Author: Stacey Kade
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Book
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.Review: When I first got this book, I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. It had a great summary and all, but I decided to wait till I read it. Now I wish I'd read it sooner! Stacey Kade's The Ghost and the Goth is a light-hearted (with a few dark twists), cute book that I enjoyed. The book is told from the perspectives of Alona and Will, letting the reader get a better idea of what kind of people these two are. It helps get out more information, character development, story construction and so much more.
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?
Alona is just how I had expected her to be: selfish, cold, and a little dumb. But there's a reason for this and I've found that authors like to use non-wonderful personal lives as a reason for girls (and guys) to have a up tight, snotty out look. There's a lot more to Alona than meets the eye though. She's not just an airhead cheerleader: throughout this book, Kade does a good job of developing Alona's character from a girl who could care less, to a girl who cares.
Will was a great character too. At first, I was worried about how Kade was going to write from a males POV. Not only that, but a teenagers! I'm happy to say that she did a pretty good job. He's an opposite of Alona's in every way. Will, as we learn, has a pretty hard life. He's kind of tormented with the ghosts but is very strong willed. Kade did a good job of conecting Will's past to the present, making Will a great, very cute, character to read about. Alona herself begins to realize that Will is more different than she had thought once she gets to know him. The relationship that he and Alona share is also very adorable.
The one aspect of this book that I think Kade did a really good job was the post death details and how working with the ghosts, well, worked. She didn't give a easy go answer; instead, I was surprised to see that there was depth to the explanation to what happens after someone dies. The relationship between a ghost seer and a ghost is complicated. As Alona and Will learn the details, so do the readers, and this makes it even better over all.
The dialogue, the characters (even the secondary characters), the plot, the pace, and all the other parts of this book make The Ghost and the Goth a great read. Give this one a chance; it just might surprise you!