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Shadowland by Meg Cabot
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Aug 21, 07

really liked it
Read in August, 2007

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 cool in California. When Suze saves the life of one of the popular guys from the vengeful ghost of his ex-girlfriend, Suze is suddenly invited to parties and nominated for sophomore class vice president. That's all good and nice, but before she can enjoy any of her newfound perks, Suze has to figure out a way to convince this furious ex-cheerleader ghost to leave this plane... and it's not going to be easy...

The Mediator series was recommended to me by one of my coworkers and I did really like it. It features a kick-ass heroine and an intriguing potential romance. It struck me as being very similar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I don't know what happens in the rest of the series, but at least in the first book there's no sex, although there is some violence. Perhaps it gets racier on down the line, but I'd say the first book is middle-school-appropriate.

Readalike suggestions: For another sassy SanFran girl, check out Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn. For a (much more romantic) paranormal romance, try Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. For some kick-butt ladies living secret lives, try I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter or Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller.
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