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Posted December 5, 2013
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.Crazy Ex-Ghoulfriend is one of those books that makes you glad you are no longer in high school. It’s got your typical popular girl vs nerd girl conflicts but with the added benefit of the popular girl becoming a zombie and trying to give her forcing her into a makeover. It’s full of the life lessons we have all heard and hopefully learned, but it never hurts to be reminded.
Janie is “love” with Wayne. They have been friends since childhood and are neighbors. After Wayne is in a car accident with his girlfriend and Queen Bee, Matilda, due to drinking and driving (MESSAGE!), he finds himself in the hospital, and his girlfriend is dead. Janie becomes Wayne’s shoulder to cry on essentially and things start to progress when Wayne shows an interest in Janie in a hilarious first kiss type scene.
When Janie comes home to find stinky zombie Matilda lying on her bed, the real story gets started. Up until this point, Janie has been struggling with emotions that I will admit, are somewhat familiar to me. She isn’t sad that Matilda died. She’s happy about it. But let’s face it, Matilda tormented her and made her life hell, creating a division in her friendship with Wayne. I hate to admit it, but I think I would feel the same way. No one wants to feel the way Matilda made Janie feel, and I think she is justified in her feelings. At least she didn’t fake it and pretend to be Matilda’s BFF like it seems so many people do when someone dies.
Matilda’s master plan is to make Janie popular so she can become part of the prom committee, suggest a masquerade type them so that Matilda can attend the prom with Wayne, her “one true love”, and everyone lives happily ever after. Barf. There are some pretty obvious holes in Matilda’s plan, but hey, she’s a teenager, of course she didn’t think things through completely.
As Janie’s popularity grows, so does her head. It is the usual story of the unpopular girl gets a makeover and everyone starts noticing her. She forgets who her real friends are (MESSAGE!). She learns lessons along the way of course and all is right in the world.
Overall this was a cute book. I liked the story and it kept my interest throughout the whole book. I didn’t feel like there were any lulls in the story, and while many of the characters were pretty one dimensional, it is understandable because the story is more about Janie and Matilda than it is about the other characters. I do think I would have liked a little more back story on why Matilda was the way she was, but even without that information, we can still see who and why she is, at least to some degree. Angela Roquet has an interesting writing style that helps the story continue at a nice pace without feeling too slow. I read the book faster than I intended to and before I knew it the story was over. I will be looking into Roquet’s other books asap.
This book is appropriate for most teens and isn’t bad to read as an adult. It reminded me in some way of the movie Jawbreaker, where they turn the ugly duckling girl into a beauty and she becomes someone else entirely. It sends positive messages to girls of all ages, and there are not quite enough books today that do that sort of thing. I will be trying to convince my 13 year old to read it.
Posted October 29, 2013
The overview should have told me how much I would love this quirky read! I would use the word “fresh,” but well, the ex-girlfriend really is a ghoul, recently the victim of a deadly car crash due to drunk driving. So what is she doing haunting Jane? It isn’t like they EVER got along, Matilda was the “It” girl at school, the one everyone either feared or wanted to be like, and she wore her crown well, wielded her scepter like a deadly weapon and now she is back to force Jane to help her with just one little thing that she never got to do and it involves Matilda’s boyfriend, Jane’s next door neighbor and secret crush. What can Jane do, but help, actually, she has some guilt to overcome and maybe this will help. When Matilda creates a new Jane, in her own image as part of her plan, it may cost Jane more than she realizes, including her best friends, her focus on what is important and her very identity. Will their scheming work out or does the plan smell as bad as Matilda? Just how did Matilda return from the dead and remain hidden from everyone but Jane?
Crazy Ex-Ghoulfriend by Angela Roquet had me alternating between laughing, and holding my breath, as each scene unfolded and what should have seemed bizarre became pretty realistic! Even in death, Matilda was, well, let’s say, a force to be reckoned with. Poor Jane, trapped between her personal guilt, her friendship with Wayne, as well as the strain on her relationship with her quirky best friends Chloe and weird Eddie became Matilda’s puppet and did a great job narrating every single event, in detail as only a teen could do!
Ms. Roquet’s style is light, crisp, quirky and her creative genius is its own force to be reckoned with! Fast, fun and definitely “out there,” I was completely in love with this tale! Will I read more from this author? You betcha!
I received a review copy as part of Angela Roquet’s CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Blog Tour and Giveaway stopping at Tome Tender October 31, 2013!
Posted September 24, 2013
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*eARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review
--actual rating 4.5 Skulls
Have I mentioned that I love Angela Roquet's writing? Yeah, well I do... Her Lana Harvey series is one of my absolute favorites, and when
I found out that she had written a paranormal YA I was giddy with anticipation.
Crazy Ex-Ghoulfriend is a witty and entertaining tale that will have you suffering flashbacks to high school and feeling like you're right there
with Janie, Wayne and the rest of the crew. I couldn't put the book down, and I don't think you will be able to either.
Told in such a way that many life lessons can be learned without even realizing you're being taught them(and thus making it a perfect
young adult read), Angela spins a story that's the perfect mix of real and fantasy, wit and drama, action and surprise.
I thoroughly enjoyed Crazy Ex-Ghoulfriend and highly recommend it for Young Adult readers, as well as not-so-young-adults such as
myself who enjoy a beautifully written and entertaining Para-YA read without the angst and messy love triangle. :)