Monday, August 11, 2008

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Tonya Hurley
Little, Brown and Company
August 1, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-316-11357-1

From the back cover:
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. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear.
In this satirical yet heartfelt novel, Tonya Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at times and the lengths we'll go to be seen.

My thoughts:
Charlotte Usher’s existence has gone unnoticed, but this year she plans to change her life at Hawthorne High in a big way. With her plan to become popular, Damen Dylan is at the top of her check list. Luck has suddenly come her way when she and Damen become lab partners in class, and he asks if she’ll consider becoming his tutor. Then she chokes on a gummy bear and wakes on the other side.

Piccolo Pam becomes her mentor in death when her Dead Ed begins. Not easily deterred from her goal by being left invisible, Charlotte enlists the help of the one student from Hawthorne High who can see her, Scarlet. They strike a bargain that enables Charlotte to get close to Damen, and allows Scarlet to spend some ghostly time with Charlotte’s new classmates. By the time they’re finished, things will never be the same.

Ghostgirl has a black hardcover like you might expect, but it’s set apart from the rest with its coffin shaped window, Charlotte’s silhouette, and silver edged pages as a lovely final touch. Charlotte’s adventure takes readers through her difficult high school days of feeling unseen by her classmates, then becoming invisible through a freak and deadly incident. It takes a lot more than death to throw Charlotte off of achieving her goals, and with Scarlet’s help and some handy new tricks she plans to see them through. Ms. Hurley does a fabulous job of keeping the story light and flowing, balancing out the darkness surrounding her protagonist. Ghostgirl moves quickly, has interesting characters and a touch of sarcastic humor that’s sure to entertain.

To learn more about Ghostgirl, please visit Ms Hurley’s site: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Review


Enchanted by Books said...

Great review! This book sounds really cute. I love the way it looks in person too. Gorgeous pages, gorgeous cover.

Kimberly Swan said...

Thanks Rachael! A picture of it just doesn't do it justice. :)

Anonymous said...

I LOVED this book. A wonderful mix of humor and pathos, and the cover is fantastic. I highly recommend GHOSTGIRL.

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Karen - It is a great mix. Ghostgirl could have been very dark, but the humor kept it fun. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Unknown said...

Added to my wishlist!

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Amber - Besides looking great on the bookshelf, it's a fun read. :)