Absent

Absent

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After seventeen-year-old Paige Wheeler dies in a freak accident, she can't figure out why her spirit is bound to the grounds of her high school. But when she discovers that she can possess the bodies of anyone thinking about her, she learns all her classmates think her death was intentional; a suicide. Paige is determined to prove her death was real, but that's hard to do when you don't exist. And even though Paige is certain she didn't want to die, why can't she remember anything about her fall?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 143 x 207 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • 0811871509
  • 9780811871501
  • 759,371

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"An honest peek into the sometimes cruel, yet often fun-loving life of teenagers."--Library Media Connection
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About Katie Williams

Katie Williams is also the author of The Space Between Trees. A graduate of the MFA program at the University of Texas in Austin, she has published numerous short stories, including Bone Hinge, in The Atlantic. She lives in Berkeley, California, and currently teaches writing at the Academy of Art.
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1,667 ratings
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4 42% (692)
3 28% (460)
2 6% (98)
1 1% (20)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Chronicle Books and Edelweiss.) 17-year-old Paige is stuck. After falling from the roof of her school and dying, she's been stuck as a ghost in the school, and every time she tries to go off school property she ends up right back where she died - the ledge of the school roof. One day, by accident, Paige realises that she can possess people when they think of her, and she sets about dispelling the rumours that she killed herself, and setting some things straight. Even Paige isn't really sure what happened when she died though, and during her meddling she finds out some things that she didn't expect, and ultimately finds out how and why she died. What really happened to Paige? Why is everybody saying that it was suicide? And can Paige ever get the closure she needs? This story merged the difficult topics of teen suicide and life after death, with humour and mystery, and made for an enjoyable read. Paige came across as a typical teenage girl - she worried about the normal things - boys, clothes, what college she would be going to, and since her death she was even more concerned than usual about what people were saying about her, especially since there were rumours that she had committed suicide. I found it easy to relate to Paige and what she was going through worrying that people would think she had killed herself. It seemed only fair that she found a way to inhabit people and get a little revenge on them, and it was easy to see why she wanted to do the things that she did. The other dead kids in the school also had mysteries surrounding their deaths, and it was nice to know that the dead kids were just as confused as the kids that were still alive. It was also nice that Paige had some friends to share her ghost-time with, and there were some surprises in store from these other kids too. I liked the storyline in this book, it dealt with some difficult topics, but did it with humour to stop the subject matter from becoming too depressing. There were several parts that made me laugh, and I loved the observation that the school was over-run with ghost frogs who had given their lives to science as dissection studies. I enjoyed the mystery of what had really happened to Paige, and when the answer was revealed it wasn't what I expected at all which was good! I also liked the way this book ended, I was actually quite concerned with how it would end and whether things would be wrapped up nicely, but the author actually managed to do a pretty good job in my opinion! Overall; a fun and enjoyable read, with an intriguing mystery, and some well-handled difficult subjects. 7 out of 10.show more
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