We all know and celebrate the genius of Neil Gaiman, and Death: The High Cost of Living doesn't disappoint...it's dark and fun at the same time. Enter the irresistable character of Didi, or death in human form, who happens to be a really cool chick who makes even the most mundane everyday things seem exciting. She saves sixteen-year-old Sexton Furnival from the dumpster...and interrupts his plan to commit suicide. In just one night on a twisted journey on New York City streets, Didi and Sexton encounter a crazy old lady searching for her heart (who is also 250 years old), a madman who hungers for ultimate power, and experience the kindness of friends and strangers. Sexton learns from Didi, or Death, the value of life. I also recommend reading the introduction by rock artist Tori Amos.
Recommended by Rachel DeBusk