Cora Matthews, the principal’s gloomy goth daughter, is not exactly popular Duke Meyer’s type. Still, Duke finds himself inexplicably drawn to her dark eyes and mysterious manner. She makes it clear she doesn’t return his admiration, but when a burst appendix lands Duke in the hospital, he and Cora will be forced to come together by the most unlikely intermediary: her eight-year-old brother, Jaime.
Duke learns Jaime has brain cancer and little chance of long-term survival. He admires the kid’s plucky positivity and wild imagination and offers to write a story about Jaime’s make-believe superheroes. So begins an epic tale—that of Ghostboy, Chameleon and the Duke of Graffiti—and a deep friendship between Duke and Jaime.
Despite their outward differences, Cora and Duke bond over their affection for Jaime, but unintended betrayal and Jaime’s advancing disease threaten to derail their blossoming romance before it can truly take root.
Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti is a gorgeous debut novel that will resonate with the thoughtful fans of John Green’s blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Maybe it's not about the happy ending; maybe it's about the story." I think that this quote really sums up my feelings about this book. Duke Mayer is a typical obnoxious teenager, with annoying friends, a possible girlfriend, a funny grandmother and an urge to belong to an exclusive club, The Alphas. Enter Cora Matthews, the principal's Goth daughter, whose beauty is hidden by overdone makeup and angst. When Duke is rushed to the Hospital for an emergency appendectomy, his life is forever changed. His roommate is Cora's young brother, Jaime, who is suffering from a brain tumor. Duke decides to write a book with Jaime about a superhero named Ghostboy and his sidekick, The Duke of Graffiti. His relationship with the entire Matthews' family changes his life. This book is poignant, heartbreaking and heartwarming, sometimes all at the same time. You will laugh and you will cry, but you will also be entertained. The characters are wonderful and the story is very good. At times, I grew a little tired of the High School antics of Duke and his friends, but all in all, I truly enjoyed this book.
Characters you won't-- can't-- forget.
Teenagers don't normally make a story heartfelt but the young man in this story is my hero. While doing comm service, he befriends the goth girl that no one else talks to. When his appendix bursts, he meets an 8 year old and they become friends. They write a story of all the things the 8 yr old wants to do before he dies. Lives combine. Love grows. Hearts break. A well-written story.