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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    This was an amazing book, and beyond lovely. From the size and l

    This was an amazing book, and beyond lovely. From the size and layout of the text to the luminescent quality of the words, it felt special and like a privilege to read. Kephart's word choices are brilliant and all the while I was eager to return to this book, sit in a patch of sunshine and get lost.

    Highly recommended to any book lover.

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

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    Really good

    This was a really good book. The writing, setting and characters are interesting. It's like about one thing but its really about something else. The end was good. Recommend this and the author's other book, Undercover.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

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    Not really a book about ghosts, but stil is amazing!

    I highly reccommend this book! It is not scary. 13+. From Katie trying to find out about Ms. Martine, it leads her to her mom too. Then her dad's weird painting, the librarian, Sammy Mack, the neighbor, and the fashionista librarian, OMG, you have to read it! Then the most unexpected thing, is Katie falls in love, wow, so amazing that I read 144 pages, and 13 chapters in one day to finish it, I couldn't bare to miss the ending. This ending is the best ending to a novel I've ever read. Beth Kephart wrote the best book of all time, I certainly enjoyed it!

    Reccommended-

    One other book I reccommend is Airhead By: Meg Cabot

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

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    Nothing but Ghosts is a book about loss and finding yourself...

    Katie is a young woman who has lost her mother. She is trying to find herself so she takes a job in a local garden estate. There she finds a mystery that will help her discover the meaning of loss, regret and how our choices can effect us.

    This book was a haunting read-well worth the time.

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

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    A Beautiful Novel!

    I've actually never read anything by Beth Kephart before and after reading Nothing But Ghosts I totally feel bad about not doing so.

    Nothing But Ghosts is a novel filled with the aftermath of loosing someone close to you ( the pain and regret) and how to get by while still keeping parts of that person in memory. I personally thought Beth dealt with the loss of Katie's mother excellently. Since, while you could feel Katie's sadness in Beth's writing it never felt like too much or too little. Also, I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of the plot. It was fun to try to figure out why Miss Martine, Katie's employer and her small town's mysterious ex socialite, went into hiding. I was always trying to figure out the reasons why and they ended up being pretty close to what actually happened.

    The characters in this novel where also amazing and they just jumped off the page from the start. As mentioned briefly above, I really enjoyed reading about Katie. Many girls and boys out there can relate to her feelings of loss, me being one of them. Plus, I loved how she was such a strong character; one that could overcome loss and still be okay. The additional characters were also cute and had their own unique personalities. One being Katie's dad. It was interesting to read about his job restoring paintings and to see how he dealt with the loss of his wife. Sammy Macker, was yet another creative add to the story, as was Ms. McDermott and Danny, who was such a sweet guy!

    Beth Kephart's writing also won me over big time. I loved how it had this lyrical feeling and hooked you from the first chapter and didn't let you go till the ending. I really can't wait to read her future and past novels, since she has such a great talent.

    Overall, I truly adored Nothing But Ghosts and suggest that you should definitely give it a try; it's just a beautiful novel.

    Grade: A+

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Nothing But Ghosts-A Must Read!

    What do a dig site, a painting, 7 boxes of "local lore", and the 'disappearance' of a mother all have in common? This story of course!!

    Nothing But Ghosts is the story of Katie who is a tender-hearted 16 year old suffering from the loss of her mom to cancer. It hurts her so to say that she has died so, like many teenagers do, she finds a way of coping and begins to talk of her mom 'disappearing'. Katie is a great kid and she and her dad have some issues to work out in dealing with the loss of Katie's mom. Katie decides to work at the manor of the mysterious Socialite Ms. Martine while her dad wraps himself in restoring an old painting. Little do they know the clues and stories that will intertwine life together in peculiar, yet mysterious, ways.

    Throughout this book, different stages of grief are represented in a tender and caring way. There is also a little romance, a huge mystery, and a lot of reflection. I love how Katie spends time talking to her mom still and sharing those 'mother-daughter' moments with her in her absence.

    This book is so beautifully written and I highly recommend it. It will put a smile on your face, might bring a tear to your eye, and it will warm your heart when you reflect on lost loves in your life. I thought often of my grandmother as I read this book and even though she's been gone many, many years, I found some healing in this book. I only hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Katie misses her mother, who recently died of cancer. She tries to find things around the house that help her feel close to her mother's spirit. As summer begins, Katie knows she will need something to keep her busy while her father, an art/painting restorer, works obsessively in his studio. The answer comes in the form of a landscaping job at the Everlast estate.

    Working with the full-time groundskeeper and caretakers of the estate, Katie spends her daytime hours with her hands dirty and her brow sweaty. The work is tiring but strangely satisfying.

    As she works, she begins to wonder about the strange stories told of Miss Martine Everlast and her reclusive lifestyle. The woman has been dead for some time, but the mansion is still cared for by a man known as Old Olson and a couple who have been employed there for years. When Katie and the others are assigned to excavate a hole in the garden, it seems some of the long-buried secrets of Miss Martine might finally be uncovered.

    The detective work that results helps give Katie yet another purpose during that long summer. Her frequent trips to the library to sift through boxes of what the librarian calls "local lore" occupies her scattered thoughts and gives her conversational material to distract her and her father as they deal with their grief. Understanding another family's secrets might make understanding her own family easier.

    Beth Kephart, an accomplished author, takes readers into the lives of people who have suffered loss and are struggling to deal with the changes it brings to their lives. It is evident through Kephart's story that no two people grieve in the same way, yet dealing with loss is a universal issue. Using the backdrop of the local mystery adds a suspenseful twist to Katie's search to hold onto the memory of her mother.

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