Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Book 6 of '10 Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

I know I haven't posted a review in what seems like forever. This is what is known on twitter as an #emmafail. Sincerely sorry. I've been doing a lot of reading, but my rereading of A Great and Terrible Beauty has sort of halted this, because I have been busy with school work and my dad's social life and oh yeah this, BUT NEVER MIND. Also, A Great and Terrible Beauty is gorgeous and I will save the in love giggling for my rereview. NOW. Give up The Ghost!

Dust Jacket Description:

Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts over "breathers". Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.
But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.
As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad — and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it’s time to give the living another chance...

Characters: Cass was ridiculously delight. Protagonists are usually not bitter, and even if they are, they come around in the end. Cass was realistic and vengeful about being mistreated in middle school. There was something so new about a character who allowed herself to be angsty and upset. Tim was okay, obviously mourning over his mother's death, and since that took over him I really didn't get a good sense of his character. I loved how Cass and Tim weren't a couple. In the YA book world, it seems impossible to have a guy friend who isn't in love with the girl protagonist or the girl has to lust after another boy. It was nice to see this rule broken. The characters in this book were in a word, refreshing. 4 flowers.

Writing: Simple and fitting of the novel. 4 flowers.

Plot: No real subplots, just a very streamlined novel about Cass helping Tim with his mom. 4 flowers.

Originality: It's not a particularly creative idea, but it's executed well. 4 flowers.

Ending: Ties up all loose ends, and makes me wonder if they'll be a sequel. 4 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description: Sums the book up, but I feel like it's misleading Tim and Cass's relationship. 3 and a half flowers.

Cover: Fun. 4 flowers.

Overall: 4 flowers.

Emma Out!