Series: The Ghost and the Goth #1
Published by Disney Electronic Content on 2010-07-16
After a close encounter with a bus, Alona Dare goes from homecoming queen to Queen of the Dead. She's stuck as a ghost in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light to take her to a better place. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast. More than anything, Will wishes he didn't have the rare ability to communicate with the dead, especially the former mean girl of Groundsboro High
Why I read this: The cover really peaked my interest and it seemed a bit like ghostgirl and Give Up The Ghost – which I both enjoyed. It's also a debut novel! 🙂
Plot: The usual girl dies, is a ghost and has to figure out how to move onto Heaven. Throw in one goth boy who can actually see ghosts and you have a fun tale – especially since the girl who died was one of those mean, popular girls.
Characters: Alona cracks me up as a character. She is almost a comical stereotype of the popular mean girl. No one really cares when she dies – even her boyfriend moves on within a week. She's outraged and is pissed that the only person that can see her is some loser goth boy.
Will is that teen who doesn't want anyone to notice him. Or rather – any ghosts. They're bothersome enough without them knowing that he can see them. When Alona catches him laughing at her though, she changes that and all the ghosts know he can see them. Will actually has a reason for being so mopey and out of touch with people – he can see things that they can't and doesn't want to let on to it. Who would? You'd be locked up in a psych ward for a good part of your life. I like the way Alona effects him and how they interact. It's comical, definitely.
Relatability: I can understand Will's need to block out the world and Alona's need to be heard. I feel like every one runs into these needs at one point or another. I like the comical aspects of the book and it was just an overall fun read.
Cover commentary: Cute – definitely a book I would pick up if I saw it at the bookstore.
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