I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe
Published by Macmillan on 2009-09-15
Genres: Friendship, Horror & Ghost Stories, School & Education, Social Issues, Young Adult
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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….
Cass McKenna from Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe has the dirt on everyone, she knows everybody’s dirty little secrets. How? Well, she can interact with ghosts, who see everything. However, there is one little problem, some has discovered Cass’s secret and now she must decide the value of interacting with humans for a change.
I found Cass to be a relatable character. She has to deal with bullies, which I totally identify with, because I went to high school with some real assholes as well. I hate to say this, but teenagers are just plain mean, and that really does suck for Cass, since she has to deal with so much crap from her peers. Whispers in the hallway and such.
There was another main-ish character in Give Up The Ghost, Tim. I actually thought Tim came across as a little flat. He’s the popular nice boy with the flaw. Tim’s flaw is alcoholism. Tim contacts Cass for her ghost-talking services. Eventually they form a friendship. -yawn-. I really did find him to be a bit boring, or maybe just underdeveloped. I would have liked more about Tim. However, I could see middle-grade readers very much enjoying Tim’s story.
I think Give Up The Ghost would make a decent middle grade, younger YA book. It is a quick read, I read it within two nights. I do, however, wish it was longer and a bit more developed. I wanted more of the characters Crewe created. I’m actually really hoping for a sequel. When you do get your mitts on this book, I recommend you drink a nice cool glass of milk. Milk because there is so much you can do to spice it up, i.e. add chocolate syrup, blend it with some ice and ice cream, and so forth. Even without the extra accouterments, it’s still a fairly decent drink, and highly recommended, much like Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe.