Friday, December 30, 2011

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

The first thing that I thought when I read the description was that Alona was a pretty awesome name. The second thing was that it seemed like a light read to be forgotten right after finishing that. But actually,I turned out to be quite wrong. This book is never going to be forgotten. I don't care what you remember, but you will remember something! 4 out of 5 stars.

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Published! :)
4 out of 5 stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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 love this plot. The whole idea of a popular girl and a goth together might be cliche,but I still love it anyways! If you don't like that, I guarantee you will love other aspects of the plot, like the paranormal take and the humor of it all. Even the surprises are not your average surprises; they are ghosted up and changed with a bit of humor added in. In other words, this plot is a rollercoaster of a plot. Yes,I actually used rollercoaster in a sentence.

Alona is a really strong character that really strenghens the plot. She has just the right amount of wit and snark to seem like a mean girl without overdoing it. And while she is the mean girl,you can't help but sympathize with the poor spirit. And I did not call her a ghost. It is actually pretty interesting how she can get through the spirit life without going a little insane.

As for Will, let me just say he is not as crazy as you thought. He has reasons for listening to music all day in school,reasons for his odd habits. But of course you probaby already knew that, didn't you? He has his reasons to being an actually pretty awesome guy. Once you get to know him, you learn that he is definitely the most understanding, caring guy ever. Well, only if you're on his good side.

I really liked how Stacey did the perspectives of both Alona and Will. I got to know what they were both thinking. And all I will say is that it was really quite interesting...
She is an amazing writer with a refreshing sense of humor! Love it!And just to make it official, I, Valerie the gothic ballerina, totally recommend this book!

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