Give up the Ghost

Give up the Ghost

Book - 2009
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Sixteen-year-old Cass's only friends are her dead sister and the school ghosts who feed her gossip that she uses to make students face up to their bad behavior, but when a popular boy asks for her help, she begins to reach out to the living again.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2009
ISBN: 9780805089301
0805089306
Branch Call Number: FICTION Cre
Characteristics: 244 pages ; 21 cm

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DarkAngel_2
Jul 07, 2012

i heart me some cass!!!!!!!

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ychi
Jun 26, 2012

Give Up The Ghost ended up darker in content than I'd thought it'd be -- consider it, tone-wise, similar to The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade. Basically, less romance, more character growth and "issues", and a sore lack of founding for all the paranormal activity. It didn't read as expected, but definitely didn't end up worse for wear. Far from it.

Cass is awesome: smart, prickly and flawed, but not in a way that makes you want to punch her idiotic lights out. And she's hilarious, too -- just a sample of her wry, dry wit that makes this entire novel a delight:
The guy chases me around the city all week, and now that I actually want to do something for him, I've got cooties. Perfect.
Watching Cass realize, work with and overcome her own social roadblocks feels like a personal accomplishment. She's a normal kid, you know? Albeit with ghost-interacting abilities. She's just trying to face the injustices thrown at her long ago.

Crewe handled the age-old parent's-death tactic realistically, offering a chilling view into the world of the grieving. Watching Tim change as a character is at least as interesting as Cass is heartwarming, if a touch morbid at times. And the pure loveliness of their almost-more-than-friends relationship at the novel's end is gorgeous. So feel-good. *sigh* :)

The grim perspective that all their friends are in it for themselves is never quite resolved (are they, or are they not?), and backstory for Cass's paranormal abilities is skimpy. This novel isn't without its minor drawbacks, but in the end it's one you should read just to experience the most touching and real relationship a teen girl and boy can experience. Or I can give it to you this way: Give Up the Ghost was good enough to make me buy it. :)

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Winter_Romance
Feb 06, 2010

HmmmMmm....I guess it has a pretty good plot, but it lacked suspense. I didn`t like the ending.

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