A Fun Little Seasonal Read is ‘The Ghost and the Goth’


STORY | When she pictures her future, being among the undead is not exactly how popular girl Alona Dare sees things. But yet, here is where she is after she was hit by a bus in a tragic school accident. Now, she has to figure out what’s next as she, now a ghost, hangs around the school grounds only to discover she isn’t well liked and her best friend is now trading kisses (mere days after her death!) with Alona’s boyfriend.

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To make things more complicated, the only person who actually sees Alona is Will Killian, the weird goth boy who was never a part of Alona’s top tier social group. As if life isn’t already confusing enough for both Alona and Will, “complicated” isn’t quite done with them!

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade | Book Review

A Fun Little Seasonal Read is ‘The Ghost and the Goth.’ A review of the novel by Stacey Kade. All review text © Rissi JC

REVIEW | This book has been on my shelf for years and years (I’m not kidding you). It’s one of those reads I put on annual autumn TBR lists (year after year); and add to “spooky” book lists because it feels appropriate, but never have I read it. Until this year. Finally I picked up The Ghost and the Goth, and hoped for good things.

The story is fun and a bit different in many respects, but what is unexpected is the multitude of ghosts in this story. I confess that part of the book isn’t something I claim as my cup of tea. I get what the device sets into motion, but really, it just feels sort of disruptive to the main story which is Will and Alona as characters, and the way they form connections.

This is one of those super-fast, cute-sy reads that’s really fun to sit down and binge. The characters won’t interest everyone since we do feature the mean girl as the lead, but as she is bound too, she isn’t as “all that” as she wants those around her to think, and therefore she has more to her. Will is an interesting characteristic, too, and someone who is good for Alona and vice versa.

If you enjoy fun novels that make for a good kind of seasonal read than The Ghost and the Goth may be precisely the kind of pick me up reading you’d enjoy.


A Fun Little Seasonal Read is ‘The Ghost and the Goth.’ A review of the novel by Stacey Kade. All review text © Rissi JC
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About the Book

Author: Stacey Kade
Publisher: Hyperion
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 2010
Series: The Ghost and the Goth, Book 1
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Secular Fiction/YA
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Content: The F-word is used (approximately 10, maybe a few more, maybe a few less), along with other commonplace profanity. There’s suggestive remarks including Will “fantasizing” about Alona; her legs, being interested in her.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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