|The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
288 pages, Hyperion Book CH, (2010-06-29)
I requested a review copy from Disney-Hyperion
Overall: 27/30 = 90% A
Cover/Title Bonus: 5
A fun mean girl meets death meets mysteriously cool goth guy mystery romance.
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?
Dying should have been the worst moment of my life.
Most Memorable Scene
The scene with the bed breaking was hilarious. Loved it.
Alona’s death was a mystery I loved figuring out. It’s not clear why she’s headed away from school on the day she dies. When we find out what really happened everything makes sense. I love it when that happens. It was very enlightening and made the entire story mean something else.
Alona’s death happens right outside of the school. She wakes up nearly everyday as a ghost in the exact spot that she died. Therefore, most of the book encompasses the school. When we’re introduced to Will the scenes change to his locations of home and the principals office.
I love that the story switched from Alona’s and Will’s point of views through out. I always wonder what the boys of the stories are thinking and Stacey did an excellent job of accurately portraying a young male in high school.
I haven’t read that many ghost books before so I found this extremely original. I loved the characters. The school was pretty normal: jocks, rude principal, means girls, and goths.
Alona is one of the mean girls. She dies an untimely death for a reason we find out at the end, which was cool, because it wrapped everything up nice and tightly. She befriends Will Killian and boy is he something. I loved learning about Will and I think Alona did too. They make an amazing team and Will helps Alona get over herself and coop with being dead.
There’s a bit of romance in this one because even though Alona is dead, she’s still amazingly hot.
I followed suit and found myself staring at a pair of female legs so smooth they gleamed. Sleek muscle curved beneath the lightly tanned skin, especially at the calf, where imagination easily supplied the sensation of my hand resting there. Despite everything, my heart thumped a little harder.
The romance was of course a bit weird being between a ghost girl and a teen boy but I’m sure Stacey will find a way to make it better.
The cover is what hooked me and made me want to read this book. Plus the summary really peaked my interest that much more but the cover is the reason why I wanted to devour this book, and that’s exactly what I did.
The end wraps up very, very well. It had a moral to the story and wasn’t just a book to read because it was good but because it also had a meaning. It also ended in a way that leaves it open to a series, which I’m really hoping happens because I loved the Alona and Will combo.
Per Stacey’s website a sequel is planned! Actually, it’ll be a trilogy! Queen of the Dead is planned to release next summer. WOOHOO!
I’ll be giving away my copy of this gently used ARC in my next post.