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The Ghost and the Goth

Kade, Stacey

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Ghost and the Goth
After being hit by a bus and killed, a high school homecoming queen gets stuck in the land of the living, with only a loser classmate--who happens to be able to see and hear ghosts--to help her.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1423124871
Characteristics: 281 p. ;,22 cm


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Oct 01, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I’ve read stories about entanglements between the living and the dead; given the proliferation of stories about the supernatural, such tales can become rather commonplace. So the author has quite a challenge to overcome.

The relationship at the heart of this book is what makes it sing. Alona’s snippy, forthright attitude is refreshingly bracing at times, grating at others. She’s not perfect but she’d be insufferable (well, more so) if she were. She’s the perfect catalyst for Will’s withdrawn, careful attitude and determination to be invisible—to the dead if not the living.

The story is fun, too. Alona’s issues take front and center with her (naturally). But the problems of other ghosts are part of the storyline as well and they all keep matters humming. The dilemmas of the dead also tie in with those of the living, a lesson that both Alona and Will come to learn and accept, albeit a touch grudgingly.

The author wisely doesn’t give all the answers about the various and varying powers of the living or the dead. There are no mystical explanations about how or why matters work the way they do. This novel is just that—a proper combination of humor, misunderstandings and teenage angst. It’s a fine start to a new series.

Apr 28, 2014
  • dprodrig rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Much better than I thought. The popular girl (who of course, doesn't have the life everyone thinks she does - why break script?) suddenly has to rely on the loser goth weirdo in order to get some answers and order in her afterlife. Was well written, if formulaic, great for a rainy day. Light reads, don't knock 'em.

Dec 21, 2013
  • emartinez1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

best book ever!

Jan 25, 2013

If I wasn't so busy with school works, I may have finish this book just for one day.

Jul 28, 2012
  • nacho95 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Its a good book... It doesnt have a complicated plot but the characters personality makes it up.The book is narrated by two vey different characters that give a good balance and is not boring to read.

Jul 10, 2012
  • hollyheartsYA rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved how this story was still fun and light even with all the serious issues the characters had to deal with throughout the book. Alona was delightfully snarky (and yes, Queen Bee to a T) but her underlying emotions were real and true akin to her situation. And Will was also a great character hesistant to trust Alona but still thought she was worth it [and he sounds pretty hot too ;)]. Loved the supernatural aspect to it, Will being a medium and all. I can't wait for book 2!

Jul 06, 2012
  • Kadie2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It was really fun to read. I loved every second of it.

Mar 15, 2012
  • sportsbookspce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really really really liked this book. It was new, different, interesting, and captivating. At first I wasn't sure how the story would progress but it was wonderful. I highly recommend this book. Great! Can't wait for the second one.

Jun 28, 2011
  • Khekabeka rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have forced myself to slow down when reading this book, and I am reading it to another person at the same time. I am thoroughly enjoying the simple quick read, while I am finding interesting depths. I have been a LONGGG time out of highschool but the theme seems to be international and spans across time.
An excellent read.

Jun 24, 2011
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Told from two perspectives, Stacey Kade develops both Alona's and Will's characters extremely well. A few fantastic quotes IMO:

It wasn't "the" bus, obviously. The one that killed me was probably still being repaired or maybe decommissioned or whatever they do with vehicles that now have bad juju.
-- Alona, page 5
Alona Dare, queen of the insult-compliment. "Wow. Thanks. Anyone ever tell you you're good with people?"
She frowned. "No."

-- Will, page 90
Themes of family and, unexpectedly, lesbianism are explored in a refreshingly new fashion, although since both Alona and Will have such discombobulated families it's difficult at first to distinguish their families' problems. The paranormal aspect is dealt in a much more light tone, one that feels wholly original in the oversaturated YA market.

Adult characters like Principal Brewster and Dr. Miller, Will's psychiatrist, are a mite exaggerated in their actions; Brewster's violent, spastic tendencies and Miller's plan to sell a novel based on Will's ghost-seeing claims seem over-the-top. On the other hand, Alona's mother's case is presented convincingly, especially in the roundabout way it's linked to Alona's death.

Concepts of paranormal activity are explored with surprising depth. The book's atmosphere darkens gradually as the tension rises, making for a satisfyingly touching climax, but leaves readers with an ending as light and fun as the start. The Ghost and the Goth is a charming and sweet story whose sequel I can't wait to read.

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Jan 25, 2013

My imagination is now bursting out with glee. :)

Jul 29, 2011
  • jessadam2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first book I read. I really enjoyed this one 4/29/11 Put it among my favs.


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Sep 06, 2011
  • jessadam2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My first completed book while living in Seattle. I wasn't going to do any reading while visiting here,but then again I hadn't counted on being here so long.


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