Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Review: Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Pub. Date: September 15, 2009
Age Range: Young Adult
256pp

Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts to “breathers.” Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable. They know the dirt on everybody . . . and Cass loves dirt.

She’s on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of all 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. Timwants her help to contact his recently deceasedmother, but Cass is less than enthusiastic.

Kicking and screaming, Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim’s life. And she’s more surprised than anyone when she realizes that maybe some living people aren’t so bad if she’d only give them a chance.

Cassie McKenna has been an outcast since Jr. High and she wants payback. Lucky for her she has help finding out her fellow student’s deepest and darkest secrets from the dead – Ghosts that is…

Crewe’s Give Up the Ghost is a pleasantly light paranormal read. I was able to read this book is one sitting, I enjoyed it so much! This is the first ghost book that I’ve read that didn’t give me the heeby jeebies, which was a surprise in itself. Cass is a loner and with her only friends being ghosts, I felt bad for her and enjoyed seeing her dish out the dirt on the students that she called poseurs. Hey how could I not like her “tell like it is” attitude even if the info came from ghosts? But when it really came to what mattered most, I was glad to see Cass’s transformation to finally opening up to Tim and letting him see a different side of her. To be honest, *sigh* It was sweet!

Give Up the Ghost flowed easily and I really liked the direction Crewe went with the story. I really didn’t expect Tim’s character to change so drastically but Hey, I think I enjoyed the book more because of it. I was thinking this book could go in so many directions and was quite surprised and delighted in how it actually ended.

Here’s to hoping for a sequel! I look forward to seeing where Megan takes her books. This book kind of reminded me of Ghost Whisperer a little bit but not in a creepy way.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.

39 comments:

Sara said...

Ooooh, I love Ghost Whisperer, so that is a plus! This book looks really good and I've been hearing good things about it! Great review!

Jenn said...

Sounds great! I was a little worried about what type of book this would be with the ghosts, but thank you for clearing that up. I definitely hope I can get my hands on this one soon! :)

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

Great review Tina, like always ;]

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Nice review! I've been wanting to read this one. Plus I love a book I can read in one sitting.

Amber

elaing8 said...

Great review.This book is at the top of my list to read.

elnice said...

This one is on my list. I am glad it is an easy read, I am in the mood for something light and refreshing.

Casey said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this one, it sounds sounds amazing

Ladytink_534 said...

Cute! Ghost stories are always welcome in my TBR pile and this one sounds especially unique.

Emma said...

Great review, this book looks really light and fun.

KatieDoll said...

I've always been a big fan of ghosts, so this sounds right up my alley. Great review!

Rylie said...

Thanks for the review -- I'm looking forward to reading this book.

-Rylie
bcanyon at hotmail dot com

Tynga said...

I am a total fan of Ghost Whisperer, and I'm sure i'll love this book to!

Jenny N. said...

I'm a Ghost Wisperer too so I'm hoping that I will like this book.

YA Vampire Books said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this book! It sounds sweet.

Have you read the Mediator series by Meg Cabot? They're really good and won't give you the "heeby jeebies" ;P

Kelsey said...

This is in my TBR pile- it looks so good! Nice review(:

Jessica Secret said...

I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this! Awesome review, it made me want it even more.

Charity Lynn said...

Oh, I want to read this more than ever now. I am a serious ghost freak, and any book dealing with them is a must read on my list! Great review! :)

purplg8r said...

Great review! It totally made me want to know more about Tim's character and how/why he changed!

Andrea

Zombie Girrrl said...

That was fantastic review! ;} Seriously though, this book sounds really good. :)

Pamk said...

great interview.

brandileigh2003 said...

I can't wait to read! I am somewhat of a loner, so I can sympathize.

titania86 said...

Thanks for sharing your review! I can't wait to read this novel. :)

Jessy said...

Sounds good will definitely have to read it.

I Heart Book Gossip said...

Great share! Thanks.

TheBookShopaholic said...

I pine for this book!

DeNiSe MaDnEsS said...

THis book Is in my to read book Im glad that you liked the book (*_*)

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your review! I was anxious to know more about the story since this is on my wish list. I like that it is not creepy considering it involves ghosts and that was one of my concerns.

Cherie J
cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jill of The O.W.L Blog said...

I've seen this book at Barnes and Noble and wondered how orignial of a story it is. This is the second good review I've read. I feel comfortable buying it now!

Lori T said...

Great review. I have been looking forward to reading this and am glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I, also, really like Ghost Whisperer...so, that is a bonus.

throuthehaze said...

Great review! This definitely sounds like a good read. I am adding it to my wishlist!

Shalonda said...

I used to be a fan of The Ghost Whisperer and I love ghost stories. This one intrigues me because you said it is not super creepy. That means I can read this one after dark and not worry about sleeping peacefully! LOL

Shadowofwonder47 said...

This sounds like an awesome book! I really love supernatural books and it will be fun to see ghosts portrayed in such a non-evil way compared to the usual ‘I will kill you’ and ‘I must have revenge' ghosts.

donnas said...

Cool review. You made it sound very interesting.

Annabelle said...

This books seems so wonderful. And your review just made me want to read it more-sounds unpredictable. ;)

natalierenae said...

Glad you enjoyed it! This book has been on my TBR list for awhile, but I haven't gotten around to reading it.

"I was thinking this book could go in so many directions and was quite surprised and delighted in how it actually ended."

Love it when that happens!

Natalie @ Mindful Musings

CherylS22 said...

Thanks for the review. I'm glad to hear that this book didn't give you heeby jeebies. I like to read ghost stories but not when they scare me!

Paradox said...

I love paranormal books, and this one sounds so cute!!! It's rare to see a ghost story that is more fun than scary, so I'd really like to read it!

Alexa said...

I really want to read this book. I'm glad that you thought it was as good as I'm hoping it's going to be!

~The Book Pixie said...

This wasn't really my favorite book but it was still pretty good and I'd definitely re-read it. I'm really glad you liked it so much. :)

~Briana

 

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