Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe (September 15th 2009—Henry Holt)
Grade: 4 stars out of 5
Summary: “Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over "breathers." Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.
But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.
As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad--and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it's time to give the living another chance...”
Review: This book was reached the expectations that I had only dreamed of. Give Up the Ghost was gripping page turner that left me salivating for more of Megan’s works.
Cass has a slight social problem. It might be because she can see and talk to ghosts and every time someone catches her doing it, she looks like a freak. Or it might be the fact that the ghosts like to gossip giving Cass plenty of justified ammo to take down these villains. But when Tim asks Cass if she can talk to his mother, whom happens to be dead, Cass is a bit weary because for one thing, how does he know that she can see the dead? We follow Cass as she tries to take a hold of her life before the ghosts once again and help Tim grasp the living world.
I enjoyed every last detail of Cass’s life. I love the ghost gossip and how every ghost is a unique individual. They all have their quirks and they all have their lovelier sides. The humor is there as well as the conflict of emotions.
Cass is a dynamic character with a cage around her heart to protect her of what happened in middle but she softens up and helps Tim who cannot let go of his mother. Both characters are equally strong as is the plot. There is a sprinkling of twists within the plotline.
The background information lacked in some areas however. I would have liked to read more of how Cass came to her powers, Paige’s reluctance to let go, Cass’s mother and father, and perhaps more of Tim’s family as well.
Overall: It was still a stunning debut!