The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Publisher:  Hyperion Book CH
Published:  June 29th 2010
Book Tour Provider:  Good Golly Miss Holly

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 here in spirit form with no sign of the big, bright light coming 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 type who hates the social elite. He alone can see and hear her, but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.

Can they get over their mutual distrust—and this weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?

This was an absolute cute book.  Despite the serious undertone of someone dieing, this was a very light hearted book.  Alona Dare, the once Queen Bee, most popular, voted Prom Queen 3 times in a row, tier one, is now dead…. and a ghost.  Expecting everyone to mourn her death indefinitely, Alona learns that she might not have been seen the way she worked so hard to be: Perfect.  Will Killian, a pseudo goth, no tier qualified, is counting down the days until graduates and can leave his hometown to somewhere where there won’t be as many ghosts as he sees everyday.  To say that these two high schoolers belong to 2 totally different groups and opposite ends of the spectrum is the Understatement of the year. 

Just a few days after Alona’s sudden death, that everyone seems to think was a suicide, she finds that only Will can see and talk to her.  However, Will has made it a point to pretend he can’t see ghosts, afraid that they will lock him away for good in the “loony bin”.  Unfortunately, Alona doesn’t care and is desperate for his help (despite the fact that knows that if anyone ever saw her with him, if she was alive, then her reputation would be lost forever!!).  To both of their surprise they learn that they need each others’ help.   

Like I said, this was a very cute book.  Alona, despite her spats of selfishness and rudeness and quick judgments, is actually quite a strong character.  Her selfishness, rudeness, and judgments is actually what I love most about her character – she grows as a person (being dead and all she can finally be different that what was expected of her), but she still holds onto parts of her fiestiness.  Will is also very judgmental at times, but learns that everyone is just trying to find their place in the world, some more than others.   

I really liked how this book was told from both points of views instead of from just one character.  This book was also a really easy read, with no confusion at all.  To top things off this book also has a few twists, and one major one that I was not expecting at all.  I recommend this book to anyone and everyone looking for a quick light read that will make you laugh and smile.  A+++

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