Thursday, July 29, 2010
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
The Ghost and the Goth:
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?
Stacey Kade wrote a wonderful story about what can happen if you suddenly find yourself crushed by a school bus. Alona was one of the most popular girls in school, but when she is tragically killed in an accident, she loses that status she is used to. Waking up each day in the exact spot of her accident she makes her way back to the high school to visit her friends, only she learns that behind the fake facade of their friendship lies betrayal. She makes an unlikely alliance with a boy named Will Killian when she realizes he can see and hear her. Surrounded constantly by ghosts nagging at him for help Will has learned to keep his head down and attract as little attention to himself as possible. At first Will is reluctant to help Alona and their misconceptions about each other make their relationship tenuous in the beginning. Slowly, and with Alona's promise to keep the other ghosts away from him, they form a bond that cannot be broken. With Will's guidance, Alona learns that she must forgive the people in her past, especially those closest to her. And Will learns that telling the truth can be very liberating. The only problem I had with this book, is the uncertainty of Alona and Will's relationship at the end of the book, but give it a try for yourself and if you want, come back and let me know what you think!