Ghost Time

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Thea Denny hates the tenth grade, and her home life isn’t easy. But she’s passionate about making art — and about her math-genius boyfriend, Cam, a recent transfer to her upstate New York high school from California.

One day Cam mysteriously vanishes — and then things really get weird. The stars on the school flag go missing, eerily cut out.
Intimate videos of Cam and Thea start going viral online — videos they never took. The FBI gets ...

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Overview

Thea Denny hates the tenth grade, and her home life isn’t easy. But she’s passionate about making art — and about her math-genius boyfriend, Cam, a recent transfer to her upstate New York high school from California.

One day Cam mysteriously vanishes — and then things really get weird. The stars on the school flag go missing, eerily cut out.
Intimate videos of Cam and Thea start going viral online — videos they never took. The FBI gets involved. And Thea can hear the voice of Melody — a beautiful, disabled girl her age, whose illness has left her mute since birth.

Cam once claimed to be the world’s foremost hacker. . . . Is he trying to reach her, send her a sign — or is Thea losing her mind?

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lucy Schall
This sci-fi/mystery/romance/issues book centers on fifteen-year-old Thea Denny, a Goth girl who has weathered her parents' divorce, bullying, social disgrace, financial hardship, and cutting. Her new math-genius boyfriend, a hacker, disappears. Thea receives strange public messages. Salacious videos, some true and some false, of Thea and Cam, even Thea's fantasies, appear online, and she discovers telepathic ties with Melody, the handicapped daughter of the detective who is on Cam's missing-person's case. A sinister FBI agent emerges with threats and unwelcome facts about the mysterious Cam, and Thea's helping Melody gain independence leads to criminal charges. This grab bag of events focuses primarily on Thea's sex life as the fifteen-year-old recalls her biting, spanking, and love-making encounters with Cam. The specific times and dates which name the chapters make little sense as the story moves from past to present. The self-centered, whining Thea has amazingly poor judgment which is supported by her enabling mother who, like the other characters, is flat and unbelievable. Using every hook to draw in teen readers, Eldridge delivers a disconnected plot centered on the theme, "Choose your friends wisely." Unfortunately, Thea never gets the message, and the reader may not have the patience to get there either. Skip this acquisition. The readers mature enough to handle the language and sex would be too sophisticated to accept the events and characters. Reviewer: Lucy Schall
Kirkus Reviews
In this overstuffed crossover debut, a narrative that zigzags chronologically paints increasingly disquieting elements into a seemingly typical teen romance/mystery. The story is cast as a teenspeak monologue divided into chapters that alternate between an ongoing present and increasingly distant past events. Thea's tale begins with the disappearance of Cam, a schoolmate recently arrived in their upstate New York town. As weeks pass, in the wake of Cam's observations that time is coded and subject to hacking just like computer programs, strange incidents--a glowing tattoo appears on Thea's shoulder; a flood of undeletable sex tapes begins to appear on the Web, growing sharper with every viewing--add a paranormal streak. Meanwhile, both going forward and in retrospective memories of six months of predictable highlights, like the pair's first date, first kiss and first visit to a favorite diner, Thea drops chilling references to her previous history of sustained cutting and then institutionalization. Along with creating an unlikable narrator who cranks bad temper and emotional instability to exhausting levels, Eldridge stuffs her novel with extraneous subplots. She shoehorns in a devastating revelation about Cam's identity and past near the end and then brings the whole story to a sudden close without explaining any of the mysteries or resolving any of the multiple plotlines. A jumble of nonintegrated parts, admirable for its technical ambition but nothing else. (Paranormal/science fiction/fantasy/mystery/romance. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477816578
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,260,208
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Courtney Eldridge is the author of Unkempt, a story collection, and The Generosity of Women, a novel. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including McSweeney’s, BOMB, and The New York Times Magazine. This is her first book for teens. She lives in Los Angeles and curates the Saccades Project, an arts website. Learn more: www.courtneyeldridge.com.

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  • Posted December 19, 2013

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    ARC/Sci-Fi (maybe): This book has such a good premise, but the

    ARC/Sci-Fi (maybe): This book has such a good premise, but the writing is so strange. There are no quotation marks in the speaking and it is hard to keep track who is speaking. The book is in first person and the speaker goes between talking like a teen (which she is) and someone older.
    I just wish the book was less confusing. I starting skimming through "past" chapters and concentrating only on the "future" chapters.
    Disclaimer: this book was won on Goodreads for a honest review.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    I received this book ARC edition that was provided by NetGalley

    I received this book ARC edition that was provided by NetGalley and Amazon Children's Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: June 11, 2013.

    Where do I start with this book? First let me say I am rating it as 3 1/2 stars and not 3. Half the time I was confused which I think was mostly because of the chapters. They were put into time frames as before Cam's disappearance and after it, and I seemed to get a bit lost with that. Another thing that bothered me was the so called "valley girl" talk. It literally drove me batty through out the whole book, I did try to ignore it the best that I could. I do assume that is just how the author writes.

    Now the ending, I would like to know what the heck happened to Cam? Could it be that Thea is going crazy? Or did Cam happen to crack the code that he is always talking about?

    I did enjoy the little romance that Cam and Thea had one of those cute teenage romances. Even though there is an age difference one is fifteen the other eighteen.
    I also liked the twist that was thrown in there about Cam I want to say towards the end. I didn't see that coming at all.

    What Thea is going though my heart did break for her as I know it must have been hard with Cam disappearing and then have her personal life come out.

    Overall it was a decent book, after reading the other reviews I see that this is part of a series. Now that I know that I do believe I would love to read book two and see if it improves a lot.

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