Xia is a teenager and she has more than an ordinary share of teenage angst. Xia died when she was very young. She is a grim reaper. She meets soul when they leave their body and guides them to forward. If it wasn't for grim reapers, soul might wander aimless around the world.
Xia is not alive, spends much of her time in the company of death, dresses in black, and can not speak to or be seen by living people. Needless to say, she doesn't have any normal friends and is completely clueless about normal teenagers. She doesn't know about dating, proms, or love. In this way she is much like other teenagers, lost between being a child and an adult.
Grim Crush by S L Bynum is about Xia's first crush, her journey to navigate the challenges of young love. She does this with the help of her friends, both reapers and regular people, young and old, male and female. In her case, she has a few extra challenges, since Shilah is not another grim reaper, but a live boy. Not unreasonably, such relationships are forbidden.
In this YA novel Xia unravels to mysteries of young love and the reader discovers she is not that much different from other teenagers. A pleasant read.
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