Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review: Ghosting by Edith Pattou

by Edith Pattou

Publisher: Skyspace
Pages: 392
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  On a hot summer night in a Midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents becomes victims—with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.

Kritters Thoughts:  Written in verse, this is only the second or third book that I have read in this style and each time I am amazed at how very few words can be used to get the same point across.  Told through a lot of perspectives, it took a moment to get the relationships between all of the characters, but once I had that down, this book read so fast!  

Told in two parts, the before and the after, the before completely sets the scene of mostly high school seniors, enjoying the last days of summer before senior year will begin.  With beverages, a gun and the need for scary their night turns a horrible turn fast and they all have to live with the consequences.  This may sound weird, but I loved the debate as to who was at fault for it all, once you read it you will understand.

If you are a Ellen Hopkins fan, I would say this one would be right up your alley.  If Ellen Hopkins is a little dramatic in her topic choice, this one has drama, but seems to be on the tamer side.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from BookSparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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