Ghostgirl features Charlotte Usher, a high-schooler who can't help but feel no one knows she's alive. Then her nagging fear is confirmed. One day she no longer just feels invisible - she is, in fact, dead and literally haunting the halls.
©2008 Tonya Hurley; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Tim Burton and Edgar Allan Poe devotees will die for this fantastic, phantasmal read." (School Library Journal)
"Posey nurses the wry humor of the novel’s stereotypes - from wannabe to super cool. Her voice strengthens, and her pace quickens during the witty dialogue between Charlotte and various disdainful ghosts. Posey also dramatizes the heightened emotions during conversations." (AudioFile)
After reading the critically acclaimed ghostgirl 5 times, I couldn't wait for the audiobook...me and my friends are trying to memorize lines from the book to whip out in school with each other. I had no idea Parker Posey read this!!!! The cool factor just went off the charts!
Ghostgirl‘s cover art and packaging are adorable and, in my opinion, it has some of the best book marketing out there. I don’t know about you but the cover designs kind of made me think back to the Shoe series I used to read as a child. You know the books like Ballet Shoes that had the little window inside the cover. Ah, brings back good memories. Anyway, in addition to the cover art, the story idea is incredibly clever. With all the wonderful marketing and the fun story idea, you would think this book would be a winner but unfortunately it fell a little flat.
From the book description, you can tell the book has a little bit of a dark side, which I usually like. But the read ended up being a little too gloomy for my taste. The story did hold my interest and I wanted to keep listening (I listened to the audiobook in case you missed the book type listed above). When it was over, I didn’t feel happy or more so I didn’t really feel anything.
Charlotte wants to be popular and that is the bulk of the story. Since this is her primary goal, I struggled to find depth in Charlotte’s character. She fights hard to achieve her popularity goal even in her afterlife and her persistence is admirable but it wore on me after awhile. In the end, her character grows, which was a relief for me since in 98% of the book she was really shallow and selfish. I wanted to like Charlotte but I found that I just couldn’t relate to her.
On the plus side, Hurley’s writing is expertly descriptive and has a clear tone, albeit a gloomy one. At the beginning of each chapter is a quote from famous literature, poetry, or songs. At times, I liked this touch but then again there were times when I felt the quotes were over done.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about Ghost Girl. I really wanted to like it because the cover and story idea were so much fun. But this is one of those books that you can’t judge by its cover and all the other little sparkling marketing features. It’s possible that Middle School aged children would enjoy this book but I think that even they might find it a little drab and depressing. Maybe the next books in the series will be a little more fun.
I'm not sure why this book was rated so high, I think I will have to listen to it again and try to figure out what I missed. To me the narrator made it really boring and I'm wondering if that's why it was so hard for me to follow. I often found myself daydreaming and rewinding throughout the book. The story itself was fair but again the narrator put no feeling into her performance. I hated I used a credit for it and would like it back and have no plans on finishing the series.
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