My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group
Publication Date: June 29th, 2010
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Ghosts, Stereotypes (!)
Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.
I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot body, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?
I feel like I’ve read this book a hundred times before.
Obviously, I haven’t, or I’d be mad right by now, but I couldn’t bring myself to find anything original about ‘‘The Ghost and the Goth’’ and I’m a huge fan of ghost books.
Tell me if this doesn’t sound familiar to you. A beautiful, popular blond cheerleader is hit by a bus and dies instantly. When she roams the hallways of her high school, she realizes that she wasn’t as loved as she thought.
It’s no surprise that this character in question is extremely vain and self-centered. You must find her fun or funny to not be driven crazy by her constant whining. But she also has deeper problems—so it’s not like she is a complete Barbie.
It’s just so, so, so predictable. But then again, I don’t think this is a book anyone would pick up to be surprised by tons of twists and turns. It’s also unrealistic—not that that’s a shock either—and very much feels that way.
The idea of a ghost and a goth narrating this book sounded quite fun. But then the romance came in and—no, no, no. *eye roll* So expected, so predictable. And the goth just… he’s not sexy or at least a little swoon-worthy. Just another character.
You know, it is just a feeling about my having read this book before, because now that I think about it, I’ve seen a lot of movies with a story similar to this one—‘‘Teen Spirit’’ is an example as well as all the ‘‘Christmas Carol’’ adaptations (see ‘‘Christmas Cupid’’!).
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