Sunday, April 29, 2012

"The ghost and the goth" - Book Review

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?

For a long time I had wanted to read this book after reading the synopsis and countless book reviews encouraging everyone to read The Ghost and the Goth as soon as possible. During my last trip to Barnes and Noble I was lucky enough to find this lying on one of the shelves and it took everything from squealing like a little girl in excitement.
I really enjoyed this book, it kind of reminded me of the Kissed by an Angel series during its serious moments and Chasing Brooklyn with the guilt and redemption repetitive themes going on throughout the book.
I really liked the relationship between stuck-up, cheerleader Alona and ghost-whispering, goth Killian. I read this book within less than two days and stayed up way past three in the morning just to finish it, so yeah this book is pretty darn good. Not very many books can make me stay up that late to finish them.
What I like about ghost stories is when the main character is the only one who can hear, see or speak to the ghost and everyone else thinks they've lost it.
The perspective changing was really cool and let you get both sides of the story along the way. It was humorous, lighthearted with some deep moments and really relate-able in terms of high school, drama,acceptance, loss and fear of the unknown.I totally recommend this book hands-down, and just like the many bloggers before me I urge you to get up off your rear, drive to the nearest bookstore and buy your own copy, or order one of amazon or for your e-reader (whatever suits your fancy.) Just read it already. :)        

1 comment:

  1. Great review Noellie :) !!
    I read this one recently and very much enjoyed it too :) !! I really liked the fact that we gett 2 different perspectives too and the humorous style of the book :) !! Are you planning to read the next book in the series ?



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