Review: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacy Kade

Friday, July 9, 2010

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I had planned on posting this review on the actual release day but due to computer problems, my High School Graduation and my 18th Birthday it was pushed back. But here it is!

Title: The Ghost and the Goth
Author: Stacy Kade

Summary (B& 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 as a spirit (DON’T call her a ghost) in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light 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 who despises the social elite. He alone can see and hear (turns out he’s been “blessed” with the ability to communicate with the dead), but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.

Alona has never needed anyone for anything, and now she’s supposed to expose her deepest, darkest secrets to this pseudo-goth boy? Right. She’s not telling anyone what really happened the day she died, not even to save her eternal soul. And Will’s not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side. He only has a few more weeks until his graduation, when he can strike out on his own and find a place with less spiritual interference. But he has to survive and stay out of the psych ward until then. Can they get over their mutual distrust—and the weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?

My Review: It took me a while to get into this book, for some reason, but after a few chapters I fell in love! This book is written in the perspectives of the two main characters, Alona Dare and Will Killian. Personally, I enjoyed Will’s version of things so much better than Alona. That’s because I felt I had more in common with Will than with Alona, who annoyed me until about a third of the way through. Alona had a seemingly “perfect” life at the beginning of this novel, but the farther you read you realize her life isn't what it seems. That’s when I started to like her, she wasn’t just some stuck up cheerleader, she wasn’t a teenage robot. I really liked Will, though. He was just so real, his feelings about seeing ghosts and how he coped was written really well. I found myself falling for Will. (I actually tweeted that to the author, that I wanted Will and she retweeted it. I was super excited!). I thought this book was very original, I’m looking forward to reading more from Stacy Kade.