Saturday, June 11, 2011

Review: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

Reading Level: Young Adult
Trade Paperback: 281 pages

PublisherHyperion Book CH; 1st edition (June 29th 2010)
Language: English
Source: Purchased from National Bookstore
First Sentence: "It was easy enough to sneak out of school."
Favorite Line from the Book
"'My hair is naturally this color. I have three earings in one ear, that's it. This shirt' -I tugged at the fabric across my chest- 'is navy blue, and if I act weird all the time, it's because of ghosts like you.'" 
Book 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?
Before I start with my review, let me say that this is the very first time that I read a book about ghosts, with ghosts, or whatnot.  Vampires, I can deal with.  Werewolves, I definitely am fascinated.  Aliens, I can say I am always an avid reader of those.  But, ghosts?  Hmmm... I have to think twice before I pick it up.

The Ghost and the Goth is a fun, easy read.  Although at the start, its readers might think that the story is just so clinche - you know, popular, beautiful cheerleader meets the sullen outcast, as you move along the story it definitely is not as cliche as you once thought it would be.  The author was able to weave the characters of Alona and Will so perfectly, that it seems that they were based on actual persons.  Yes, there were shallow moments in the book, but well, I feel that those scenes were needed.  Alona is such an adorable character.  Yes, she might be shallow sometimes, really is the epitome of that perfect popular cheerleader, but as the story progresses, she also grows and she lets us see that her life, or rather, afterlife is not so perfect after all.  Will, the boy who sees, hears, and talks to ghost, definitely won me over.  He was such a cute misunderstood boy, but just as lovable.

I love how the author wrote the scenes in this book.  The novel gives us two perspectives - Alona's and Will's.  We get to read their thoughts, their feelings, and see what they are seeing.  I also applaud the author for writing such an adorable book.  There are moments that I am literally laughing out loud while reading those quirky and funny comebacks between Alona and Will.

Overall, this book is such a fun read with a great pacing and just the right amount of conflicts that will make you want to turn another page.  I cannot wait to read its sequel, Queen of the Dead.


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