Angelina is in high school, she is a cheerleader, and has recently broken up with her boyfriend, your typical teenager, right.....not. You see, Angelina sees ghosts. She not only sees them, she carries on conversations with them, interacts with them, and is even friends with them. Angelina has been having dreams, sometimes terrible dreams, that come true. When she tries to talk to her mother about it, her mom just gets upset and dismisses her, telling her its nonsense. Then, Angelina begins to see Josie, her imaginary friend from when she was a child. Her mom made her go through 3 years of counseling because of Josie when she was younger. As it turns out, Josie is a ghost. Not only can Angelina see Josie, but she see's others as well. After a cheerleading routine influenced by another ghost, Shelly, her mom looses it and they decide to put Angelina in a mental hospital. Naturally, the doctors think she is hallucinating also, but Angelina finds out she's not the only one, and she is determined that her family believe her. Will her determination end up making believers of her family, or will it get her sent to the West Wing, where the really crazy people go?
Angelina's Secret was an entertaining paranormal ghost story, not frightening at all, but interesting with its own unique paranormal twist on the whole "ghost" aspect. Angelina was a really sweet girl, and I felt sorry for her because her mom was so unrelenting in her determination to convince Angelina that the things she was seeing weren't real. I liked Sam, Angelina's brother, as well as Kobi and Rebecca, who like Angelina, could see ghosts. The most enjoyable and fun characters in the book, however, were the ghosts themselves, who helped to make this a lighthearted story, even in the midst of some serious situations. In fact, it is Josie and her ghostly cohorts that Angelina has to rely on to help her convince her family that she is not crazy. I found this book to be delightful. If you are looking for a quick, lighthearted, paranormal read, then this is one you probably would enjoy.show more
by Ellen Gault