Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

"Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I should die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake.
Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.
If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we'll go to be seen."

I was really excited when I got this from the library; I'd been wanting to read it for a while. But I must admit, I was a little disappointed when I read it.
Ghostgirl was a little reminiscent of Lauren Myracle's Rhymes with Witches. Charlotte was a kind of pathetic protagonist obsessed with being popular and willing to do just about anything to be popular. It was annoying and made Charlotte very hard to like at times. Other times, I just felt extremely bad for Charlotte, particularly right after she died when half the students in her school used her memorial as an excuse to ditch school and didn't even bother to go.
I didn't really like any of the characters in this. They were all annoying in their own way. I couldn't relate to any of them, didn't wish any of them were real, and really, just didn't like reading about them. I can't think of a single one that was tolerable.
I thought this book was going to be kinda funny, but it wasn't, not really. Despite being rather long, it looked like a nice, funny, light read, which is not at all what it was.
The story for Ghostgirl was okay. I'd wanted it so long, I'd forgotten exactly what it was about by the time I got it.
I don't see how there's a sequel. Everything was pretty wrapped up by the end.
Ah, the end, where it stopped being even remotely good. There were so many things I didn't like about the end, I can't even begin to list them here. To avoid spoiling anything, I'll just say that the end was the most disappointing part.

I give Ghostgirl two and a half Fists of Rock (I don't actually have half a Fist of Rock, so I'll just put two).


Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

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