The Ghost and the Goth

The Ghost and the Goth
by Stacey Kade
Published 2010 by Hyperion
281 pages. Hardcover.
Rating: 5/5

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?

So cute! Okay, so when I first saw this, I thought “there’s no way I’ll like that.” I was so wrong. The more I saw the cover this year, the more I wanted to give it a try. I mean, that is a pretty cute cover. Plus, I thought I’d like Will’s character. Oh, it was just the cutest book. I can’t wait to read the next one!

Alona is the kind of girl we all love to hate. She’s the popular, stuck-up girl who has everything. She sneers at those she deems beneath her. Amazingly enough, she’s not so perfect. She’s know that all along, but it’s not until she dies that she’ll allow anyone else to see it. Will is the unlikely love interest (just because she’s dead doesn’t mean she can’t have feelings for someone). He’s way below her standards. She used to think so anyway. Will, however, may have thought about Alona once or twice (like every day since sixth grade).

It was so much fun to watch them argue and then work together. The closer they got the more I felt like letting out a little girly squee of joy. I mean, it’s just so cute. But don’t worry! It’s not completely girl dies, guy sees dead girl, guy and dead girl fall for each other. There’s more to it than that. There’s some creepy, angry, ghostly being after Will. Then, there’s a douche bag doctor trying to get Will locked up for his abilities. Alona seems to be the only one around who can help him.

Trust me, it was so worth it. If you want a fast, fun read, this is the book for you.

Prude Filter: This book contains profanity and sexual references. It should be fine for teens.

Source: Homewood Public Library. Homewood, AL.
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Coming May 31st! Queen of the Dead (Ghost and the Goth #2)

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  1. I first saw a review of this book about a week ago and looking at the cover I thought "I don't think so" but after reading the review I thought it really did look like it was worth checking out. Your review confirmed it for me – this looks like a great fun read!

  2. I thought the same. I didn't think I'd like the book but the more I saw it around the blogosphere the more I want to read it. Thanks for the review! This is next on my list to buy! ❤

  3. Hehe, I must admit, even after reading your review of this (and one or two other reviews of this book) I'm still thinking "hell no". It's just such.. oh-god-no combination, I can't wrap my head around it xD

  4. Hey, to each her own. It's definitely a teen book. No doubt about it. But it was cute.

  5. I love this book!! I totally agree with you on how it's cute but there is a lot more to it!—I just love your blog, I found it on the IMM link up page and thought the name was cute so I clicked and I found a new blog to read!

  6. Thanks so much, Moirae! Glad to have you!


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