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Girl vs Ghost by Kate McMurry
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Dec 20, 2011

it was ok
Read from August 24 to October 01, 2011

I have to admit that I was a little torn as to how to rate this book. The book blurb made it seem as if it was a teen read. Once I started reading it, however, the tone of the book seemed to gravitate more towards a far younger audience, which was accentuated by the presence of drawings at the beginning of each chapter. The reason I make a point of mentioning this is because books for younger readers tend to be written a little differently than books specifically aimed towards teens, and some of my gripes with this book wouldn't be as applicable in that case. I think that McMurry just tried a little too hard to appeal to a wide audience here, which made the book a little confusing to read.

GvG is for all practical purposes, your typical YA supernatural read. There's not much here that isn't already a familiar sight in other novels, which makes me wonder how well this book can really stand up to other books in the field. That's a shame since despite its shortcomings, this trilogy does have some potential. McMurry might be working with familiar tropes but she's thrown in just enough detail to pique my interest. (One interesting plot point involves a copied spell book and the repercussions, which I don't believe has been done in quite that way before.)

For a teen book this is a little bland, but I can honestly see younger readers getting into this read. If not for the occasional swear word and slight reference to sexuality (nothing bad, I assure you), this would actually be a very good children's book for agest 9-12. There's a bit of danger, but nothing so over the top that parents would really worry about it.

(Reader copy provided by author)

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09/15/2011 page 98
40.0% "Not bad. The chapter pictures give this a younger feel than the book actually is, but they're nicely drawn and the story has a lot of potential so far."
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Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries) This is up next on my reader!

Chibineko LOL, ditto! I'll be watching to see what you think of it as well. :)

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