Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

Martin Luther King Day is coming up soon which means: long weekend! What a perfect opportunity to sit down and read a good book. For older teens, I recommend The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade. Take a look:

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?

Alona and Will, two words: sizzling chemistry (even if one is dead). The best type of chemistry is the I-hate-you-but-I-secretly-love-you kind.

After Alona's death, she cannot go to "the light" but notices that Will can see her. It's the perfect opportunity to annoy Will into helping her (again but she's dead this time). Will, on the other hand, hates helping ghosts but can't resist helping the beautiful Alona Dare. Being constantly around each other, they get into fights. I love the how Alona and Will interact with each other. Alona brings the sass while Will brings the snark. Together, they make amazing entertainment and sizzling chemistry. Despite the arguments, Alona and Will slowly realizes that there's more to a person than meets the eye...

For more information about Stacey and The Ghost and the Goth, go to her website.

Enjoy the long weekend!


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