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02 August 2010

Book Review: The Ghost and the Goth

The Ghost and the GothThe Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
I received an ARC of this book from We Love YA Tours.

Description: 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 here in spirit form with no sign of the big, bright light coming 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 type who hates the social elite. He alone can see and hear her, but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.

Can they get over their mutual distrust—and this 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: The Ghost and the Goth is one of the funniest and entertaining books I have read in a while. Despite the somewhat cliched loner boy/popular girl pairing, author Stacey Kade has written a unique ghost story that is impossible to put down (I literally read the book in one night).

Alona Dare seems like the typical head cheerleader/most popular girl at school, but this masks the problems she has to deal with at home with an alcoholic mother and uncaring father. And Will Killian seems like the typical loner, anti-social outcast, but in reality he is a medium who can communicate with ghosts. I like how Kade doesn't totally conform her characters to the usual stereotypes, but instead shows readers that what may look perfect or normal on the outside is not always so.

I really liked how Kade plotted out the story in The Ghost and the Goth. It's easy to see where and how the story will end, based on the premise, but Kade throws in some surprises and eventually concludes with an ending that was not quite as expected but very good.

Stacey Kade has penned a great story that captured my interest from the first page. I loved the pacing, character development and storyline and am looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

My Rating: 4 stars

Description and picture courtesy of Goodreads.


Ashley said...

Thanks for the review! I've been seeing this book come up in recommendations. I wasn't sure about it, but your review made me want to buy it, right now! I am a huge sucker for books that totally engulf me and keep me up all hours in the night just to finish it! Great review!

Must Love Books said...

I loved this book. I thought the character growth was fantastic along with the voices of the characters. There are actually going to be two more books in this series. Next one comes out next summer.

Andrea I said...

Thanks for the review. I don't usually read YA books, but this sounds like an entertaining book.

brandileigh2003 said...

Thanks for the review- Will was an aesome character.

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

twimom101 said...

I really want to read this one..I thought it looked like it might be good. so glad you liked it. thanks for the review.

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