Monday, February 21, 2011

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

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?

This book was a really quick and compelling read for me. I couldn't put it down! We start off with Alona dying and that sets the pace for the entire novel.

I really enjoyed Alona and Will as the main characters. Alona, while slightly annoying, definitely had a softer side which we saw almost right away (am I the only one that wanted to cry for her in the beginning?). Alona and Wills relationship was the fun mocking kind that has you snorting at their banter.

Although this book has some lighter elements there were a few serious topics brought up, I think those are what made the novel so interesting for me. I only wished we had gotten better insight on the topic of Wills dad, maybe in the next book?

A quick fun read, maybe not the best if your looking for a lot of depth but great for a few laughs and some good emotions.

Plot: 4/5
Cover: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Ending: 4/5

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