Review- Give Up the Ghost
Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Henry Holt and Co.
Age Group: YA
Summary (from Goodreads)
Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts over “breathers.” Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody…and Cass loves dirt. She’s on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.
But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass’s whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.
As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim’s life, she’s surprised to realize he’s not so bad—and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it’s time to give the living another chance….
This book was alright. It was a fast read, and it was interesting enough. But nothing really popped out at me. I sat down to read this book and a few hours later I was done, and while it held my interest for me to read it all in one shot, it didn’t do too much else for me. I read this book as part of a read-a-thon, so maybe that was why I read it all in one shot. I liked the characters and the concept intrigues me, but nothing major happened for me. It didn’t make me feel overly happy, or sad or excited.
That’s not to say it was a bad book, it was well written and a good read. I just did not love it. I like my books to grab my emotions- to make me feel something. Whether it is happiness, or being surprised, and even if it is anger at a character or sadness. I just want to be engaged in what I am reading. There were not many twists and turns. It was a predictable read, pleasant enough- but steady throughout the whole book.
I liked the main character towards the end, when she grew a little bit and started to care about other people- but for most of the book she was kind of cold. That might have been my real problem with the book. I am a sucker for main characters. I want to become their biggest fan and their best friend. But to do that I need to connect with them or relate to them at some level. It was really hard to do that here. Cass was really unapproachable. Tim was nice, but also kind of annoying at times. I was able to relate to him more than Cass though, for the most part.
I think my favorite part of the book were the ghosts. The Ghosts that Cass talks to at school are funny, and I loved how into the gossip and drama they were. And Cass’s sister was also a more dynamic character than Cass was for me. I would like to read more about the Ghosts. And if Cass sticks to her revelations and breakthroughs she found at the end of the book, I would probably really enjoy reading more stories about her.
The author did a good job with the writing in this book and for that reason I would definitely give another one of her books a try.
2.7- 3/5 Gavels.