Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Ghost and the Goth

The Ghost and the Goth
Stacy Kade
281 pages
Publisher: Hyperion
Source: Borders sale :(

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Alona is leaving school one morning when she is hit by a bus and killed, but instead of moving on she becomes a ghost... a ghost the school's outcast, Will, can see.  At first they don't want anything to do with each other, but when it becomes apparent they can help each other with their respective goals, they team up.

Yes, the title and cover are totally cheesy, but don't let that deter you from reading the book.  There is so much more to this novel than a goth boy being haunted by a dead cheerleader.  For one, from the descriptions of Will he doesn't seem goth to me, and second, Alona is so much more than a stuck-up cheerleader.  Alona had some serious, real-life problems to deal with when she was alive and now she has to come to terms with that as a ghost.  Will was also a realistic character - if you believe someone can be harassed by ghosts everyday to the point where those around him think he's schizophrenic.

The moral of the story: people are not always what they seem and that's a lesson we can all use once in a while.  I'm definitely looking forward to reading the sequel, Queen of the Dead.

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