Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

July 22, 2010
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It’s notorious to “Live your life to the fullest because you only live once,” but in Charlotte Usher’s case this is just another mythical cliché. Charlotte died at seventeen, and to her dismay, it was while “pathetically” choking on a gummy bear.

The novel, “Ghostgirl” by Tonya Hurley makes you really analyze your life and ponder as well as fanaticize about your afterlife. The fact that Charlotte is just an average girl makes it relevant to several high school students out there. From the point where she’s anticipating the Fall Ball, a school dance prior to Homecoming and the point where she covets true love this upcoming year.

As several titles (including award-winning classics), there are some glitches. I found it exasperating that she idolizes the Quarter Back, Damen Dylan, in fact, you can even call it a relentless obsession. Throughout the novel, her stalking continued. This was stereotypical because in countless books and movies, this almost seems uniform for teen girls. In reality, girls don’t wait around for a “flawless” guy, yet this seems to be a continuous theme for the media.

Beneath that flaw, however is a reality Charlotte must come to accept: Damen might have another soul-mate. This soul-mate is coincidentally her best friend, Scarlet. Charlotte has been “possessing” (taken over her body with her approval) Scarlet. Scarlet would never have fallen for Damen as she is his girl-friend, Petula’s younger sister and she has a fiery aversion to the “in”-crowd. Charlotte soon realizes that her death might’ve been destined to occur and another solemn realization: Scarlet may be destined to be with Damen.

Through this eventful adventure, you learn life lessons. Charlotte’s tearful, yet ironically hilarious story is a must-read for fans of Meg Cabot’s “Airhead” series. This adventure will have you anticipating the sequel!

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fatpat said...
Aug. 11, 2010 at 6:40 pm
If you haven't read any of the series, read them now, go get all three, you won't be sorry, best series I have read in a very long time, books I highly recommend for all!!!
ELM522 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 11, 2010 at 10:57 am
Thanks, everyone!!!
Aug. 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm
ghostgirl rocks! i read all of the books within a week and absolutely loved it!!
Aug. 9, 2010 at 7:21 pm
This book is hysterical and tragic all at the same time.  Never read anything like it and probably never will again.  If you're a teen - READ THIS SERIES.  It's not only laugh out loud funny but you'll also learn so many things about yourself and the characters are to DIE FOR!
fatpat said...
Aug. 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm
Love, love this series, it is a must, must read for everyone, young or old can relate to everything in these books, hats off to the author, you did one fantastic job, thumbs up!!!!!!!
SleepyHarlow said...
Aug. 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm
I LOVE THIS SERIES.  I've just finished reading the series again, so I can use some quotes when I go back to school!
am7866 said...
Aug. 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm
Perfect synopsis!  I love this series -- you've captured the essence of the story!
Fallen_Freak said...
Aug. 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm
I LOVE this book! I got each one the DAY they came out. good job describing it!
ELM522 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm
Thank you!!!
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