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Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (281 pgs)
Rating: 4 Suns
Reviewed by Wisteria

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 as a spirit (DON’T call her a ghost) in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light 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 who despises the social elite. He alone can see and hear (turns out he’s been “blessed” with the ability to communicate with the dead), but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.

Alona has never needed anyone for anything, and now she’s supposed to expose her deepest, darkest secrets to this pseudo-goth boy? Right. She’s not telling anyone what really happened the day she died, not even to save her eternal soul. And Will’s not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side. He only has a few more weeks until his graduation, when he can strike out on his own and find a place with less spiritual interference. But he has to survive and stay out of the psych ward until then. Can they get over their mutual distrust—and the weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?

Alona Dare is the stereotypical not-so-smart blonde. Will Killian is the not-so-typical tall dark and brooding boy. Too bad Alona is dead and only Will can see her.

The Ghost and the Goth is a two person point of view chapter novel. Alona’s character reminded me of so many other blonde cheerleader leads—but there was one huge thing that set her apart—her snarky-ness. She isn’t exactly the brightest crayon in the box, but she has a silver tongue that ends up helping Will when everyone else wants to believe he is crazy.

Will, facing his own demons (and a myriad of ghosts from all decades) never imagined Alona Dare would be the one girl that would haunt him. When she starts to show up everywhere he is—he realizes he can’t just ignore her (no matter how hard he tries).

This book doesn’t focus on the romantic side of the two characters, and focuses more on their internal struggles with their lives and their families. I did expect more romance out of the characters, but the lack of it didn’t diminish my attachment to Alona and Will.

The Ghost and the Goth is the new telling of Cheerleader meets Bad-Boy. Alona is a ghost (and a character) that refuses to be ignored. Will is a brooding, ghost-ignoring Bad-Boy that will leave you wanting to yell at him yourself! A good, unique read in today's paranormal YA market.

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