REVIEW: GIVE UP THE GHOST by Megan Crew

GIVE UP the GHOST by Megan Crewe
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 15, 2009)

Cass McKenna much prefers the company of 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...

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Give up the Ghost is a book that I have been eagerly awaiting to read. It had a premise that intrigued me; a young girl that communed with ghosts better than with living beings. Little did I know that it would involve so much more...

As you begin the this story you become acquainted with Cass McKenna and her ability to commune with ghosts. The whys or how's of this unique gift are never truly explained but the results from her interactions with the ghosts are wicked fun and produce some of the most ....BURNNNN...moments that I have ever read.

Years before Cass became a teen "ghost whisperer" she had been an ordinary teen with an older sister that had shunned her. Then one day her BFF decides to turn on her and feeds lies to the school, making Cass an instant outcast. She realizes that she cannot even turn to her sister for help and before resentment can settle in, her sister dies. Then she begins to see ghosts and can commune with them. Since she is now a social pariah at school she begins to use her talents to her favor and through her ghostly conversations she picks up gossip on everyone in her school.

No one knows how she is able to find out all these personal deets but this fact make her an even more hated personality at school, but Cass does not seem to mind. She does not care about those that are living anymore and that is why she is totally surprised when Tim, the most popular boy at school asks her for a favor, and she is thoroughly surprised by what he wants. At first she is not willing to assist him but an old rival spurns her interest and soon she deeply involved with Tim's quest.

At first you do not understand what Tim's problem is, you believe it is a ghostly issue but as you continue on with the story you realize it is something much darker and complex. You see Cass struggle with herself as she becomes involved with Tim and her desire to help him. It is not in her snarky nature but as the story evolves you see how Cass slowly changes for the better, she has alot of issues to face and some growing up to do. A fact that her character does not complete by the end of the book but you see that she is hopeful and motivated and that her actions are sincere.

Give Up the Ghost is a good read with realistic characters and ghostly interractions that will surely keep you engrossed. A different approach to ghostly contact that is refreshing due to the situations it produces and this story has a serious edge that is a welcome change.

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