So, I read The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade in about…four hours? Maybe? Possibly? Yeah.
It’s a really fun premise. Alona Dare has everything every girl could want. She’s beautiful, a cheerleader, she’s of the elitist tier of the social structure in her school. And now she’s dead. Alona was hit by a bus one morning during school hours and nobody knows why.
Will Killian’s life, by contrast, is an absolute mess. Will inherited his Father’s ability to see, and more importantly hear, the spirits of the dead. Will spends his energy trying to shut out the voices. On the outside this ability is taken to represent a sign of mental illness – everyone thinks that Will is Schizophrenic. Including Alona, until she realizes that he can hear the dead.
What follows is a very charming, sweet, and fun book. Will and Alona’s exchanges are scintillating and hilarious. These characters play really well off of one another. I mean, what better than the biggest “freak” in the school paired up with the “princess”? I thought it was so much fun, and I immediately picked up the sequel, Queen of the Dead. I’m sure it will be just as much fun.
On another note, I really loved Will. He’s such a great character. I think his struggles with a few things in his life really struck a chord with me; being that I used to be the girl who wore black lipstick and a cape to high school (earning me the nickname “freak of nature”… from my principal. True story). Alona is pretty good against Will. Without him putting her in her place I would have been annoyed with her very quick. She’s a piece of work, but in a good way. I can’t wait to see how she grows.
5 out of 5 stars. I’m off to read Queen of the Dead. Enjoy your evening, all!
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