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The Ghost and The Goth
June 29th 2010
After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck as a spirit in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast. He alone can see and hear (turns out he’s been “blessed” with the ability to communicate with the dead), but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.
Alona has never needed anyone for anything, and now she’s supposed to expose her deepest, darkest secrets to this pseudo-goth boy? Right. She’s not telling anyone what really happened the day she died, not even to save her eternal soul. And Will’s not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side. He only has a few more weeks until his graduation, when he can strike out on his own and find a place with less spiritual interference. But he has to survive and stay out of the psych ward until then. Can they get over their mutual distrust—and the weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?
The Ghost and The Goth was a super cute supernatural that was better than I thought it would be, if not still as kind of cheesy. Not that that was a bad thing, of course, because it was the right kind of cheesiness, you know? Enough to make it cute and familiar and not super cringe worthy. Also, I'm a little bit in love with Will. I know I'm in love with pretty much everyone... But still. You should've come to expect it by now ;)
I kind of thought that I would hate Alona, because she's kind of been set up to be a bit of a bitch, and I couldn't see how she could work around that, especially because it's almost worse when the bitchy cheerleader is actually kind of nice 'cause it almost makes you hate them more... Unless that's just me being a terrible person? But I kind of liked the fact that she was kind of unlikeable. She could get a little annoying at times, and she wasn't all that relateable, and sometimes she was so self absorbed, and so concerned with herself and ignorant of everyone else's feelings that it was a little unbelievable, but I am glad that wasn't just another cookie cutter sap, and there were some moments where she was quite real, and actually realised the reality of the situation that she was, y'know, dead.
William Killian (that name alone is worth the book) was no doubt my favourite character, even though he was at first presented as some emo kid. I enjoyed reading from his chapters the most, because he was just kind of normal. He wasn't overly sensitive-you're body is a temple-I am not worthy guy, he was just really, really normal. Except for the whole seeing the dead part. Yeah. That's a little unusual, but I can look past it ;) But I loved that he thought of Alona in the same way any teenage guy probably would (like I would even know..) and that he reacted like most people would if they could see ghosts and stuff.. Because if they were as annoying as he made them out to be, then I would act like him too.
The plot was kind of a little predictable, but it did take a couple of twists that I wasn't really expecting, and I did love all the Alona-Will moments, and I kind of think that they're a little perfect together. But I can tell that it's going to take them a while to realise that properly, though at the end of it they did seem a little together. The plot itself was kind of different from how I thought it would be, though I was expecting the cute moments, it had a little more action in than I was expecting, and it was pretty funny too.
The Ghost and The Goth isn't a book that's going to take your breath away, but it is really, really cute and funny, and though it may take a while to warm up to Alona, it's still a fun, fast read. I really need to get Queen of the Dead!