Book Review: The Ghost and the Goth by: Stacey Kade


Hyperion Book CH

Publish Date:
June 29, 2010

From Publisher for Review


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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 (DON’T call her a ghost) 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 who despises the social elite. 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? 

Review: Alona is the pretty blond cheerleader who always gets what and who she wants – she’s the Queen Bee. You’d think being hit by a bus would change how she views her world, but it doesn’t. Even as a ghost, nothing is more important than what she wants. She learns quickly what people really think about her and how loyal her friends really are.

The only person who can see her is Will, a so-called ‘head case’, who was quiet and kept to himself. One day he sees Alona (as a ghost) crying on the stairs and he laughs, even though he knows he should pretend he doesn’t see her. It’s too late now – she’s following him around (along with the crowds of ghosts at school) – because she’s found out his secret. He can see and speak to ghosts.

I loved the relationship between Will and Alona – it seemed so real, even though only one of them is alive. The struggles that each one has gone through in their lives really added a depth to the characters. I think character development and dialogue were excellent. I like how the narration alternates between Alona and Will – giving us the story through both of their eyes. This was an amusing and delightful story – lighthearted and fun with some real life (and afterlife) lessons.

The Ghost and the Goth Trilogy: The Ghost and the Goth (1), Queen of the Dead (2), Body & Soul (3)


  1. I really liked this book a lot as well! I thought it was fun and different enough from other teen romances that it should do well.

  2. This book sounds really fun. I didn't know it came out already. I'll definitely have to read it.

  3. Is this a romance kind of book?


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