The Ghost and the Goth

The Ghost and the Goth

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After a close encounter with a bus, Alona Dare goes from homecoming queen to Queen of the Dead. She's stuck as a ghost in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light to take her to a better place. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast.
More than anything, Will wishes he didn't have the rare ability to communicate with the dead, especially the former mean girl of Groundsboro High. He's not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side, though it "would" bring him some welcome peace and quiet. Can they get over their mutual distrust -- and quasi-attraction -- to work together? Readers of this spirited paranormal comedy won't want this odd couple to ever part.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 281 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 25mm | 440g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 142312197X
  • 9781423121978
  • 320,180

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"God, buses are so ugly when you see them that close up," observes snobby cheerleader Alona Dare just before a school bus runs her over outside of gym class. After returning to her high school as a ghost, she begins to discover its pettiness and discovers that only outcast Will Killian can see her. Fans of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (2009) will enjoy the humorous banter and romantic tension as the two teens make a pact to aid one another in this amusing debut told in alternating voices. While Alona helps Will deal with the pack of spirits who constantly beg him for a final wish, the unscrupulous psychiatrist who wants to lock up him up, the principal who wants to see him fail before graduation and the black cloud that has started following him, Will, in return, teaches Alona how to be kinder and resist disappearing into nothingness. In the process, they realize each other's mysteries, the keys to solving them and their attractive qualities. Kade makes this unlikely scenario feel real. Kirkus"
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About Stacey Kade

Stacey Kade is an award-winning corporate copywriter. "The Ghost and the Goth" is her first YA novel. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter as well as She lives in the Chicago suburbs.
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15,842 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (5,513)
3 24% (3,850)
2 6% (947)
1 3% (464)

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We all know the typical popular girl, right? Beautiful, bitchy, annoying and cruel. That's how I define them, at least most of them. But not Alona Dare, not the Alona Dare. Yes, she is cruel most of the time but not because she wants to but because she thinks it's the right thing to do. I mean, hello? If someone is using a horrible outfit you have to tell them that just by looking at them you feel nauseous, right? At least that's what she believes... But don't get me wrong, she is a nice girl deep inside but she also knows that to be popular you have to work (really, work) a lot. You are not going to be popular just because of your pretty face but because you are PERFECT in every single thing. And she is perfect. Or that is what she makes everybody think... far from it her story is very sad and difficult. But this book is not only about Alona, we also have a male character that shares the book with her. And I say share because we see the story from their point of view and this is one of the things I liked the most because Stacey managed to tell the story from will's point of view and it was terrific! Will Killian is a goth(or so everybody thinks) and he can see, speak and touch spirits. Yep, pretty cool, huh? Well, not for him. Until now the only thing that his "gift" has given to him is headaches and troubles... he even ended up in an asylum for a little while. So yeah, he hides his ability most of the time... until Alona dies and they have to cooperate in order to surpass the big problem that is coming their way. What I like the most? The interactions between Will and Alona. Picture this: the popular dead girl taking with the nothing popular alive guy? It was utterly funny to see them fight and argue about different things like Will's shirt or how Alona needs to say something nice every time she says something not nice if she doesn't want to disappear. I had a great time reading this book: is a quick read, is funny, is touching and interesting. I can't wait to read the second book!show more
by Alaiel Kreuz
This book was soo good that I finished it in 2 days! I really enjoyed this book, it was completely different from any other book I have read about ghosts. Having that it is also in the point of view of the ghost. Knowing what its like for a ghost being...well, a ghost, was very unique. This book has mysterious aspects to it as well as humor and, believe it or not, romance ;) Loved it!! View more here more
by Liliana Espinoza
Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm. ( I've been wanting to read The Ghost and the Goth for a while, I had heard lots of things about it being a cute, short, light read. I chose to read it exactly for that reason. I wanted to read a book that was cute and not very serious like a lot of the books I've been reading lately. And that's exactly what I got! :) It was cute, funny, very-light, and a very short read. I loved the writing style and everything flowed very nicely together. I was always happy to dive into Alona and Will's world. I love how it is almost a normal high school teen story, but has a light supernatural element to it. Also, switching between Alona and Will's perspectives were really fun. They are completely different, and I love that. I really love when an author can create these two completely different characters and get into both of their heads with no trouble. Usually Alona's type of character would bug me; perfect, popular, blonde cheerleader who thinks she can do whatever she wants. But even though Alona might of been that way when she was alive, she still had a whole different side to her that no one, even her best friend, knew about. She tried to keep this perfect image so no one would know what really went on at her house. I really liked Will's sarcastic, moody voice. He always made me laugh. He's the one who left the lasting impression. He had a lot more character to him, and you just really want to know more about his ability to see and communicate with the spirits. I really hope to see that in the sequel, Queen of the Dead. Which will be coming out June 7th! I really can't wait to dive into more of their story. I am content at the way The Ghost and the Goth ended, but at the same time I want to read more. It's just so much of a fun, light read. I really don't know what else to say about this book, other than read it. It's not very long and doesn't have very much depth to it, but it is a really cute book. It may be cute, but it's not one of those books that is way too cute and girly to read. It has a perfect balance between cute and supernatural more
by Amanda
Everything seems normal to Alona Dare the day she steps outside of gym class to make a quick phone call. But when she doesn't pay attention to where she is going, she gets hit by a school bus - and her days of ruling the school are over. But when she keeps waking up in the place where she died, she knows something is wrong. The only person who can hear her, besides the other dead people hanging around, is Will Killian, a guy she would never have thought twice about in her former life. Only Will wants nothing to do with the dead, including her. The dead make too much noise and want him to help with unresolved issues. Plus, he looks crazy talking to them. But Alona wants his help to get to where she is supposed to be going. Working together, can they help each other? This book had me from the very beginning. This was a mostly light (although there were a few darkish aspects), fun book. The writing had me laughing often. Alona is the girl you want to hate. Selfish, bratty, and thinks she rules the school. But for some reason, I loved her. I loved her comments and her witty remarks. And Will wasn't bad, either. I felt bad for him and the way his therapist treated him. I definitely liked the way the story ended. I think it wrapped up well and happy. And I can't wait to see what's going to happen next in the sequel, QUEEN OF THE DEAD. I'm hooked!show more
by TeensReadToo
What a cute book! I loved the idea from the second I read the back cover description and can say that the fun I anticipated from this book did not disappoint. Alona was the queen bee of her high school and may have been Miss Popularity, but mainly because of the fear she invoked in her fellow students. Fear that one wrong look given by Alona, or false rumor spread by Alona within her inner circle and you were toast. Kiss your seat on the homecoming court goodbye and any chance at being one of the popular kids. She unexpectedly dies and soon learns that her classmates don't miss her all, big shocked there right? She finds that much of her friends and most specifically her so-called best friend and boyfriend have wasted no time at all moving each other. So what's a girl to do when she's dead and can't move on to the afterlife? Alona is resourceful and quickly discovers there is someone who can see her....he just isn't a part of the "in-crowd" that she's used to dealing with. Will is a bit of a loner and who can blame the guy when you see dead people all around you, all the time? I'd keep to myself too. This unlikely pair team up to help each other out and fun is had the whole way through. It was entertaining and funny from start to finish and any reader looking for a light, don't take me too seriously book, doesn't need to look any further. While trying to get the ice queen to be "nice" not to mention coaxing to get the loner to help some of the deceased complete their unfinished business is sure to keep you entertained until the very end. Although this books seems to be a stand alone, I wouldn't mind reading another like it. I'm looking forward to what Stacey Kade comes up with more
by Katelyn
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