Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Review: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (June 29, 2010)
Goodreads Description:

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?
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In The Ghost and the Goth, the popular and beautiful Alona Dare is outside for gym class when she sneaks off to make a call. She distractedly walks into the street and gets hit by a bus. Just a few days later she is back at school in her ghostly form and frustrated with what is happening. The social outcast of the school, Will Killian, has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts…something he has to keep secret (even from the ghosts!). Everyone thinks he is schizophrenic, including his mom, and the principal has it out for him because he is different from everyone else. When Will sees Alona’s ghost he gives himself away by laughing at her. The secret is out! Now Alona is determined to get him to help her to move on from being stuck in “limbo”. Obviously a mismatched pair, neither one is happy to be stuck with each other but to accomplish what they want they have to work together.

I really enjoyed the main plot, but it went a little off course for me when it came to Will’s friends Joonie and Lily. I think that having more back story about what happened with Lily would have made me enjoy it more. I really didn’t like Joonie, but then again I might have if things were told from her point of view. Some of the explanations were a little out there and too easily accepted by other characters which baffled me a bit but it really didn’t detract from the story. Ultimately I would say the characters were the main draw for me in this book. I think it will be interesting to see how the story progresses as Alona and Will try to do some good.

3.5/5


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