Saturday, November 13, 2010

Review: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

(summary from goodreads)

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? 

Review: When trying to explain this book to people I always say, "Think of and alternate ending to Mean Girls." That being said, Alona Dare was the perfect mean girl. She may have been the stereotypical mean girl, popular but her friends don't really like her, but this made it very fun to watch her grow throughout the novel. It was also good to see that although she did grow and develop, she kept her Alona Dare attitude and spunk.

It was interesting to read about Will's experiences with the dead (and the living), and, like Alona, he was a strong, well written character who had nice development as the book progressed. I love that the chapters alternated between Alona and Will's point of view. It made it much easier to read and understand the characters.

Although the title and cover suggest a light, fun read, this book has much more. It goes deeper than mindless fluff and has a strong, intriguing plot. And although I'm not quite sure what exactly Alona and Will's relationship is, I look forward to learning more in the sequel, Queen of the Dead

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