Dust Jacket Description:
"New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn't made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It's not romance, exactly - but it's definitely love. Still, Bea can't quite dispel Jonah's gloom and doom - and as she finds out his family history, she understands why. Can Bea help Jonah? Or is he destined to vanish?"
Characters: It's very difficult to place the characters in this book. As soon as I thought I had a kind of label set up, it would slip away from me. That kind of experience is a rarity while reading YA. The relationship between Jonah and Bea left me scratching my head. Platonic? Romantic? That line is hard to define. But it isn't hard to define that their soul mates. The progression of their friendship was wonderful to see. I loved reading about all the little side characters that truly make a beautiful quirky story (ie Stargirl) what it is. Standiford spent a lot of time on Bea's parents too, and I'm very glad she did. 4 and a half flowers.
Writing: This book was more and less quirky than I had anticipated. I loved the sequences when Bea was listening to the radio show. I knew I was going to like the book immediately while reading the first chapter. Bea's narrative voice is vivid and peculiar. 5 flowers.
Plot: Complicated, fascinating and made me wonder how rooted we are in reality. 4 flowers.
End: Realistic and powerful. When I closed the book, I felt like I had experienced an out of body feeling that left me in limbo. It took me a few days to get out of it. 5 flowers.
Dust Jacket Description: I would've liked description about Jonah's brother. 3 flowers.
Cover: Average. I would've preferred something more relevant and quirky. 3 flowers.
Overall: Powerful, quirky and beautiful. I can't wait to read more Standiford. 4 and a half flowers.