Published: September 15, 2009
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Cass McKenna is no ordinary high school student. She has a special talent that no one knows about. She’s able to see and talk to ghosts. She prefers their company to ‘breathers’- people who are alive. Ghosts aren’t complicated and they are dependable, but best of all they can provide Cass with all the dirt on anyone in school. She loves dirt and she is on a mission to do one thing– expose the posers and the fakes, the popular kids that think they are above everyone.
Things change when the VP of the student council discovers her secret and goes after her. Tim wants her to help him contact his deceased mother and Cass agrees, but only on her terms. As they start to spend more time together, Cass starts to realize there is more to Tim than she originally thought. He’s not like them, he’ s his own person and he desperately needs help, more so than she originally believed.
With everything that is going on in Cass’ life, she starts to think that maybe it is time to give life- and people, another chance. It is time to move on with her life and live her life.
Personal Thoughts: The first thing that grabbed my attention was the cover. I absolutely love the cover! The mixture of the dead and the living is a perfect balance. The title was the significant part to the book and it stands out on the cover, more than the author’s name. I loved Cass’ character, personality and who care’s attitude. She was put in a tough spot when she started seeing ghosts and she dealt with it the best way that she could. The plot concept of getting the dirt on people from talking to ghosts was an original one. I mean there is no proof of how you got the information and who is next. Cass definitely had an advantage to bring people’s lives down and make their lives miserable if people messed with her. There’s a reason why no one approaches her.
The strange friendship that Cass and Tim was fascinating to follow. It wasn’t a typical boy meets girl kind of story. Both pushed each other away, even when they wanted to do the exact opposite.
This book is not a fluffy romance, but an interesting look on a girl who had her life turned upside down, given a talent that she didn’t want, and gave help to someone who’s life was in a delicate balance. It has dark themes of the paranormal, death, suicide and teen angst. The author wrote in a way that it wasn’t too dark but still realistic enough to make it believable. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a different take on high school and teenage life.
Rating: 4/5 Stars