Sunday, November 13, 2011
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Alona Dare has always been the most popular girl in school. She has a great body, is a cheerleader, sits in the top tier in the cafeteria, and has a hot boyfriend. Who wouldn’t want to be her? That is until the day she was talking on her cell phone, got hit by a bus full of band geeks, and died. This whole being dead thing is harder than one might think, especially when you get to see what your “friends” really think about you. Then one day as she is roaming around, Alona sees Will Killian laughing at her…wait a minute, he can see her? Turns out that freaky goth guy might be useful after all.
Will has always been able to see ghosts. Their voices are constantly in his head. The key is to not let them know he can hear or see them. This ability has led him to numerous visits to the psychiatrist and labeled him the weird kid at school. He messed up; Alona knows he can see her. That’s just great, now all of the other ghost know too. The thing is, the more Alona hangs around, the more the other ghosts leave him alone. As Alona and Will spend time together the more they discover about each other. How long can this ghostly reprieve last? There is a malevolent energy attacking Alona and Will and when Alona has made her peace will she be gone for good?
This book is so cute! I’m normally not a fan of ghost stories or books that alternate point of view, but The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade worked for me. I loved how sarcastic, mean, and vindictive Alona was (in a good way). She is the perfect foil to Will’s serious and thoughtful demeanor. This book shows that everything is not always perfect on the other side of the fence. It also shows the benefit of forgiveness and that sometimes no matter how much we think something was our fault, it wasn’t. I can’t wait to get paid so I can get the next book in this series. I give this book 4 STARS.
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The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade contains approximately 288 pages and was published by Hyperion Books CH on June 29, 2010. This is the first book in the series; the second book is called The Queen of the Dead and is available now. Amazon gives this book an ages 18 and Up reading level, but I would go with 14 and up.