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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805089306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805089301
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,562,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 8–10—A supernatural twist on the "Mean Girls" plot provides page-turning action. Cass McKenna sees ghosts. Her first spotting was her sister Paige, who failed to pass on to the afterlife following a drowning accident. Unfortunately for Cass, Paige and the ghosts that inhabit her school are her only friends. A junior-high bullying incident left her jaded and angry, and as revenge, she uses her supernatural informants to spill her classmates' juiciest secrets. When the student council VP discovers her covert ability, Cass unwillingly helps him contact his dead mother, leading to changes in her social status. Cass isn't the most lovable of protagonists, but her resentment is well developed and convincingly sustained throughout. Mysterious plot elements and the budding relationship between Cass and the VP will quickly engage reluctant readers.—Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY END

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“Crewe’s first effort will make readers wonder what else she’s got up her sleeve.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This coming-of-age novel avoids unrealistically neat moments of closure—it will make readers hurt, and maybe even believe.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“A supernatural twist on the “Mean Girls” plot provides page-turning action. … Mysterious plot elements and the budding relationship between Cass and the VP will quickly engage reluctant readers.”—School Library Journal

“A school-dynamics story with a great original hook.”—BCCB


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GIVE UP THE GHOST is a fantastic debut by author Megan Crewe.
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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.
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I really enjoyed this book and the life-like personalities of the characters.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Saundra Mitchell on September 15, 2009
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That Cass is grieving is more than evident, from her inwardly turned ways and her broken family- and oh yes, the regular visitation of her late sister. In fact, Cass sees a lot of dead people these days, and she takes advantage of this rare gift to collect gossip on her schoolmates.

She uses the details provided by her ethereal cohorts as a sword and shield- keeping everyone at bay, and now that she has dirt on the ex-best friend who's made her miserable since junior high, she might finally have a chance for revenge.

But when Tim, a popular student abandoned by his father after his mother dies, asks Cass for help, she has to decide whether to stay hidden in her own grief, or to finally let a painful past go.

This book is deceptive- a fast read, you'll plow through it the first time in a single afternoon, engaged by the characters and the quick-moving events. But you'll want to come back again and again to enjoy the details- the finely turned out phrases and the delicate metaphors at play. Crewe has crafted a debut novel that's both a pleasure to read and to savor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer VINE VOICE on April 11, 2011
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Cass McKenna is one angry girl. Ever since she parted ways with her childhood best friend, she's been absolutely mean-spirited. Instead of trying to move on with her life, Cass is on a mission to tear down and make fools of her fellow classmates. Cass knows things about them that she definitely didn't witness first hand because she's able to communicate with ghosts. There are 3 ghosts that hang around her school and spy on her classmates for her. Anything they find out, Cass uses against them to bring them down and to make herself feel better.

Then someone suspects what Cass can do, and coaxes her into helping him make contact with his recently dead mother. Tim is the VP of the Student Council, and Cass loathes him because he is friends with her ex best friend Danielle. Though she doesn't want to admit it at first, she's becoming friends with him. The more time that Tim spends with her, the more he is able to see through the shallowness of the people he calls friends. Whether they want to admit it, Cass and Tim need each other, and Cass is going to have to let go of her prejudices if she's going to keep Tim from joining his mom on the other side.

This wasn't at all what I was hoping for with this book, and by the time I made it all the way through I was pretty disappointed. Maybe I should have read more reviews, tried a chapter or two before buying it so I knew more of what I was getting myself into. I wanted more ghosty stuff, but the ghosts are merely part of the device to get Cass and Tim talking to one another. I wish that Crewe had developed that aspect of this novel more, maybe let us know how exactly Cass is able to communicate with ghosts. All we know is that she couldn't see ghosts, but then her sister drowned and became a ghost, and now she sees them everywhere.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathy (Bookworm Nation) on March 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
So, this was not at all what I was expecting. I guess I thought it was going to be a light-hearted ghost story, about a girl who used her ghost friends to get the dirt on all the jerks in her school. While she does do that, it's more out of bitter-revenge and was more mean-spirited, then good intentions. If that makes sense. The story was also a little deeper than I was expecting, and I know this will sound bad, but I kind of got bored halfway through. It was somewhat predictable and while I felt bad for the characters, it was just...blah. I guess I liked Cassie; she grows a lot throughout the book and does lose the chip on her shoulder. While I understand why she hates the world, it's kind of hard to listen to so much negativity. So, I'm glad she figures things out and unfortunately the book ends right when she's getting interesting. I kind of felt like the book needed some editing throughout and maybe added a few lighter moments, and definitely show more progress with Cassie. IMO.

There is underage drinking, smoking and sexual content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on January 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
With the interesting premise ( Ghost Whisper meets High School, anyone?) and awesome cover Give Up The Ghost had, I knew that I was in for one superb treat.

Give Up The Ghost was a new and fresh take on the whole ghost seeing subject. I liked how the ghosts Cass saw such as Norris and Bitzy were a key part of the story and two of Cass's closest friends. Also, it was interesting to see Cass and Paige's, her dead sister, relationship. Since, it provided for some drama and was a cute part of the book.

While Cass was a funny and heartwarming character, she could get on my nerves at times, because of her awkwardness around her classmates. Though, at the same time, I admired her no crap attitude. Tom was another likable character that had many layers to him. Since, at first glance you would think he would be an annoying full of himself jock, but at heart he was a normal teenage boy dealing with the loss of a loved one.

The plot was well developed and always kept me on my toes, with the different revelations that occurred. Such as, what happened in middle school to Cass to why did Paige die?

Lastly, I have to say, Megan Crewe is another great add to the YA Market. Her writing was well done while still having a feel that the novel was being told from a true teenager's mouth. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by her in the future.

Overall, Give Up The Ghost is a fantastic debut that I suggest to all! I can't wait to see what others think about it.

Grade: A+
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