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A lonely boy walking along a highway one autumn evening meets the boy of his dreams, a boy who happens to have died decades ago and haunts the road. Awkward crushes, both bitter and sweet, lead him to face youthful dreams and childish fears. With its cast of offbeat friends, antiques, and Ouija boards, Vintage is not your typical romance but does offers readers a memorable blend of dark humor, chills and love.
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Overview

A lonely boy walking along a highway one autumn evening meets the boy of his dreams, a boy who happens to have died decades ago and haunts the road. Awkward crushes, both bitter and sweet, lead him to face youthful dreams and childish fears. With its cast of offbeat friends, antiques, and Ouija boards, Vintage is not your typical romance but does offers readers a memorable blend of dark humor, chills and love.
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Gr 9 Up An unnamed, gay Goth enthusiast and his friend Trace spend their time frequenting thrift shops, attending random funerals, and playing with ouija boards. On the way home from one of their jaunts, the protagonist finds himself haunted by a jock-ish ghost dressed in 1950s regalia. At first, he is charmed, intrigued, and turned on, but when the ghost, Josh, turns out to be a jealous maniac bent on keeping him forever, the teen discovers that he needs to ditch the demon-and fast-before it's too late. The action kicks off with a blast in this slim, densely packed volume and keeps chugging forward until the bitter end. Berman has created a creepy, kitschy, lusty atmosphere-particularly when the narrator's abilities to tap into a ghost's past are harnessed-that should appeal to mature horror fans. That said, the narrative is weakened by more telling than showing, especially when the more gripping sequences are stalled by explanation rather than rapid-fire action. All the same, gay teen readers who've been hankering for a horror story all their own will be thrilled with all of the creeps, crawls, chills, and eyeliner that Berman has to offer.-Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590210536
  • Publisher: Lethe Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 838,871
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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"I know your ghost." She laughed. "Well not know him, but know of him. As soon as you mentioned 47. It's an old urban legend around here."

"I didn't think this 'burb was big enough to qualify as urban."

"Now, now. So what did he say?"

I shrugged, pretending to be apathetic. "Not much." In truth, I couldn't recall all he said and it drove me crazy. "Something about a party and being late, I think."

She nodded several times. "He would say that."

I reached out and grabbed her hand. "Tell me."

"Well, over forty years ago a kid was killed out on that stretch of road. Run down." She lowered her voice to seem dramatic. "Some say accident. Some say not."

"Since then... well, every kid in town knows that his ghost keeps trying to get home. We all want a glimpse. Last time I was out there looking for him was back in junior high with some friends and we all hid in the woods. I fell asleep." The regret in her voice was very evident. "Still some say they've seen him. A lot of the time they're truckers out late and pass a lonesome guy on the road. He's not in their rearview mirror. Or some lost couple stops and asks him for directions. He never speaks though. And he never reaches home."

Vintage: A Ghost Story is a smart and stylish work of contemporary gay fantasy with a gothic twist.

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