Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Ghost And The Goth Review

Author: Stacey Kade
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Pages: 278 (ARC)
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Most Appropriate For Ages: 12+
Where I Got It: For review from publisher

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?
The Ghost and The Goth was a cute book.

I was kind of worried that it'd be too cute, but luckily it wasn't. It had a nice romance, along with a good paranormal story and it kept me interested.

I kind of wanted to stab Alona (The Ghost) at the beginning of the book. She was selfish, cold-hearted, and just someone who I didn't want to meet, much less read about. However, I expected that she'd grow throughout the story, and thank God she did. Will (The Goth) was sarcastic, sweet, and overwhelmed with all of the ghosts he hears. I loved him, and he too grew throughout the story. Together, they were like some kind of cute old couple that you love to read about.

The writing was funny, and easy to read. Stacey Kade paints a good picture but her fresh voice and good storytelling will appeal to a lot of teens.

Overall, I enjoyed this one. I don't really have a big complain about it. Definitely one to pick up!

How kid friendly is it? Pretty. There's no violence or sexual content, but there is language as well as mentions of alcohol. I think it will have a lot of appeal to the younger crowd, and I'd give it to most of them.


  1. i can't wait ot read this! I need something light after reading a bunch of sad books

  2. Sounds like a fun read, great review :)

  3. Great review.

    Weird side note: She looks like Shakira. Every time I see this cover I think, "Shakira! What are you doing on a YA cover?" ;)


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