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Gr 10 Up–Eldridge's debut is a mind-bending blend of innovative science fiction and a stream-of-conscious writing style. Fifteen-year-old Thea's world is rocked when her hacker boyfriend, Cam, disappears, seemingly into thin air. He leaves behind few clues, and what investigators do find is as baffling as his disappearance itself. Then,inexplicable events begin happening in Thea's small, otherwise-quiet community. Images that look like her drawings show up on Flickr, sex tapes of the teens appear online (but they never made the videos), and strange graffiti is showing up all over town. Once Thea discovers a glowing tattoo over a scar on her shoulder, she grows even more confused. As the story draws to a close, readers will find that the mysteries only get more mysterious, and the answers only raise more questions. The frequent sexual episodes and cursing make this novel best suited to older teens. The story is unique, but the chronology changes frequently and the dialogue is not set apart by quotation marks, which will make this novel difficult for many readers.–Anna Berger, formerly Literature Consultant, Piper City, ILα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Certainly, compelling fictional voice is one of the joys of YA lit. In the hands of Eldridge, though, “voice” actually becomes a kind of miracle worker that can make disparate narrative elements and an unusual structure not only work but sing. The voice driving Ghost Time belongs to 15-year-old Thea, who narrates events at once straightforward and profoundly mysterious. One day, her older, accepted-to-MIT boyfriend, Cam, simply vanishes. Does Thea set out to find him? Nope; she just keeps going to school, navigating her grief and hope, and dealing with FBI agents and some inexplicable sex videos . . . videos neither she nor Cam shot. Along the way, she develops a memorable—and telepathic—friendship with the disabled daughter of a local detective. Chapters alternately extend further into the past and future relative to Cam’s disappearance, a strategy that at first feels merely clever. Gradually, however, it induces a dreamlike reverie that lasts right up until the somewhat elliptical, yet strangely satisfying, conclusion. Grades 9-12. --Peter Gutierrez
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477816577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477816578
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E.M. Bristol VINE VOICE on July 6, 2013
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So I started to read Courtney Eldridge's "Ghost Time," and I was like, ohymygod, why doesn't this book have page numbers? Did they forget to put them in or something because this is, like, an advance copy? Totally weird, but anyhow. Maybe the author just wants to be different and creative, like the protagonist Thea and her hacker/number whiz boyfriend Cam do. Or maybe they are integral to solving the mystery or something because pretty soon Cam disappears. Like, for real.

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...
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OVERALL IMPRESSION: What? That's what I said to myself as soon as I finished reading this.

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.
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May and probably does contain spoilers.

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.

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