Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

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?
Like I said in my last post, I've had a lot of time get some reading done the past couple of days. Sickness tends to do that. Anyway, I've been reading a book for about a week and a half now, struggling to get through it. It's one of those good but SLOW books. In the meantime I've been trying to break it up with some other "lighter" reading. This was one of those books.
Not that the story was light. It had it's moments of "ha ha funny", but mostly the story was kind of sad. I liked this book more than I thought I would but I also liked it for different reasons than I thought I would. When I read the book description, it seemed like it would be a quick and easy "fluff" read. You know-- dead girl falls for troubled guy that sees dead people. And not in some creepy Haley Joel Osment way. (See The Sixth Sense if you don't know what I'm talking about.) 
This story was a lot deeper and more troubled than I expected. Yes, Alona was mostly shallow just like you'd expect. But she had a really sad backstory. Her and Will had a lot in common that way. I kept trying to decide where the story was going to go. When you fall for someone who is dead, it can only end badly. Right? I just couldn't see how it could be a decent ending. I was actually surprising pleased. Enough so that I think I will check out the next book Queen of the Dead that just happens to come out the end of this month (May 31, 2011).
You may want to check it out too. But beware, this book has quite a bit of foul language. By quite a bit, I mean 3 f-bombs which bothered me, and a number of other swear words. Sometimes it was distracting to me and pretty much unnecessary, but overall the story was interesting enough to keep me reading, despite the language. Use your own judgement on this one.
Happy Reading!

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