Review: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

The Ghost and the Goth
Author: Stacey Kade
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

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?

My Thoughts

This book was a lot better than I thought it was going to be.  I saw it in the library, and grabbed it because I had seen some positive reviews of the series.  And, as I have mentioned many times before, I do love ghost stories.  Although I had heard good things about this series, I was a little apprehensive.  I mean, look at the cover!  It is so cheesy, and the guy looks way older than a high schooler.  But I had nothing to worry about, because this book was so much fun.

Although this is a ghost story, it is definitely not scary.  The Ghost and the Goth is told in alternating POVs between Alona (popular cheerleader who was run over by a bus, and becomes a ghost) and Will Killian (loner who can see and talk to ghosts/spirits).  I have mixed feelings about alternating POVs.  Sometimes I love them (Pushing the Limits) and sometimes I dislike them.  The Ghost and the Goth definitely falls into the category of loving!  Both Alona’s and Will’s chapters were so interesting, and I loved jumping from one perspective to the other, and then back again.

Upon first meeting Alona, the reader thinks she is really stuck up, and even mean to those not in her social group (first tier).  But as you get to know her, you realize there is a lot to Alona that you don’t expect.  Don’t get me wrong, she is really into fashion, and gets really annoyed when people wear clothes that are not flattering on them.  And she can definitely be a little snotty, and she always wants her own way, like you would expect of the Queen Bee.  But she isn’t a cold-hearted witch or anything, and as you read the story you like her more and more.  And let me just say, she is funny!  And she does not pity herself.  Even though she is dead, she throws no big pity-party for herself.  I love that!

Will is pretty awesome.  He has had a rough life, dealing with his ability to hear and see ghosts.  Not only can Will hear/see ghosts, but he can touch them, and they can touch him.  So when the many ghosts at the high school discover this, they hound him, trying to get Will to do them favors.  It is very overwhelming, but when Alona shows up, things change.

There is a mildly creepy (although I wasn’t really frightened at all) gray cloud spirit that is causing menace, and Will and Alona try to figure out how to stop it.

This book was a really fun, quick read.  Don’t be thrown by the cheesy cover.  I definitely recommend it!

5 Responses to “Review: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade”

  1. Mary @ My Sister's Bookshelf

    I like the cover! It’s so bad it’s good!

    If I can find this one I think I’d like it! But it falls into the borrow not buy category it sounds like?

    I watched the season finale of the first season of Bunheads last night and it had an awesome Dead Poets Society thing and it felt so appropriate. But I do have some friends who find it annoying. Or find me annoying when I start sobbing in the middle!

  2. Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books

    I definitely have been hesitant to read this because of the cover. And the overall idea of the story. But my favorite Meg Cabot series of all times is The Mediator series. I like that the ghost in this instance is female and the ghost speaker is male. I have heard really good things about the series. If it was a standalone I’d be much quicker to read it. But still, it definitely sounds worth considering!

    • Quinn

      I know what you mean about standalone novels. But, what is great about this book, is that it is a complete book. You don’t have to continue reading to find out what happens. I would definitely give it a try, especially since you like The Mediator series. But I would borrow it from the library, in case you don’t like it. Besides, I’m not in a hurry to add that cover to my book collection 🙂

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