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Ordinary Ghosts (Push Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
The plot is dramatic but doesn't feel contrived, and the resolution feels real, almost to the point where if a studio was to make a movie out of the book, you could be sure they'd screw up the ending by changing it and making it more dramatic. The story is paced perfectly - alternating smoothly between advancing the plot and developing its protagonist.
The most impressive aspect of this book is that it doesn't insult its audience. I have no intentions of reading a bunch of teen lit books now but I'm sure its a genre populated mostly by crap. This book treats teens as young adults - still young and immature, but not the idiots that a lot of adults take teens to be. I think the story and the charcters will ring true for teenagers who are lucky enough to hear about this book.
The characters are multi-dimensional and rich. Each possesses his or her own well crafted psychology. Rather than hide or gloss over them, Corrigan has been careful to highlight her character's flaws. Still, all the characters are highly likeable and leave the reader deeply invested in their outcomes. It has been years since I've read a book that I couldn't put down. I became so interested in the story that I carried the book around with me sneaking peeks at it whenever I had a spare second, even if it meant I could only read a sentence or two at a time. I'm hoping she writes a sequel because I want to know more about each character.
The story centers around Emil, a prep school student with a broken family. His mother died shortly before the story begins, his older brother and idol, Ethan, took off without saying goodbye, and his father has emotionally checked out. Emil finds a master key to his school and begins spending nights sneaking into all the places in the school he isn't supposed to go. While Emil sets out to explore the mystery of the school's haunted past, he discovers he isn't the only person trespassing the school's hallways in the night.Read more ›
Without his mother and brother, it's just him and his father. They hardly communicate, and his dad is always busy with work. The only friend in Emil's life is the line-crossing Soma, who changed his name from Frances to the name of the drug in BRAVE NEW WORLD. Soma's favorite word is mayhem.
When Emil finds the key to Caramoor Academy in his brother's room, he doesn't tell a soul, not even Soma. This is a secret only for him. The key is a thing of legend. It is passed down from year to year, and nobody is supposed to know who has it. But now that Emil is in possession of it, what will he do with it? How will he leave his mark?
Emil starts by exploring the school at night and setting up a makeshift bunk in the attic. While roaming the school, he is surprised to find a girl named Jade in the art studio. Of course he develops an instant crush on her. How often do girls appear at an all-boys' school in the middle of the night?
When Emil's father announces he will be away for four whole days and nights on a business trip, Emil knows what he wants to do. He plans to stay at the school every night and uncover all its mysteries.
As Emil and Jade form a relationship, Emil finds himself changing from a liar with a fictional past to someone who can open up and be honest about his feelings. He also learns the truth about why his brother left and what happened when his mother died.
ORDINARY GHOSTS is a touching story that deals with the tragedy of death and abandonment in a realistic manner.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book started our VERY slow, I wasn't even sure if I wanted to continue reading it. I mean I was at pg. 100 and still questioning which usually makes me toss a book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michelle Bacci
The passage on trying to relive his mother's tuna casserole and instead falling into tears always gets to me. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Bloaken
I can add only one thing to the previous spot-on reviews. This novel deserves a Pulitzer, Nobel, or other such prize. Read morePublished on September 2, 2010 by Laer Carroll
I love this book. It is in my top ten. Top five even.
I won't summarize because everyone already has. Read more
Eireann Corrigan's ORDINARY GHOSTS tells of a boy facing a vanished brother, a dead mother and a father who leaves him alone. Read morePublished on July 9, 2007 by Midwest Book Review
'Fun' and 'entertaining' are not usually words you would find describing a book about the aftermath of a parent's death and a brother's unexpected departure, but that is the... Read morePublished on May 22, 2007 by J. Kirkman
Emil's life has been turned upside down in the last year. His mother has died of cancer and his brother, who he has always looked up to, has disappeared without a trace. Read morePublished on May 19, 2007 by TeensReadToo