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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  15 reviews
It’s not easy being Todd Williams, a fourteen-and-a-half-year-old gay musical prodigy. The bullies, Bob and Ari, at his fancy private school make his life a living hell. Todd’s drunken, irresponsible mother, Eddie, constantly embarrasses him and puts his artistic future in jeopardy. And now, his best friend, Jennifer, who plays clarinet with him in the orchestra, isn’t spe ...more
Paperback, 1st, 210 pages
Published March 13th 2014 by Harmony Ink Press (first published March 12th 2014)
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Breann
It's hard not to root for Todd from the beginning. There's something very relatable and likeable about him being a teenage boy just trying to survive his high school years.

It's a coming of age story driven by the characters and the realistic relationships they share.

So... I liked it.

I think I would have enjoyed it more IF NOT FOR THE GHOST-ISH COVER AND GHOST TITLE! I was expecting to be shaking in my unicorn slippers and sleeping with the lights on. Nope. Not even a little bit.

John Amory
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq-ya-lit
Solid book. I really liked the well-defined characters, particularly the female ones. It's a really touching coming-of-age tale (but not a coming out story, which was very refreshing) of a young gay teen and his best friend (even his mother does a bit of maturing) with a few truly creepy scenes thrown in for good measure. I loved that this was a YA book (though it sometimes read closer to middle-grade) that wasn't a teenage romance. Todd, the main male character and narrator, doesn't spend the w ...more
Rolando
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ghost Songs is a coming of age tale that transcends its genre. Although targeted toward "gay young adult" readers, Ghost Songs contains none of the trappings that befall many books for this age group. It is not a love story. The major characters are depicted with loving care, even the ones we are not supposed to like. Demcak assumes his audience is intelligent, he never panders or substitutes uneasy solutions for cheap sentiment. The pace is fast and the conclusion is full of surprises. It's tim ...more
Skye
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ghost Songs took me by surprise. It's driven by character rather than plot – not the norm for a YA novel, but it should be. Todd, the main character, is a gay teenager, but there's no love story for him. In fact, the only thing that starts out resembling a romance turns into a horrible, far too realistic plot about sexual battery involving Todd's best friend, Jennifer. Todd's mother is an alcoholic and his father never makes an appearance – aspects of Todd's life that could overcomplicate the st ...more
Clifton
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If only a book like this existed when I was in junior high school. The 14-year-old protagonist, Todd, takes his being gay for granted, though he is in no hurry to come out in view of all the other issues he has going on, including an alcoholic mother (no father around), troubles with his best friend, Jennifer, and serious bullying at the prep school he attends. Involved in his life is the benevolent ghost, Leroy, who protects him as he tries to carry on as an A student and excellent flute player ...more
Annie
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Sebelumnya aku mengucapkan terima kasih kpd Mr. andrew karena telah memberi ebooknya secara gratis. Untuk review, nanti menyusul. Oh well, aku akan membuat review dalam bahasa karena kemampuan grammar ku blm mumpuni. :'
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Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is 1982 in Southern California, and fourteen-year-old musical prodigy, Todd Williams, is experiencing typical coming of age confusion, conflict, and distress. The otherworldly additions to these experiences, however, are hardly typical. Andrew Demcak’s novel, Ghost Songs, introduces themes of friendship, jealousy, trust, adulthood, abuse, parent-child relationships, and sexuality, all through the perspective of a young teen amid a paranormal plot.

While attempting to solve a mystery that will
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Tynea Lewis
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Todd Williams’ life seems to be falling apart. His mother is spiraling into alcoholism, the bullies at school won’t give him a break, and his best friend, Jennifer, isn’t speaking to him. Todd decides that maybe he should seek the help of a ghost. He befriends a spirit, Leroy, to try and help him figure out his whack life. Follow Todd as he treads the waters of high school and growing up.
When I first read the description of this book, I thought that it was going to be centered on ghosts and th
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Chandra
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Ghost Songs from the author as part of a Goodreads giveaway, but that does not affect my review in any way!

*5/5 stars*

Ghost Songs is a story about a boy, Todd Williams, who is fourteen years old, plays the flute, has an amazing best friend, Jennifer, and also has a very friendly poltergeist following him and Jennifer around… And they’re on the hunt for treasure.

When I first read the synopsis for Ghost Songs, I wondered how the author would tie everything together, and how he
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Ana
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First i want to thank Andrew Demcak because he gave me this book as a prize on the Goodreads M/M Romance Group Anniversary Celebration.
I Loved this book so much, i dont even know where to begin. The characters, even the ones that start as minor characters were so beautifly written. I fell in love with Todd from the beginig, he its such an amazing kid a you just can't help falling in love with him. the relationship with Jennifer its also very endearing, with ups and downs that made it very credi
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Grw
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great coming of age story, mixed in with the sort of ghost story that the Victorians used to do so well.

The characters are very well drawn, especially the lead, who it is near impossible not to like and route for. The same goes for his best friend, his mother (for all her faults), and even the teachers at his school, which is odd for this sort of book.

Of course their has to be some villains in the shape of a couple of bullies and two others, who I won't mention as it's a bit of a spo
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Jeffery
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
A very accessible and good read mainly because of its very likable characters. Thought the story was average and wished Todd's sexuality had been further explored. But that's not really what the book is about, I guess. The novel basically revolves around a ghost, a blackmail, and relationships. In that last aspect, I enjoyed the mother-son relationship much better than I did Jennifer's and Todd's friendship.

Jalissa
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, 2015
This will be one of the ten LGBT books I will be reading for #AYearAThon beginning on 5th-11th of October.
Andrew
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
An early review: "I freaking LOVED this story. Really and truly. Every so often a really beautiful story like Ghost Songs comes along that is primarily about a gay young man but still does total justice to the other people in his life, especially women.
I once read a blog post that mentioned that fleshed-out female characters can exist in M/M novels but not be a primary focus of the book, and I feel like you just turned that right on its head. I’ve been waiting so long for something like this, I
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Andrew Demcak* is an American poet and novelist, the author of five poetry collections and six Young Adult novels. His books have been featured by The American Library Association, Verse Daily, The Lambda Literary Foundation, The Best American Poetry, and Poets and Writers. He was a *FINALIST* for the prestigious Dorset Prize for Poetry, the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, and also the Louise Bog ...more
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