Author: Stacey Kade
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: The Ghost and the Goth
Summary from Goodreads:
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 as a spirit (DON’T call her a ghost) in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light 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 who despises the social elite. He alone can see and hear (turns out he’s been “blessed” with the ability to communicate with the dead), but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.
Alona has never needed anyone for anything, and now she’s supposed to expose her deepest, darkest secrets to this pseudo-goth boy? Right. She’s not telling anyone what really happened the day she died, not even to save her eternal soul. And Will’s not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side. He only has a few more weeks until his graduation, when he can strike out on his own and find a place with less spiritual interference. But he has to survive and stay out of the psych ward until then. Can they get over their mutual distrust—and the weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?
I’m glad I enjoyed this book even though it’s a genre that I’m hesitant to read. I might be a bit biased with my rating but this book totally deserved it because it helped me get out of a slump.
Alona Dare, the most popular girl in high school got hit by a bus and died unexpectedly. Problem was, she never got “into the light” and was stuck in the in-between. Little did she know that Will Killian, resident loser and goth, is able to see dead people. She needed answers on how she could move on and the only way to do that is through Will, who also has enough problems of his own.
The story featured a typical high setting – popular kids are the cheerleaders and jocks, different cliques depending on your intellect, talents, sense of fashion, losers get bullied.. You know the drill. I enjoyed the premise of having to make Alona and Will work together although they come from so different worlds. Of course, Alona would eventually bring out that good side of her, while Will had to break through stereotypes that he isn’t really a goth. Although some would agree that the characters are a bit shallow, I did like the part where we understand more of Alona’s background and that she has not led the perfect life everybody thinks. I thought there should have been more focus on the reconciliation part with her mom because that scene seemed rushed just so the rift would be over.
I’m not sure if I’m totally digging this couple’s love story. I mean, it would be impossible to work out, right? I thought about the parts where they kiss and how a normal person would look at Will and just see him kissing the air. It was cool that the story somewhat took the ghost part lightly, considering most people would find it scary to be able to see them all the time.
I liked the writing style which was funny and light, perfect for someone who just wants to enjoy the story without having to overthink. Cute story indeed. Recommended for anyone who needs a quick and fun read.
“Trust me, you see the dead walking around, you learn not to scream, laugh, or piss yourself pretty quickly.”
My Rating: ★★★★ (4)