The Ghost and The Goth by Stacey Kade
Also by this author: Queen of the Dead
Series: The Ghost and The Goth #1
Also in this series: Queen of the Dead
Published by Hyperion
Genres: Young Adult
Read in: April 2011
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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 body, 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 has everything going for her, she is a cheerleader with a great body who of course is at the top rank in the school. She has always been the popular girl who rules the school as far as the underclassmen are aware. This all quickly comes to a complete halt the day she gets run over by a school bus and dies on the spot. Upon waking up Alona has no clue what is going on but she quickly realizes that she is dead and no one can see her, or so she thinks. It is not until after a couple days of being dead that Alona spots loser goth boy Will laughing at her as he walks past her quickly desolving ghost body. Could Will be the key to helping her move on to the afterlife?
As Alona seeks Will’s help he quickly informs her that he wants nothing to do with her. He has his own problems, like graduating in a few weeks if he can manage to avoid the mental hospital. No one knows that Will can see ghosts and communicate with them but many people take him talking to “himself” as him being crazy. Will just wants to get done with school and out of town as fast as he possibly can so he can go live a quiet life in a smaller town. Even though Will has refused to help Alona soon he realizes he might just need her help if he is going to survive the last few weeks of high school.
This was a cute quick story about two completely different characters who of course start to have feelings for each other. I wasn’t that keen on Alona’s character in the beginning because I never really liked the overly popular “beautiful” people in high school. I was more of the smart kids unite group so I never really got along with the upper crust of the school. I immediately liked Will’s character though because you have to feel for the guy with all of the drama in his life and the fact that people want to commit him to a mental hospital for his “condition”. Over the course of the story it was easier to start to like Alona and to move quickly with the plot.
Overall I did enjoy both of the characters because being a hopeless romantic I couldn’t help but fall for this couple. Will is one of those characters you just have to love because although he may be the social loser in the school he is hot, unique and kind in his own way. I enjoyed seeing the leading male character as a regular human being for once, which is a change from most paranormal YA books. The story line keeps you interested with all of the ghost activity and the mystery of just what was going on in Alona’s head the day she died. The story is a little predicatable but I liked it all the same. I look forward to the second book in this series, Queen of the Dead. Overall I would give this book 4.5 stars because it had me reading until the early hours of the morning.