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I Date Dead People (My Boyfriend Is a Monster Series #5)

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Nora Reilly is an old soul. Her idea of fun is reading a Jane Austen novel in her family's Victorian home. She didn't expect to find a kindred spirit in the house's oldest occupant, Tom Barnes. Tom is a sweet and handsome boy who died over a hundred years ago. His soul is trapped in the house, and he's not alone. There are other mysterious tenants . . . and darker shadows, sinister and nameless.

Does love stand a ghost of a chance against such odds? Nora's friends aren’t so ...

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Overview

Nora Reilly is an old soul. Her idea of fun is reading a Jane Austen novel in her family's Victorian home. She didn't expect to find a kindred spirit in the house's oldest occupant, Tom Barnes. Tom is a sweet and handsome boy who died over a hundred years ago. His soul is trapped in the house, and he's not alone. There are other mysterious tenants . . . and darker shadows, sinister and nameless.

Does love stand a ghost of a chance against such odds? Nora's friends aren’t so sure. They think she should give up the ghost and look for a boyfriend who is a little more lively. But Nora will do whatever it takes to make the relationship work, even against the threat of meddling ghost hunters, snooping psychics, and the worst danger of all to her first solid relationship—her parents.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
The title certainly catches your attention! When Nora is eating breakfast with her brother Aiden and little sister Bean, her mother notices that Bean's hair is braided and asked who did it for her. Bean replied, "The maid" which is odd, because they don't have a maid. Right after that, the door slams and everyone thinks it is the wind, but Aiden knows better. Nora meets her friend Kirsty and as they walk to school Kirsty says how great it must be to live in a historical house and that maybe they would be able to search and find important documents. Later when the two girls are sitting on Nora's bed talking, Kirsty feels something fall down on the bed but there is nothing there. Strange things begin to happen. When the family decides to donate the grandfather clock to a literary society, Nora sees a ghost at the bottom of the stairs and all it says is, "Don't move the clock." When she talks to her brother and sister, they admit that they also have seen the ghost. The story gets a little complicated at this point. Nora confronts the ghost and they both realize they have a lot in common, but can she actually date a ghost? The reader realizes that the romance is getting serious, but how can this ever work out? I won't give the ending away, but if you like ghost stories with a touch of love and you can actually connect with the heroine's feelings, then this is the book for you. I absolutely love graphic novels for young people. This is a terrific book. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
Kirkus Reviews
"I'll never find a Mr. Darcy or a Heathcliff in this world," moans Nora. Maybe not in this world. Featuring a new family and an old house with a veritable platoon of supernatural residents, this latest entry in the tongue-in-cheek My Boyfriend is a Monster series hooks up a modern teenager and hunky, long-dead Thomas, who, it turns out, can manifest strongly enough to lock hands and lips. That's the good news. Not so good: Two malicious poltergeists, a spectral moaner and a dark entity that can suck up both ghostly and living bodies, threaten to drive Nora and her family away entirely unless she can find a way to exorcise the lot. Except that the characters all sport oversized manga-esque eyes, the easy-to-follow black-and-white panels are drawn with a loose, expressive realism that effectively captures the plot's droll and eerie turns. In the end, with a psychic's help Nora does the deed even though it means Thomas' departure, too—leaving her free for a budding new relationship with a (breathing) schoolmate. Any resemblances to Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze are surely coincidental. (Graphic paranormal romance. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761385493
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Series: My Boyfriend Is a Monster Series , #5
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 423,508
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: GN300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Kerns has edited and written many nonfiction books for young readers. She also enjoys reading, travel, cooking, and music. Born in Illinois, Ann currently lives in Minneapolis.

Janina Görrissen was born and raised in Ludwigshafen, Germany. After finishing high school she studied Graphic Arts at the Joso Comic School in Barcelona, Spain. After finishing the three-year course, Janina was able to start working in the comic industry and got to draw her first published work, Kairi. Janina has also done the graphic novel Black is for Beginnings for Flux Publishing and I Love Him to Pieces for Lerner Publishing Group. She has also done various smaller illustration commissions.

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

    Really good

    This time we have a ghost love interest. Anyway, this was cute. Tom is adorable. I like this one a little better than the last one. Like another reviewer mentioned, the art does remind you of Black is for Beginnings. Especially them facial expressions. The ending I kind of surprised but at the same time, kind of liked in a way. A little different than the last ones.

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