The Ghost and the Goth

The Ghost and the Goth

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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: 9781423124870
1423124871
9781423121978
142312197X
Branch Call Number: / FICTION KADE STACEY
Characteristics: 281 p. ; 22 cm

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olive_ant_94
Jul 05, 2016

Super cute book!! My only problem with it is that the guy isn't even a real goth!

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FindingJane
Oct 01, 2014

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 She’s the perfect catalyst for Will’s withdrawn, careful attitude and determination to be invisible—to the dead if not the living.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.

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dprodrig
Apr 28, 2014

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.

emartinez1 Dec 21, 2013

best book ever!

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genSdoblados
Jan 25, 2013

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

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nacho95
Jul 28, 2012

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.

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hollyheartsYA
Jul 10, 2012

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!

Kadie2 Jul 06, 2012

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

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sportsbookspce
Mar 15, 2012

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.

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Khekabeka
Jun 28, 2011

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.

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genSdoblados
Jan 25, 2013

My imagination is now bursting out with glee. :)

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jessadam2
Jul 29, 2011

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

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jessadam2
Sep 06, 2011

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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