Thursday, November 4, 2010

Freaksville by Kitty Keswick

High school is hard enough when you’re normal. There’s peer pressure, book reports, the in crowd and the enormous zit that has a life of its own. Having a family whose skeletons in the closet lean toward the paranormal is not a topper on anyone’s list. Sophomore Kasey Maxwell is busy juggling the typical teen angst. Add visions, ghosts and hairy four-legged monsters into the mix and you get FREAKSVILLE. It’s a wonder Kasey has survived.

Every woman in the Maxwell family has the gift of sight. A talent sixteen-year-old Kasey would gladly give up. All she wants is a normal life. Shopping and talking about boys with her best friend and long-time sidekick Gillie Godshall consume her days. Until Kasey has a vision about Josh Johnstone, the foreign exchange student from England. The vision leads her into new waters, a lead in a play, a haunted theater…and into the arms of the Josh. Yet, both Kasey and Josh have secrets lurking in dark corners. Can Kasey’s new romance survive FREAKSVILLE?

Kitty Keswick’s debut novel has left me demanding more of Kasey’s story, her powers are still relatively unexplored by the end of the book and I cannot wait to learn more. This book was funny and yet mysterious. The characters were interesting and kept me reading to find out more. There were, at times, moments when I found Kasey’s voice to be irritating and immature, but seeing as though she is only sixteen-years-old it didn’t bother me too much. A vision of danger leads Kasey into following Josh, the hot British exchange student, and when she gets caught they share a steamy kiss creating a connection that neither wants to break. Circumstances have Kasey auditioning for the school play and she is surprised when she is named to play the lead heroine. Mysteries begin to rapidly unfold in Kasey’s life much the same as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, as the relationship between Kasey and Joshua grows stronger. An angry ghost haunting the theater however has other plans for Kasey and her friends. The friends become trapped in the basement of the theater one weekend and it’s very close to the full moon. Kasey soon learns the truth about a secret Josh has been keeping and although it frightens her, she accepts him for who he is. Someone else is luring in the dark recesses of the theater basement and Kasey and her friends face a danger far worse than that of the ghost.

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