Friday, June 10, 2011

Review: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Publisher: Hyperion
First released on: June 29th, 2010
Pages: 281 (Paperback)

Goodreads Summary:
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 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. 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?

My Rating: 4.0 / 5

What I thought about it:
The Ghost and the Goth was a very cute and delightful story which was nearly impossible to put down and made me smile a lot. Even if you are a little bit uncomfortable with the thought of ghosts (I know that I was in the beginning), this story could definitely make you feel differently about that.

The story is told from both Alona's and Will' point of view and gives you an amazing insight into the character's minds. While Alona seems to be typical cheerleader everyone hates, her voice and the way she looks at the world will make you change your opinion. Some might not like a main character who can be a little bit bitchy, but for me it was very refreshing and I liked her a lot.

While Alona has to deal with her own problems, Will has problems that are even worse. He's one of the very few people who can actually see, hear and touch (!) ghosts and this makes his life incredibly hard. And while he initially believed that Alona would only make it worse, his feelings towards her changed. Seeing their relationship develop was really wonderful and I hope that there will be more cute moments between them in the second novel.

All in all, The Ghost and the Goth was a lovely story that won't take you long to read and will put a smile on your lips. Enjoy!

The second novel of the series
was released on May 31st, 2011 by Hyperion.

Have you read The Ghost and the Goth? What did you think about it?

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