My rating: 2 of 5 stars
First Published: 2009
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, High School, Ghosts, Siblings, Paranormal, Mystery
When Alexis’s little sister Kasey becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks she is just being her usual weird self. Things get weirder, though, when their house starts changing. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner blasts cold air. Kasey is changing, too. Her blue eyes go green, she starts using old-fashioned language, and she forgets chunks of time. Most disturbing of all is the dangerous new chip on Kasey’s shoulder. The formerly gentle child is gone, and the new Kasey is angry. Alexis is the only one who can stop her sister — but what if that green-eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore?
What a coincidence that I read this ghost story during Mystery & Thriller Week on Goodreads, especially after having put it off for years.
But now I wish I hadn’t bothered with it to begin with. And I know that if I hadn’t read this with a friend, I most likely would have left it open at a random page and never gone back to it. Ever.
I’ll be fair, if the content works for you, this will be an addictive read, seeing that it is fast-paced and has an intriguing premise. I haven’t read a ghost story in a while, so I was looking forward to being spooked by this one.
But the content did not, in fact, work for me. For one thing, it’s extremely predictable. I knew what was happening almost immediately, and so will you. But then again, the summary is giving away a lot so perhaps that was the effect desired.
What we don’t know is why this is all happening—what caused Alexis’ life to turn upside down and what the ghost (let’s stop beating around the bush, shall we?) wants.
While Alexis is not unlikeable per se, her prejudices, judgements (especially when it came to the subject of cheerleaders) and sarcastic comments rubbed me the wrong way.
As did her love interest, Carter. He exists only for Alexis. We know this because when he does, very shockingly, admit something about his past, it is sudden and unexplored. And never discussed again. He is barely present, and when he is, it is only so that he can fulfill his role as knight in shining armour.
In other words, without Alexis, he is as important as a leaf of grass.
Whereas Megan was able to win me over. She was my favourite character, which turned out to be a shame since she is a secondary one and not quite as present as I would have liked.
I just really could not take this story seriously. It was published nine years ago, but it felt outdated to me—crazy as I read a book from 1982 yesterday and it was a whole other and more positive reading experience.
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