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"Eerie and sweet, haunting and real -- a ghost story of love in its many forms: the kind that binds, and the kind that frees."--Laini Taylor, National Book Award finalist for Lips Touch: Three Times"This ghost story gently delivers growing emotional power as it explores the thoughts of three teens, including the ghost. . . . Poignant and eventually quite moving."--Kirkus Reviews "A welcome addition to the shelf of YA books that deal honestly with grief. Without sugarcoating, it achieves a melancholy sweetness that is becoming a hallmark of Davis's work."--Publishers Weekly "This tale is a comfortable read for those who want more than a pink-covered romance or a melodramatic storry of loss, neither cotton-candy light not three-hankie dark." -- School Library Journal "A truly touching story." -Seventeen.com"Conversations about love, life, and death create a poignant connection between a life not quite lived and one in its final moments."--Bulletin
Gr 8 Up-Dealing with grief and overwhelming family responsibilities are themes blended with the sort of paranormal characters that populate Gayle Forman's If I Stay (Dutton, 2009), Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones (Little, Brown, 2002), and the 1990 movie Ghost. When Rob's car goes airborne while he's driving his girlfriend home after a party, Holly ends up in the hospital, and he ends up dead-but not gone. His best friend, Jason, can't see him; his family can't see him; and Holly can't see him. He doesn't understand why he's stuck on Earth. Finally, when Holly's Alzheimer's-addled grandfather moves in, Rob registers on someone's radar. Too bad Aldo's rapid Italian mutterings to Roberto seem to Holly like just another facet of the disease that forced him to move in. She's just trying to cope with losing Rob and taking care of her nine-year-old sister while her mom works two jobs when Aldo becomes yet another burden piled on her young shoulders. Slowly, Jason reaches out to Holly, even pitching in with her family duties and helping Aldo revisit his precious memories. Rob punctuates the narrative of Holly's growing trust and affection for Jason in talks with Aldo about how to move on, by observation of his family's counseling sessions, and yes, through some jealousy as he watches his best friend and girlfriend fall in love. This tale is a comfortable read for those who want more than a pink-covered romance or a melodramatic story of loss, neither cotton-candy light nor three-hankie dark.-Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.