From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up—Grace is a sickly, lonely girl long confined to her bed. Her only company is her dear half sister, who brings her food and journals to write in. Her abusively neglectful stepfather refuses to give her medical care beyond the very minimum required to keep her alive. Grace yearns for companionship and finds it in the unexpected appearance of a ghostly teenage boy. The lovely black-and-white drawings are simple in the manga style, yet capture the distinctive personalities of the characters. The time and place of the story are unclear, sometimes seeming to be in the past, and at other times the future, but generally irrelevant to the central love story. While this book will appeal to teens with a taste for melodramatic romances or manga, sophisticated readers will be left unsatisfied with an ending that, while romantic, is inconsistent with previously established plot points.—Dawn Rutherford, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA
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