Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lesson Learned: Watch Your Step

The Ghost and the Goth

Written by: Stacey Kade

Released: June 29, 2010 by Hyperion

Summary: After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck here in spirit form with no sign of the big, bright light coming to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser/outcast type who hates the social elite. He alone can see and hear her, but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.

Can they get over their mutual distrust—and this weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?

I received this book through Good Golly Miss Holly's ARC tour a few weeks ago and I've been sitting on writing this review for a while now. Really, I have no excuse either because I read this book the day that I got it and the next morning I was back at the post office to send it on to the next person on the tour.

This isn't one of those books that's going to change your life, that's for sure, but it was sweet. I really enjoyed Will's character and Alona made me laugh at her shallow personality. However, as the book went on I started to really like Alona; the look into her family life made her more three dimensional as a character. Also, how can you not enjoy a vindictive ghost who plays pranks on her ex-boyfriend and her snake of an ex-best friend.

That being said, the fact that I did read it so quickly can attest to the fact that it's quite a good book. I enjoyed the characters and the idea behind the entire story. Mostly, though, it was funny and entertaining without being too heavy. It was a nice, light read that I blew through quickly. If it were still summer (it's been raining and cold here in Ontario lately) and people were still frequenting the beach I would recommend this one to them; I think that it would be a great read while you're suntanning - or in my case, avoiding all forms of sunlight - or while you're sipping a fruity drink pool side. I'm giving it a 6.5/10.

1 comment:

H said...

Avoiding all forms of sunlight :) I have a terrible tan on my feet from the few days I decided to show them. Haha, I love how the cover showed a good-looking guy to portray the role of the loser. I wonder, if the cheerleader's dead, then there's definitely no romance involved, so will the goth start thinking that her type of people are better than what he once thought before. Anyways, great review.