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Ghost Time Hardcover – June 11, 2013
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Then I was all, if Thea is supposed to be such an artsy, alternative, outcast type why does she talk like a Valley Girl? This seriously does not make sense, but okay, I'll go with it. Thea loves Cam more than anything and tells him everything, which makes sense because her dad is a deadbeat loser and her mom is wrapped up in her dork boyfriend Raymond.
So after Cam vanishes, all this bizarre stuff starts happening. Like, stars are cut out of the school flag, and no one can figure out who did it, and Thea wakes up one day with a glow in the dark tattoo on her shoulder. Videos of Cam and Thea having sex appear on YouTube, but they start changing over time, and doesn't make sense, because Cam would never videotape Thea without her knowledge. Then all these weird detective types start showing up wanting to question Thea about her boyfriend's disappearance, although one is kind of cool and introduces Thea to his teen daughter who has cerebral palsy, but Thea can completely understand her, and they become best friends, and if you've read this far in the review, you're probably thinking, what the heck is going on, and trust me, if you're confused, you have nothing on this reviewer.
By the end, there are all these characters whose ultimate purpose in the book is still unexplained in any kind of satisfying manner, and the book just ends, and I was all, like, ohymygod, that is so frustrating, and I can't possibly recommend this book to anyone. Anyhow...
It took me a little bit to get used to the writing - we hear Thea's scattered thoughts, it was a little annoying to me, but I adjusted eventually.
The whole story line captivated me. I was really interested in finding out what happened to Cam and why all of the strange things were happening throughout the story.
The timeline jumps back and forth starting from the disappearance of Cam and going backward and forward in time with each chapter. It sounds like that would be confusing, but I had no trouble following it, and for me it really added to the interest of the story.
Then, I got to the end and I was extremely disappointed. From what I now understand, is that there is going to be a followup book to this one. When I was reading it, I had no idea, I thought it was a standalone book. I felt like the book kept picking up speed, going faster and faster, and then just - BAM. It stopped and there nothing. No crash, no explosion, just nothing. It just ended and left me feeling unsatisfied. I understand that authors want to pull you in and get you excited to read the next book in a series, but this one just left me confused with no idea where the story is going to lead next. I don't think I'll be picking up the next one in this series.
CHARACTERS: The characters were fine. I didn't get particularly attached to any of them, but I am curious to see where they take Mel's character. I liked hearing her thoughts and her feelings towards her father.
COVER: I do like the cover. I'm not really sure how it ties in with the book, because I'm so confused about what this book was trying to accomplish, but I do like the way the cover looks.
I have spent the last few hours detoxing from my rapid reading of Ghost Time. I seriously needed to wrap my brain around all that I consumed. Then I found I really needed to get these words "on paper" or I will never get to sleep tonight. First off; this is not a book for young teenagers. Besides the fact profanity is constantly lobbed at you in word bomb form, there is also sex between an 15 and 18 year old couple. I just don't think this is a subject appropriately printed for a YA teen crowd. BTW - this is part one of a trilogy set to publish.
Next the method of the way the book is written. From a first person point of view of Thea Denny. The style reminded me of old black and white movies where all the characters talked fast and over each other now imagine that in scrip form with no punctuation occasional paragraph breaks or no quotations or anything like that in between sure you may get some italicized words but very few character markers like quotations. Top it off with vapid "teen" speak like "I go". Believe it or not it was still easy to get into the flow of style. A little distracting at first but then for some reason it all made sense.
Then we have how the chapters are broken up. Monday, April 4, 2011 5:27PM is our first chapter. Or the Apex of our Butterfly Affect of a story. Monday, April 4, 2011 (Two Hours Later) 7:28 PM is our next chapter. Monday, April 4, 2011 (To Hours Earlier) 3:32 PM. There are no page numbers to reference, just the date at the top of the page and the time at the bottom of the page. Then we alternate future, past, future, past, and so on. What's interesting is how the past chapter feeds into the future chapter, much like a cause and effect.
The premise is one of a few.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I must admit, when I started reading Ghost Time, I was very put off by the writing style – I found Thea's shallow, valley-girl speech quite off-putting. Read morePublished 19 months ago by marianne kozbial
I don't mind stories that are told in and out of time, but I lose my interest when the slip between what is past, present and future is not tight. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jill Guntur
I enjoy reading YA books, even middle-grade and children's books. I don't mind my protagonists being young, acting young, sounding young. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Silea
It took me awhile to get past being aggravated at the beginning of this book but it was well worth the aggravation. I don’t know why this book bugged me so much. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amelia G Earhart
This book is a bit confusing at times, but really has an interesting plot. I get the feeling if I re-read this, I will catch on to things that maybe I missed or didn't connect in... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
My head is swimming having just finished reading this book. I've decided to give it 3 stars = It's Okay because I felt that the author, Courtney Eldridge did an excellent job... Read morePublished 20 months ago by ChristineMM
This book takes some getting used to. It is written so that you are following Thea (the protagonist) scattered thoughts, but they seem to tie together enough to keep the story... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Matt Rodriguez
I am a bit on the fence about this book. I do like the characters like Thea and do not mind she talks a bit like a Valley Gal but at the same time, things happen in the book I... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ulalume Viva Jones
I really wanted to love this book because I loved the cover and the premise. The book is very poorly written and I honestly could not make it past the 10 or 11th page ( I think... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Penguin Chick