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My Lunatic Life (Lunatic Life #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  362 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Tara Luna's life is complicated enough without moving to a new town during her senior year. How can she tell yet another set of new classmates that she talks to ghosts? How can she introduce them to Henry and Millicent, the ghost-couple who've watched over since childhood? And should she mention that she and her Uncle Pat have moved into a house haunted by a dead teen girl ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 31st 2011 by Bell Bridge Books (first published August 27th 2011)
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Mrs. Badass
3.5 Stars

For a YA book, I didn't hate this one, so that's a plus =)
I was looking for something quick and light, and when thumbing through my kindle, saw I owned this one. (Thank you Amazon free books)

Tara Luna is a 17yr old girl with two ghosts as best friends, and a wandering soul of an Uncle. Her parents were killed when she was one, and has been raised by her Uncle Pat ever since. They move around. A lot. She is starting her senior year at a new school on a whim because her Uncle was bored,
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
This is the first book by this author that I have read, though after finding her on amazon I see that she has written a lot of books. This is a YA novel and I really enjoyed it, it was a short novel, and read very fast. I was close to the end and I was thinking to myself, I can't believe I am almost done. I was also thinking, umm they still have a dead body to find and a murder to catch, then I found out there was a sequel! Which I just bought today as I have to find out who the murderer of the ...more
Nov 07, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not My Normal Cuppa, But...
Starting at a new school for senior year is no easy thing, but at least Tara Luna has a lot of experience with new schools. Her Uncle Pat, Tara's guardian since her parents' death years ago, is a throwback to hippie days, a free spirit with wanderlust in his soul. New schools were old hat to Tara. Still, she wasn't exactly looking forward to what she knew was coming.

Fortunately Tara, who wouldn't mind being a normal girl but had long since given up that particular pipe
Jan 09, 2012 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good teen character plagued with ghosts and a phychic gift and joining a new high school as a senior. She's got problems including some mean girls and a dark spirit of a murder victim in her new house. Those problems just get worse when a hot local boy pays attention to her and one of the mean girls disappears.

I liked her intelligence, smart mouth, willingness to do research to help solve her issues and her love for her Uncle Pat who has raised her since her parents died.

A quick, fun and sa
Book #1 in The Lunatic Life series.

I read the first three of these books in 2013, so my memories of them might be a bit off. But the thing that stood out the most to me was that Oklahoma State University was mentioned a lot; and Tara came off as being almost over-the-top in her ability to save people. Yes...this is a paranormal story. Tara has two ghost friends that follow her around.

She lives with her Uncle and they move around a lot. She's hoping this will be the last move, since she's starti
It’s hard enough being a normal teenager and it’s hard enough making friends in school without having an uncle who moves at the drop of a hat. There’s another reason Tara Luna’s teen years are particularly difficult – she sees dead people. Nothing like holding conversations with what appears to be thin air to make everyone in school decide you’re a lunatic. Read the rest of my review at
Oct 28, 2011 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, kindle
Tara Luna leads a very unusual life. First, she is being raised by her Uncle Pat, who is a displaced hippie who moves her from place to place, never staying for very long. He has been raising her since she was a baby, when her parents died in a car accident. Second, her two best friends are Milllicent and Henry, ghosts who have been with her for as long as she can remember. Third, she's psychic, although she has tried very hard to hide it from everyone. When she was younger she used to try to te ...more
Nov 05, 2011 Tiffiane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Sharon Sala read. I read the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting. I had no idea how great it would be! Sharon has a very easy writing style and the story flowed very well.

Originally, in the first few chapters, I was worried about the direction of the story, and I thought the dynamic between Tara and her Uncle Pat was a bit odd, yet also very endearing. The ghosts surrounding Tara threw me for a loop until I got used to them and realized they were basically the only supp
Sep 23, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed from e-galley provided by publisher via

Tara Luna and her aging hippie uncle, Pat, have just moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, in time for the start of Tara's senior year in high school, and naturally she's overjoyed. Not really. While she's grown accustomed to the constant moving occasioned by her uncle's restless nature, and she deeply appreciates the care he's taken of her since her parents died when she was a baby, she's hoping they'll stay put this time. Aside from Uncle
Kate McMurry
Fun, young-adult, paranormal mystery

Seventeen-year-old, high-school senior, Tara Luna, was orphaned when she was a year-old baby and has been raised by her Uncle Pat, an unconventional, "hippie" type who loves to move around. Tara is even more unusual than her uncle. Her two closest friends in her wandering life are ghosts. Millicent can move people and things and can physically materialize, but mostly she takes a form that looks like smoke. Henry doesn't materialize, and he doesn't talk much, b
Sep 13, 2011 Aimee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This was a book I was actually excited for once I read the blurb and saw the cover. I was expecting a snarky character who was trying to stay under the radar. But it didn't quite work out the way I thought it would. I wasn't able to connect with Tara throughout the book. I wanted to but then Tara would do or say something that would make me cringe.

Tara Luna is a psychic who can see ghosts and doesn't want anyone to know about her "special gifts." But, throughout the book, she kept using her gift
Rachel's Book Reviews
My Lunatic Life
By Sharon Sala
Tara Luna worries about all the natural tings, the new town, new school, new popular kids, and a new crush on a nice looking guy who may or may not have done prison time. Outside being a social outcast, she has the SUPER-natural worries. Like her two best-friends (ghosts…as in, dead but vocal and overprotective) not to mention she has some not-so-friendly ghosts haunting her new house. Then she finds out about an old murder…..If she doesn’t solve the murder, the enra
Jan 29, 2012 Dianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry that I waited 3 months to read this book. I would have then bought the sequel that much earlier! I loved this book. I have been dissatisfied with what I have been reading and was looking for something a little different and this did it for me!

Tara Luna lives with her bachelor Underlie and they move all over the country like vagabonds at Uncle Bob's whim. Well this is Tara's last year in high school and she really wants to stay. She would like to go to college, she wants a boyfriend, sh
Originally reviewed at Witchmag's Boekenplank

Well this was a very light / fluffy read (with emphasis on very). There’s no other way to describe this book. Even though it was entertaining, and very amusing when a certain ghost started meddling, there was not much depth in this story. Everything went too smooth, too easy. Even when watching CSI, they usually end up with several dead ends before finding the murderer. Here it was way too obvious how the story would end and therefore I could not feel
Aug 30, 2011 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed tara luna. Life would be much easier if she did not use her gifts to help others. Tara is psychic and she has two ghosts since she was little always hanging around. Millicent lived over 100 years ago and is always checking guys out. Henry hates all the moving from state to state. He also likes to hide talk things when he is upset. He doesn't talk.
Tara lives with her uncle Pat. Both of her parents died in a car accident when s he was little. Her uncle is her only relative. Tara is a sen
Oct 24, 2011 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a teenager is complicated enough for the average human being. The continued (and seemingly endless) demands of school, mounting social pressures, dating—it tends to be a lot for a person to handle. If only Tara Luna's life were so simple...
...In addition to these ordinary adolescent concerns, Tara has special problems, unless of course you consider seeing dead people and hearing the thoughts of others a great advantage in life. And you might assume that such powers would be beneficial, bu
Cela Esqueda
Oct 02, 2011 Cela Esqueda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Review from e-galley provided by publisher via net

Most characters with an unusual ability normally try to keep it secret from the rest of the world because either people will not understand or no one will believe them. In My Lunatic Life, Tara Luna embraces her psychic abilities to help those in need. Granted, this was not always the case but circumstances in her new hometown make it impossible for her to keep her gift a secret. With the help of meddlesome but caring ghosts and a myst
I read an uncorrected ARC from NetGalley on my Kindle.

Oh, dear. Well, let me get this out of the way first. I do not want dialogue in a book I read to be indicated in any way other than the standard quotation marks. I especially do not want my dialogue to be indicated with an extra-long dash, like so--- and then ended with two vertical lines, like so. RAGE. I don't know if this formatting issue is only found in the ARC or not, but it drove me abso-flipping-lutely CRAZY!

There were also some major
~This review is of the uncorrected proof provided by Netgalley~

With My Lunatic Life, long-time adult fiction author Sharon Sala makes her first foray into YA paranormal literature.

The story is about Tara, an engagingly feisty girl who has trouble fitting into adolescent society because the uncle she lives with has wanderlust. Constant moves have made it hard for Tara to make and keep friends, but navigating the minefield of high school culture is not Tara's biggest problem; the fact that she als
Sandra Stiles
Tara Luna doesn’t live life as a typical teenager. She has lived with her uncle since the day her parents died. He is constantly moving around. He two best companions are two ghosts named Millicent and Henry, and oh, did I forget to mention she can read minds?
Tara has moved to a new school. It is her senior year which makes thing even more difficult. She deal with the stuck up cheerleaders, lands herself a boyfriend named Flynn. Tara has used her abilities to help people at school and to get bac
Linda at Chatting About Cozies
This is a Young Adult read; however, I'm in my 50's and I loved it!! Great suspense with teenage boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, and paranormal elements. If you watched the TV Show, Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer Love-Hewitt, you will enjoy this book.

Tara Luna is always the new girl in school. Her Uncle Pat has a gypsy spirit & moves them constantly. Tara's also different---she's psychic. And, she's never even told her Uncle Pat, even though she's 17 years old. The popular girls at s
Sep 01, 2011 Janga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Sala (a. k. a. Dinah McCall), the most recent recipient of RWA’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, makes her YA debut with My Lunatic Life from Bell Bridge Books.

Tara Luna begins her senior year in yet another school. Being the new girl is never easy, but it’s a particular problem for Tara whose psychic gifts and unusual family consisting of her Uncle Pat, a loving but eccentric guardian, and two ghosts who have always been part of her life, the prankster Henry and the militantly p
More of the review: http://lili-lost-in-a-book.blogspot.c...

Ever since she can remember, Tara Luna (AKA Moon Girl to the sexy Flynn) has been able to communicate with ghosts. Not only is she a "ghost whisperer," she also is a bit psychic. She can sometimes feel what other people are feeling or sometimes she even knows what they're thinking. Quite a multi-talented young lady, isn't she?

Tara and her only relative, Uncle Pat, (plus her two best friends Millicent and Henry who just happen to be ghos
Tara Luna was great - she's quick witted, down to earth and not afraid to stand up for herself against the popular crowd. Her best friends are two over-protective ghosts that follow her around and cause choas when anyone doesn't get on with Tara, adding a fun lighthearted element to the story. Her uncle Pat is also an interesting character, with his love for odd food combinations and fatherly concern for Tara. I would have liked the other characters to have been more developed though, as we didn ...more
Romancing the Book
Review by Jen: the first in Sharon Sala's new YA paranormal mystery series. Sala is a well-known romantic suspense author with 85 novels under her belt. And now she's trying her hand with YA fiction.

As I read this book, I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading an uncorrected proof, review copy because there were some small things that should be caught during the final editing. But I found the premise of this series intriguing and this first book solid.

Sala keeps the mystery in this book
Julie Witt
I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tara Luna leads a very unusual life. First, she is being raised by her Uncle Pat, who is a displaced hippie who moves her from place to place, never staying for very long. He has been raising her since she was a baby, when her parents died in a car accident. Second, her two best friends are Milllicent and Henry, ghosts who have been with her for as long as she can remember. Third, she's psychic, althou
Aug 25, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tara Luna lives with her Uncle Pat, has since her parents died. He is as best a parent as he can be to the young girl. We meet them as they move to Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Another new school where they can call her Luna the Looney, Moon Girl, or even worse, witch. Tara is not only psychic but has a couple of hundred-year-old ghosts, Millicent and Henry, who provide a little protection and advice and cause general mayhem to embarrass Tara at every opportunity.
Other than her ghostly followers and ra
Soma Rostam "IOB"
Nov 19, 2012 Soma Rostam "IOB" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why. But I feel like I am in a very strange luck with books for the past month and a half. Every book I read, I end up giving it four or five stars. They are just so good, and it's not fair to give them less. I have the third book in the series, Lunatic Revenge, for review. So I had to read the first two books. I knew this series was about ghosts, but I had no idea that it would be so good! A lovely, light paranormal read.
Tara Luna, is tired of moving around so much. Yes, she love
Sep 07, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Lunatic Life by Sharon Sala

Imagine being the the new girl in school. The new girl starting your SENIOR YEAR in a new school. Now imagine having ghosts as your best friends. Not only ghosts but having psychic abilities. That's just a day in the life of Tara Luna. She takes it all in stride. She doesn't reject her gift or explain herself to others. She encounters the "A" crowd of girls, you know, the popular cheerleader types that make fun of anyone different. She very ably reacts and responds
Oct 11, 2011 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2011
I am a big fan of Sharon Sala's books. I have read most of them. When I saw that she was delving into the YA genre, I was very curious. My Lunatic Life is a new series that features 17YO Tara Luna. She is a psychic who has also has 2 ghosts who are her best friends. She has moved around most of her life with her Uncle Pat who raised her.

Tara is a great character. She is confident, headstrong and responsible. Used to being the new girl, she doesn't let the teasing from the popular girls get to h
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“As soon as Tara looked at the skull-and-barbed-wire
tattoo showing beneath the sleeve of Flynn O’Mara’s tight t-shirt, she flashed on a jail cell. Bummer. His Dad’s in jail”
“l. She
dared one more quick look at the tat, but her attention soon
moved to the size of the muscle on which it had been inked.
Definitely leer-worthy. When he passed beside her on his
way toward the back of the room, she caught a whiff of sexy
aftershave and stifled a groan. Millicent was going to be all
a-twitter over him. Tara just knew it.
When she heard someone behind her whisper, “He’s
sooo hot,” she couldn’t help but silently agree.
But it was another girl’s answer that made her curious.
“Yeah . . . but no one in her right mind would mess with
“Bethany did.”
“But not for long.”
“Yeah. Right.”
Ahah. Bethany must be the girl glaring at him beside the
teacher’s desk.”
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