Book Review | The Ghost and The Goth by Stacey Kade

Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013 8:31 AM

Series: The Ghost and The Goth #1
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date:
Pages: 281

Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot bod, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.

I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?
Alona Dare seems to have it all; she’s a senior, cheerleader, homecoming queen and has a hot boyfriend, but all of that changes the day Alona steps out in front of a school bus.  Now, the only person that can see and hear her is the school freak, Will Killian. 
Will Killian spends his days avoiding the dead people around him.  But when the jerk of a principal takes his iPod, which is his safe haven for drowning out their voices, he accidentally lets it slip that he can see those who are no longer living; from there on they get harder to ignore and Alona is the most demanding of them all.
Since Alona was a cheerleader I was really expecting her to be shallow and dense, and at times she was.  But surprisingly, she was also smart, witty and caring and I immediately liked her.  I loved the chemistry and the teasing between Alona and Will and I wonder if she would have ever noticed him if she hadn’t died and needed his help.
Overall, The Ghost and The Goth was a very fun and humorous read with just enough mystery to keep you turning the pages.  I really enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to seeing what happens with Alona and Will in the next installment.     

My mouth fell open.  “You tried haunting people?”

“No, I tried communicating.  It’s not my fault if they got scared.  Besides, it was only a few people, and they totally deserved it,” she said defensively.


  1. I guess it's good to just read an easy, fun read once in awhile. This kind of sounds lower YA to me but I do like the idea behind this since there is an obvious moral.

    Alise @ Readers in Wonderland

  2. I absolutely love this series. I hope you enjoy it too!

  3. I've wanted to pick up this series for so long and I really should now that they're all out. I could read them one right after the other. I'm glad to see you liked this. Although, I'm always nervous about ghost/human romances. How is it supposed to work? Great review Christy. :)


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