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Notes from Ghost Town Hardcover – February 12, 2013
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However, if you are open to the paranormal then maybe Olivia isn't losing her sanity at all. Maybe Lucas really is trapped in the in between with unfinished business. Perhaps souls really can not pass on until they are truly settled with the way their lives have gone.
What you take from Notes From Ghost Town is up to you. Ellison doesn't give you a clear definition as to what Olivia is experiencing. I small touch of brilliance on Ellison's part I think. I love that she left this aspect of the story open for readers to come to their own conclusion. It's not as if there is a huge question left unanswered, just something slightly ajar as to open thought and contemplation.
Olivia herself was not a huge favorite of mine. I had a hard time liking her, I think because I had a hard time understanding who she is. She was unpredictable but not enough to make me think that it was on purpose. I would have understood her as a rash girl if it was being played up as part of her losing her mind. Unfortunately, that isn't the impression I got. Instead I felt like Ellison herself was unsure of who Olivia really is.
The mystery behind Lucas' death was only partly predictable.Read more ›
First off Olivia and Stern are friends and end up flirting. Lucas then runs off and Olivia continued packing to go off to school. Next thing you know, Lucas is dead and her mum kill him. Then it jumps into Olivia at an appointment, her dad with a new girl and family, and she is living with him. She is then getting ready for the party and then heads off to a beach with a guy. While hiding from the cops, the waves drag her under and the person who saves her is Lucas.
Okay so he came back from the dead. At this point I would have loved some more info on how he was killed and why they think Olivia's mum is the murderer.
Eventually my interest returned and I got hopeful the book was going to turn out good. Stern keeps popping up and Olivia finally listens to him and we learn about whats going on with Stern, his murder and finding out the true killer. If it wasn't for Stern saying that Olivia's mum wasn't the killer, she might not have even tried. She didn't think Stern was real, that she was just going crazy. Which would just have been great on top of her color blindness. But, it had to be that love she had for him, that love that gave her the little push she needed to stand up and talk to Stern like he was there. Otherwise, the book would have taken a different turn. And if it did end up going that way, I probably wouldn't have finished the book.
So overall I did manage to finish the book, and after six chapters I was thinking if I should even go on anymore. I'm glad I went on a bit more and ended up enjoying the story a little more than I thought. However, I did still have issues I couldn't get over.
Olivia was packing for art school when her life got turned upside down - her best friend kisses her and in that same moment, she goes colorblind... and then a few months later, Lucas is dead. And everyone says that her mother killed him.
Olivia struggles to grieve her losses - having to leave art school and return to a new home with her dad, his girlfriend and the girlfriend's adorable daughter is not what she had in mind. But going back to the 'purple house' was even harder. Between all the memories and the community's outcry, they had no choice but to move into a plain condo on the other side of town.
During one of Olivia's moments of anger, grief and a little drunk, she find herself in a predicament... and that's when Lucas, her Stern, comes to her. Of course her initial reaction is that she is her mother's daughter, that she has all the symptoms of schizophrenia, and that if she tells anyone, they will want to lock her up too.
My heart ached so much for Stern, and his 'Liver'. The connection between these two characters was intense and moving. Their love of life, music and art was not only their life, but it bonded them. It's what tore them apart. It's what helped and healed them too.
The plot is so realistic, this is a story that could, unfortunately, be plucked right out of the newspapers. Every little detail mentioned added so much more to the story, the mystery. I was able to feel the Miami heat, hear the mosquito's buzzing around and smell the ocean breeze.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lost love, murder and more! Great teen book, an easy read! I pre-read for my child, now it's her turn!Published 12 days ago by Dannielle Beitzell
This book is so AMAZING! I was so into it, like it was real life. It has changed my perspective on life. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kindle Customer
I like the book. I was intrigued to see what happen next and next. I was taking my own conclusions but at the end I realize why the title and who and why she was the unseen girly.Published 19 days ago by Jessica
I got this book for my teenage daughter, but ended up reading it myself. I really wish she would read it! I was swept away into the story and the emotion. Read morePublished 1 month ago by HD
I just got done reading this book and wowowow! The imagery is absolutely wonderful and the writer keeps you hooked to the very last line. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joslyn Christy
Written from the young girl's mind and heart. I really got a glimpse into the writer's mind, too.Published 2 months ago by Jay Pearce
I loved this novel. First time to read a novel by this author. But her style is very rich and the plot is amazing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Iman Bibars
I got this for free and thought I'd give it a shot since my guilty pleasure is YA teen stories. This was heart-rending. Compelling. Real. So good.Published 3 months ago by Lyndsey Martin
Her boyfriend gets murdered by her mother then haunts her till she can prove her mother was framed! Oh and she loses her color eyesight. Not my cup of tea.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer