The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

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 bod, 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?

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.

I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?

Review: Well this book started off a little slow, or at least how I saw it. I know a lot of people thought that this book started off with a bang. The bang being the main character dies right at the beginning. A lot of times when I read books like this, where they are ghosts involved I actually like when they start it off like that. Although this time I actually wanted to see how the main character was before she died. Yeah she was Alona Dare the most popular girl in the school, the girl that seems to have everything, and is envied by everyone, but we later on realized that's not true. The world is not sunshine and rainbows for Alone Dare. It was great that they didn't make her as annoying as most popular girls in books are, which is really why I actually liked her as a character. Same goes for her boy counterpart. The book might have started off a little closed off, but as I got deeper into the story line I got a bigger glimpse inside the characters and after that the pages just kept turning. It wasn't until the end of the book until I realized that there are two other books, and it's a trilogy, so yeah I was pretty excited about that haha. I'm not sure if I should recommend this exactly, but i'm not going to say you shouldn't read it because you should. if you're patient enough to get through the beginning then I think that you'll actually like this book.

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