On a hot summer night in a midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents becomes victims—with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.
Told through multiple points of view in naturalistic free verse and stream of consciousness, this is an unforgettable, haunting tale.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Edith Pattou is the author of the New York Times bestselling picture book, Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden, as well as three award-winning fantasy novels for young adults, including East, which was chosen one of the “100 Best of the Best Young Adult Books for the 21st Century” by the Young Adult Library Association. It was also selected an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable Children’s Book, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. A former librarian and bookseller, Edith Pattou lives in Columbus, Ohio. You can visit her at www.edithpattou.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Written in verse, this is only the second or third book that I have read in this style and each time I am amazed at how very few words can be used to get the same point across. Told through a lot of perspectives, it took a moment to get the relationships between all of the characters, but once I had that down, this book read so fast! Told in two parts, the before and the after, the before completely sets the scene of mostly high school seniors, enjoying the last days of summer before senior year will begin. With beverages, a gun and the need for scary their night turns a horrible turn fast and they all have to live with the consequences. This may sound weird, but I loved the debate as to who was at fault for it all, once you read it you will understand.
If you haven’t yet added this unique novel to your TBR pile, then I’m going to suggest that you do so right now. Written in free verse, this novel throws out exactly what each character is thinking as it happens, and while initially jarring, I found that I liked it very much. Readers easily know who is thinking and speaking as the sections are chunked, focusing on one character at a time, but it certainly isn’t a traditional novel in the sense of its flow. Ghosting, told through the eyes of the many teens involved in the prank/misunderstanding, allows readers an up close and personal look at these teens inner and outter lives before and after the life-altering event. I have to say that it took a while to lead up to the event in question, painting a vivid portrayal of the characters lives, and it was as if I was their shadow, watching, knowing something bad was coming. This put me on pins and needles, and I liked how well I got to know all the characters as the plot slowly drove toward the event that changes everything. And once we are there, it all seems to then quickly tumble to its end as those involved attempt to heal in many ways. It’s beautiful, and the ark of a story is followed superbly as we build to the climax and resolution. Due to the way it's written, this is actually a rather fast read, though it looks to be much longer than it really is, so do not let the size of the novel stop you from picking up this unique read. 4.5 stars
Its Edith’s manipulating of the words, her short sentences, and the rhythm that propels me forward in her memorable free verse story of a group of teens out on the town. Maxine has just moved back to Illinois for her senior year and after four years, she’s greeted with some new and old familiar faces. What made this story so enjoyable was the variety of characters along for that ride. Packed all together into Brendon’s SUV was such a diverse assortment of backgrounds, hopes, talents and morals. There’s some illegal drinking and smoking, a bit of relaxing in the local playground. Seems harmless and fun, just living in the moment. Careless behavior, a spilled drink and then the mood shifts. It’s not what they expected to find in Brendon’s car and it was time to move on. It’s amazing how I felt the shift of the book move with free verse, so little words but the power within those words, so moving and compelling. It’s as if the negative space on the page was a voice, a deterrent. To stop and make me think about the words that have been spelled out before me. Don’t rush through it, think about it and so I did, lots of times I stopped and enjoyed the story before reading the words that were written on the page. As they pile back into the car, the conversation switched to terrifying moments and then a suggestion to ghosting. The house that is supposed to be haunted sounds perfect and only a few individuals don’t want to join in the fun. Two brave souls descend on the house, while the house’s owner watches from his window. He’s tired of bad guys trespassing on his property. The door gets closer and the tension builds. So little words fill the page, it’s the suspense of what is happening that is tearing at me. Those choice words, they’re breaking me and tearing at me in so many directions. Back at the car, Brendon is upset with his passengers for snooping in his car, a younger sister is frantically arriving to talk to her sister, and then there is the house. I have a bad feeling about this. Shots! There are gunshots and people are reacting, moving, trying to assess what is happening. I knew I wouldn’t like this. Screaming, a cracked windshield, and now blood. I need to read slower to take this all in. I received a complimentary e-book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.