Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ghosting by Edith Pattou

Ghosting by Edith Pattou
423 pages, hardcover
Published August 2014, Skyscape

Source: NetGalley, BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge

It is the last weekend of the summer and a group of teens are out to celebrate the start of the new school year and their last year of high school. Emma, her boyfriend Brendan, her old elementary school friends Maxine and Felix, and her friend Chloe and her boyfriend Anil. Their angst, insecurities and daring behavior along with a mix of alcohol and pot lead to an unforgettable, but regrettable night for all of them. 
Ghosting is told in free verse by each of the characters. You get a glimpse into their lives, their thoughts and their fears. In the planning of the night out you can feel that something terribly wrong is going to happen, you just don't know what exactly. What does happen is a shocker.
I enjoyed the way the story was told. Each character had a different style of verse and a very distinct voice. It made it easy to keep track of who was sharing. The short chapters (poems) made it easy to read on the go. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Praise for the book:

“Eight teens’ fates intertwine and recombine in the aftermath of a prank gone very wrong…[Ghosting is] a novel in verse…engaging.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author:

Edith Pattou has found acclaim as a writer in middle-grade fantasy with such award-winning books as East, which received starred reviews in Booklist and School Library Journal; was selected as a Top Ten Book for YA, an American Library Association Notable Book, a School Library Journal Top Ten YA Book, one of the 100 Best of the Best YA Books for the 21st Century by the Young Adult Library Services Association; and was nominated for numerous state awards. It’s a nominee for NPR’s all-time Best YA Novels list.

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