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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Granted, Arielle has a vast, excitable imagination. But she's not imagining how strange and out of control her life becomes after the death by drowning of her older sister's best friend, Perdita. Not only does this death echo the death of Arielle's own older brother, ten years before, it leads to dreams and visions in which Perdita seems to be reaching out to Arielle, ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Simon Pulse (first published July 3rd 2015)
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Kristen Duvall
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Is it ghosts? Or has young Arielle lost her mind? It's a question that haunts Arielle every day.

This book will draw you in from page one. The characters are realistic and if you're not currently in high school, you'll reminiscence about it simply by reading this book. Hopefully, however, your high school experience was nothing like Arielle's, but the truth is, most of us have experienced some of the same emotions, even if we don't personally experience losing someone we admire.

The problems
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this YA book. It felt so real. It's much more than a ghost story, it's a story of family, of grief, of friendships and the loss of friendships, of illness, of doing the right thing, of doing the wrong thing. Amid all the drama, there's also a mystery here surrounding the drowning of Perdita.

This gives me stuff to think about. I would have liked this when I was younger, I think.
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!

This book is life, honestly. I seriously could not believe that I loved it so much! You know when your expectations blow you away and you discover that a book was just so freaking amazing when your initial reaction was down the toilet? Yeah, that is what happened with Faith Gardner's Perdita. It's mesmerizing, but not full of fantasy as I expected it to be. Sure, our main character, Arielle, sees ghosts, but it is not
Audrey Wilkerson
This mystery is off to a promising start. Part ghost story, it tells of the drowning of one of Arielle's sister's best friends. Arielle had just seen Perdita the day before at their house, talking to her sister and her sister's newer bff, Emily. Perdita hadn't been around much since Casey started to spend all of her time with Emily, and the raised voices, stomping and door slamming made Arielle think that she would be seeing even less of Perdita.

In the morning, a gruesome scene awaits. Perdita
Rachel Kelley
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it
The writing was very realistic which was kind of refreshing for a YA novel, but in some ways it could pull me out of the story. That is the only reason I dropped a star and gave it three instead of four. It wasn't bad, it just had me focusing on the language instead of the scene at certain points. Like I said though, it was very realistic for a teenage girl and I was impressed by that.

The story itself was captivating. I really enjoyed it. The ghost element was creepy and riveting. The
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I borrowed this book from my local library over the summer for some light reading. I liked this book quite a lot. Arielle was a good main character. A basic YA main character. The story of Perdita was both haunting and intriguing, and I loved reading about it. The ending did seem a little bit rushed, but other than that, I enjoyed it a lot.
Peter J.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A real page turning murder mystery. As a first novel it's amazing. Looking forward to amazing things from this author.
Kelsy B
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and how the book started with a bang. Although, I feel as if the ending was too rushed. Other than that the book was great.
{My Thoughts} – Arielle is an interesting teenager. She seems to have an overactive imagination that at times terrifies her. She has concluded that she has the ability to see ghosts, but she doesn’t understand why those ghosts are wanting to hurt her.

The main plot of this book is about the death of Perdita, Arielle’s sisters best friend. Arielle killed herself or was killed by someone’s hand – she drowned in the lake not far from Arielle’s house. Arielle sees her body being taken out of the
Shazza Maddog
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Arielle is a teenage girl living in a suburb a few doors down from the best friend of her sister, Casey. Perdita is someone Arielle, and her own best friend, Chloe, admire - she's friendly and pretty and dresses in her own style, wearing a leather jacket with an anatomically-correct heart patch and a matching necklace. Emily, Casey's other best friend, and Casey are going off to Harvard and Perdita's staying in town. But before Casey can leave, something happens.

Perdita's found in the nearby
Stephanie B
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Maybe change isn't always bad. Without change, there'd be no beginnings."

Arielle Delaney is your typical sixteen year old, spends all her time with her best friend, argues constantly with her older sister who’s about to leave for Harvard, and encounters with what she believes are ghosts. Arielle’s semi-normal life is upturned when a body is discovered in the lake by her house. The corpse is her sister’s long-time best friend, Perdita, the girl Arielle wished her sister was like, with her
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
* A special thanks to Merit Press for this advanced review copy!

To put this review simply, I'm bringing you a round of likes and dislikes.

Likes: The writing--it was easy going, sarcastic, and sort of witty. I think Gardner really brought the characters and this story to life with how she writes. Everything just flowed, and I really enjoyed the book for it.

The MC: Arielle. She was average, not overly pretty, not overly dramatic--she was pretty run of the mill, in a good way. She was never over
Sandy Eichelberger
Arielle is seeing things. Is it ghosts or is she just gong insane? She lost her brother to drowning when she was young and now she is tormented by the recent remembrance of Perdita, her sister’s best friend’s body, being pulled from the lake near her home. Arielle wonders if the dead girl is haunting her or if she’s just delusional. Perdita’s brother Tex is also going through a tough time and he befriends Arielle, finding her a kindred soul. But there are questions about the girl’s death: was it ...more
Alexandra Clyde
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: written-reviews
First, I was not expecting much from this book but man was I surprised. This book is amazing! I feel like this is an inadequate description but, the book was really real. Yes there are mentions of ghost for a fantasy element. Aside from that the reactions by the characters, the characters themselves, and the plot was super realistic. None of the characters were perfect. They screwed up sometimes and succeeded sometimes. The characters were believable in their flaws, dreams, and actions. They ...more
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Perdita by Faith Gardner
I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading dramatic, mysterious, and emotional books because this book is mostly based upon all these three topics. The most important characters in this book are Arielle, Tex, Perdita, Chloe, and Casey. Tex and Perdita are siblings Perdita being the older one and Tex being the youngest. Arielle and Casey are also siblings and Casey is the older one and Arielle is the younger one. Arielle and Chloe are best friends while Casey
H.A. Leuschel
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Arielle has a best friend called Chloe and a sister who is more of a rival than a confidante. Just before her sister’s departure for Harvard, Arielle starts getting haunted by what she thinks may be her sister’s dead friend Perdita trying to reach her. The girl dies under mysterious circumstances even though the police initially believe the girl committed suicide. Arielle continues to encounter what she believes to be Perdita’s ghost throughout the story while she falls in love with Perdita’s ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won this book from a goodreads giveaway.
"Perdita" is about a girl, Arielle, who has visions of ghosts, or rather a ghost in particular. After her sister's best friend was found drowned in a lake by her house, her life flips upside down; her best friend changes, her sister moves away to college, and she moves out of the house that she spent her childhood in. Something seems to be haunting her at every turn, and doubts arise that Perdita's death was an accident.
I found that this book was a
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great voice! I kinda expected that since Gardner has the literary bona fides - credits in McSweeney's Internet Tendency and PANK and a Pushcart nomination.

I thought I'd guessed the villain about midway through, but I was wrong. I like the way Gardner keeps the reader guessing, the emotional complexity, and the edgy vibe. I noticed some other reviewers were unhappy with the ending, but I thought it was fine, leaving room for hope.
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Arielle and her sister Casey have never gotten along, but she adores her sister’s best friend Perdita who always has time to talk. The last time Arielle saw her, she had gotten into an argument with Casey and slammed out of the house. The next time she saw Perdita, she was dead. Read the rest of the review on my blog: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress....
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Best book I've read in a while. It had an amazing layout from the characters to the plot to the settings. The only disappointing part was the how short the ending was. I only had that one complaint. Anyways... Great book. You should definitely read this if you like the Grisha Trilogy, The book The Wrath & The Dawn, Or even The Divergent Series.
Cynthia Graham
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was another goodreads wins, I enjoyed the book great for high school aged readers. Arielle's life was what it seems a high school life would be like, but throw in was a murder, ghosts - maybe maybe not. The ending I thought was a little up in the air, But all and all an enjoyable read.
Kim Trusty
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Great characters, edgy/creepy feel, teeters between psychological thriller/ghost story/mystery without tipping solidly into any of those categories, but a rather abrupt ending. Borrow rather than buy.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked it so much more than I thought I would. Nice twists to your typical teen sister drama.
Michelle Carrell
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won
An amazing read! Well written and excellent plot. Keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page!
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was a little slow in the beginning and it wasn't very interesting.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was a bit creepy, but it was mostly sad.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mystery with a paranormal feel. Quick enjoyable read that was great until the last page. HATED the ending. I understand it - it makes sense, but I hated it.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mmmm-mystery
I liked it but there were some mistakes in writing that could get confusing. This book had mystery and suspense but I did not like the part where the main girl out herself down. Overall: 3.75
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Faith's short fiction has been featured in literary journals, online magazines and anthologies. Her novel Perdita (Simon Pulse) was published in 2015 and The Second Life of Ava Rivers (Penguin/Razorbill) was published in 2018.
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