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Friday, July 8, 2011

Review: The Ghost and the Goth

Title: The Ghost and the Goth
Author: Stacey Kade
Series: The Ghost and the Goth #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: May 10th 2011

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. 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?

Alona is your stereotypical popular girl - focused on her looks and unafraid to speak her mind, yet perfect in every way to the outside viewer. It's all a painstakingly constructed exterior, made to fool people into thinking she's some sort of Queen. She has spreadsheets to keep track of possible clothing combinations, methods to hide "fat spots" when sitting down…my goodness. You'd think that Alona would be a very irritating narrator but she is actually quite adorable and intelligent! She comes from a nice place and isn't mean, even when she insults people for having poor fashion sense or for being fat...

The novel has two narrators and Will, the other main character, gets to tell his side of the story. While he looks and seems like goth, rejected by the "normal" schoolgoers, he's actually a smartass, good-hearted, and…well-built? Both characters are sweet and friendly on the inside, and it was brilliant getting to know them both, slowly stripping away their layers of falseness. In some bizarre alternate universe, I may even be friends with them.

The novel's main focus is Alona's dilemma of being stuck in between realms. Why hasn't she gone into the white light? Why does she keep fading away? Why the heck is she always resummoned next to Will? Why do objects keep going from solid to not?! William has the power of seeing ghosts and Alona must get him to open up to her since he's got all the answers. Eventually the two are able to overcome their differences and work together, somehow forming a tentative relationship! They're confused at what they're feeling and again, it's so sweet and cute. Who would've thought that these polar opposites would fall for each other? There is no insta-love, no cheesy romance and no declarations of love. There are just honest feelings of care and protectiveness which are so endearing!

The Ghost and the Goth is a novel that will keep you smiling and laughing out loud. It's light and fun, with some some serious elements thrown in that balance the story out. This was highly enjoyable and I hope you get engrossed in it like I did! I'm sure you'll like to read about Will's fascination with Alona's stunning legs and Alona's approval of his yummy biceps ;)

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What do you think? :)
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