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3.28  ·  Rating details ·  16,381 ratings  ·  1,289 reviews
Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

And if I should die before I awake,

I pray the popular attend my wake.

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes he
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2008)
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Natalie Monroe
"Maybe he wasn't in this class after all! But he had to be. At least that's what it said when she steamed open his pre-registration envelope."

You all know me to be a pretty chill person, right? I mean, I don't freak out or go off on long tangents...

Okay, fine, maybe I do, but it's all for a good reason. Those books pissed me off, whether it's plot, characters, piss-poor writing... Ghostgirl has at least two down and I wasn't overly impressed with the plot either.

Meet Charlotte, our fabulous ma
Apr 17, 2012 added it
Shelves: 2012
I really wanted to like this book. A LOT. I wanted to like it so much that I got its two sequels, Lovesick and Homecoming out of the library at the same time.

But I can’t even finish it. I put the book down at page 227.

The characters are boring and literally make no sense. The writing is worse than juvenile. And there are errors in it that just make me want to tear my hair out: at one point, a character called Scarlet turns up the volume on her iPod to maximum, then calmly has a conversation with
Jan 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Stacy268 by: arc
Shelves: young-adult
I wanted to like this book. I really, really did! What cute packaging! What a great premise! What bad writing : (
Cliche, upon cliche, upon cliche.
So, there is something I’ve learned from the guy that works at the book store, and that is I cannot trust his or his girlfriend’s opinion concerning books. You see, here is our conversation:

Talía: Hey, do you have any recommendation?
He: Uhm, sure, what kind of books do you like?
Talía: I love dark ones.
He: Oh *stares at her thinking* I know, I know, this book *points at freaking Ghost Girl* is the one for you.
Talía: Really? How comes?
He: Well, my girlfriend read it last week and she loved it. She

Aug 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: dead people
Recommended to Heather by: No one
Shelves: young-adult
I really was excited about this book. Then I started reading. Seriously, I kept saying, "Really?" How do books like this get so much money put into them for marketing? It felt like a screenplay switched to a book... but very poorly. It had a lot of "Then she did this," "Then she did this," "Then she did this." I didn't really care about the main character. I couldn't figure out if this book was supposed to be funny and light, or morbid. It would be serious and then switch to this unbelievable sc ...more
Apr 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-fic
I picked this up because I'd received an advance copy of the sequel, and I thought I should start the series at the beginning. I really, really wish I hadn't found the gilt edged pages and die cut cover so appealing. The book just looked so pretty I wanted to give it a chance, even though I had to force myself to make it through the first chapter.

The best thing I can say about ghostgirl is that it's a gorgeous physical object. But despite the fun little chapter headings and page decorations, the
Jennifer Wardrip
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"Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I should die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake."

This is the year for Charlotte Usher. The year that she's finally going to be noticed. She's finally going to have what she's always wanted: to be a popular girl and fit in with the head cheerleader in the school, Petula Kensington. She feels that the first day of school will be the start of her new life. She'll finally h
Dec 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
How can I put this?
This book is worst than a Disney channel movie with Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato wannabes. That's right, it's the equivalent of a bad nickelodeon teen show with fake laughs and over the top characters with no distinctive personalities whatsoever that are just in there to tell some jokes and references to pop culture (which weren't that funny anyway and just made me roll my eyes everytime a name was dropped). It's another piece of crap wrapped in shiny tin foil for the easy im
Anna Motteler
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
So far, this book is really good. It's like nothing I have ever read before, and it's got me hooked.
The way the book is put together, the art, the fonts, the colors and the pages, it's all so beautiful and it's amazingly well-put together.

"Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I should die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake."

**I just got finished with this book, and I freaking love it. It's now one of my favorites. First off, I love how the book starts
Jackie "the Librarian"
Jul 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
Resist the cute book design - black coffin-like shape, with silver and pink accents. It does NOT make up for this messy story starring a selfish and unlikeable heroine. Avoid! Great format, stupid story.
Basically, Mean Girls, but with a ghost as the main character.

Charlotte wants to be popular, and she wants to kiss Damen, the football star. But on the first day back at school, she chokes to death on a gummi bear. But does she let that stop her plan? No! She is a one-dimensional character who
Gray Cox
The adverbs... I can't... I can't, y'all.

"You didn't expect me to wait, like, forever, did you?" Petula said selfishly.

"I know you think you're meant to go to the dance," Prue said antagonistically.

I cannot. This book is like a poorly written fanfiction by a twelve-year-old.

Charlotte died by choking on a gummy bear.

A gummy bear.

I don't know whether to laugh or to cry.

So yeah, she dies and what does she do while dead and trapped as a ghost?

Does she visit her family? Friends? Travel the w
Emma (Miss Print)
Apr 05, 2008 rated it liked it
I had really high hopes for Tonya Hurley's novel "ghostgirl" after seeing an advanced reading copy of the novel due out in August 2008 (this despite the fact that the title is all lower case). The book design is really amazing: Taller and narrower than a mass market book, the novel immediately looks different. The dominant colors are pink and black. The cover features a silhouette in what looks like a coffin with a sash that reads "Rest in Popularity." Even the interior of the book is snazzy fea ...more
Oct 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Rebecca McNutt
Mar 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is one of those very sad cases in which the cover ends up being better than the book itself. The characters of Ghostgirl were stereotypical and superficial, I'm in high school and nobody acts like that! You couldn't be writing more unrealistically if you stuck flying horses and faeries into the plot, too. Charlotte is full of herself, convinced that she's better than everyone else and that she has all the answers to high school life. Scarlett thinks that she's somehow more unique than every ...more
Jul 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
the cover is cute as hell and there's "wendys" in this!!!!! ;)

okay... i really wanted to like this book...but it just didn't happen so much. i gave it 2 stars but really wanted just 1.5. it's pretty much a ripoff of "heathers", "beetlejuice" and "carrie" set in current times. yet - it doesn't feel like it should be current...nor do i picture charlotte as how she's written. with references to current pop/punk bands, etc...the best thing about this book is it's packaging.
Hannah (Ivyclad Ideas)
Usually, when I give a book a low rating, I say that it's not the book. It's me.

In this case though, I think it was the book.

We'll start with the main protagonist, Charlotte. She was so obsessed with Damon that it was actually creepy. Even creepier, her obsession with Damon pretty much defined her personality. She had no goals beyond dating him and becoming more popular. The fact that these remained her only two goals after death is mind-boggling to say the least. Did she have no goals for the
Nov 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again
Where do I start with Ghostgirl? Perhaps with the woefully one-dimensional and almost (almost) hilariously cliched characters. Maybe with the main character Charlotte, who was tragically born and even died without any kind of developed personality. Or maybe even the fact that Charlotte died -DIED- and went on for weeks into her afterlife without a single thought about her family. Not one iota of information about whether she even has a mother or father, or any siblings. In fact maybe I should st ...more
Aug 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: ...I really wouldn't.
Like many reviewers I really wanted to love this book. First of all, it's one of the coolest looking books I have ever seen! Just seeing it on the shelf at the store made me want to buy it. And who can resist a book about a girl that dies choking on a gummy bear? The book started out with such promise, but very quickly becomes incredibly annoying. All the characters are badly undeveloped in the rush to finish the dull story so it's hard to care about anyone at all. Charlotte, who could have been ...more
Aug 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Okay, so I picked up this book from the "TEEN" section because the packaging of it was so cute! Unfortunately, the adorable packaging is to make up for a pretty mediocre storyline. However, it does have its moments. Casper meets Beetlejuice meets Gossip Girl....perhaps a nice recommend for a 12 year old.
Apr 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Like what many others have stated, the one thing you can give Ghostgirl credit for is it's great design. The irregular shaping of the book in general, the die cut cover with transparency inserts to even the edging of the paper -- it is obvious a lot of thought went into the design and how to catch the eye of future customers. Each chapter follows the same design pattern of small illustrations that alter slightly as the stories continues opposed by a black page with a sort of life analysis rambli ...more
Jul 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Charlotte has worked for this all summer. The first day of school. This year is going to be different, this year she is going to be noticed, this year she is going to get the most popular boy in school. She gets really close too, well she had the whole lab partner thing going for her, until she choked to death on that soft red gummy bear.

She doesn’t show up at the pearly gates instead she’s still stuck in high school only this time it’s high school for the dead. Now her crush really doesn’t know
Aug 13, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
What a great premise: "invisible" social outcast and aspiring popular girl Charlotte dies in a freak accident and becomes a ghost literally invisible to her fellow classmates. But what a disappointing book. Charlotte is shallow and impossible to like. The plot is convoluted and impossible to follow. None of the characters are fleshed out into any semblance of actual people. Important things, like why the Goth sister of Queen Bee Petula can see Charlotte while no one else can, are left completely ...more
Dec 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
Like many others I picked this book up purely based on packaging. A book this cute has to be good, right? Nope. I really wanted to like it, but I got about halfway through, gave up and read the last chapter. And I don't feel like I missed out on anything by doing it. The pop-culture references were out of control and I felt like they were used to get out of having to describe situations. This book is a good argument to NOT judge a book by it's cover.
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book led to a long-lasting fight with my friend about if yu can actually choke on a gummy bear.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a very difficult time deciding on a rating for this book. Realistically, the story is just a 3 stars rating. It's rather obvious, predictable, and full of American stereotypes. It kept reminding me of 'Mean girls', but with a dead protagonist. The book goes very fast, it's a simple story, classic romance, and honestly there's not a lot of thinking involved, you just have to enjoy the ride and relax. It wasn't even a new story, I've read this before.
Why did you give it four stars then? I he
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a funny story I read it long time ago and I could recommend it for kids in middle school, it's a about a girl that dies because of a gummy bear and try to be popular and that the boy she loves to love her too even if she's dead.
It is very easy to read.
Anne Crotty
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-lit
Ghostgirl by Tanya Hurley is a humorous book. It tells the story of Charlotte Usher who spent all summer transforming herself, in order to gain the attention of a popular athlete, Damen Dylan. Charlotte’s plan goes horribly wrong, however, on the first day of school when she chokes on a gummy bear and dies in the school’s physics lab. The rest of the story unfolds as Charlotte continues to try to get close to Damen. She also must learn the ropes at “Dead Ed”(the school attended by a group of dea ...more
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Charlotte Usher is a nobody, ignored, overlooked and easily forgotten. She has spent her whole school life being invisible, never popular enough to be cool, never unpopular enough to be ridiculed. But this year is going to be different. Charlotte has spent her holidays hard at work planing, manicuring and making-over her image. This year she is determined to be noticed by all the right people, even if it kills her. Unfortunately for Charlotte that's exactly what happens.

Being dead is not so diff
This book is a perfect choice for teens, especially girls, cause I do believe that in some moment of our lives when we all feel invisible, and that's why even it is a book for girls, every boy and maybe some adults must read it, it give some good advice.

The story is well written, all characters are especially well defined, you can make an exactly idea of how those characters are, even it makes you think of people you know. Even all the story goes around Charlotte experience, all the other charac
Bad plot. Bad writing, TERRIBLE characters.
I don't even want to write a full thought-out review because this book doesn't deserve that much attention. So here are some things about it:

- The main character, Charlotte, is an idiot who wants the most popular guy in school, hates all the popular girls, believes she is somehow special enough that if the guy gets to know her he will ask her to a dance instead of his girlfriend. And apparently he's her motivation to do everything good in life. Need I
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Tonya Hurley is a New York Times and international bestselling author of the ghostgirl series (Little, Brown) and The Blessed trilogy (Simon & Schuster). Her books are published in nearly 30 countries and in more than 20 languages. Ms. Hurley has a worked in virtually every aspect of teen entertainment: creating, writing, and producing two hit TV series; writing and directing several acclaimed ...more

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