Susie showed her kindness toward things other people did not think about as a child, when she worried that a penguin in a snow globe felt “all alone,” and her attempts to comfort him. She tends to live in the moment according to how she feels, including using up all her birthday rolls of film in her camera within only a few weeks and then being shocked when her parents don’t want to get them all developed, to the tune of $75. After she’s murdered, she has trouble letting go of her life, the people she loved, and the boy she had dreams about… so she lingers and resists all pulls toward the afterlife and leaving this realm for another one. Susie is somewhat oblivious to the fact that the girl who meets her there is another one of her own murderer’s victims, until she sees the truth in his memories, dreams, and in the hellish details of his imagination. She is a dreamer who wants to become a photographer, and who shapes the afterlife according to her own moods and impressions (her tears make it rain, and what she values influences it—the bottles crashing on the beach and releasing their ships are her impression of her father’s grief-stricken rage). Susie is naïve and innocent, easily tricked into a clubhouse against her better instincts (she at first is put off by him, but then curious about what he has created), and then tries to leave—but cannot. She also does not want to explore her murder’s house of memories, because “I knew if I went in there, I would never come out.” She bases a lot of her sharing of self on her past impressions (“I remember…”), showing the importance of her own sensory memories to her (she remembers flowers, particular incidents, the touch of someone’s hand, the flutter in her chest). She loves to use a camera to “capture a moment before it’s gone,” and fixates on counting a boy’s eyelashes. Susie is dreamy but also impractical—when she possesses a girl, she uses her body to kiss the boy she loves, rather than draw his attention to the fact that her body is inside a safe, being dumped into a hole in the ground right outside his house (directing the police to evidence of her murder). She is too caught up in her feelings to know what practical things she can do to make herself known, or attempt to influence the living through a girl who has a psychic connection to her. It’s only when she comes to terms with her death that she can move on. But she shows true courage and initiative after her brother swallows a twig and cannot breathe, in hastening him into the car, finding the keys, and driving him to the hospital without a license or any knowledge of what she’s doing.

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Susie is romantic, dreamy, and whimsical, thinking the best of everyone and hating conflict of any kind. She’s too polite to just walk away from the weird guy who stops her in the field, and tries to deflect until he promises to show her something extraordinary. She admits that she should not have trusted him, and had her thoughts less on boys and more her surroundings. She is both upset when her parents won’t develop all her film (they have ruined her chances at being a photographer!) and does not push her case when her father makes a deal with her, to do one a month. She’s good-natured and loves life, but is also responsible and tries to do what is right by herself and others. She does not want to leave them alone after her death, and feels guilt and sorrow about the pain she has caused them in her disappearance.