Thursday, August 12, 2010
Review : The Ghost And The Goth
Title: The Ghost And The Goth
Author: Stacey Kade
Published :June 29th 2010 by Hyperion Book CH (first published 2010)
Details: Hardcover, 281 pages
Synopsis: 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?
Thoughts: I've been meaning write this review for a while. To be honest, I didn't know what to expect when I picked up The Ghost And The Goth. I actually had the arc for a while, and since I kept hearing great things about it, decided to finally give it a go. Let me tell you, all the rumors are TRUE. The Ghost And The Goth is a great, fast paced read you can easily finish in one day.
The Ghost And The Goth is told through alternating points of view. First, you have Alona, the popular cheerleader who is a bit of a b-witch. Oh, who am I kidding. She is a b-witch times 10! She dies in a terrible accident, yet her ghost remains on earth. It lingers in her town, but more so at her high school. No one can hear her or see her and she wonders why she's still there instead of moving to the great beyond.
Then you have Will. Will can see and talk to ghosts, but tries to stay under their radar. You see, all ghosts have unfinished business they'd like to take care of and if they know you can see them, they'll ask you for favors. But how can you do a favor for someone who 1) isn't alive and 2)will make you look like a crazy person talking to himself! If he doesn't stay under their radar, he knows his mom will have him locked up in a loony bin. Who wants that?
The day after her funeral, Alona beings freaking out about being a ghost who's stuck at school and not being able to have anyone hear or speak to her. Did even her friends hate her just like the rest of them? Then, she notices Will (of all people, the weird goth boy!). He can SEE and HEAR her. Will doesn't want to help Alona. She was a completely b-witch to everyone, including him. And Will would be Alona's last choice, but he's the only one who might be able to help her move to the great beyond. Thus begins their crazy adventure.
How can I describe Alona and Will together? Adorable? Charming? Sweet? Yes, yes, and yes. From the start, you can feel the hatred, but also an underlining sense of sexual tension. Everyone always hates the popular girl, but she's usually the most beautiful girl in school. And yeah, Will's the weird goth boy, but he's a good guy through and through. My favorite scenes were the ones where Alona and Will bicker. They're just so much fun together!
Now, everyone loves a great romance, but there needs to be more to a story. The Ghost And The Goth delivers in this department too. There's the mysterious, creepy thing (b/c I really can't describe it) coming after Will. Then, you have a past that's slowing creeping up on him. To top it all off, you have the fact that Will's human, Alona's dead. Even if they can work past their differences, how can they really have a relationship together?
The Ghost And The Goth is a feel good, fun time. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a cute, romantic, quick read. I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed it, and I'm sure you will be too.