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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  587 ratings  ·  129 reviews
On a hot summer night in a Midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents becomes victims—with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know ...more
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Skyscape
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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4 Stars for the story – 5 Stars for the cover

“When I was a little girl
ghosting was a sheet of paper and
a drawing in
black ink.

A crudely sketched ghost,
with a Tootsie Roll
taped on.

Not scary.

A fun Halloween prank.
You slipped it under a
neighbor’s door,
ran away,

“You’ve been ghosted!”


But now
ghosting is:
this can’t be happening,
screams like knives in your ears,
pooling glistening blood.

And death,
I love Edith Pattou's fantasy YA novels. Hero's Song and Fire Arrow are two fantastic Irish-myth-inspired quest books--I cannot resist a good quest book--and East is a retelling of my favorite fairy tale, East of the Sun and West of the Moon. I sprang on the ARC of Pattou's latest offering for young adults. It's called Ghosting. And it's realistic fiction.

*record scratch*

Honestly, I was a bit disappointed that she hasn't continued the Songs of Eirren series. I long to know more of the adventures
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to say that when I first picked up this book and saw that it was written all in verses I had my reservations. I thought ok, this is going to be a bust and I am going to put this book down in in a few pages. Well I did not put the book down. In fact, I actually really enjoyed the book. Although, all of the different points of views/voices coming at me all at once was a little difficult to get them all straight. As I kept reading then I was able to figure out who was who and it was better. ...more
Nicole Wolverton
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Let us discuss my complete and utter surprise at how much I *loved* this novel. A novel in verse? I may have rolled my eyes and crinkled my nose, thinking I'd bail after a chapter or two. A novel told from multiple points of view (nine POVs, I believe), no less, all in first person--something that's usually a train wreck. Yeah, and then I devoured the book in about three hours. The rhythm of the words propels you forward as much as the tension of wondering what's going to happen next.

Basics firs
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014

I was hesitant to read this book. I am not sure why, maybe because there isn't much given in the book synopsis, maybe the name, maybe the cover, maybe I just didn't hear too much about it, really I haven't heard anything about this book. I decided to give it a try and see what happens. I am so glad I did. This was an amazing read and found the book to be far more intense than I expected. It was a jewel to find and I was floored by this "unputdownable" read.

Eight teenagers, all with a bit of his
The prologue to Ghosting is great. It’s a short little poem of soft nostalgia and creepy, supernatural imagery. I wish the rest of the book could live up to this lovely little prologue, but it doesn’t.

Ghosting is a novel in verse, about a group of reckless teens who have a life-changing incident one night. But the incident isn’t supernatural, or even that creepy. I mean, it’s upsetting, of course, but it’s not what the prologue led me to expect.

The book is structured with a "before" section and
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: verse-novels
I don't read many verse novels--usually only if they are recommended to me or are on an award list--but this one was fantastic. Even with multiple narrators the story easy to follow...especially since each of them speak in a different form of verse. The story is tragic and sad, but all too real in today's world of guns and violence. Everyone involved feels varying degrees of responsibility and guilt, and each of them reacts differently to the aftermath. Definitely adding to my library shelves.
Marilyn B
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first read this in January 2015 but had to reread it for a class on YA literature I am taking.

February 2016 Review: I still really love this book. The free verse works so well with the random thoughts of the 7 main characters (as well as the thoughts of mentally off Walter and the Chief of Police, whatever his name is). In my memory most of the book led up to the Critical Event but that isn't the case as all. The Critical Event (there's a gun involved that is told about right on the inside fl
A Book Vacation
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

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If you haven’t yet added this unique novel to your TBR pile, then I’m going to suggest that you do so right now. Written in free verse, this novel throws out exactly what each character is thinking as it happens, and while initially jarring, I found that I liked it very much. Readers easily know who is thinking and speaking as the sections are chunked, focusing on one character at a time, but it certainly isn’t a traditional
Rachel Valentine
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm glad that I got the chance to read this.

Ghosting by Edith Pattou

School is about to start up again but before that happens a bunch of kids get together for a party. When that starts to get boring, they decide that they will instead go to the house in the neighborhood that is supposedly haunted. Once there things quickly get crazy and soon horrible things happen that none of them thought would.

This novel is actually quite p
Medeia Sharif
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
At first, I put this ebook down after reading about 10%. I couldn’t get into it. Then when I went to look at the early reviews, which were 4 and 5 stars, I wondered if I should give the book another try. What a surprise this novel-in-verse ended up being.

A group of friends do something crazy on a dare. They go to a ghost house. Imagine desiring a night of spooky fun with your friends, something insanely dangerous happens instead, and everyone ends up fighting for his or her life. That’s what ha
I'll admit that this took a while for me to really get into. The novel is written in verse, which I didn't fully understand. While there was some difference in style between the characters, there was no real characterization within the style choices. It felt as if the author was uncertain how to write a novel, so she chose to write in verse. Don't get me wrong. I love poetry and one of my best friends is a freaking brilliant poet. This style just didn't make sense in flow or reason. That being s ...more
Dec 04, 2015 added it
3.5 stars. I liked this book. I was nervous when I saw that it was written in verse, but the different ways that each character chose to write their verses ended up being one of the most interesting and original parts for me. The story was gripping and emotional, I was definitely interested. I think I would have liked it more if there was a little more detail; the author did a great job of creating these characters and helping me to feel like I knew them, although the writing style was minimalis ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy s$&@ this book!!!

I loved this book. I can't believe I hadn't heard about it before I randomly picked it up in the library yesterday.

I LOVED so many of the characters especially Faith, Felix, Anil, and Max. This story is told in verse, which lends to the personality and pacing in the text.

I don't want to give away to much, but this book is a beautiful, exciting gem and I think my students would LOVE it.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
IMG_0229Ghosting by Edith Pattou has to be my favorite book I have read this month so far! The book is about seven teenagers who decide to go ghosting to a house that they think is abandoned but turns out that two people actually live there. Ghosting is basically when you go to an abandoned house or cemetery or whatever place is haunted so you can go and look to see if you can find a ghost. While five of the teens stay inside of the car, two of the teen girls decide to go to the house. Drunk fro ...more
Vee ♔Under Mountain Books♔
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ghosting is a simple, quick story about a group of teenagers who do what all teenagers in books and movies do - get drunk, drive around and for whatever drunk reason, decide to visit the famous 'ghost house' as it has been named. What happens there changes their lives forever.

The concept of verse is interesting and I didn't really feel that it worked. Instead of coming across as poetic and beautiful, it came across as just bad writing. The character's lives were unfortunately cliched and it was
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read “East” at the beginning of this year and loved it, so when I spotted this book on the library shelf a couple weeks ago, I knew I had to read it. It really is a shame that this book didn’t get as much recognition because it should have. I found myself reluctant to put this one down. I’ve always enjoyed novels that are written in verse, and this one is no exception. I think it worked out perfectly for this book. It made the characters more real to me as well as made the events more fast-pac ...more
Told from the perspectives of eight different characters, this story is about how a few decisions can turn a fun night into a disaster. I love that it is written in verse, because it allows the reader to focus on the most important details of the story. It’s definitely more of a high school book, but it a good story about friendship and decision making.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Randomly picked this up at the library because I liked that cover and surprisingly ended up LOVING it (even reading it all in one sitting). I really enjoyed the free verse writing style, something different in such a nice and refreshing way. I can't believe I have never heard anything about this book at all?! Recommend if you're looking for a quick and interesting read!!!
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This one felt severely under developed to me in the second half. The first half told the story beautifully so I was expecting much more from the second half and it fell flat. Glad I read it, probably not one I'd read again.
Cely Hutchinson
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very very fast read for how large the book is. It is in a poem format and just keeps pulling you in, until you are completely immersed in the story of these teens. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who wants a fun, quick read that will make them think.
Nancy Byron
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-fiction
Well-developed characters and intense situations handled very skillfully.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A page-turner of interconnected events and the impact of the unexpected results.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the free form poetry style of writing used. There were some parts that made me want to cry and others almost stopped my breath. All in all it is an excellent book.
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ghosting was FANTASTIC. And is definetely a MUST-READ
Joanna Hahn
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not sure why it took me longer to read than I thought. At first I was almost afraid to read forward because I was afraid of what might happen. But good book.
Tenay Joseph
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever been pressured to do something? In the story, Ghosting by Edith Patou, it involves 8 friends who go out one hot Summer night and get themselves caught in a bad situation. If you enjoy huge plot twists and thrillers, this is the book for YOU!
Lisa Ram
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I breezed through this one. The author is skilled at giving each character it's own voice. You can also see them transforming quickly and maturing. Good read.
Portia Lynn (itsportiasbooks)
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

original review on my blog:

Based on the title, I would have assumed this had something to do with ghosts. Or ghost hunting. Or a story told from a ghosts perspective. But sometimes my imagination runs wild. But I do see why the title is what it is, and I like it. I had no idea what to expect from this book, considering how it is written and having so many pov’s to keep up with. But I was surprised
Lindsey Lewis
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Disclaimer: I received a free digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. My review was not required to be positive. All thoughts and opinions expressed below are my own. This review will also appear on NetGalley, Amazon (when the book releases), and my blog, Mediatron (under construction).

I am a huge fan of novels in verse, as I feel that they are capable of giving us large amounts of information (characterization, emotional depth, multiple points of view) in a short
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Edith Pattou is the author of several fantasy novels, including East, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. She is a graduate of the Francis W. Parker School, Scripps College (B.A., English), Claremont Graduate School (M.A., English) and UCLA (M.L.I.S.). She is married to Charles Emery, a professor of psychology at The Ohio State University. They have one child, a daughter.

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