Synopsis: 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?
200words (or less) review: I was trying to put my finger on what it was about The Ghost and the Goth that I enjoyed but it wasn’t one thing. It’s a combination of the two main characters and the writing.
The narration is split between Alona and Will, both have distinct personalities and certainly can’t stand each other at the beginning of the book. Alona – superficially the popular mean girl that you don’t want to like but even at her worst I appreciate the honesty to what she was saying so I never disliked her.
Stacey Kade gives you an entertaining, well-paced story with plenty of humour. There were quite a few moments that made me smile and the back and forth between Alona and Will worked so well. I liked how their relationship changed over the course of the book without feeling like their characters lost their sparkle.
The Ghost and the Goth was a lot of fun, will definitely be reading the next book in the series.