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Ghosts I Have Been

(Blossom Culp #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,945 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Blossom Culp is the outspoken outcast of Bluff City, always getting into trouble. No one wants to cross her, especially now that she's revealed that she can see the Unseen. Then Blossom herself is stunned, because her lie turns out to be truth. She actually does have second sight...and she is "on board" the sinking Titanic.
Paperback, 214 pages
Published April 23rd 2001 by Puffin Books (first published 1977)
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Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
An oldie from my childhood which I just finished re-reading this October -- great timing, because it begins on Halloween . . . .

Excellent, and now I remember why I hung onto this so long. I was ghost crazy as a kid, and adored witches, and this book certainly filled the bill. Blossom Culp, social outcast and "a girl with powers" tells her early 20th-century story in the first person voice. Growing up in a small town like Blossom, I loved the echoes this had in my own life.

Cassandra Abate
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm more reminiscing than reviewing here, this has been a favourite book of mine for as long as I can remember. A teacher let me keep it in grade 6 because I had read it about 8 times that year. Or maybe I stole it because I couldn't part with it? That's probably more likely. Either way, that same ragged, taped-up copy has sat on my bookshelf for 17 years, with it's little "St. John's School Property" stamp inside.
For me, it's one of those stories that when you think about it, you can still re
Jun 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
This review is originally posted to my blog -

Title : Ghosts I Have Been
Author : Richard Peck
Publisher : Puffin Books
Genre : Young Adult
ISBN : 978-0141310961
Series : Yes, #2
Rating : 5

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Blossom Culp is the outspoken outcast of Bluff City, always getting into trouble. No one wants to cross her, especially now that she's revealed that she can see the Unseen. Then Blossom herself is st
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
Overall, I liked this book, and I'm interested to read more by Richard Peck. I loved the humor, but it also had substance. The descriptions were vivid, but not longwinded, and the book read like a movie. I'm not sure how Peck wove all the elements together that he did. There was a very magical flavor with the fact that the main character, Blossom, has the gift of second sight- she can see ghosts and things that are currently happening, and things that have happened long since- and her mother can ...more
Kressel Housman
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
For Harry Potter fans looking for a magical adventure that isn’t a rip-off, this is a must-read. Like Harry Potter, it mixes magic, drama, humor, and romance, and throws in some historical fiction to boot. Ghosts I Have Been is actually the second in a series of four, but it’s the most action-packed and therefore the best. I read it first and then went backward. It did not damage the experience at all.

The series is set in a small Midwestern town in 1914. The two main characters are Bloss
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a book that I first read when I was in 6th or 7th grade. I have recalled the book over the years, but could never remember the name. Thanks to the internet I found it and recently purchased it so I could read it again and share it with others. Re-reading the story again, now as an adult, I still found it really written well and very enjoyable.

I would recommend this for any younger readers and for adults for a quick easy and enjoyable read. Now that I know that there are other
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great kids book. Its one of those books that is fun to reread as an adult- which I have done several times. The best thing about this book is that I lent it to my mom and she and her husband liked it and went on to read more of Richard Peck's books. I always love giving someone a book they like to read.
Edwina Callan
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, bookcrossing
Shenanigans abound in this delightful little book about a teenage girl who can see into both the past and the present.
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
from Amazon: By Tamela Mccann "taminator1"
Fourteen year old Blossom Culp lives in a small town in 1913 with her eccentric mother and a penchant for getting into troubles and adventures. When she discovers that she has a sixth sense, Blossom uses her gift to help a few local citizens and things proceed merrily until she has a crushing vision of the sinking of the Titanic a year earlier. Fame and fortune brought on by the revelation of this vision bring many changes to Blossom's life, not th
Linda Lipko
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
This YA book had me laughing right out loud. It is the second in the Blossom Culp series. I recently read The Ghost Belonged To Me and a friend recommended that I follow up with this one.

Superficially it appears that there is nothing in depth re. Richard Peck's books, but in reality, his keen wit and ability of portraying hypocritical high society in 1913 contrasted with down to earth plain folk eking out a living is excellently handled.

Blossom Culp is born on the wrong s
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Latest re-read: 7/24/17

This book has no right to be this good when I'm this old.

But it is. God, it really is.

And Peck, who was in his forties when he wrote this book, has no right to be so good at capturing Blossom's voice: devastatingly self-aware, funny and wry, out for everything she can. Plus she sounds every inch a preteen girl who has experienced more than a few uppercuts to the chin by the ringside opponent known as Life. Blossom's circumstances were exotic and adventurous when I w
May 15, 2012 added it
This is vintage Peck. A fine example of voice.
Felicia's juvie fiction with psychic pre-teens, trans-continent boat travel, capers and heists and all sorts of shenanigans. What's not to like?
Vaughnda Johnson
Nov 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid
Another book I read over and over. good book for girls. If I were rich, I'd buy the rights for the movie.
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Even though this is a young adult book and I read it when I was 40, I thought it was a great book.
Ashley Lambert-Maberly
Another home run from Richard Peck. Falls just shy of my elusive 5-star rating because I wasn't emotionally-affected, but I enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish, and Blossom (though a bit unbelievable in that she's incredibly well-spoken given her upbringing) is a star, love her to bits. It's perfectly written: perfect pace, right amount of scene-setting, well-differentiated characters, some humour, some suspense--it's exactly the kind of Very Good children's book I turn to for pleasure ...more
Laura Black
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a hugely entertaining novel about Blossom Culp, who encounters a little boy's last moments on the Titanic. Along the way to this event Blossom shares the odd and eccentric people in her life. This is a second novel in a trilogy, so there are references to the first novel, The Ghost Belonged To Me. Blossom is lower class and doesn't shy away from it or try to be pretentious as some around her would. She's pretty straight forward about the experiences with the dead that she encounters, wh ...more
Blossom is speaking for herself in this book, and doesn't suffer for it; she lives a sad life by adult standards (as a kid I probably firmly expected the Disney Rags to Riches treatment, which in some senses does happen) and seeing it through her eyes allows us to know that without intrusive pity or sentiment. It's the way things are, that's all, and she does her best to rise above. Still, the book doesn't gloss over it, and the way she ekes out her one nice new outfit by wearing just a piece of ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am probably dating myself by saying that I waited impatiently for the sequel to this book, The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp, to come out (spoiler: it's not nearly as good). It is the second of three books about Blossom Culp, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks with psychic powers. In the first one, The Ghost Belonged to Me, she is a secondary character, but in this one she takes center stage and she is one of my FAVORITE characters ever. This is the book in which she comes into her psy ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I forgot the name of this book and couldn't find it for years so I started putting crazy prompts into google to see if anything would catch and finally after putting in: YA story where girl goes back in time to the Titanic, here I am. lol. Anyways, this was a great story I read when I was younger and I'm glad I found it so that I can read it again.
Camilla Roper
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blossom Culp stars again with her second sight and being able to see the Unseen. Sometimes she travels back in time, and here she ends up on the Titanic. But because of certain events, when she returns, she is actually believed by her contemporaries, instead of made fun of and laughed at for quackery. This is a lovely story.
Alec Hawkins
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Was happy to see that Blossom takes the lead here but by the end it was just an excuse to get the characters from the first book together again. Nothing was ever at stake, the ghost was little more than a caricature. The last fifty pages were a chore to get through.
Jim D'Ambrosia
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sequel to "The Ghost Belonged To Me", which you should certainly read first. Just as good, but now with Blossom as the narrater, which probably works better. It's certainly fun to hear her perspective.
Rick Bavera
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read, even reading it as an adult.

Blossom Culp sees ghosts, and gets a handful in this story.

Being a ghost in a privy. Helping a kitchen servant ghost. Experiencing the Titanic sinking. Seeing the future.

Visiting with the Queen of England.

What a story.

Libby Powell
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent writing. Kids loved it. We read it together.
Barb G
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: andrew
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Kendill Joyner
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book for any YA that enjoys the spiritual, the unknown and some of this world's greatest mysteries. It will take you on an incredible journey.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
May 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a favorite of mine from my childhood. Probably the first book I ever read that mentioned the Titanic (in one scene, the main character flashes back to the scene of the disaster as a ghost on the ship), so thank you, Mr. Peck, for triggering a lifelong obsession.

I recently reread it after finding a copy at Goodwill. The story isn't quite what I remember it being, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Set in 1913, it tells the story of Blossom, a young girl on the cusp of becoming a te
How do I sum up my feelings about this book? Quite a few other reviewers have described it as a "classic". I read this with great expectations, but was struggling to keep my eyes open throughout. A classic children or young adult book would be in my opinion, a book that can be read and enjoyed by all ages, such as the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis.

I won't go into details about the storyline, as those who have read and reviewed it already will have done that. What I will say about the blurb is that
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Richard Peck was an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder. For his cumulative contribution to young-adult literature, he received the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1990.

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  • The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp (Blossom Culp, #3)
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