- File Size: 590 KB
- Print Length: 148 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06VTQXHW1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Ghost of a Girl Kindle Edition
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Daisy's conversations with the dead Haven were intriguing, and at first I wasn't sure if it was a hallucination, or if Haven truly was a ghost. (and I'm not going to give it away) At times it felt like Haven was that invisible friend, at at other times, like a fully-realized person/ghost.
This was a really satisfying read overall, and I enjoyed the mix of YA and supernatural, in a gentler way than Tawny's book "Static" (which I also enjoyed). I'd love to see more of this universe, and more f/f(lesbian) relationships. (Book received from publisher for an honest review)
First, Daisy was not a likable character. I understood she had hard edges, but I didn't see any redeeming qualities in her other than the fact that she was in love with someone. When she was frustrated, Daisy want to dig a pencil/fork into her eyes/ears/hands. When she was upset about Haven, she threw up. When she felt the pressure of someone else, she threw/broke someone. No person reacts the same way every single time. The other characters seemed fairly well developed, except for Jenna who was just a caricature of of a preacher's daughter and Daisy's mom who's essentially a kitchen robot until the last scenes.
The editing was just not there. I got the feeling that Stokes wrote the novel initially in third person and then switched it to first person because there were several errors there. There were multiple issues with comma usage and run-on sentences. I think a good, critical editor could fix these issues and bring the story to a whole new level. There were some issues with setting. From the language used in the book, I guessed it was set in England, but toward the end it read like Tennessee... I haven't heard kids in the US call tennis shoes "runners" but I also haven't heard people from the UK say "y'all." I'm not sure what Stokes was going for, but it was a little disorienting for me personally. Also, I think Jenna was a preacher's daughter, so I'm not sure why she was so rich.
I did really enjoy the end of the story. Daisy really stuck it to everyone. In a big way. And the interactions she had with Haven knowing it was the last time totally made my heart ache for her. Also, I loved Daisy's mom toward the end. She had character, personality, and she was everything you'd hope for a mom to be.
Overall, I probably wouldn't have picked up a book like this to read on my own, and I didn't really enjoy it. A different audience may feel differently.
Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book and chose to give it an honest review. Also, I am a Catholic, and while I believe being attracted to someone of the same sex is not a sin, acting upon those feelings is. I read this book to gain another perspective, and although the Catholic teachers on this subject haven't changed, I have gained empathy through Daisy's story. I am also a writer and read a lot, so I have high expectations of grammar, character development, and story in general.
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