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Give Up the Ghost [NOOK Book]

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Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts over “breathers.” Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody…and Cass loves dirt. She’s on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.

But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass’s whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.

As Cass ...

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Overview


Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts over “breathers.” Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody…and Cass loves dirt. She’s on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.

But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass’s whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.

As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim’s life, she’s surprised to realize he’s not so bad—and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it’s time to give the living another chance….



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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Crewe's debut novel, despite its paranormal twist, is realistic and honest in its portrayal of an angry, struggling teenage girl. Four years after her older sister, Paige, accidentally drowns, 16-year-old Cassandra is embittered by rejection from her peers and estrangement from her grieving parents. Cass doesn't really miss her sister, though, because Paige is haunting her—lovingly but unrelentingly. The sisters are closer than ever because no one else can see Paige, and no one else will talk to Cass. Cass uses her ability to speak with ghosts to ferret out ugly secrets about her classmates, earning her a reputation as a psychic freak. After popular student Tim approaches Cass with an uncanny request, however, she begins to rethink her vengeful motives. But bad habits can't be overcome in an instant, and walking a narrative mile in Cass's shoes will leave readers wincing (“I haven't liked anyone who wasn't dead for four years,” she tells Tim after his life takes an especially dark turn). This coming-of-age novel avoids unrealistically neat moments of closure—it will make readers hurt, and maybe even believe. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—A supernatural twist on the "Mean Girls" plot provides page-turning action. Cass McKenna sees ghosts. Her first spotting was her sister Paige, who failed to pass on to the afterlife following a drowning accident. Unfortunately for Cass, Paige and the ghosts that inhabit her school are her only friends. A junior-high bullying incident left her jaded and angry, and as revenge, she uses her supernatural informants to spill her classmates' juiciest secrets. When the student council VP discovers her covert ability, Cass unwillingly helps him contact his dead mother, leading to changes in her social status. Cass isn't the most lovable of protagonists, but her resentment is well developed and convincingly sustained throughout. Mysterious plot elements and the budding relationship between Cass and the VP will quickly engage reluctant readers.—Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Cass McKenna has been an outcast since junior high, and she's just fine with that, thanks. What does she need with the living when she can see and speak to the dead, who furnish her with all the delicious gossip she needs to get back at the jerks who blackballed her so viciously so long ago? Cass's only confidante is the ghost of her sister Paige, and she lives in polite half-silence with her dad while her mother accepts far-flung freelance travel-journalism assignments to escape her grief. When student council vice-president Tim approaches Cass to ask if she can contact his late mother, the two slowly-in prickly fits and starts-inch toward friendship. The weight of Tim's loss is palpable, and as Cass comes to understand the depth of his sadness, she begins to embrace life again herself. Beneath some predictable plotting is a poignant character study of a deeply wounded girl moving toward a nuanced, forgiving view of humanity. Crewe's first effort will make readers wonder what else she's got up her sleeve. (Paranormal. YA)
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“Crewe’s first effort will make readers wonder what else she’s got up her sleeve.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This coming-of-age novel avoids unrealistically neat moments of closure—it will make readers hurt, and maybe even believe.”—Publishers Weekly

“A supernatural twist on the ‘Mean Girls’ plot provides page-turning action. . . . Mysterious plot elements and the budding relationship between Cass and the VP will quickly engage reluctant readers.”—School Library Journal

“A school-dynamics story with a great original hook.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429918657
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,250,542
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Lexile: HL660L (what's this?)
  • File size: 229 KB

Meet the Author


MEGAN CREWE lives in Toronto, Canada, where she tutors children and teens with special needs. She has yet to make friends with a ghost, though she welcomes the opportunity. This is her first novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    AWESOME"

    Ive only read the saple and I definetly buyinng it!!! I love it!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    OMFG!!!

    THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! IM NOT THE BOOK WORM TYPE BUT FOR SOME REASON I COULDNT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN....I HOPE MEGAN CREW WRITES A PT 2!! :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

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    Worth the read

    Very fun and well written. Page turning keep me up at night book that is truly young adult! Would highly reccomend!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

    This is yet another great debut novel. I was really excited to read this and I'm glad I can say I wasn't disappointed.

    The characters were all realistic and that was refreshing to read about, especially Cass. Sometimes I get tired of reading about good girls, so it's always nice to shake things up. Cass was quite rude to people and for basically the entire book, she tried to alienate herself from those around her (that were living, of course). There were times where I wanted to shake, or slap her because I thought she was being annoying and somewhat of a hypocrite. But once her story unfolded, I understood a little better as to why she acted the way she did.

    I still don't exactly understand how Cass got her powers. For me, I need more of an explanation than she just woke up with them one day. I did enjoy the funny conversations she had with her ghost friends, who were the ones to give Cass all the dirt on people at her school.

    Give Up the Ghost was a fun and exciting read. One that I'm sure, many of you would enjoy. I do look forward to reading more of Megan Crewe's work.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    MUST READ!!

    This book is really good. Yes, maybe at first i didn't know what to expect, but i was glad that i still read it. Although i do wish there could've been some romance or spark between Cass and Tim. This book has a good writing style, the writer makes a convincing teenager, modern thinking and talking. It was AMAZING.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2010

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    AWESOME!!!

    GIVE UP THE GHOST was a thrilling book. You never got bored or wanted to skip some part of the book,it was GREAT through the whole thing!! I wasn't going to get the book but I got it anyway and I have to say that I'm glad I did!!! I couldn't put the book down!. That's how GREAT the book is and I'm thirteen years old it may not seem like that young but really I have to say I loved it!!!

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    haunting

    There are lots of teen paranormal romances out there, but Give up the Ghost, by Megan Crewe, stands a step apart from others that I've read, and a step above many. No vampires. No irredeemable cliques. No infinitely gorgeous males and adoring fans. The characters in Megan Crewe's first novel seem surprisingly normal and familiar, apart from the minor detail that Cass sees dead people. And even that detail becomes absorbingly real as the story goes on.

    Yes, there are ghosts, and no, there's no deep analysis of why they're there or where they go. But more importantly there are teenagers dealing with the tortures and trials of real life; the unpopular girl who hates everyone; the popular guy who's life is falling apart. There are parents as awkward and well-meaning as only a parent can be, as hurting and as hurt. And there's those first frail steps towards a sweet vulnerability that keeps the world turning as the pages fly. I really enjoyed this book, from start to finish, and I'll be looking out for more from this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

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    A Ghostly Tale

    It's been a long time since Cass trusted anyone living. To outsiders, she's anti-social, but in reality, you just can't see her friends. A month before her sister died Cass had been going through a rough time with her former BFF. Now the only friends Cass counts are those who people can't normally see. Not only does Cass know all the dirt on people, she sometimes uses it to her advantage. However when one boy in the popular crowd approaches her for help, Cass can't help but become involved. His mother died not that long ago and he's looking for a chance to get in touch with her. at first, Cass thinks he's just another spoiled popular jock, but as she spends more time with him, she comes to know the boy under the mask. Cass realizes he has problems of his own and she might be the only one who can save him. But that would mean showing someone living that she actually cares. Can Cass show her true feelings or will she continue to shut out the world?

    This book was different than what I expected - a more paranormal ghost haunting tale when in reality, it's more about the Cass and Matt than the ghosts. Still, it's a great read with an inviting cover. I really enjoyed the storyline. I could see Cass clearly and why she chose to hide herself away from the world. The question of popular vs being yourself was excellently executed and thoroughly entertaining. I look forward to the next book by Megan Crewe.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    Really good:)

    I'd be lying if I said I hadn't anticipated this book much-I was dying for it! So when it first landed on my lap, I literally squealed. So naturally, I had a lot to expect from this book. And believe me, I wasn't disappointed.
    Cass McKenna is a social pariah, made so by the overreaction and revenge taken by her ex-best friend just because Cass got a place in the debate team that she wanted by chance, and got to be around the guy that she liked. Now, this idea may seem inflated at first look, but it wasn't. It was made to be a story that could happen to anyone and everyone. Neither is this book a typical "ghost story". Even the ghosts have well-crafted characters, which serves as a fresh breath of air. Cass' desire for revenge is human and not something that turns her into an abominable character. But we can't help but notice how she also realizes that it wasn't worth it after all. The trust issues that hold Cass back are very neatly justified, not like an essay in itself but gradually as the story progresses. That is exactly why when she hesitates from being a friend to Tim, her defiance does not annoy us-rather it makes us empathize with her. Tim is one heck of an adorable character. The death of his mother along with his realization that his "friends" aren't exactly his true friends makes him miserable at best. He feels utterly lonely at this point, and the emotions that he feels are amazingly communicates with the reader. You can't help but feel like going over and giving him a tight bear hug. I was really glad that Cass came around and offered her friendship and support-and the way their relationship wasn't all mushy and all-over-the-place. The way Cass takes baby steps towards giving people a chance and not be so stereotyping and opinionated made me admire her. None of the characters are too clichéd or exaggerated. She also gradually but awkwardly comes to terms with the fact that she genuinely cares about Tim. Danielle, Cass' ex-best friend, showed hopes of redemption near the ending and the fact that she was worried about Tim shows us that she's not completely disloyal or uncompassionate. Imagery is very well done, as it succeeds in pulling the reader into the book's own world.
    The best parts of the book were the fresh outlook, the hope of redemption and healing that each and every character showed and the well-drawn reasoning behind the characters' actions. The book certainly had a neat quality about it. What I felt could have been better were: 1.) the character development felt a little stagnant at times-however, all the characters did end up in their proper positions by the end of the book; 2.) The characters could have used a little more depth-especially Cass. I would've loved to know more about her. Same goes with Tim.
    Everything put together and weighed out against each other, I would recommend this book as a good reader to any reader looking for a spanking new plotline and outlook. The book also has high entertainment value and should keep you occupied throughout the entire read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Kimberly

    Hey stop.... this isnt the solution!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Blair ;*(

    Walks bck to school tears streaking her face

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

    ehh...

    Good for if you're bored and looking for a quick, easy read. However, not very memorable, and the ending was fairly anticlimactic.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

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    I Won't Give Up the Ghost

    Give up the ghost was different than I expected it to be-I thought that the majority of it would be about how she got her ability and a lot on the ghost she sees, but most of it has to deal around Tim and his lose. I really loved the combination of realistic events and paranormal things in this book. For most of the book I was dry eyed, but part at the end had me crying so much I couldn't see the page. I really enjoyed this book and the life-like personalities of the characters. The only thing that I wanted to learn more about was the death of her sister, Norris and Bitzy.I really like the ghosts in this book but I'd have liked to hear a little more about them. I also don't think that the issue with Matti and Paul was solved at the end. I liked the ending because it was simple and could you could sort of decide how u wanted it to end, but it could have used a little more in my opinion. Over all, i thought this book was a good read and I recommend it to ghost lovers or really anybody.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    Great book!

    Let me tell you how excited I was for this book; YA supernatural books have been intriguing me for a while now. With so many different authors and mediums out there ghosts (which you can tell by the title is what this book entails) have been shown in so many different lights. Megan Crewe instead takes ghosts somewhere else, they're not trying to scare people or anything of the like instead they essentially watch them and that's where Cassie (or Cass) comes in they tell her the dirty on people and she essentially outs them when the times comes. But giving our generation penchant for reality tv, doesn't it make sense?

    But she's approached by a fellow classmate for help in contacting his dead mother. But the book draws you in even though it's only around 240 pages, it's over before you really know it (and how I wished this book was longer).The characters are extremely realistic and you'll be booing for some and rooting for the others. And I really like the growth you see with Cass by the end of the book. All in all it's a very good read and I recommend it for anyone. Doesn't matter if they like Supernatural YA or realistic YA, this book will suit either one of them.

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  • Posted September 10, 2009

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    If there's one sentence that could sum up Cass McKenna's life, it would probably be that infamous line from the movie The Sixth Sense: "I see dead people."

    Ever since Cass's big sister, Paige, drowned the night of her Junior Prom, Cass has had the gift - or curse - of being able to see ghosts. Or, to be technical, to see, hear, and communicate with spirits who haven't moved on to wherever spirits go after people die. The morning after her sister's death, Cass made the mistake of mentioning to her parents that Paige couldn't be dead, since she was crying upstairs in her bedroom. One therapist later, Cass has realized that telling people about her little "secret" of communicating with the dead isn't a good idea.

    Cass has learned to use her ghost-seeing powers to great effect. Never all that popular to begin with, she's made a lot of enemies at Frazer Collegiate by using the information that her spirit friends provide for her. Cheating on your girlfriend? Cass probably knows about it. Posting nasty things on a blog about the girl who does your homework for you? Cass probably knows about it. Passing along information to keep one of your best friends off the Athlete of the Year list? Cass knows about that, too.

    It's not hard to see why Norris and Bitzy, the two resident school ghosts, are Cass's only friends.

    But then enters Tim Reed, Student Council Vice President, who somehow manages to find out Cass's secret. Tim wants Cass's help in contacting his dead mother. Cass reluctantly agrees, planning to use Tim's popularity status to get dirt on the one person she needs to knock down the most - her ex-best friend, Danielle.

    It all sounds like a good plan, except that Cass doesn't know that doing so will put her in a very strange position - that of learning to care about someone else, and finding out that revenge isn't always as sweet as you think it will be.

    It's hard to believe that GIVE UP THE GHOST is Megan Crewe's debut novel. It's wonderfully written, has characters who are easy to relate to, and contains pitch-perfect dialogue. It deals with feelings of abandonment and loneliness, with bullying and depression, and even alcohol abuse and suicidal thoughts with true emotion and feeling. Nothing ever comes off as heavy-handed, but I appreciated the fact that Ms. Crewe showed the darker side of being a teen within the context of what could have been just a fun, frothy paranormal read.

    The story comes to a not quite happily-ever-after conclusion, but I could easily envision more stories featuring Cass and Tim in the future. GIVE UP THE GHOST is a winner!

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

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    What if all your friends were ghosts?

    With the interesting premise ( Ghost Whisper meets High School, anyone?) and awesome cover Give Up The Ghost had, I knew that I was in for one superb treat.

    Give Up The Ghost was a new and fresh take on the whole ghost seeing subject. I liked how the ghosts Cass saw such as Norris and Bitzy were a key part of the story and two of Cass's closest friends. Also, it was interesting to see Cass and Paige's, her dead sister, relationship. Since, it provided for some drama and was a cute part of the book.

    While Cass was a funny and heartwarming character, she could get on my nerves at times, because of her awkwardness around her classmates. Though, at the same time, I admired her no crap attitude. Tom was another likable character that had many layers to him. Since, at first glance you would think he would be an annoying full of himself jock, but at heart he was a normal teenage boy dealing with the loss of a loved one.

    The plot was well developed and always kept me on my toes, with the different revelations that occurred. Such as, what happened in middle school to Cass to why did Paige die?

    Lastly, I have to say, Megan Crewe is another great add to the YA Market. Her writing was well done while still having a feel that the novel was being told from a true teenager's mouth. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by her in the future.

    Overall, Give Up The Ghost is a fantastic debut that I suggest to all! I can't wait to see what others think about it.

    Grade: A+

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