Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review: Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

Title:  The Ghost and the Goth
Author:  Stacey Kade
Publisher:  Hyperion Books
Publishing Date:  June 29th 2010
Pages:  281
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Series: The Ghost and the Goth #1
Source:  Hardcover


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? 

I really didn’t know what to expect from this book. The title is cute, the cover is cute, the synopsis sounded cute. I had my eye on this book for a very long time, not sure what kept me from getting my hands on it, at any rate I finally was able to read it. I enjoyed the book but it was slow coming for me.

To sum the story up, Will is the high school freak, he sees and hears ghosts, he has 1 friend. Alona was the high school mean girl who had it all in school, popularity, style, and everyone else’s’ envy. Her home life is a completely different story and ends up being the death of her. She dies, becomes a ghost, and forms an unexpected friendship with Will. 

The book really seemed like tow different books for me. The beginning was a little slow and I would put the book down for a while then come back to it. About halfway through, it became a page turner. I think, at the beginning I would have rated it a 3 heart but in the end it became a 4 heart.

The book really wasn’t what I was expecting. I thought it would b a funny, cute, light love story. It was funny and cute and light but it also had some mystery. This I was not expecting, this is when it became a page turner for me.

The characters were definitely what gave the book the extra edge for me. I loved the characters. Will is miserable; he only wants to get through high school. He has it hard because of his gift, this marks him as the freak to the students, unruly to the teachers and principle and a basket case to his mom and therapist. The only one who has ever known about his gift was his father who is now dead. I couldn’t help it. I fell hard for Will. He was easy to love and easy to feel for. I wanted to hug him and make it all better.

Alone was easy to love and to hate. I hated her because she was selfish, mean, and a real pain. I loved her because she was snippy and oh so funny. I knew she had a heart hiding somewhere behind her meanness. I was really rooting for her throughout the entire book.

The book was a fast and easy read, especially once it got past the basic introductions into the characters lives. I liked the mystery in the story; it was a nice unexpected surprise for me. 

It was a great light read for an in between some serious stuff books and great for laugh. 


  1. I've seen this book everywhere. I wondered if I should pick it up or not, because I wasn't sure if it was a stupid chick lit or just really fluffy and fun. Now I see that it's the latter. I really need a fun read after a really heart wrenching book (13 Reasons Why) so I'll be sure to pick it up!

  2. You know I kept seeing this book on Amazon as a recommendation for me and I kept turning it down, because it sounded so cheesy! But then I read an interview with the characters Will and Alona and I immediately knew I needed to give this book another shot! Great review, you are definitely convincing me to pick this up to read after a stressful day =D

  3. I'm really intrigued with this book, sounds a little different than what I've been reading. Great review, can't wait to check it out

  4. I wanna read this book!
    Great review!!!!


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