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Give Up the Ghost

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,556 Ratings  ·  361 Reviews
Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts over "breathers." Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody . . . and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school. But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme is threatened. So when Tim asks her to help him co ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Square Fish (first published September 15th 2009)
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Megan Crewe
Nov 24, 2015 Megan Crewe added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
My book! :)
The Holy Terror
The premise of this book was really interesting, but it ended up just being another cliché- and angst-filled young adult novel. I would give it 2 1/2 stars if I could but I decided to round down because it's not quite a 3 star book.

Cass can see and talk to ghosts. Just before she got this ability she had a huge falling out with her best friend. The best friend, the most popular girl in the school, turned the entire student body of not one, but two schools, against Cass. Now that Cass has a few
Sep 16, 2009 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So lately i think i've been reading a lot of books involving ghost. I actually enjoyed Give Up the Ghost a lot more than I thought I would. Love the cover too :P

I liked Give up Ghost because it isn't your normal ghost story, it wasn't scary, the ghost weren't all like BOO!! I loved the characters.Cass, she is so brave and does this whole i'm cleaning out your closet thing.I mean she knows every bodies secrets( like cheating on BF & GF's,things you hope nobody would find out) thanks to her fr
Sep 18, 2009 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic debut novel! Give Up the Ghost had a more serious tone that I had initially anticipated. Which wasn't a bad thing, but it took me a while to switch gears. That's why you should never have a predisposition about a book! I wasn’t expecting the prominent role that death played in this novel, I mean sure it’s about ghosts, but I was thinking more along the lines of happy times with Casper the friendly ghost, something more light-hearted. Anyhow, once I switched myself over to a mor ...more
Sherwood Smith
I didn't just read this book, I inhaled it.

From the very first line--"You would think it'd be easy to get along with a person after she's dead."--I was hooked. In so many respects, seventeen-year-old Cassie was me--angry, isolated, at the bottom of the high school pecking order--only I did not have a dead sister hanging around, who only I could see.

Cassie can see ghosts. She doesn't know why. The first she ever sees is her sister Paige, the night of the prom, just after Paige drowned. Cassie wa
Michelle Rebar
Oct 08, 2009 Michelle Rebar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GIVE UP THE GHOST is a fantastic debut by author Megan Crewe. Not only is it a ghost story, but it is also an angsty coming of age story. Fans of the supernatural will apprectiate it as well those who lean towards the humans. This book is about fitting in and letting go of grudges and grief. It shows that sometimes people and things go away and we have to learn to accept this and move on with our lives and keep living them. If we don't we will constantly be haunted by the past and never be able ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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If there's one sentence that could sum up Cass McKenna's life, it would probably be that infamous line from the movie The Sixth Sense: "I see dead people."

Ever since Cass's big sister, Paige, drowned the night of her Junior Prom, Cass has had the gift - or curse - of being able to see ghosts. Or, to be technical, to see, hear, and communicate with spirits who haven't moved on to wherever spirits go after people die. The morning after her sister's death, Cass ma
Apr 08, 2009 J.E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished putting this book down and my heart is aching with a mixed feeling of happiness at the ending, and sorrow that I am done reading it.

It's a truly delicious story about an outsider in high school, thanks to cruel tantrum-like revenge of an ex best friend. Cass deals the best she can with the help of the dead people she just happens to be able to see and talk to, including her older sister.

Despite the paranormal elements of the book, the story is real and contemporary and drew me i
Mar 08, 2016 Gia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.

Plot was really interesting but I did not enjoy reading the book much. This was just: meh

Highschool drama *groans*

I felt something was lacking. Maybe because it was too short? Idk. It could've been better.

There were, um, maybe just two parts that I liked.

Sep 22, 2009 Cinnamon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
GIVE UP THE GHOST by Megan Crewe was a slightly different book than the one I was expecting. I thought the story would be fairly juvenile, but the premise still looked very interesting. I’m happy to say, however, that GIVE UP THE GHOST was really a great read. The story was complex and engaging with enough material to keep the reader entertained the whole way through. I would recommend this book to both young adults and adults alike.

GIVE UP THE GHOST is the story of Cass, a seventeen year old gi
Thao Tran
Sep 15, 2009 Thao Tran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really into ghost stories, unless they're funny or there's a lot of romance in it. Give Up The Ghost has either of these qualities I look for, so why did I enjoy it so much? Simple, because the book is heartfelt and truly honest.

The very first thing that sucked me right into the story was that the appearance of the ghosts were very different. They did not scare the hell out of anyone, they did not look or smell creepy and most of them didn't seem to suffer from any kind of tiredness for
Princess Bookie
Nov 02, 2009 Princess Bookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Thoughts: I picked this book up after it had been sitting in my TBR a while. I'm sorry I waited so long! I thoroughly enjoyed the story! We are introduced to Cass who sees ghosts, she is termed weird by all the other students at her school. Nobody wants to talk to her, or be seen with her. She has a few friends who are ghosts so she doesn't mind it too much, she always has "someone" to talk too. She discovered she could talk to ghosts after her sister's death. Yes, her sister stuck around and ...more
Sep 13, 2009 Alea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
Oooh did I like this book! It was serious but funny and sad but exciting! It had a little bit of everything and gave me a lot to think about!

Right off the bat I loved the main character, Cass, she was relatable and likable and I totally would have been friends with her (even if I am a breather!) She's the outsider that used to be an insider until her best friend turned on her out of jealously. So now she lives her life chatting with her friends that no one else can see, ghosts.

I really like the
Nov 11, 2012 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, for-review, paranormal
Cass McKenna from Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe has the dirt on everyone, she knows everybody's dirty little secrets. How? Well, she can interact with ghosts, who see everything. However, there is one little problem, some has discovered Cass's secret and now she must decide the value of interacting with humans for a change.
Read the rest of my review here
Apr 23, 2009 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is worth 4.5 stars. I really, really, REALLY liked it. The story was different, but done amazingly well. I was hesitant at first, mainly because it sounded like any other ghost story. However, this was one of the ghost stories done well. I recommend it for everyone :]
May 16, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
With the interesting premise ( Ghost Whisper meets High School, anyone?) and awesome cover Give Up The Ghost had, I knew that I was in for one superb treat.

Give Up The Ghost was a new and fresh take on the whole ghost seeing subject. I liked how the ghosts Cass saw such as Norris and Bitzy were a key part of the story and two of Cass's closest friends. Also, it was interesting to see Cass and Paige's, her dead sister, relationship. Since, it provided for some drama and was overall a cute part of
Sara Grochowski
Nov 08, 2009 Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I adored this book, to put it mildly. It pulled me in right from the beginning and refused to let me go!

The entire book was wonderfully written and imagined. Cass was a girl that I found extremely easy to relate to - especially her sarcasm. I loved that the author showed Cass' tough side as well as her softer, more vulnerable side that she usually keeps hidden from her peers.

I often find that authors add unneeded details to the plot - just to make it more interesting, but Megan Crewe not only h
Aug 07, 2009 Prodhi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a 4.3 rating, not 4.
I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t anticipated this book much—I was dying for it! So when it first landed on my lap, I literally squealed. So naturally, I had a lot to expect from this book. And believe me, I wasn’t disappointed.
Cass McKenna is a social pariah, made so by the overreaction and revenge taken by her ex-best friend just because Cass got a place in the debate team that she wanted by chance, and got to be around the guy that she liked. Now, this idea may seem inf
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
Cass McKenna is one angry girl. Ever since she parted ways with her childhood best friend, she's been absolutely mean-spirited. Instead of trying to move on with her life, Cass is on a mission to tear down and make fools of her fellow classmates. Cass knows things about them that she definitely didn't witness first hand because she's able to communicate with ghosts. There are 3 ghosts that hang around her school and spy on her classmates for her. Anything they find out, Cass uses against them to ...more
Sep 12, 2009 Deltay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-arc
With Megan Crewe's brilliant debut Give up the Ghost, one has to give up one's preconceived notions about YA ghost stories of the modern age. Because this one? It blows them straight out of the water.

The overall vibe and connotation of Give up the Ghost is "[bright:] like a Chinese lantern" (Crewe 2). The concept of ghosts isn't new, but Crewe sets them up in a way that's entirely her own, and it's always intriguing to see new spins on old ideas. The main thread that the story follows makes for
Jul 21, 2009 Yan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was reached the expectations that I had only dreamed of. Give Up the Ghost was gripping page turner that left me salivating for more of Megan’s works.

Cass has a slight social problem. It might be because she can see and talk to ghosts and every time someone catches her doing it, she looks like a freak. Or it might be the fact that the ghosts like to gossip giving Cass plenty of justified ammo to take down these villains. But when Tim asks Cass if she can talk to his mother, whom happen
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Cassie McKenna has been an outcast since Jr. High and she wants payback. Lucky for her she has help finding out her fellow student’s deepest and darkest secrets from the dead – Ghosts that is…

Crewe’s Give Up the Ghost is a pleasantly light paranormal read. I was able to read this book is one sitting, I enjoyed it so much! This is the first ghost book that I’ve read that didn’t give me the heeby jeebies, which was a surprise in itself. Cass is a loner and with her only friends being ghosts, I fel
Sep 29, 2009 Jael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let me tell you how excited I was for this book; YA supernatural books have been intriguing me for a while now. With so many different authors and mediums out there ghosts (which you can tell by the title is what this book entails) have been shown in so many different lights. Megan Crewe instead takes ghosts somewhere else, they're not trying to scare people or anything of the like instead they essentially watch them and that's where Cassie (or Cass) comes in they tell her the dirty on people an ...more
Feb 18, 2012 Elizabetha rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Fanático de la película "Sexto Sentido" =P
Recommended to Elizabetha by: El lado derecho de mi cerebro ¿ es el que no es racional?


A la mitad del libro pienso...

Más fantasmas =P , luego de "Ana vstida en sagre" ( me encantó,6 castillos de 7) ... que puedo decir sin parecer completamente loca...¡me encantan los libros de fantasmas, aun cuando sean de chicas un poco resentidas, chismosas y simpáticas en su último año de highschool!
Esta afición a los fantasmas tiene una historia detrás, pero no lo coment
Adela Cacovean
Cass McKenna este o liceană de 16 ani, ai cărei singuri prieteni sunt fantomele. După părerea ei, acestea sunt singurele în care poate avea încredere: fantomele nu au gânduri, ele spun cu voce tare tot ce gândesc. Cu ajutorul fantomelor de la școală, ea știe mizeriile tuturor celor de la școală, îi are la mână, așa că este lăsată în pace. Însă, într-o zi, Tim, vicepreședintele consiliului de elevi, a cărui mamă murise de curând, bănuiește că ea ar putea să-l ajute într-un fel să ia legătura cu m ...more
Feb 16, 2016 Abbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Actual rating - 2.5

This was a pretty slow read, and as there wasn't really that much going on, it dragged for me. It wasn't an awful read though.
Interesting! I kept thinking it was like the show dead like me, but did better. The ending left me "bleh". Didn't like how it all just came out, helped someone, and then it was happy. Maybe I really wanted her to have been nastier with the bullies, put them in their place, or the bullies dos make a big deal out of showing they were truly sorry. It didn't go either ways! So that's why I say 3.5; only for the last third of the book. The beginning was different and fresh take on what I was searchin ...more
Oct 02, 2009 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this through 1-ARC-Tours. It's an entertaining and enjoyable young adult book with a paranormal element.

Cass sees ghosts, it started with her sister right after she died and then there were others. After her best friend turned against her she used what the ghosts overheard to right the wrongs that middle school and high school students perpetuate against each other. Because of that she is on the outside of everything that goes on in high school. Everyone is scared of her and what she
Mar 29, 2010 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fan's of Ghost Whisper
Hummmm...I'm kind of going back and forth with whether to give this three stars or bump it up to four. In my world, it's more like 3.5 stars. Anyway, what was missing was the "wow" factor, it needed a little spark. I liked this story and the characters, especially Tim, it just didn't send me over the moon. It was good, but in a "oh, it was good" kind of tone (if you catch my meaning).

This book did remind me of The Ghost Whisper. It could have been an episode from like the Ghost Whisper's teen ye
Casse NaRome
Dec 05, 2009 Casse NaRome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe is a solid story of an outcast turned vigilante bent on revenge. It is filled with a bunch of likeable characters and I found the ghosts more interesting than the living characters but then again so did the protag Cass.
Cass was pushed out the popular ranks by her middle school bestie Danielle after a fit of jealousy. And when she starts outing everyone’s secrets the school begins to wonder about her. They can't figure out how she is getting her info. Maybe she is
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