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When seventeen-year-old Paige dies in a freak fall from the roof during Physics class, her spirit is bound to the grounds of her high school. At least she has company: her fellow ghosts Evan and Brooke, who also died there. But when Paige hears the rumor that her death wasn't an accident--that she supposedly jumped on purpose--she can't bear it. Then Paige discovers someth ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Chronicle Books
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I received this book from Librarything Early Reviewers giveaways. I have been so lucky lately-- I have been reading some terrific books, this being one of them.

Absent by Katie Williams is about Paige, a girl who has died in a freak accident during Physics class. She lives as a ghost in the school after her death with two other kids who have died at school. Once Paige realizes a horrible rumor has been started about her that she has committed suicide, she finds an unexpected way to possibly chang
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
For a book that is mere 180 pages long, Absent is surprisingly heart-wrenching. It is a poignant story about coming to terms with death, accepting things and moving on. Although short, Absent has many great qualities, like Katie Williams’ simple, yet beautiful writing and many subtle messages that delicately, but firmly teach us the truths about life.

Paige is dead. She fell off the roof of her high school during her physics class and ended up tied to the school grounds along with two other ghos
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Jenni Arndt
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-ebook
While perusing Edelweiss one day the cover for Absent caught my eye and upon reading the blurb I was quick to put my request in. Am I ever happy that I did. Absent is a quick read, clocking in a just shy of 190 pages but it is a novel that packs a punch, a novel in which every page matters because the story moves along quite quickly. In Absent we meet Paige who was a senior in high school that fell off the roof during her physics class egg drop and has now found herself doomed to roam the hallwa ...more
Kelly
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Before I Fall" meets "Imaginary Girls." There is no better description, except for the fact this book is not a meeting of these two because it totally stands on its own. But people who liked either of those books will see how those comparisons work here.

Paige died slipping off the roof of her high school during physics class. Or did she? Was it falling or was it jumping?

Paige thought she knew how she died, but when she's observing the grief counseling session, mean girl Kelsey accidentally bl
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Ericwilliams
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had been saving this book until its release date (I obtained an ARC from the author) but I broke down and read it in one sitting--I couldn't put it down. A fascinating concept-a high school girl, having died (I won't say how to avoid any spoilers) at the school discovers that she continues her awareness as a ghost, confined within the boundaries of the school by some cosmic delimiter/law and seems consigned to a fate of an observer-an outsider in the truest sense. She is, however, not alone in ...more
Lindsay
I don't know what's wrong with me but it seems that as of lately all I read are depressing books that make me cry. I feel like I'm going through one of those phases and it sucks but its amazing all at the same time. Honestly, I was surprised that I loved this book so much. It wasn't that I was judging it by its cover - because the creepy moth cover is kind of awesome - I just felt that it wouldn't be good.

Boy was I WRONG.

I am so incredibly thankful that I received an arc from review from Library
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Mara
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: supernatural, 2-stars
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I do like the simplistic, slightly creepy cover art. It's what caught my attention in the first place. However, I wish the actual story had been as intriguing as the cover.

Characters: It's safe to say that I didn't exactly care about anyone. It's not that I disliked them, but I really could not have cared less whether or not they got what they wanted - or what they deserved. This is mostly due to how short the book was. Paige had every right to be angry and upset, and I d
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Kayla
Absent by Katie Williams is everything and nothing like I’d expected it to be. It’s a much shorter and less action oriented novel than I thought that it would be, judging from the summary alone, though now that I’ve read it through I think that it sits at precisely the perfect length and follows a great pace for the plot that is presented. Some of what is shown is heavy material for teens in high school, blatantly speaking about drugs, alcohol, suicide, and the less horrible problems-teen love, ...more
Jessica
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
**3.5**

The reasoning for my rating is because I didn't love the book, yet I didn't hate it. Paige,the main character, bugged me at times with her way of thinking, which was annoying for me to read.
I did enjoy Wes and Kelsey's relationship even though it was Paige half the time, I still thought it was enjoyable to read about them.
I really liked the twist and the truth about what Brooke had done, it was suprising and I liked how it all came together towards the end of the book.
Overall I did enjoy
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jasmine
there's just not very much to say about this book, honestly. it was pretty decent. it was a short, easy read and even though i thought that the premise of the story was absolutely ridiculous, it's also worth saying that i'm 22 years old, so i wouldn't be too worried about how people thought that i committed suicide once i was already dead. honestly, it's just hard for me to slip back into the high school mindset sometimes, but as far as that headspace goes, this was a pretty decent representatio ...more
Amy
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting and unique young adult novel focusing on teenagers untimely deaths. Only 180 pages and a perfect pace. Not slow but not too fast where I missed important details. Worth the read but not completely mind blowing
Linda Maria ~
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
do I like it or no? review coming soon, all I can say is mixed feelings
❤ Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
What would happen if you were to die tragically, but could never cross over to the other side? Having to "live" - the term used loosely of course - the rest of your strange existence out in the high school where you lost your life sounds like a horror movie in and of itself. You have to watch everyone else go on about their lives, when you can't go on with yours.

Sucks, doesn't it?

By the time the story begins, our main girl Paige is already dead, wandering the halls of her high school listening t
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Soobie can't sleep at night
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: geo-usa-michigan
That's 3,5 stars but I strangely decided to round it up.

I found out about this book on the cover-stream from Thriftbooks.com. The cover immediatetly caught my attention. And I bought it.

At the beginning this book reminded me of Remember Me by Christopher Pike. He used to be my favorite author when I was a kid: I waited patiently for every book of his that got translated (and heavily edited) into Italian. In Remember me there's a girl who comes back as a ghost and wants to find out who killed her
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Sarah
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Chronicle Books and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Paige is stuck. After falling from the roof of her school and dying, she’s been stuck as a ghost in the school, and every time she tries to go off school property she ends up right back where she died – the ledge of the school roof.

One day, by accident, Paige realises that she can possess people when they think of her, and she sets about dispelling the rumours
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Candace
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love books with ghosts, especially those that aren't actually scary. I don't think ghosts really have to be scary and I think it's silly that the library sticker has it labeled as horror. This book wasn't scary in the 'horror' sense of it, but it's scary in the more realistic ways. It's scary that teens do the things they do (adults too, actually), it's scary how some people will treat other humans, it's scary that we all can't be a little more open minded and accepting... I think you get my p ...more
Lelia Taylor
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: full-reviews
Oh, my. I think I love this book.

Teenage suicide or, really, the deaths of teenagers for any reason are very difficult to bear and creating a story around such a theme is probably as hard as it comes. Katie Williams has done it beautifully and with great compassion.

It’s not uncommon to find people who believe a soul is tethered to the last place he or she was alive until something happens to release the soul so, when I read the description of this story, I wasn’t put off. I found myself intrigue
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Karen
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Would rumors of your life and death matter once you were gone, removed to the afterworld – wherever that may be? Paige Wheeler will tell you it does, if she could. For the last five months, Paige’s afterworld consisted of the high school she attended; where she loved the boy who insisted on keeping their relationship a secret; and where she fell from the roof. Paige is a ghost; perpetually bound to Paul Revere High School.

Once gossip turns Paige’s fall into a suicide rather than a bizarre accide
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Lisey Lestrange
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just picked this up because I wanted a quick, easy read. I didn't anticipate it would be memorable or significant in any way.

But it really surprised me.

The characters are very real, the situations are painful, the emotion is palpable.

I actually got a little misty eyed at part of it, but shhh, don't tell.

This is a story about Paige Wheeler. She's a regular high school student, she doesn't really fit in with a specific clique, but she's not really a total loser outcast, either. She has a uni
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Aaron Kappel
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“At least I fold up easily in my soft-skin-clothes—old jeans and a velvety jacket from one of Usha’s vintage scrounges. She’s convinced me to like about used clothes what most people hate: the other bodies that have unstiffened their elbows and knees, stretched out their pockets, salted them with sweat, only to toss the clothes out at the precise moment when they are really ready to be worn.”

I’ve noticed recently that a lot of negative reviews—including, but not limited to this book—consist of t
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Sam
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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Heather Wood
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absent ended up being a surprisingly thought-provoking read. It had a great underlying message and along with Paige’s ghost I felt her heartache and anger over her premature death.

The book opens with Paige and two other ghosts haunting their former high school. The teens all died on the school grounds and can’t leave. Instead, they are forced to roam the halls and watch as their classmates move on.

Paige wasn’t likable at first, but I loved her growth as a character. Paige has to face that the th
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Cindy Hudson
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Paige died when she accidentally fell from her high school roof. Now she’s stuck in place, able to move around the school grounds and in the building, but her spirit can’t pass the parking lot. At least she has friends: Brooke and Evan, two other teens who also died while at school.

But when Paige overhears a rumor that she committed suicide she can’t let it rest. She finds a way to inhabit her classmates and control what they say, hoping to stop the rumor. In the process she discovers surprising
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Laura
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Yet another YA book about death! This one follows Paige, newly dead and sentenced to remaining in her high school, limited in her roving to the property lines (when she forgets, she is immediately pulled back to her 'death spot'). Joining her are Evan, a boy who died sometime in the past, so long ago that Paige doesn't know who he was or his story, and Brooke, also recently dead of a cocaine overdose. They spend their days roving the school, sometimes hanging out with friends, at other times att ...more
Tabby Shiflett
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautiful cover! This book is an interesting take on "life" after death. Most of the characters are dynamic, learning something from their experiences with death or a brush with some sort of high school social suicide. It's also a pretty decent mystery. This novel is a quick read and I love that the author surprised me near the end. I could not put it down. I recommend this work for young adults and adults, especially if facilitating conversations about death, bullying, being yourself, or conseq ...more
Amber Eats Books
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
** 3.75 stars **

This was yet another book that I was hesitant about reading. I was worried that the premise was too far fetched for me. Thankfully this book surprised me.

While the premise was a bit hokey, I found that the author's writing style sucked me in. She went deeper into death and the meaning of life than I thought she would all while entertaining us.

This was a short book but it did not feel rushed in the least. I was a very relaxed read. She timed each reveal just right.

Definitely on
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Beth
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-novel
Great perspective on high school from the perspective of a ghost. When the main character discovers that she can possess people, I was reminded of the book "every day" by David Levithan. Having to gain some perspective on your life after you're already dead doesn't seem very fun but this was a very enjoyable book - not as short as you might think while holding it in your hand since there are a lot of words on the pages.
Kellie
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghosts
I liked this read. It had an interesting story. I did wonder at the time why, if Paige figured out she could "inhabit" the living, the other two hadn't? This thought, in addition to some other clues, lead me to figure out the connection between Evan and Mr. Fisk, and why Paige jumped/fell off the roof to her death, so there were no surprises for me at the end. I would have liked more about Harriet, though.

Oh, and I liked the ghost frogs. I thought that was a cute touch. :)
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
I'd give it more of a 2.5.

The book was short and sweet but nothing about it really jumps out at me. I did find it to be moving at certain points but other than that, it was just okay for me.

To see my full review of this book, visit my blog here: http://brittanysbookrambles.blogspot....
Amanda
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book took me by surprise. I didn't really have any expectations when I started reading it. Good introduction, kind of got slow in the middle, but then it picked up again. I love love LOVED the end. It was totally unexpected! The last scene of the book was very touching.
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Katie Williams was born and raised in mid-Michigan. She earned her BA in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her MFA in creative writing from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

She currently lives, writes, and teaches (possibly in that order) in San Francisco, CA.

Katie is the author of The Space Between Trees (2010, Chronicle Books) and Absent (2013, Chr
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