aneurism, (as she says, “My brain exploded!”), Dino’s family is tasked with preparing her body for the funeral since they own the long standing town mortuary. Talk about sad and awkwa If you are looking for a hilarious and ultimately uplifting story about friendship with the un-dead, then The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried is for you. Dino has hit a rough patch with his ex-best friend July Cooper after he meets and begins dating Rafi. When July unexpectedly dies of a massive brain aneurism, (as she says, “My brain exploded!”), Dino’s family is tasked with preparing her body for the funeral since they own the long standing town mortuary. Talk about sad and awkward….Then, when Dino is alone with July’s corpse, she suddenly sits up and is, well, un-dead. Together, Dino and July attempt to figure out what her future might possibly hold-if the un-dead even have futures- while also trying to figure out what happened in their past that caused them to fight and drift apart.This book is about friendship, grief, love, being true to oneself, and the un-dead. Hutchinson’s writing is funny, heartfelt, and his storytelling will keep you reading! Loved every page.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Oof, this one got to me. IT'S VERY RUDE to read lines like, "it's not that I feel I have nothing to say, it's that what I have to say rarely feels valuable" and the conversations about grief, because of how uncanny it was that they resembled my feelings and life. But also this was such a bittersweet story focused on the friendship between the two main characters, Dino and July. It showed how complicated those relationships can be, but how full of joy and love they are. The two of them made many Oof, this one got to me. IT'S VERY RUDE to read lines like, "it's not that I feel I have nothing to say, it's that what I have to say rarely feels valuable" and the conversations about grief, because of how uncanny it was that they resembled my feelings and life. But also this was such a bittersweet story focused on the friendship between the two main characters, Dino and July. It showed how complicated those relationships can be, but how full of joy and love they are. The two of them made many mistakes, fought when they should've been there to support and understand, but had this deeply-felt bond that not even death could destroy. July was actually a pretty unlikable person, but I felt for her, and I definitely think her tendency toward refusing to give people the real her was well-done, and she grew a lot in that short time. I thought this book was gonna get weirder, so I was pleasantly surprised with how the author dealt with July coming back to life. I also really liked all of the secondary characters, and if there's one thing I wished for, it was more of THEM. (But I get why it wasn't). And I liked how this didn't just revolve around fixing July's not-death, but about trying to figure out who you are and what you want out of life, and learning what it means to let go of someone you love. Super enjoyed!!
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  • Tori Kiersten Frost
    January 1, 1970
    This is a book full of delicious contradictions. Its witty, comedic tone and supernatural twist all harmonize beautifully with the book's themes of friendship, grief, and forgiveness. Hutchinson has a talent for turning a character's personal apocalypse into a literal apocalypse without coming off as preachy or overwrought. If you're a fan of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, PRACTICAL MAGIC, or UNDEAD GIRL GANG, this book should be next on your list.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars. Another book I really wanted to like, but there were too many nonsensical plot points. The best thing about this book is that gender and sexuality are handled as part of teens' lives, not like a "very special episode" where everyone learns a valuable lesson. Otherwise, meh. If you like a quirky zombie story there are much better options out there.
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  • The Bookish Austin
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come closer to publication! Found myself giggling quite a bit though. :)
  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    RTC. Love how this concept was handled.
  • Carley (ꈍ ᴗ ꈍ✿)
    January 1, 1970
    that cover 😍😍😍
  • Jenny Chou
    January 1, 1970
    Shaun David Hutchinson is the only writer who could possibly write a book about the gruesome reality of death and still make me laugh out loud. A quirky, sad, and hilarious novel about best friends.
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