The Ghost and the Goth (Ghost and the Goth Series #1)

The Ghost and the Goth (Ghost and the Goth Series #1)

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by Stacey Kade
     
 

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After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck as a spirit in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast. He alone can see and

Overview

After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck as a spirit in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast. He alone can see and hear (turns out he’s been “blessed” with the ability to communicate with the dead), but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.

Alona has never needed anyone for anything, and now she’s supposed to expose her deepest, darkest secrets to this pseudo-goth boy? Right. She’s not telling anyone what really happened the day she died, not even to save her eternal soul. And Will’s not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side. He only has a few more weeks until his graduation, when he can strike out on his own and find a place with less spiritual interference. But he has to survive and stay out of the psych ward until then. Can they get over their mutual distrust—and the weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The sneering heroine of Kade's debut novel, the aptly named Alona, rules her high school's social scene with an iron fist. Alona has secrets, but before readers can discover them, she gets killed ("God, buses are so ugly when you see them that close up"). While Alona is learning to cope with the fact that a ghost can't be the center of attention (and that her friends aren't as genuine as she believed them to be), her narration alternates with that of one of her former classmates, Will, a social outcast fighting a diagnosis of mental illness. Will, in fact, can see and speak with the dead, who overwhelm him with their demands to take care of last requests. Alona is part of the clamoring crowd at first, and by the time she learns to work with Will, it might be too late for him to avoid the mental hospital and make it to graduation. Bumpy initially, the story becomes steadily more engrossing as Kade finds her feet stylistically and her characters' voices and identities develop. Ages 12-up. (July)
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Alona Dare was the most popular girl in her high school class, or at least she was until she was run over by a school bus. Returning to the scene of her death as a ghost, she anticipates overwhelming grief at her untimely death. To her surprise, her classmates quickly move on. Not only that, but weird outcast Will Killian can see and hear her. Alona, used to getting her own way, haunts Will until he agrees to help her figure out how to progress from ghosthood to the big white light that she keeps expecting. Will has problems of his own; namely that every ghost in Groundsboro High, including a seething black mass of energy, now knows that he can see them, and they all want him to carry out their last wishes. Will and Alona have to work together to get the ghosts to stop tormenting Will, and to figure out exactly what Alona has to do in order to move on from this world. Their new relationship is full of surprises as they each experience a side of the other that neither expected. This tale of friendship from unexpected corners shows how two people can grow tremendously over time. The tale is absorbing, and Kade successfully portrays a typical present-day high school. This novel will appeal to fans of romances and ghost stories alike.—SLJ

The sneering heroine of Kade's debut novel, the aptly named Alona, rules her high school's social scene with an iron fist. Alona has secrets, but before readers can discover them, she gets killed ("God, buses are so ugly when you see them that close up"). While Alona is learning to cope with the fact that a ghost can't be the center of attention (and that her friends aren't as genuine as she believed them to be), her narration alternates with that of one of her former classmates, Will, a social outcast fighting a diagnosis of mental illness. Will, in fact, can see and speak with the dead, who overwhelm him with their demands to take care of last requests. Alona is part of the clamoring crowd at first, and by the time she learns to work with Will, it might be too late for him to avoid the mental hospital and make it to graduation. Bumpy initially, the story becomes steadily more engrossing as Kade finds her feet stylistically and her characters' voices and identities develop.—PW

"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

Alona Dare has it all-a cute boyfriend, elite social status, and a three-year reign as homecoming queen-until she is killed by a school bus. Now she is stuck (with several other ghosts) in some sort of middle ground, and her only apparent hope for moving into the afterlife is social outcast and goth Will Killian. Will needs to tune out the ghosts so his shrink doesn't lock him up for good, but Alona's beauty and persistence make her hard to ignore. Factor in a strange love triangle, a dangerous spirit determined to hurt Will, and an angry, belligerent principal, and it's obvious that Will needs some serious help just to survive, much less graduate. With plenty of humor, this quirky debut will appeal to both genders. The characters are fully dimensional and appealing in spite of their hang-ups, and the sexual tension and alternating narrators are reminiscent of Maggie Stievater's Shiver (2009). Despite a few implausible plot devices, the story succeeds as an exploration of high-school culture and the benefits of sacrificing yourself for another.—Booklist

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Alona Dare was the most popular girl in her high school class, or at least she was until she was run over by a school bus. Returning to the scene of her death as a ghost, she anticipates overwhelming grief at her untimely death. To her surprise, her classmates quickly move on. Not only that, but weird outcast Will Killian can see and hear her. Alona, used to getting her own way, haunts Will until he agrees to help her figure out how to progress from ghosthood to the big white light that she keeps expecting. Will has problems of his own; namely that every ghost in Groundsboro High, including a seething black mass of energy, now knows that he can see them, and they all want him to carry out their last wishes. Will and Alona have to work together to get the ghosts to stop tormenting Will, and to figure out exactly what Alona has to do in order to move on from this world. Their new relationship is full of surprises as they each experience a side of the other that neither expected. This tale of friendship from unexpected corners shows how two people can grow tremendously over time. The tale is absorbing, and Kade successfully portrays a typical present-day high school. This novel will appeal to fans of romances and ghost stories alike.—Laura Amos, Newport News Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423121978
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Series:
Ghost and the Goth Series, #1
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,255,750
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Stacey Kade (www.staceykade.com) is an award-winning corporate copywriter and successful adult sci-fi romance writer (as Stacey Klemstein). She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and three retired racing greyhounds. The Ghost and the Goth is her first YA novel.

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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
After being killed in school bus accident Alona is trapped on earth with no where to go. She goes back to school looking for answers, snooping around. She notice then that none of the students are wearing the arms bands that signify her death and her former boyfriend is now hooking up with her best friend! Flustered she walkaways angry at the world and way she ended up here. Enter Will. A loner in the school who everybody ignores. As Will is walking in the school he catches Alone walking around angry and laughs at her. Big Mistake. This catches Alona's eyes and know that he can see her. Now she decides to follow him around until he agrees to help her. They end up making a deal in which Alona will take care of the other spirits in the school who try to talk to Will as well. In this process, Alona declares herself his spirit guide, helping him with whomever in stuck on the earth plane. Together Alona and Will discover a big secret that Will's friend is hiding. Will they get there in time to stop her? Super funny. I love Will. His quick wittiness and smart remarks had me laughing. Although he seem the type of kid to be trouble, when in fact he was not. I love how Will was able to harbor his dark secret. He went on for years playing the crazy cards and then he decides it is enough running for him and time to confront the issue. His mother, Julia is a strong women. I love how she stood up for her son when no one else would. When everyone wanted to just dump in the crazy house his mother was there for him, fierce and protecting her child. I like how Alona's character wasn't all it appeared to be. She may have been pretty and popular at school but at home was a different story. Just like the rest of the student body, Alona had problems at home. She just put on this facade being mean to everyone, being little miss perfect. I was glad to read that she does realize her mistakes of the way she was treating others. Alona and Will made a great team helping the other spirits. I was disappointed at the romance. I was glad that there was spark between these two, but to kiss? Come on. Stacey did a great job writing this book. It was a simple, easy read. Her characters and their feelings felt real while reading this. I loved being emotionally pulled around. The scene with Alona's mother asking for forgiveness had me in tears. It is that in which we loose something that we treasure it the most. Stacey Kade wrote a magnificent book with a plot that enchanted me.
pagese More than 1 year ago
If it's possible for a book cover to really cover the feel of the book, I think this one is close (at least for me). It's cute, but not annoying. It also has just enough of a serious side that really gives the story a backbone. It's dual narrative, which I've really liked in recent books. Alona surprised me as a character. It just goes to show you that even the most put together girl as serious issues just like everyone else. I liked watching her accept her fate and really take charge of things. Will was great as well. He was just enough of the opposite of Alona to make the story work. And his deeper issues were an interesting moral story that just added to the book. I liked how the two gradually opened up to each other. I think there's room for a sequel, and would love to see were it goes. Overall, a fun book that's also got a serious side. I would recommend this to anyone who likes YA, summery reads, etc. I really enjoyed this one!
Kapri More than 1 year ago
Alona was a typical popular cheeleader: perfect, beautiful and self absorbed. As you start reading, though, you see a different side to the dead Homecoming Queen. You see that her home life wasn't perfect. you see that her bes friend is hooking up with her boyfriend, and has been long before she was dead. but most of all, you see her growing feeling for Will, the unpopular goth and the only one who can see e her. He starts helping her, and soon enough the feeling is mutal. Willl was very cute and weet from the beggining, and only got more likable as it went on. The Ghost and the Goth was a really fun novel. It had a couple flaws, bt none that couldn't be ignored or made it any less enjoyable. Even though I read it a while back, it would be a good summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved alona and will's connection to each other .... and it amazed me how much they like each other and depend on one another .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i love this book so so so so much! I own this book and love it and i still wanted to get it for nook!!! : )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book captures everything bout ghosts....and ghoths
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!!!!! I totaly fell in love with will, cant wait to read the next one!!!!!
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
First off I have to say that I love, love, love the cover of this one! Since for one, it reminds me of summer, a season that I wish would just get here already; and for two, the two people on the front definitely look like what I imagined Alona and Will to look like, which is cool. Anyway, getting to the review aspect of this, I'm not really sure to what to say about this one. Since on one side I really enjoyed it, but on the other I've seen stories done before like this and done better. So pretty much I'll say that The Ghost and the Goth was a solid good read, but far from being a rock-your-socks excellent book that you simply can't get enough of. Though, with saying that, The Ghost and the Goth was overall a fun filled and hilarious look at what happens when you mix a ghost and a Goth together! The characters were ones that took a while to like, but once you got past the first half of the book they kept becoming more and more likable and finally characters that I ended up loving even with the bad sides to them. Alona at first was someone who while was intriguing because of the past she would only tell slight clues about, she was stuck up and full off herself, but as mentioned above, once I got past the negative parts of her character, she become someone that I admired for her snark and her willingness to help Will. Will I pretty much I always liked, but their were still aspects of him that got on my nerves. At first look the premise of The Ghost and the Goth sounds fabulous and while it was, the execution wasn't nearly up to par as I would've liked it to have been. Since tied together with a slightly awkward beginning that I felt was trying to hard to be cool and a slow pace for the first half, I have to admit I was a wee bit disappointed. Luckily, as I got further in, everything feel into place and made The Ghost and The Goth a pretty decent read, and showed that Stacy Kade has promise! And the ending! Oh, how I'm dying to read the sequel now! Overall, The Ghost and the Goth was overall a fun filled and hilarious look at what happens when you mix a ghost and a Goth together! And while The Ghost and the Goth does have some negative points, it's still a read I highly suggest you pick up just because of the mild half, which was great, and the promise that it showed that this series will turn into something brilliant! Grade: B
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it was an amazing story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!!! Best book ever :-)
Naj More than 1 year ago
Seriously, who would ever think that breezy writing could feel so refreshing. The Ghost and the Goth was a breeze, literally. It could be one of those romantic comedy movies taken place in high school and the cover backs up that statement as much as anything else. I enjoyed reading this book even though it didn't have much depth that captures a readers attention. But thats not so much of a problem. Sometimes I'd read those books with a lighter plot like this rather than the complicated ones that requires too much thinking and predicting. The book was very vibrant, lively with a gleaming radiance. It was written in Will and Alona's perspective, which I found confusing at times, especially for someone who is used to reading books in one perspective. The characters were distinctly different and its hard to hate either Will or Alona, even though Alona was one of those perky, shallow, popular kids who bully harmless kids for sport. The story progressed rather quickly, during which a freaky ghost comes in and the usual disagreements between the characters are inputted. The Ghost and the Goth is one of the most smooth books I've ever read. It was funny, uplifting with the most hilarious and somewhat shallow characters that you can't help but have a love-hate relationship with. The biggest highlight = The popular girl and the goth? Really?! A definite page-turner that is guaranteed to keep you occupied for a day.
Samantha Clauer-Janelle More than 1 year ago
AMAZING book i couldnt put it down it was awesome 2 read 1 of my fav books
dawniek More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up at the Library where my kids were doing a craft over the summer break. I had read to chapter 4 then decided I couldn't put it down. I read this book in two days and it was great. I would recommend this book for girls who are teens and up. I am 41 and couldn't put it down. A book that will have you laughing through out it. I also recommend the second one as well, the Queen of the Dead, read it in a day these you won't want to put down.
bookworm_95 More than 1 year ago
I picked up the novel the Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade because of it's cover. It looked interesting and humorous. After reading the summary of it, I quickly got the book...and absolutely loved it! The story is about Alona Dare, the sterotypical queen bee whom everyone reading the story would immediately recognize as the arrogant, self-centered, cold-hearted cheerleader. Yes, we all know the sterotype. But when Alona is hit by a school bus full of "band geeks" (which irks Alona to no end) the homecoming queen's days of ruling the school are through. Alona then goes on to do what most ghosts seem to do...go see their own funeral. During this Alona is pleased by the amount of people mourning her...but she's in for a shock. When she returns to the school, she sees that, in fact, no one is mourning her. Her best friend has even taken over her boyfriend, making out with him in the hall. Yes, karma gave the ice-queen a new look on school. But just as Alona is about to have a major break-down she sees Will Killian, a gothic social nobody, who is looking straight at her and laughing. It doesn't take Alona long to put two and two together and figure out that Will can see her. And here is where the book gets good. It's a new take on cheerleader-and-bad-boy. Will, who thinks Alona is getting exactly what she deserves has secretly been harboring a crush on her since the sixth grade. And Alona is about to see that maybe popularity isn't everything and that the social outcasts may be more true than the group she hung out with. Aside from their relevations, the two are presented with many challenges, including keeping Alona from vanishing (not moving on, just evaporating), dealing with a ghost that can harm both Will and Alona, attempts to get Will confined and much more. The subject may not be a new one, but the story was cute, humorous, and has left me waiting for Queen of the Dead, the sequel to the Ghost and the Goth. All in all, I recommend this to all paranormal romance lovers!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read and ARC of this and enjoyed every moment of it! It is about a somewhat stereotypical popular girl who dies suddenly and becomes a ghost and a somewhat anti-social boy who is now the only one who can see her. While some of the story is rather simpistic, it is more than made up for by the refreshing realism, sarcasm, and wit of the dialogue and prose. I also really liked how Kade doesn't beat you over the head with the romance portion. In fact, she realistically and deftly handles all the various types of (mostly somewhat delightfully dysfunctional) relationships within her book instead of the usual eye-roll-inducing melodrama or over-the-top quirkiness. It's def. a really fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book would usually catch but because i
Liskill More than 1 year ago
This is recommended for you people - and you know who you are- who love fiction and a good book. Couldn't put the NookColor? down! Recommended! That's why it is a give star!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stacey Kade is a great wirter she just has a way with words. The cover wa the first thing that cought my eye. It looks so funny. I finished it in 2 days i could not put it down. IF your looking for a good read this is the book for you!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i usually never read these kinds of books, this was my first and i loved it!!!! so many unexpected twists!!! i would definitely recommend this book to everybody!! :)
Camille_Cassadine More than 1 year ago
I only picked this book up because I saw the cover hidden on the lower shelf and it caught my eye. The title and cover along with the inscription were all very light and humorous and just what I was looking for so I kept it in mind. When I finally purchased it and began to read it I really got into it. It didn't feel like most high school stereotype based books because the two characters were actually very enjoyable and had a little bit of depth to them. I actually fell for Will, too. Overall, the book will make you laugh and is thrilling enough to keep your attention until the end. It was short and sweet, though I wish it was longer. Can't wait to pick up the next one at the end of May. Enjoy.
ReadingReaper More than 1 year ago
soooo good i bought it at 11 and stayed up till 4 to finnish its a must read
PatriciaJL More than 1 year ago
This was an absolute cute book. Despite the serious undertone of someone dieing, this was a very light hearted book. Alona Dare, the once Queen Bee, most popular, voted Prom Queen 3 times in a row, tier one, is now dead.... and a ghost. Expecting everyone to mourn her death indefinitely, Alona learns that she might not have been seen the way she worked so hard to be: Perfect. Will Killian, a pseudo goth, no tier qualified, is counting down the days until graduates and can leave his hometown to somewhere where there won't be as many ghosts as he sees everyday. To say that these two high schoolers belong to 2 totally different groups and opposite ends of the spectrum is the Understatement of the year. Just a few days after Alona's sudden death, that everyone seems to think was a suicide, she finds that only Will can see and talk to her. However, Will has made it a point to pretend he can't see ghosts, afraid that they will lock him away for good in the "loony bin". Unfortunately, Alona doesn't care and is desperate for his help (despite the fact that knows that if anyone ever saw her with him, if she was alive, then her reputation would be lost forever!!). To both of their surprise they learn that they need each others' help. Like I said, this was a very cute book. Alona, despite her spats of selfishness and rudeness and quick judgments, is actually quite a strong character. Her selfishness, rudeness, and judgments is actually what I love most about her character - she grows as a person (being dead and all she can finally be different that what was expected of her), but she still holds onto parts of her fiestiness. Will is also very judgmental at times, but learns that everyone is just trying to find their place in the world, some more than others. I really liked how this book was told from both points of views instead of from just one character. This book was also a really easy read, with no confusion at all. To top things off this book also has a few twists, and one major one that I was not expecting at all. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone looking for a quick light read that will make you laugh and smile. A+++
Kimiko00 More than 1 year ago
It has to be one of my most favorite books of all time.. It was AMAZING! I couldn't stop reading.. I finished it in 3 days because of this. I highly recommend this book if you love romance, ghosts, and twists!