Ghostgirl: Homecoming

Ghostgirl: Homecoming

by Tonya Hurley
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
"Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I should die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake."

This is the year for Charlotte Usher. The year that she's finally going to be noticed. She's finally going to have what she's always wanted: to be a popular girl and fit in with the head cheerleader in the school, Petula Kensington. She feels that the first day of school will be the start of her new life. She'll finally have the attention of the most popular guy in school, Damen. Who is, of course, Petula's boyfriend.

In a way she does start a new life. Although it's actually her afterlife. Poor Charlotte chokes on a red gummy bear just before she leaves her first period physics class and dies. Her hopes of starting over fresh and finally being noticed for once are all crushed in an instant. Especially when she finds out that she still has to graduate even though she's dead! There's a whole class of students from her school who have died and are still attending classes there.

Charlotte isn't giving up, though. She's still determined to win over Damen. And with the help of Scarlet Kensington (Petula's younger sister) she's sure she'll be able to do it. Scarlet can actually see Charlotte and Charlotte isn't about to let that fact go to waste. She figures she can hang out in Scarlet's body and get through to Damen that way. But her new dead classmates aren't liking Charlotte's plans too much and are making it incredibly hard for her to get anything done. Plus, the more time Scarlet spends time with Damen (when Charlotte isn't in her body, that is) the more Scarlet is starting to like Damen herself.

Charlotte is determined to be noticed. She thinks that if she can just get noticed and be popular that she'll finally move on. But is popularity really what Charlotte needs? Or is it just finally realizing that you don't have to be the center of attention to matter?

This book was great. I couldn't really guess what would happen throughout the book, which I always like. Poor Charlotte has such a rough time! Especially in the beginning of her afterlife. But she pulls through and even learns a valuable lesson along the way. I loved Scarlet's character. The way she acts towards her sister is hilarious. They are total opposites in every way. I loved all the nicknames the other dead students have, too. And I thought the ending was cute. It might not have been totally realistic, but then again this book wasn't really all that realistic in the first place. So I thought the ending fit pretty perfectly. I highly suggest checking this book out.
ashley_42 More than 1 year ago
At first it bored me. It was interesting yes. But at the end it became phenomenal and unforgetable. I loved the pieces before every chapter. Worth reading=)
diedre More than 1 year ago
My librarian recommended this book to me a couple of weeks ago and I read it non stop! I identified as I think most teens do, with the characters and the desperation they all feel at times. I just ordered my own copy! This season's MUST have!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.It is very relatable to life in high school, but you learn self love and not to be a follower.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait for this to come out! The first book (ghostgirl) was a really great book, so probobley this is going to be better! Tonya Hurley should make a third one after she finishes this one!
Moana More than 1 year ago
definitely gotta be smart to pick up on ironies in this book. i love that she chokes on a gummy bear, but the reason why she does is profound. this author is awesome and obviously very intelligent. i agree she's like gorey for girls. this book is smart,heart-warming with some pee-in-your-pants moments and lines. READ THIS BOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was such a pleasant surprise for me. I got it because of new york public library's 100 best list. It was not only the best dark romantic comedy I've read for girls, but it was also a much deeper book than I thought. I can't wait to read Homecoming! I hope this is a movie soon because it would be killer.
X2K More than 1 year ago
this book is killer. i am in college and i love to read. i didn't know what to expect when i picked this book up. i bet a lot of the references and stuff go over some people's heads and the ones who don't get it, don't get it, but it is awesome! i read it all in one sitting and i have it displayed in my dorm room. it's the coolest book i've ever read and i never read a book that made me laugh the way this one did and cry, too. this author really gets it. and for the readers who don't get it, the joke is on you. i am so happy that there are smart books out there for girls instead of fluffy no brain romance trash.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what I was getting in to when I picked up this book. The cover is awesome. I read the reviews in all the lit publications online and it got all starred reviews. I thought it might be 'too much' but man, i was wrong. It is heart-warming, cool, and edgy and HYSTERICAL. I loved all the name checks of cool bands and writers. I can Not wait until the next book HOMECOMING. this is the book i've always dreamed of finding. I could not put it down!
Anti More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very close to a teen who had similar feelings. It had moments were you felt sorry for Charlotte and moments were you wanted to slap her. I wish it would tell us more about some of the other ghost teens or let them participate in Charlottes goal for life. The ending I thought was akward and confusing, but it was still great. I recommend this book to anyone with an imagination.
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
Popularity, the handsome Damen, and a friend is all Charlotte wanted. The new school year would bring all these things closer to Charlotte, she knew it, if only she changed herself a tad bit. But the first day of junior year, things don't go as planned. After a deadly incident involving a gummy bear, Charlotte finds herself on the Other Side of the school. She is able to be on the outside looking in, without the Living Kids seeing her staring with eager eyes: something she always felt but finally came true. It isn't exactly a dream though because now Damen can't fall in love with her! Then Charlotte finds out she is still in high school but having to learn from a dead teacher about Deadiquette, though her hope to become popular is still shining. But when Charlotte discovers that one of the Living Kids can see her, her hope only shines brighter . ghostgirl was enjoyable after the first 30 pages. The beginning was dull but when I met the Dead Kids, everything was becoming 'fun'. Though the dialogue was predictable, I couldn't get enough of it! I'm not a fan of the narration (third person but completely descriptive) and the death references took up a lot of space. Things like "dying to be popular" and "he doesn't even know I'm alive" were funny the first time, but they soon became overused. Charlotte was selfish and only cared about herself (she even admitted to it) but this is the story of how hard she tried to overcome that. Her logic was interesting and her decisions made the storyline twist and turn with every chapter. The Dead Kids added so much to the story that I can't imagine it without them. They each explained their Life and their Death which was utterly fascinating. Author Tonya Hurley's voice is fun and distinctive but I'd like to see how she would use it in a different book. RECOMMENDED
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even if you do not like this book, just keep reading. Read anything from instructions on how to change toilet paper, to microwave warranties. anything in the hopes that you will learn the English language and learn to S-P-E-L-L.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great from beginning to end. The shine of the cover and pages caught my attention and got me to buy it. Then, the story itself was great too! I couldn't put it down. I would reccomend this book to any teenager. They could easily relate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. I love it. It is wonderful and teaches a valuable lesson. I L-O-V-E it!!! At first I wasn't sure but it was so wonderful and was defiantly worth reading! If I tried to re-write this book... IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBE! Never can I get so close to writing anything like it! It would be an honor to meet Tonya Hurley.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes you to a diffrent type of world. looking through the eyes of charlotte and reading what its like to be a dead teenager is amazing. This book is definetley recommended.I like it alot.Reading the first few pages makes you want to read the whole book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great book,the farther you go the harder it is to put down.
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She is a female and is bise<_>xtual. She has mid-back length aburn hair with brown streaks and green eyes that are lined and speckled with amber, peachy colored skin and freckles across her nose, curvly but on the slimmer side. She usualy explains what she is wearing in a post when she comes into the place. She is kiand, sweet and funny but she can be a royal bit<_>ch if you pi<_>ss her off. She likes food and pleasure ;) but dislikes drama and people that do stupid things to get attention. ((I have a slight spelling issue at times so please bear with me))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Girl, is 21, has lightish darkish gray hair with dark gray speckles and a gray sweater with a dark gray tanktop and blue jeans and long black boots with a half shaved head and silvery gray glowing eyes and a tattoo on her neck that says 'dead hearts are everywhere' in cursive, has a nice personality despite her short anger issues..., her theme song is Dead Hearts by Stars and rper is Fire eyes116
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Alexander Briggs<p> Gender: male<p> Info: former special forces <p> Personality: closed off doesn't socalize mutch
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Read this book in fourth grade and I loved it, it got me to start reading more advanced literature. I give this book some credit for the things I've accomplished with Literature. It was what started my obsession with diving into books like a child dives into a double fudge chocalate cake. I lost the book the summer I got it and I decided to buy it again now even though it has been four years since I last held that book in hand. It is creative, original and intriguing. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That is in the love sick one not homecomming.