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Love You to Death (The Mediator #1)

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Being a mediator doesn't exactly make Susannah Simon your typical sixteen-year-old. Her job is to ease the path for the unhappy dead to their final resting place. She finds her skills tested to the maximum. But can this girl get her ghost?
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 6th 2004 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published November 1st 2000)
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I’ve developed a really bad habit: book cheating.

Until recently, I’ve had impeccable reading etiquette. I never flip to the end of the book. I don’t cheat to see if the lovers reconcile or to discover who the murderer is. Instead, I read from cover to cover. It’s only right.

But lately I’ve found myself cheating. I can’t help it—it’s those pesky young adult serials I’ve been reading. They simply aren’t good enough to justify reading the whole series, but they are interesting enough that I want to
Amy (Turn the Page)
Firstly, let me just say, I doubt you’ll ever read a bad review of a Meg Cabot book from me. I love the woman (her blog is hilarious). In fact, I have a whole (rather pink) bookshelf dedicated to all of her books that I own, which, I’ll admit now, is pretty much most of them. If I’m looking for a great, fun, story, likeable heroines (and a tension filled romance with a ridiculously attractive guy), Meg Cabot never lets me down. I’ll buy her newest book as soon as it comes out, without waiting fo ...more
“How is it that I'd nearly been smothered to death, and yet I could sit there and notice things like my stepbrother's abdominal
muscles a few minutes later?”

I don't know what came over me but I decided to reread this one today. And the cuteness is still there.

I have always been a fan of Meg Cabot's works. (I didn't read The Princess Diaries though.) This series is my favorite of hers. And 1-8000-WHERE- R- YOU. I wish the rumor about this series having another book is true. I'll surely be freak
Jan 24, 2012 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ghostbusters!
Recommended to Kay by: who you gonna call?
This is a fun YA paranormal book with a peppering of romance. It's like a mix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, and the Sixth Sense (just the kid who can see dead people, none of the horror).

Yes, it's very girly. But it's also great entertainment for an audience who indulges in girliness every once in a while.

Suze, the protagonist, is a Mediator, someone who can communicate with the dead. In the beginning of the book, Suze moves to California from New York where she begins the year at
Why didn’t I pick this up earlier? I knew I should listened to my friends at Bookers. I loved it! Shadowland was a fun and entertaining read that had me laughing. The plot was fast paced and easy to read and the characters were an unforgettable bunch. Suze, I loved her. She is an amusing character, the kind of girl you want to be friends with. Jesse is of course swoon worthy and left me thinking give me more.

This is a series that I could easily get addicted too.
Abby Johnson
Susannah Simon has a unique calling in life. She's a mediator, a person who can see and talk to ghosts and help them leave earth for wherever they're supposed to go. When Suze moves from New York to San Francisco to live with her mom's new husband and her new stepbrothers, she finds a couple of interesting things. First, there's the hottie of a ghost who lives in her bedroom. Secondly, there's Father Dominic, the principal of her new school who also happens to be a mediator. Third, she's somehow ...more
Amy Louise
One of of my favourite books and series!
Wendy Darling
I resisted Meg Cabot for so long...but turns out she's pretty fun. This first book in The Mediator series surprised me with its fast-paced story, humor, and entertaining characters. The plotting of the mystery is not particularly complicated, but that's something I expected from seeing the cover art and reading the blurbs. It's pretty much chick lit for teens with a dose of the supernatural to sweeten in it up.

What did bother me, though, was that the author used the word "fag" twice in this book
Hehehehe, that was awesome.

I was sort of stuck in a reading rut until I read Shadowland. This was a great way to spend the afternoon. Sure, my neck is killing me because I've been hunched over all afternoon, but it was worth it :)

Okay, I like Suze. A lot. I would definitely want her as a friend, because in many ways, she reminds me of me. Only, she's waaaay more kickass. There are a lot of protagonists in a lot of books where I like their personality, but it is a rare occurrence indeed where I
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
This was a really easy read and I'd have probably enjoyed it more when I was younger but I found it to be quite mediocre now, what with the larger selection of books that are available in the paranormal genre. It was very basic but the plot and characters were decent and I found that the protagonist was a pretty strong, likeable one - I think Susannah's group of friends, especially Cee Cee sounded intriguing too and I'd like to learn more about them. It'll be interesting to see what the next boo ...more
I loooooved rereading this. I remembered exactly why this is one of my favorite Meg Cabot books.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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So Gillian (Writer of Wrongs) and I decided that a reread of this series was totally necessary to life happiness. The Mediator series was my favorite of Meg Cabot’s stuff back in the day, and I love revisiting old favorites. Though I don’t have time to binge, they are fun, fast reads and will totally prevent slumping with their awesome. In some ways, Shadowland wasn’t as good as I remembered, but mostly it was still totally
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Suze has an important job. She helps dead people cross over from Earth to their final destination. It sounds creepy at first, but it all comes naturally to Suze. She has always had this special gift and she’s good at it too.

There’s a downside to being a mediator (that’s what people with Suze’s gift are called) though. It can take up a lot of your time and some of these dead people are needy and mean. There’s even one who’s trying to kill Suze. Whoa!

Jesse. He’s a ghost who has a crush on Su
Myehehehehe =3 I love this book. Well, I love this main character. What a KICK-ASS female protagonist. She's all: "if you don't listen to me, I'mma kick your ass and send you to hell."
And even though that sounds violent, I really thought this was a sweet story. =3
I'm definitely gonna keep reading these books. Thank god my library has them, cuz they're so short, and I wouldn't be able to buy all of them.. my conscience wouldn't let me, I think.


How genius is tha
♥ Becky  22
I've kind of always wanted to be like Suze. She's so confident and cool. Oh, and she sees ghosts. That's pretty neat, too.

The Mediator books are awesome. They're like Buffy meets Ghost Whisperer, which, trust me, is a really great combo.

If you like Paranormal Romance, or are just looking for a fun book with a kick-ass heroine, you might want to check out this series.
I think by now, you would have known what a mediator is - from book backs or GR hints. Anyway, a mediator is a person who acts as a medium of communication between the human and the spirit world. And our protogonist, Suze, is a mediator.

The book is easy and light read..and its a very small book..finished it quite soon - 3 hours. Its interesting to know about the life of mediator. I guess there is more about Jesse (our handsome part-Spanish ghost) in upcoming books. Proceeding with the next book
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Rachel Lightwood
This was read as a part of Love You to Death & High Stakes.

I don't know what to think of Meg Cabot at the moment. Every series of her that I have read has been so completely different from each other ranging for utter hatred (The Princess Diaries) to mediocre enjoyment (Airhead) to this: amazing!

Love You to Death was funny, cute and fun. I loved both the characters and the plotline with all its ghostly adventures. It was a little ridiculous and cheesy and really just a chick-lit hiding in th
My Thoughts: I actually read the fifth book in the Mediator series, Haunted, back in the earlyish 2000s. I had no idea it was a series and I liked the name and the cover, so I figured that I should buy it. I read it and devoured it. I'm actually glad that I didn't read the series in its entirety back then, because I don't think I'd have been able to appreciate it the way I do now.

Essentially, this is the first Meg Cabot series I've ever read. You'd think I was living under a rock and I would not
Meg Cabot does a neat portrayal of teen heroines. They are spunky…have some of the most interesting and weird conversations in their heads and more often than not come up with ear-bending dialogue like: “Lay one hand on my brother and I’ll stuff you right back into that grave from which you crawled out.” Yep, real heart-warming stuff…

Suzanne (Suze) Simon is no different. Her widowed mother has remarried and the mother-daughter duo shift from bleary New York to California, sunny-side up. Her ste
Rosabelle Purnama
Meg Cabot's books are one of my guilty pleasures. Her books are funny, enjoyable and light.

In the first book of the mediator series, Susannah Simon has just moved to LA from New York to live with her mother and the new family of step father and three step brothers, Doc, Dopey and Sleepy. What's special about Susannah is that she can see and talk to ghost. She is what is called a mediator, sort of like Jennifer Love Hewitt in the Ghost Whisperer. She talks and helps ghosts moving on to the next
I really really liked this book (and have a feeling that the rest of the series is going to be even better :D). Doc, Dopey, and Sleepy were great for laughs. The actual laugh-out-loud kind of laughs. Probably a good reason to stop reading Meg Cabot books in public. People still look at you weirdly for completely cracking up while reading a book even though this is you know, the 21st century and people do a lot weirder stuff in public than laugh at books. Besides--Meg Cabot books were made for th ...more
Meg je prostě úžasná autorka. Vše od ní se čte lehce a vše bere s nadhledem.

Po dvou nebo třech letech se mi konečně podařilo sesbírat celého Mediátora, jen abych se dozvěděla, že příší rok v USA vychází další díl, tak by ho radši měli přeložit.

Jen ve zkratce
Suze je úžasná hrdinka. Nemá strach se pouštět do šílených a nebezpečných situací. Navíc její myšlenkové pochody baví..
Jesse se zatím moc neprojevil, ale to čekám v dalších dílech.

Meg se podařilo na "pouhých" 195 stránkách strhnout mě dějem,
Cabot writes frothy YA books that are weirdly good. She has a real skill for writing realistic, fully-realized young female protagonists. They never feel by-the-numbers, despite the cliched positions they find themselves in (this particular narrator can talk to the dead)--they're always very definitely *themselves*. Also, even her most otherworldly of books has an edge of common sense to them, which is a welcome change to the "vampires are just like humans, only sexier" route most "otherworldly ...more
I only gave this book 3 1/2 stars, but it's a cute enough story that I will probably finish the series, some day. There were just certain elements I didn't like, for instance the ending leaves you hanging, and the way that the antagonist was removed from the story seemed WAY to simple after everything that happened before. The story seems written for 12-13 year olds, so in that way it's just cutesy to me, but definitely creative.


I'm a really big fan of Suze. It's just so much fun to be in her head!

Can't wait to read the next ones.
Super!!! Meg Cabot nesklamala. A netuším, prečo u nás vydali knihu s tou asi najhlúpejšou Meginou hrdinkou... Ako denníky som zožrala tak či tak, ale Mia bola niekedy fakt sprostá. Suzie je superná!
One of my most favourite books. Thanks to this series by Meg Cabot I started to love YA fiction. Not sure, but I think that Jesse de Silva was my first book crush:D
3.5/5 Stars

Such a fun start to the series! Can't wait to read more!

Full review to come.
This was such a quick read for me but I loved every second of it.

If you're a fan of the Hex Hall series or Rachel Hawkins, I definitely recommend picking this series up because it's quick, light and super funny.

We've got 16 year old Suze who's just moved to good ol' California all the way from New York. She has a tendency to wear an old leather jacket, beat up jeans, black t-shirts and motorcycle boots. My kind of girl. And oh yeah, she can see and talk to ghosts. Touch 'em even. And she has a
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun
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“I'm sorry, Heather, but everything was not just fine before I got here. You know how I know that? Because you're dead. Okay? You are dead. Dead people don't have lockers, or best friends, or boyfriends. You know why? Because they're dead.-Suze Simon” 167 likes
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