Vintage: A Ghost Story
In a small New Jersey town a lonely boy walking along a highway one autumn evening meets the boy of his dreams, a boy who happens to have died decades ago and haunts the road. Awkward crushes, both bitter and sweet, lead him to face youthful dreams and childish fears. With a cast of offbeat friends, antiques, and Ouija boards, Vintage offers readers a memorable blend of da...more
This is the story of a young gay teen, who runs away from home and ends up staying at his aunt's house. I really liked the way the relationship...more
THE MAIN CHARACTER, who's name is never given, is a gay teen who discovers that he's a medium of sorts and needs to put a beautiful ghost that is haunting a local highway to rest. i really liked the voice of the narrator. he was charming, funny, and most of all relatable. throughtout the whole book i wanted him to find a boyfriend and to gi...more
I loved this.
It's not often I feel lucky enough to find a young adult book where the protagonist is a well-written gay teen, and it's even less often that teen isn't your typical example. The goth, vintage clothes loving voice in this book was a delight.
Having run away...more
The narrator of “Vintage” is a teen whose personal life is in an upset. Remember all the angsty poetry? Don’t lie. I know you’ve written some.
After being outed as gay to his parents and half his hometown, he finds refuge in a creepy little town in New Jersey where he makes friends with a girl interested in all things macabre. Their favorite pastime is dress...more
...except, not so much since there's a twist.
The preference as to whether you liked the twist or not is really subjective, so I can't personally knock my rating down as a result of that. There were a few things that lost this book some ratings stars fo...more
One night while walking down a deserted highway in September, the young first-person protagonist sees a handsome boy who is wearing a fifties costume, or is it a costume? We soon discover that he is the ghost of an athlete who met his death years before, and the town has known a...more
Although this novel is narrated in first person, the narrator has no name. Actually, that might not be entirely true, but if he does have a name, readers never find out what it is. The first time I read Vintage through, I felt that by not giving him a name, the author robbed the narrator of authority. Because he was nameless (and also...more
The seventeen-year-old male narrator knows that his parents would never accept his se...more
Told in the first person, Vintage focuses on an unnamed (and, therefore, univ...more
The characters are fairly realistic (though I thought the main character was a little too compliant with most things), and the plot, overall, fairly interesting. Nothing groundbreaking here. It's a typical coming-out story filled with conveniently place gay boys (and ghosts) for the protagonist to get involved with and come to terms.
Cons: In my opinion, the b...more
What is surprising here is the way the story develops emotional connections between the characters and offers a really cool way of making a gay coming-out story about something other than sex. Well, at least is makes the sex new. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to have sex with a h...more
What I liked: I thought this was a well-told story. It was about a boy who can see ghosts, but it was told almost like a ghost story. The main characters were very well-realized, even with the narration in first person. I appreciated the theme of being attracted to the exotic and dangerous, but finding what you need right under your nose.
Niggles ('cause I had no big dislikes!): I wish the narrator had a name. I don't think we ever got to kno...more
Solid writing, well paced, and interesting. After just a couple pages, there was no forcing myself to read this one! A little goth, teen angst, coming of age, and only a bit scary.
Easy to recommend to readers of all ages (except those offended by alternative lifestyles). Off-h...more
Loved the stubble sexiness perfectly suited to a YA Novel. Found it interesting that the main character only had a last name. I wonder why the writer chose to do that (I can only assume it had a purp...more
Unfortunately, it wasn't as good as I'd hoped. Yes, it's a nice, fast-paced story...more
In Vintage: A Ghost Story, Steve Berman writes a chilling tale of ghosts, mixes it with urban myth while capturing Goth youths' subculture, bittersweet first love, teen angst and the small town setting perfectly. A haunting and touching coming-of-age story full of dark humor that encompasses not only the unique struggles of gay teens, but the awkwardness, fears, anxieties and a sense of wonder that all teens can relate to.
The story is told in the first person point of view from our main...more
My biggest disappointments? First was the complete derailment of the storyline and its tension during some silly and irrelevant scenes featuring a relationship gone awry. Why had that been interjected? Peeved, I skipped right over the section. Second were all the foul-ups...more
Honesty from the outset~
I usually stay clear of stories that feature relationships between ghosts and the living. Tam and I had a very thought provoking discussion about the joys of ectoplasmic encounters and came to the conclusion it was frickin' weird.
Oh, and I'm a huge fan of Young Adult (YA) fiction. *g*
First things first~
This is a great story written from the first person POV of the main character, who I'm going to call 'X' for the purposes of this review because it wasn't until...more
Our hero is a runaway teenager; when he came out with his parents, he was kicked out from home but lucky him he found shelter with his aunt. Probably still suffering from the reject of his family, he retired into his...more
I think the weakness of the book is...more
What would be more difficult to tell your friends and family: that you are gay or that you can see ghosts?
Late one night, a teenage boy encounters a ghost while walking along a dark stretch of road. The ghost is that of a handsome high school athlete who was killed on that same road in 1957. Now the main character finds himself drawn into an obsessive relationship with the ghost. One that seems to get more dangerous with every encounter.
In addition to his...more
A lonely gay teen bides his time with trips to strangers' funerals and Ouija board sessions, desperately searching for someone to love—and a reason to live following a suicide attempt. Walking an empty stretch of highway on a nautumn night, he meets a strange and beautiful boy who looks like he stepped out of a dream. But the vision becomes into a nightmare when the boy tu...more
Berman does a great job with atmosphere—his spir...more
|YA LGBT Books: June BotM - "Vintage; a Ghost Story" by Steve Berman **Spoilers**||18||66||Nov 10, 2012 04:03pm|
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