Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Review: The Ghost and The Goth

Summary:Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead. 

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot bod, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already? 

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker. 

I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?

Review: While I enjoyed this book well enough, there was something that I really disliked about it. Often when writing a story from the point of view of a teenaged girl, authors will put snobby little tidbits in parenthesis after a though. If this is coming off confusing allow me to put an example...." I wouldn't be caught dead talking to a loser like him  ( I mean hellloooo he was totally so pale and wore a green shirt like duh that's gross)". I HATE that. I've seen it done so much and it really irks me. We get that the girl is shallow, she makes that obvious enough in other ways that it's totally unnecessary to add in things like the parenthesis. I feel like this adds a sort of juvenile feel to the book, and even though I understand its YA, the little tidbits make it seem younger. Like the author is trying to impress younger kids into reading the book as well, because young kids like a mean girl e.g.: Sharpay in High School Musical. Aside from that I enjoyed the book. I thought it was cute. There is a second one out and I would definitely read it to see what's going on in Alona and Will's world. It was a nice change to be reading about ghosts, when most things are vampires and wolves as of late. I'd read the second one just for that reason, a change of scenery. I am hoping however; that in the second one the romance is more brought out and obvious.  There were two kisses, but no absolute certainty of a romance. For a quick and easy read, yes, I'd recommend it.

3/5 Stars: I liked it

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