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The Ghost and the Goth (The Ghost and the Goth #1)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  13,568 ratings  ·  1,367 reviews
Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot body, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect,
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Hyperion Book CH (first published 2010)
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The Ghost and the Goth was a quick, light read. It's cute but incredibly shallow. The story has no real unpredictable plot lines. The writing isn't ground breaking -- don't get me wrong, some of it is very clever, but I don't think Kade challenged herself with this very formulaic story and these very formulaic characters. I think she has enough talent to do something a lot better than this, which isn't something I say often or lightly. I'd love to read another book by her unrelated to this serie ...more
Melannie :)
May 08, 2011 Melannie :) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who wants a FUN read
Shelves: read-2011, to-re-read
I just finished this two minutes ago and I have THE BIGGEST grin on my face.

I don't know if I have a soft spot for ghosts (yeah, right) or for KICK-ASS characters,
but luckyly for me, this book happens to have both.

So imagine how happy I was all through this read.

I randomly found the book description here in goodreads and was blown away by how
similar it sounded to Shadowland my all time favorite YA series. And opposite to what others might do,
being all like 'Aw there's no way something can be as

Meet Alona Dare (The Ghost). Alona is your standard Miss Perfect. Popular, a cheerleader with the jock boyfriend, shallow, snobby and thinks she's better then everyone else. She's living the typical high school dream and living it large.
That is, till she gets hit by a bus, dies and finds out that her life was basically a lie.
Meet Will Killian (The Goth), he's eccentric, the weirdo and basically a loner.
I guess I would be too if I could hear and see dead people since I was just a kid.
Jul 03, 2011 Lindsay rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lindsay by: Small Review
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

This summer has officially been the BIGGEST READING SLUMP of my entire life! Its so sad because I have OVER 70 books on my tbr pile and I feel like I've hardly gone through any of them nor have I wanted to. Thank god their haven't been too many summer releases, otherwise I'd be buying books and letting them gather dust on my bookshelf.

Basically, I struggled all of June with reading. I'd either a) find a book I liked and read through it so incredibly slowly that I'd fall asleep while reading an
I really enjoyed reading this one! There wasn't really all that much depth to the story, but I'm not saying that was a bad thing. It was a cutesy, fun... very quick read, and sometimes you just want to read that type of story! The Ghost and The Goth is told in alternating perspectives.... we have Alona... the newly dead, and then Will, the boy that can 'see dead people!'

Alona was definitely a different character..... usually I wouldn't be able to stand the shallow, miss perfect persona that she
The Ghost and The Goth was an amazing read: light, funny and somewhat ironic. This book is a page turner and you don’t want to miss out on this title!

Alona, Queen of the Elites goes from dead to worst when she discovers, a few days after her death, that her life isn’t what she thought it was. She comes to realize her fellow schoolmates didn’t really like her, and her former BFF is real quick on making sure her former boyfriend doesn’t feel lonely, in a very touchy, feely, public way. It’s in th

I don't know what to say about this book because I don't really know if I liked it or not that much -2.5 stars.

The cover was great and this is the main reason I decided to give this book a try, and the characters were nice and entertaining (they had a voice of their own that i really got to enjoy - the sarcasm is definitely a plus) but the story seemed to miss something and it didn't kept my attention as much as I wanted.

I didn't notice any attraction between the main characters and I didn't ge
Definetely a good start to a series. Alona and Will are probably one of my favorite fictional couples. They mesh so well and balance each other out. A loner who's supersweet boy deep inside + a sarcastic, egotistical cheerleader = CHAOS. But then again, a good kind of chaos! So much witty lines cracked me up and took me completely. I love their chemistry! They make me melt. THAT'S what I have always longed for in a book, every book that I read but only a very few authors seem to achieve that kin ...more
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I'll admit I liked this book against my better judgement. The Ghost and the Goth is one of those books you can't really analyze, can't really dissect, and can't help but find fault with. Is the story predictable? Hell, yes! Are the characters unique and different? Not really. So what was so great about this book? Why the 3.5 Star rating? I have one word to tell you: enjoyment. Sometimes a book comes your way that isn't particularly unique, isn't particularly edge-of-your-seat
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Alona and Will


This book had all the clichés, the blonde cheer-leader,the social strata of high schools,the goth/nerdy hero.But still the author managed to make it a light,fun read with likable characters.I had a smile on my face while reading it.The interactions of the protagonists are entertaining.The romance didn't take the sappy route and that's one of the biggest reasons why I loved this one.

I'm looking forward to the sequel.

When seventeen year old Homecoming Queen Alona Dare is not so tragically run over by a bus, she's annoyed to find herself coming back as a ghost. In life Alona believed she was popular and beloved by all, as a ghost she sees how little she actually meant to her friends. Alona doesn't want to spend her afterlife watching her family and friends forget about her, so she becomes determined to find a way to move on.
Loner Will Killian can see and hear ghosts, he pretends not to see them for fe
I want to say something right at the beginning:

The love-story wasn't anything new and neither were the characters and some situations but still I totally enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to everyone who wants an easy read with a hilarious protagonist and extraordinary high school problems.

Will sees the Dead. He is diagnosed schizophrenic because of it. Not cool.
Alona is dead. Killed by a bus. This is probably even worse.
Now she just wants to go on and see the famous "light at
John Egbert
My review!~

Okay, let's start with the prose. It's cute. Alona's voice is the stereotypical cheerleading egghead voice. Well, Alona IS the stereotypical cheeerleading egghead...but still. I thought the book would take a much more serious tone, but, it didn't. Alona is very humorous, but her humorousness can get very annoying at times. For a long while, you want to tell her, "Lady you are DEAD, will you GROW UP?!" Unforgivably, she doesn't actually get a clue to grow up until more than halfway thr
The Ghost and the Goth isn't a book I would have normally picked up on my own. However, after seeing it around the blogosphere, and reading several good reviews, I decided to give it a shot. The author and publisher were nice enough to send me a copy for review, so a HUGE thanks go out to them.

The two main characters, Will and Alona, were so much fun! Their sarcastic interactions and begrudging affection for each other was fabulous. It didn't take me very long to grow fond of them, and that fon
So, my normal allotment of reading time has been booked pretty solid lately but every once in awhile I'll get some unexpected free time when I don't have access to my Kindle or an actual book let's call these times "work breaks". Eager to take advantage, I troll my library's Currently Available Kindle Book section to get some reading in using the Kindle Cloud function on my computer. At the mercy of whatever is available at any specific time, I've read some pretty random books this summer. At fi ...more
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This book was soo good that I finished it in 2 days! What was I supposed to do after that?! Oh thats right: wait for book two! :D too bad its going to take forever, because I really, really liked this book!

I really enjoyed this book, it was completely different from any other book I have read about ghosts. Having that it is also in the point of view of the ghost. Knowing what its like for a ghost being...well, a ghost, was very uniq
Funny. Enjoyable. Simply amazing!

I really enjoyed reading this one which is a huge surprise to me. I totally did not expect anything from it, I just knew that it's interesting especially with those covers. It seems that the cover with a beautiful blonde girl and a gothic looking hot guy tells us the whole story. I thought it'll be as predictable as the covers. But I was wrong! This book doesn't have any predictable parts or scenes. I like how it started, the accident of Alona, and details from
My expectations were pretty average on this book. I didn't expect anything amazing, nor anything completely rubbish, but I expected better than I received.

The book didn't manage to hold onto my interest, after the first few chapter's. The beginning was strong, and kept me interested, but afterwards lacked any excitement. When I was about 3/4 way through the book I really couldn't believe it, it felt almost as if the story was still in the beginning stages. The story plan didn't seem very well-de
Laura (Hey! I'm reading)
I really enjoyed this book! It was a very fast and fun read, a nice break after something as serious and action-packed as Nightshade. I was a little worried about how I'd like Alona, but she didn't bother me too much. As the novel progressed, I began to like her more. Will was another story - I loved him from the beginning and want him to be mine. ;]

The end was great and not what I was expecting at all, which was a very pleasant surprise. I thought the writing was great and the characters all ad
This was absolutely perfect! Well, it was perfect for what I was looking for at the time. It's a light 'n fluffy read with a little bit of a paranormal mystery thrown in. The plot was different enough to keep me interested, and the budding romance between the two main characters was cute and sweet.

The blurb on the back does a pretty good job describing the book, so I'm not going to bother you with it in my review. I will say that it's definitely worth checking out when you're in the mood for so
My Rating: 4.0 / 5

What I thought about it:
The Ghost and the Goth was a very cute and delightful story which was nearly impossible to put down and made me smile a lot. Even if you are a little bit uncomfortable with the thought of ghosts (I know that I was in the beginning), this story could definitely make you feel differently about that.

The story is told from both Alona's and Will' point of view and gives you an amazing insight into the character's minds. While Alona seems to be typical cheerle
Wow, this was just amazing. I had so much fun reading it and I'm a little disappointed that it was less than 300 pages. I wanted it to go on forever! It really was absolutely fantastic and I'm mad at myself for not buying the whole series at once. I can't wait to get my hands on book two and to spend more time with these brilliant and unique characters. I am definitely a fan of Stacey Kade's writing and will be jumping to read anything she writes in the future. I've found a new series to love an ...more
I just reread this today so I'll be able to start on the second book, Queen of the Dead since it's been a long time I've read The Ghost and the Goth. And as usual, I love this book so much. It makes every body happy just reading this over and over.

Regina George... How do I begin to explain Regina George?
Emma Gerber: Regina George is flawless.
Mathlete Tim Pak: I hear her hair's insured for $10,000.
Amber D'Alessio: I hear she does car commercials... in Japan.
Kristen Hadley: Her favorite movie i

Apr 18, 2015 Carolina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: dl

Alona was kind of egocentric and Will kind of negative and crazy, but that makes and excellent combination for an excellent book.

Ame este libro, trata de el tipico chico emo y rudo, solo que el en cambio puede ver fantasmas "don" como el lo llama que heredo de su padre, quien a;os atras se suicido por esa misma razon.

Alona, es o bueno es la chica perfecta del colegio, con el novio mas guapo, porrista y la chica mas popular. Hasta que es atropeyada por un autobus. Despierta dias desp
Stacey Kade's "The Ghost and the Goth" is a welcome addition to paranormal YA with some blended tones of humor, supernatural conflict along with the traditional ups and downs of surviving high school. Told from the perspective of two characters (notably the title subjects), Alona is a popular girl who meets an unfortunate demise, while Will, the labeled goth, is the only one who can see her - along with a bunch of other spirits who have unfinished business. They each have their respective trials ...more
Alona Dare had everything she could ever wish for. Senior in high school, cheerleader, hot boyfriend and was voted homecoming Queen three years in a row. Her perfect life ended on the day she skipped gym class and walked in front of a bus! Now Alona is stuck in a half-life, watching over her friends and how they deal without her, but has no idea why she is still around or how to move on.

Will Killian is the only person that knows Alona has stuck around and she isn't very pleased about the fact.
I have to admit, this wasn't one I was planning on reading right away (no particular reason). But, after reading some excellent reviews and seeing the cute cover, I snatched it up and, boy-howdy, I'm glad I did! After getting it yesterday afternoon, I settled in to read it and couldn't put it down (while this is meant as a complement, I always feel bad when I say I read a book in a matter of 2-3 hours, since I know how much work the author put into it!).

Alona's a great character, and she, as wel
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Genre: Paranormal (UF) YA


In general when faced with a book about ghosts and the people who can see them I don’t go in with high hopes. Ghost books are the easiest of the paranormal genre family to fall into the same over used plots and character steroe types. Which brings to question why I bother reading them? It’s simple I’m a huge fan of Meg Cabot’s Mediator series, and I secretl
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Alona is your stereotypical popular girl - focused on her looks and unafraid to speak her mind, yet perfect in every way to the outside viewer. It's all a painstakingly constructed exterior, made to fool people into thinking she's some sort of Queen. She has spreadsheets to keep track of possible clothing combinations, methods to hide "fat spots" when sitting down…my goodness. You'd think that Alona would be a very irritating narrator but she is ac
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As an award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

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“She shrugged and flipped her glossy hair behind her shoulders. "What else do you have to do with your time besides think about stuff like this? It's not like you're real heavy into extracurriculars. Besides, you're all, like, goth and into the dead, right?"
Alona Dare, queen of the insult-compliment. "Wow. Thanks. Anyone ever tell you you're good with people?"
She frowned. "No."
"Good. I'm not goth."
"Your hair is black, you have piercings, you wear black all the time and act all freaky-"
"My hair is naturally this color. I have three earings in one ear, that's it. This shirt" -I tugged at the fabric across my chest- "is navy blue, and if I act weird all the time, it's because of ghosts like you.”
“What are you doing, meditating?"
"No, I'm trying to calm down so I don't kick your ass," she said through clenched teeth.”
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