The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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 picked up the novel the Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade because of it's cover. It looked interesting and humorous. After reading the summary of it, I quickly got the book...and absolutely loved it!
The story is about Alona Dare, the sterotypical queen bee whom everyone reading the story would immediately recognize as the arrogant, self-centered, cold-hearted cheerleader. Yes, we all know the sterotype. But when Alona is hit by a school bus full of "band geeks" (which irks Alona to no end) the homecoming queen's days of ruling the school are through. Alona then goes on to do what most ghosts seem to do...go see their own funeral. During this Alona is pleased by the amount of people mourning her...but she's in for a shock. When she returns to the school, she sees that, in fact, no one is mourning her. Her best friend has even taken over her boyfriend, making out with him in the hall. Yes, karma gave the ice-queen a new look on school. But just as Alona is about to have a major break-down she sees Will Killian, a gothic social nobody, who is looking straight at her and laughing. It doesn't take Alona long to put two and two together and figure out that Will can see her. And here is where the book gets good. It's a new take on cheerleader-and-bad-boy.
Will, who thinks Alona is getting exactly what she deserves has secretly been harboring a crush on her since the sixth grade. And Alona is about to see that maybe popularity isn't everything and that the social outcasts may be more true than the group she hung out with. Aside from their relevations, the two are presented with many challenges, including keeping Alona from vanishing (not moving on, just evaporating), dealing with a ghost that can harm both Will and Alona, attempts to get Will confined and much more. The subject may not be a new one, but the story was cute, humorous, and has left me waiting for Queen of the Dead, the sequel to the Ghost and the Goth. All in all, I recommend this to all paranormal romance lovers!
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