Grade: 4 stars out of 5
Alona Dare died in her gym uniform. Tragic isn’t it? To top it all off she was killed by a bus—a bus of band geeks. Now she wakes up in the middle of the road where she died with cars and people stepping through her and around her (rude much?), but at least she will forever remembered at her peak in her high school life and stop worrying about the “what ifs” and “whens” she can ruin her life. That and the fact that almost everyone at school showed up to her funeral wearing black armbands with her name on it helps. But soon after waking up on the road again Alona realizes that no one is wearing the armbands…except for her best friend, Misty. Thank goodness for best friend. Not! Misty may be wearing her name but that is Alona’s boyfriend (ex now?) she’s sticking her tongue in. It turns out they have been doing this behind Alona’s back much longer than Alona realized. Now that she’s dead she cannot do anything about, no matter how much Alona wants to. Her life is now completely and utterly miserable.The Ghost and the Goth is told through alternating points of view, which adds to the level of awkwardness to the two people that I find sadistically satisfying. The novel is energetic and bubbly with enough sass and trauma to cut through the sweetness. The Ghost and the Goth may be cliché, but it is an addicting novel that I inhaled in 3 hours top.
With nothing stopping her she cries—snots and big lobs of tears and all; no one is going to see her now anyway. Except maybe Will Killian—the school’s gothic freak. But appearances are definitely not what they appear to be.
I found both Will and Alona very likeable and somewhat different than what I expected. Alona for me was interesting because I had this picture of her in my mind—a snotty, rich, beautiful girl who is mean is everyone because she can get away with it. And maybe it was because it was told from her point of view that makes her delusional or the extremes of other novel’s characters I have read that made Alona seem nice (in her own twisted way but she calls it like how she sees it).
Will on the other hand I was more on the target with. He was a lot more normal than I would have imagined. Then again I expected this dark, brooding mass of ‘death to the world and its people!’ so maybe that's a good thing.
However I do feel as though The Ghost and the Goth is the Kodak shot—picture perfect here and now. As for the future of Will and Alona I have big concerns. Will there be a sequel? Hopefully so or else the life of Will and Alona will end in tragedy in my mind: age, intimacy, and living life*.
The Ghost and the Goth (despite its title) is a great summer title. A fun read with great energy
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*clarification in comments.