Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Review: Ghosting by Edith Pattou

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from BookSparks PR in order to facilitate an honest review.
About the Book:
On a hot summer night in a Midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents becomes victims—with tragic outcomes that alter lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario that’s all too familiar. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.
Told through multiple points of view in free verse and stream of consciousness, Ghosting is an unforgettable, haunting tale.
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First off, the entire book is written in verse so that threw me off initially. After the first few pages, I found myself intrigued so I didn't pay attention to how the words were. I loved that the author told the story through several different characters. I think my favorite character is Maxie. She seems antisocial but she is a nice young girl. She's a budding photographer and deep thinker. I also loved Faith, the younger sister of one of the teen characters. Faith has a huge heart filled with love for her family, but seems to genuinely care a great deal for others in her life as well. The author gave a little insight into the sisters bond (which was very important for the story). In face, we get a little background story on each of the teens before a tragic event happens. After the tragedy occurs, we see a little of how they are changed forever. Not all the endings are happy ones, but by the end of the book, I felt satisfied. If you enjoy page-turners, this is one to look for. I loved it and finished it fairly quickly given my hectic days! 5 out of 5 stars!
About the Author:
Edith Pattou has found acclaim as a writer in middle-grade fantasy with such award-winning books as East, which received starred reviews in Booklist and School Library Journal; was selected as a Top Ten Book for YA, an American Library Association Notable Book, a School Library Journal Top Ten YA Book, one of the 100 Best of the Best YA Books for the 21st Century by the Young Adult Library Services Association; and was nominated for numerous state awards. It’s a nominee for NPR’s all-time Best YA Novels list.
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