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?
Book 1 in The Ghost and The Goth Series
THE GHOST AND THE GOTH was like a combination of Can’t Buy Me Love (or Mean Girls) and Ghost. There is a fun, superficial high school setting, a socially shocking romance, and a supernatural twist that made this a perfect end of summer read.
THE GHOST AND THE GOTH tells its story through two protagonists: Popular cheerleader turned ghost Alona, with her slightly shallow yet keenly observant voice, and then loner freak who sees ghosts Will, with his sarcastic and jaded outlook on life. The scenes work well with each POV. Hats off to Stacey Kade for her choices because I never felt like I was missing out on a better perspective from a different character (something I often struggle with in multiple POV books).
I expected the romance and I got it. Alona and Will have a truly believable relationship that doesn’t jump from loath to love in one page. They are thrown together and have to genuinely work at overcoming their respective prejudices and their eventual coming together was all the sweeter for that journey.
What I didn’t expect were the several surprising plot developments. The supernatural elements and the ghost mythology that Stacey created led to a kind of scary mystery that really gave THE GHOST AND THE GOTH a deeper, richer story overall. The ending is completely satisfying, but also sets up the sequel, tentatively titled Princess Poltergeist which releases sometime in 2011.
YA Warning: The cover for THE GHOST AND THE GOTH is super cute (I was a little afraid that the story might be too cute for my taste, it wasn’t). But if you’re thinking about picking this one up for your favorite tween, be aware that there is some sexual dialogue. In the first chapter alone a girl gives oral sex to a guy at a party. It’s not graphic or described in detail. And homosexuality is a fairly significant theme throughout for adults and teenagers.
Sexual Content: References to sex. References to oral sex. Homosexuality
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (June 29, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142312197X
- ISBN-13: 978-1423121978
*Disclosure: I received this book courtesy of Hyperion Books