Driving with Dead People by Monica Holloway
This book starts out describing Monica's father's obsession with dead and gore. If he hears about an accident, he will be one of the first people on the scene video taping it. I think this obsession leads to Monica's curiousity of dead people. When she reads about a young girls death, she wants to visit the funeral and the cemetary. When Monica doesn't describe her facsination with dead people, she talks about her father. Everyone seems to like her father, except for his family. He has been known to beat his children and pick on them. She doesn't make it seem like he's really abusive, but I don't think she realizes that what he's doing isn't right. She wants to make her father happy and enjoys the few fun times she has with him. Eventually she becomes really good friends with a girl named Julie because they go to school together. Monica is especially inpressed with Julie's father because he owns a mortuary and wants to see dead people. I think Monica will begin to think of Julie's family more as her own and will get in trouble by being in the mortuary when she isn't supposed to. I also think her father will become more abusive.