Book Review: The Ghost and the Goth

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The Ghost and the Goth The Ghost and the Goth by
Series: The Ghost and the Goth #1
Published by in 2010
Genres: , ,
Pages: 281

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?

My Review:

I started this one looking for a light fluffy read. After the trouble I had (and shouldn’t have had) with The Iron Thorn I knew I needed something different. This book certainly had a different feel to it, but it wasn’t the fluff piece I was expecting.

Firstly, I loved the characters. Alona may have been so far from who I was in High School, but I could really relate to her in ways that sometimes don’t work for cheerleader types in stories. Plus I found Will, also very different from me, and the type of person I hung out with, extremely attractive. I have a new book boyfriend! (added to about 100 others, but they don’t know so it’s ok! lol)

I also found the story very engaging. It was kind of a cross between Nevermore and Just Like Heaven (this really cute RomCom with Reese Witherspoon and the guy from 13 going on 30). I love the idea of people who are meant to be together and end up getting a second chance – for a while I was obsessed with the movie The Lake House because I love that kind of storyline. I’m so excited to see where she takes this one, though, since the second chance seems doomed to failure simply because Alona is dead.

In the end, I would definitely recommend this to anyone open to the idea of paranormal romance. It’s so fun, and yet so meaningful at the same time!

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2 Responses to “Book Review: The Ghost and the Goth”

  1. Sally says:

    I loved this book- so cute! A sequel is coming out soon called 'Queen of the Dead'

  2. Anne says:

    I'm so excited for this sequel! I want to know what happens! =D

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