Angelina's Secret

Angelina's Secret

by Lisa Rogers
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Angelina's Secret by Lisa Rogers

As a child, Angelina spent years in counseling learning that Josie, her imaginary friend, wasn't real, but it turns out her childhood friend wasn't imaginary after all.Now Angelina has to accept she's either (A) crazy or (B) able to see ghosts. Wanting to believe in her sanity, she chooses (B) and welcomes Josie back into her life. But even Josie can't help her deal with Shelly, the spirit of a confused teenager, and things go very, very wrong.When Angelina finds herself in a psychiatric hospital, she faces a choice: she can spend the rest of her life pretending to be someone she isn't, or she can embrace who she is and take a chance that she may never get to go home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983157281
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 14 Years

About the Author

With her children now grown, Lisa Rogers dedicates her time to writing and learning about paranormal phenomena. When she's not strapped to her computer at the rural Oklahoma home she shares with her husband, she can generally be found poking around a dilapidated old building or visiting some historical place, perhaps searching for her next out of body character.

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Angelina's Secret 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Novelsontherun More than 1 year ago
Angelina gets premonitions. She has dreams. Unfortunately a cheerleading routine winds her in hot water and she ends up in a mental hospital. Angelina sees ghosts. Her imaginary friend from her childhood, Josie ,has resurfaced and this sets of more ghosts finding their way into Angelina’s path. Rosie was handy, she knew what was good off the!! On a more serious note, I could not stand Patty, Angelina’s mum. I thought her behaviour to be too excessive and down right unsupportive, to the extent her daughter was hospitalised. I thought Patty thought more about herself than her daughter. Dr Bowman I found a little annoying as well. She convinced Patty to not believe in her daughter. I liked Kobi and the forming of their friendship under unusual circumstances. Josie was cute with her misunderstanding of the modern day lingo. If Josie had stayed out of Angelina’s life, then she may have continued with her mantra ‘Josies not real’, like she was taught when she was a little girl. It may have saved her a whole lot of tears. So what if you believe in ghosts or you see them. John Edwards is not in a mental facility. People pay to see him and hear what he has to say. I think Patty’s own fears made a whole lot of mess for Angelina. I loved Sam. He knew his sister wasn’t crazy. He was even willing to find a reason for what she saw. I loved he was open minded. I did enjoy this book , no matter how angry I got with Patty. I think it has to do with being a mum, and believing I will support whatever my kids tell me. I thought it was a great ending to this story.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Angelina is in high school, she is a cheerleader, and has recently broken up with her boyfriend, your typical teenager, right.....not. You see, Angelina sees ghosts. She not only sees them, she carries on conversations with them, interacts with them, and is even friends with them. Angelina has been having dreams, sometimes terrible dreams, that come true. When she tries to talk to her mother about it, her mom just gets upset and dismisses her, telling her its nonsense. Then, Angelina begins to see Josie, her imaginary friend from when she was a child. Her mom made her go through 3 years of counseling because of Josie when she was younger. As it turns out, Josie is a ghost. Not only can Angelina see Josie, but she see's others as well. After a cheerleading routine influenced by another ghost, Shelly, her mom looses it and they decide to put Angelina in a mental hospital. Naturally, the doctors think she is hallucinating also, but Angelina finds out she's not the only one, and she is determined that her family believe her. Will her determination end up making believers of her family, or will it get her sent to the West Wing, where the really crazy people go? Angelina's Secret was an entertaining paranormal ghost story, not frightening at all, but interesting with its own unique paranormal twist on the whole "ghost" aspect. Angelina was a really sweet girl, and I felt sorry for her because her mom was so unrelenting in her determination to convince Angelina that the things she was seeing weren't real. I liked Sam, Angelina's brother, as well as Kobi and Rebecca, who like Angelina, could see ghosts. The most enjoyable and fun characters in the book, however, were the ghosts themselves, who helped to make this a lighthearted story, even in the midst of some serious situations. In fact, it is Josie and her ghostly cohorts that Angelina has to rely on to help her convince her family that she is not crazy. I found this book to be delightful. If you are looking for a quick, lighthearted, paranormal read, then this is one you probably would enjoy.
cubicleblindnessKM More than 1 year ago
Clean Teen Read A light, clean read that will leave you wondering if it's all psychological or are ghosts really communicating with Angelina. Characters: There is a really great family dynamics that happens in this story. During the big events in the book, her brother comes home from college and they work through and celebrate everything as a family. This was something that stood out in the book and I rarely see. As far as friends go, Angelina doesn't really have a best friend, there is one girl that she hangs out with but it does not seem that they are really close. As the story continues more characters come in and finally some relationships grow. Plot: Angelina believes that she can see the future. Her mother is concerned because Angelina has already spent years of her childhood in counseling. But when she is visiting the boy in hospital, both he and herself see the same imaginary friend, Josie appear. Angelina soon learns that it's Josie who is really a ghost is the one that can see into the future and has been giving Angelina those dreams. Soon Angelina continues to experience more and more events until her parents eventually send her to the hospital to figure out of she is really ill and needs to go on meds or be committed. Originality: I cannot think of anything that this book was similar to. It's got an angle to it that is more family oriented and most teen novels are not. It's not a romance, there is no love triangles or even much talk of love at all. I think that Josie sending messages through Angelina in her dreams was the most original thing I have read in a long time, but it does not continue throughout the story. Writing: Although the story involves a high school girl, I think that younger readers will enjoy this story as well. There is nothing to scary or complex in the characters or the plot. It is also a pretty fast read at just about 200 pages or so. Krista's Review: If you are looking for a story that contains no swearing or sex, this may be the right story for you. It's clean and it's a fast read. There are ghosts involved, but it's not a suspenseful or scary novel in any way. Angelina is just trying to deal with what is happening to her and how that affects her family and friends and schooling. I could appreciate the fact that Angelina stood by her decision when she finally decided what she was doing, how she wanted to live her life. 3 snitches
skyla11377 More than 1 year ago
Review Of Angelina's Secret By Lisa J. Rogers I really enjoyed reading Angelina's Secret. It was an enjoyable ghost story without being predictable. The book had a great flow to it and it held my attention the whole time. When Angelina (Angel) was a child she thought she had an imaginary friend by the name of Josie but when Angel is 17 she comes to find out that Josie is actually a ghost and she tells Angel that she has a gift and that is why she can see and hear her. Pining for her old "friend" Angel welcomes Josie back with open arms but in doing so she causes her mother (who refuses to believe her daughter can see ghosts) to seek help from a shrink that Angel knows all to well from her childhood. In between all of that Angel is trying to make it through high school, being a cheerleader, a recent breakup with her boyfriend, and a new girl in school by the name of Kobi. Dr. Bowman convinces Angel's parents to evaluate/commit her in the hopes of curing her of believing she can see and talk to Josie. While being hospitalized, Angel finds some unlikely allies to help her hold on to her sanity and figure a way out of her nightmare. I loved the fact that Angel, much to her detriment, refused to let her mother suffer thinking her "condition" was her fault just so she could go home free. Most teenagers would rather let their parents take the blame if it would mean they could leave an insane asylum. Angelina held her ground and refused to take the easy way out, just so she could go home. On a scale from 1-10 I give Angelina's Secret a 10. It was a refreshingly different ghost story with a steadfast female character. If you are looking for a great ghost story, unlikely allies, true friendship, or are just looking for a great story that flows well and fast then Angelina's Secret is the book for you. Pick up a copy for yourself and let Angelina's Secret make a believer out of you.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Presenting the reader with a dark secret, I could not help but feel intrigued. Angelina is a great character to step into. Within her life, Angelina faces so many trials, but she triumphs them all. What I adore about this book is the great plot. Angelina's secret is one that has troubled her her whole life. Her parents refused to accept nothing else other than their daughter is delusional. This part of the book is what got me the most anger. Parents refusing to believe nothing else. To lock her up and send her away. It broke my heart. Angelina's brother is my hero. He stood up to his parents and really put his foot down when it came to his sister. There really isn't much of a love interest but a great friendship forming instead. Two girls completely different yet the same, bond over Angelina's secret. Angelina's had a great friend whe she had no one else. This part of the book brought a good balance to the book. While it filled much with drama, the sentimental side is fulfilling. Angelina's Secret tears at the reader's heart and emotions. The deep drama entices the reader to read more. Angelina's Secret is a great book!
ClaireFrith More than 1 year ago
I must admit that I don't read a lot of ghost books. It's not that I don't like them, I just haven't found any that are overly talked about. This book, however, will be a book that I have to share with the world. Angelina, or Angel as she is more commonly called, can see ghosts. But no-one else believes her. After trying to tell her family the truth, she end's up in a Mental Health Care Facility, where she meets Rebecca, another patient who can also see ghosts. Now she has a choice - either pretend she was lying all along, or try and convince her family once again that she isn't crazy. I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. Angel is such a strong character. She chooses to believe and embrace the paranormal around her, rather than call herself crazy. She know's that she could end up stuck in the Mental Health Care Facility forever, but still she continues again and again to convince her family she is telling the truth. What I love about this book is that is has such a realistic view about it. In a lot of paranormal books, life just continues to go on as normal. But Lisa Rogers has chosen to skip that path and take the one of reality. For a while, I was actually wondering if Angelina was crazy all along. I really loved all the supporting character's in the novel. Most of them are ghosts yet they still have their wit about them. Then there is Rebecca, her fellow patient and Kobi, Rebecca's daughter, both who have the ability to see ghosts. Together, the character's make this a very enjoyable read. Another point I found refreshing, was that there wasn't really any romance involved in this story. The focus was all on Angelina and I liked it that way. The only thing I didn't like was that I found that it ended too suddenly. Apart from that, I really enjoyed this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very refreshing to read a teen book that had strong family ties and didn't revolve around romance. Angelina's relationship with her mother was strained but also had a ring of truth to it. Given the circumstance of Angelina's Secret, some parents would be quicker to try to fix the problem rather than understand. Angelina reacts to situations without much of the hormonal drama that is so common in teen drama. Original approach to the theme makes for a light, enjoyable read.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
This is such a neat idea! To actually explore the idea of people seeing and talking to ghosts being viewed as mentally unstable. You always have to wonder with the paranormal why this isn't actually at least hinted at, because when I am reading I often wonder what I would think of someone in my life if they actually experienced the paranormal, so hats of to Ms. Rogers for exploring this! It is also worth mentioning that this is a paranormal that can stand on its own merits rather than being centered on a romantic connection. While I love romance in my paranormal, it is sometimes refreshing when it takes a back seat. Instead, Angelina's Secret focuses on family connections, and Angelina's relationship with Josie. Speaking of Josie, I really liked her character. I love elderly folks, and especially when they are incorporated well into a story that I am reading. I think they add another dimension to the plot that cannot be fully explored through the protagonist or their parents. I actually enjoyed some of the secondary characters like Sam, Josie and Koby more than Angelina. I would love to have a brother like that--he is so protective and they have a tight relationship. I appreciate how he tried to see her side and not just jump to conclusions, while still wanting what is best for her. Not to say that I didn't like Angelina, she was a nice host to the story. I finished this in one sitting!
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
Angelina's Secret is the story of a seemingly normal girl, with a big secret. Angelina has premonitions, and sees ghosts. As a child, she was forced to think that the ghost who visited her was an imaginary friend. But when the ghost, Josie, shows up, along with a few others, she is forced to confront her biggest fear: Is she crazy or is she right? Either answer is a scary thought. Angelina's Secret was a book, I'm sad to say, that I just couldn't get in to. The opening was confusing. It opens in the midst of a premonition, Angelina envisioning herself in a situation, and I didn't know what was going on. Once I realized what was happening, the reading became easier. But still, I felt a bit disjointed as I was reading this. I felt a lack of connection or empathy to each character. I know that I was supposed to be frightened or worried for the state of Angelina's mental health, but I didn't. Maybe because she didn't have strong reactions to the situations she faced. She would simply go along with whatever was happening. Her friend Daphne was so off-putting in manners and speech, I tried to get through her dialogue as quickly as possible. But I guess you could say that I had feelings about one character, Angelina's mother. What an awful woman! Each time Angelina went to her for help or comfort, she would act as if Angelina was attacking her. She would cut Angelina off and shut down. I literally wanted to reach into my book and smack her. As for the ghosts, they weren't scary at all, but they were a bit comical. I don't know if that was intended or not. Being as some of them had been dead for many years, they experienced a lot of confusion with popular slang. There were a lot of mix-ups and misunderstandings in the conversations, which was kind of cute. In the end, it's a situation a lot like the movie Beetlejuice, with the ghosts and the family living together, happily ever after. Overall, I would say the biggest issue with the book, for me, was confusion. When I read the synopsis, the story seemed like a creepy thriller. Is Angelina crazy? There was never any question for me. So that left me with a girl, her ghosts, and the struggle to make her family understand. * I received an ARC of Angelina's Secret, in exchange for an honest review. *
stampymom More than 1 year ago
Angelina's Secret is a gripping tale of a girl that desperately needs someone to trust and believe in her. While I was never on the edge of my seat with suspense I was still really enthralled with this story. I was kept guessing through out the entire book on whether or not I believed she was seeing ghosts(you'll have to read this one to find out for yourself). Even though I knew Angelina was about to end up in a mental hospital I still couldn't help feeling how heartbroken Angelina was when she woke up to discover that not only did no one believe her but that they all thought she was crazy. One thing that had me feeling so badly for Angelina was her mother, she enraged and confused me. She never once thought that Angelina could be telling the truth and it seemed to me at times that she was more upset that Angelina was closer to her "imaginary" friend than she was to her. Talk about self absorbed. I'm not sure if Lisa Rogers intended for Angelina's mother to come across that way or if I just found her to be like that. I would love to know what other readers thought of the mom. Overall I really enjoyed Angelina's Secret. The romance was minimal which I really liked in this book because that enabled the plot to focus more on Angelina, her friend, and her stay in the mental institution. I haven't read another young adult novel like this one and even though I sometimes felt like the writing was a little stiff I was still able to lose myself in the story. If you find yourself looking for something a little different than the YA Paranormal romance that is really prominent right now then I urge you to find a copy of Angelina's Secret.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book. I read another book by this author about her living in a haunted house which was non fiction. I also enjoyed that book and found she had wrote this fictiional story, decided to give this a book a try and am glad I did.