Give Up The Ghost

Megan Crewe

Cass McKenna can talk to and see people who are dead. Ghosts, you may call them. Ones who have for some reason have not moved on from earth. In fact, she highly prefers communicating with them than ‘breathers’, people who are living. They are so much more uncomplicated and always tell Cass any dirt or secrets they can dig up on people. Ones that ‘breathers’ think are told in private places, however, little do they know that the dead are listening in. Cass uses this to her advantage to expose the poseurs in her school which is why most of her peers highly dislike her and keep their distance. And to be honest? She is totally fine with this.

When Tim, the extremely popular president of the student council, approaches her asking for her help, Cass’s guard automatically goes up. However, when Tim keeps persisting, she finally relents a little bit and only will help him if he gives back secrets and information on a few select students. Nonetheless, as she becomes more involved in his life and helping him out, their relationship becomes much more than just trading each other for things they want. Although they are an unlikely couple, Megan Crewe keeps her readers guessing at every turn of the page!

This book was sometimes slow at certain parts, but other than that it was an interesting story to read. Despite the fact that I usually am not into these kinds of genres, I still enjoyed this novel and the characters within. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance books with a classic ghost fantasy twist. – Juliana M.

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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

Chelsea Sedoti

Hawthorn Creely is not an average teenager. Her mother is a flower-child, she believes in werewolves, and she spends all her time inside. But even Hawthorn knows who Lizzie Lovett is. When once-popular Lizzie Lovett goes missing, Hawthorn is intrigued. It is exactly the kind of mystery her boring town needs. So, Hawthorn gathers clues by getting a job at the diner Lizzie used to work at, hanging out with Lizzie’s boyfriend (who is a suspect in the investigation of Lizzie’s disappearance), and going to all the places Lizzie used to go to. Eventually, Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for what happened to Lizzie. Although it might be a long shot, Hawthorn will not stop until she proves she is right.

Things start to get complicated when bullies start to make fun of the awkward Hawthorn, and Hawthorn loses her best (and only) friend. Hawthorn starts to fall in love with the grieving boyfriend of Lizzie, and choices need to be made about Hawthorn’s future after high school.

It was interesting to read a book where the main character wasn’t flawless. Hawthorn is realistically rude, short sighted, and selfish. Over the course of the book you will see her grow and people learn to love her despite her flaws. I really enjoyed the perspective that Hawthorn had on the world. Although while reading you may not understand why Hawthorn does some of the things she does, in the end you will fall in love with her yourself. – Melanie G.

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