Author: Stacey Kade

Publication: June 29th, 2010

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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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My Review:

Okay, I'll start by saying that I didn't finish this book. In fact, I got to about page 70. It's not that it was that bad that I had no choice but to stop, it's just that it didn't keep my interest at all. The entire time I was reading it, I was thinking about all the other books I could be reading and kept putting this down to do other things (Like homework! That says something).

In the little that I did read, the writing started to really bother me. Maybe it's because I just got off a streak of about 5 good books and my standards were raised unconsciously, but the writing leaned towards childish.. The story was from the perspective of both the "Ghost" and the "Goth". It was clearly meant to be fun and flippant, full of attempted teenage talk, but it slowly grated my IQ.
It also irked me that parentheses and dashes infested the pages. Examples:

"The benches were worn smooth by hundreds of smooth asses-like Ben Roger's-and the flag pole had borne silent witness to, like, hundreds of pre-first-hour hookups."

"I arrive at the Circle a little out of breath (yeah, I know, dead!) and a lot closer to the bell ringing than I wanted to."

BOTH on page 12. Now picture this and more on every page. Yeah, I know, annoying! It's not that I don't like parentheses/dashes, but talk about overkill. It lowered the quality of the writing, even without the help of the words that went with them.

My other qualm with The Ghost and the Goth from the mere 70 pages I read probably isn't a big deal for some, but it bothered me. Our "Goth" made multiple comments about him smoking weed. Now I don't know about you guys, but that made his attractive levels hit rock bottom for me. Weed? Not cool. In these sort of books, the main guy is supposed to be something to dream about at night, not that greasy kid from Chemistry I have to sit by who reeks of pot.

Now, this is all my opinion and you might feel differently about it. Looking around, it seems like many people enjoyed this book more than I did, so prehaps you will too. Needless to say, however, I will not be continuing with this series.

Summed Up:

I didn't like this book. It had an interesting storyline, but the way that it was written was just too fluffy and like a Mean Girls OMG braces and pimples writing style for me to ever like it. This style also made the characters really annoying.

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roro said...

bummmer it was a letdown for u
i so still want o read it
nice review linny

Linny said...

Thanks Roro! Yeah, I don't know why this one just really got on my nerves. If you do read it, I hope you enjoy it more than I did! :)

Nicola said...

Sorry to see you didn't really like this one! I must admit I bought it mostly because of the cover. :) I'll have to give it a go really soon.

Linny said...

Me too! LOVE the cover. I hope you enjoy it more than I did. :) Can't wait to hear your thoughts.

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