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Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Some endings are inevitable, but so are some stories.

Cora, the principal’s gloomy goth daughter, is not exactly popular Duke Meyer’s type. Still, Duke finds himself inexplicably drawn to her dark eyes and mysterious manner. She makes it clear she doesn’t return his admiration, but when a burst appendix lands Duke in the hospital, he and Cora will be forced to come together
Paperback, 318 pages
Published April 8th 2015 by Smashwords Edition
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Laurence R.
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm just unable to write something okay right now, but I need to post my review, so here it is.

I feel like I'm heartless because I didn't cry... Oh well, it doesn't mean I didn't like the book!

There's something really funny about this book. I think it has to do with the fact that it's told in Duke's perspective, which makes the story a whole lot different than it would have been if it had been told in Cora's. Duke can have quite stupid thoughts, which made me want
Oct 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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1 DNF Star

Bland writing, 2D, cliche, and unrealistically immature characters (ESPECIALLY the hero) that just became boring. All the reviews talk about how much they cried and blah, but I literally didn't feel anything and I cry over EVERYTHING. It's probably because I didn't get that far (doubt that's why tho). It felt like it was trying too much to be a John Green book, and it was just cliche after cliche, with odd pacing. I would definitely try this author's newer books again because I believe

well, okay book...that was too many emotions...
don't read if you can handle the death of a loved one or fucking cancer in the storyline..
solid young adult book...
bittersweet & heartbreaking...

Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've ever read. Ms Wildenstein sent me this book for free in exchange for a fair and impartial review. Thank you. Olivia. I'm so glad I didn't miss this one!
This is a very well written YA novel with all the trials and tribulations of getting through high school. The characters are beautifully developed, the story is both witty and sad.
The three main characters are Duke, Cora and Jaime, Cora's eight year old brother. Jaime has terminal brain cancer.
This book has what
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great ya story about love and loss. Duke, a sophomore in highschool, thinks he has problems until he meets Jamie, an eight years old boy with terminal brain cancer. From then on he is determined to help Jamie with his bucket list and together write a story with Jamie as the superhero. The story was really well done and even Jamie's death, sad though it is, has a positive side for the other characters. ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love! This was a great read. Don't forget the tissues though! This story made me smile, roll my eyes, laugh, and cry like a baby. The characters are very well written and developed. The one thing I enjoyed most about reading this story is how real the characters seemed to be. I love Jaime, Duke, Cora, and Grandma of course. I would definitely recommend this to everyone!!!! ...more
Olivia Wildenstein
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm the author. Can't give it less stars. ;)

Seriously now, GHOSTBOY is a modern coming of age where children and adolescents are confronted not only with growing up, but with grown-up problems.
*I received digital ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley*

Review is also posted on Let’s Say It’s A Blog.

This is the book that I doubt I would enjoy because of the childlike title yet something I would pick up anyway because of the unique title. After I read the brief description available on Netgalley, I became more curious as I couldn’t make out where the title clicked with the story. Ghostboy, Chameleon, and the Duke of Graffiti sounds exactly like a fantasy book for me. While
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The title is definitely a mouthful, but don't let that discourage you in picking this up. I think it lived up to its marketing strategy, "A gorgeous debut novel that will resonate with the thoughtful fans of John Green’s blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars."

The story starts of with Duke in the principal's office, because he was caught doing a prank to enter an exclusive brotherhood, the Alphas. It was one of his dreams to be a member of this elite group because it wil
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti focuses on the lives of Duke, a normal red-blooded teenager focused on all things that seem so important at that age, popularity, friends, girls and school. He meets Cora who is "goth" and wants to solve her and how and why she is the way she is. Duke then meets Jamie when he is taken in to hospital for an emergency surgery. Jamie is an 8 year old battling cancer that will
Rachael Mcdonald
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking and emotional.
I received a free electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.
A heartfelt story about friendship, different values in life, and finding your place in the world. I became deeply attached to the characters and found myself laughing and crying along with them. A book that makes you stop and think is one I will suggest to all readers regardless if they are 16 or 80 years old. Thus, I highly recommend Ghostboy,Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti. Making the reader
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh, I loved this book! I fell in love with all the characters. I laughed with them, agonized with them, cried with them and cheered for them. This books is a MUST for all students. Boys and girls alike. This would be a wonderful book for required reading. There is so much to talk about. I can't wait for my daughter to read this book so we can discuss it! I won this book on Goodreads and what a great win it was. The author gave me a choice of a hard copy or a Kindle copy and I chose Kindl ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: the author sent me a free electronic version of the book for an honest review.

Not sure how to explain how I feel about this was touching and I LOVED every chapter. I finished it in less than 24 hours, because I just couldn't put it down. At first, I thought I would be too old to appreciate it, but the storylines go so much further than normal high school experiences. The characters are extremely likeable and deal with hardships, from tiffs with a best friend to the dea
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! I think I read the entire thing in two days. The pacing is perfect and the scenes are satisfying. It's a sweet and touching story that will stick with you even after you've finished. ...more
I've received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

I really hate to be the girl who begins a review with "that book was free but mheeew, sorry not sorry I'm giving it a bad rating." I get absolutely no kick out of giving this book a poor rating and a bad review. The author seems like a extremely good person and I really wish I could go for tea with her instead of leaving this negative review on her first bookish child's page. I also really wish this book had gone through an
Sharon Mariampillai
I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This was an okay read. I thought the story was good. However, it could have been better. Also, I thought that it was not as engaging as I thought it would be, which made me bored. I thought the characters were okay. I did not love them nor dislike them. I just did not feel a connection with them, and that influenced my rating. I hope to read more books from this author. Overall, an alright read.
Sometimes, when reading a book, you get attached to the characters. This happened when I read this book. I fell in love with Duke, Cora, Owen, Gabe and most of all Jamie. The adorable eight year old kid.
Written from Duke's point of view this book is about friendships, growing up, teenage life, school, relationships, brother-sister relationship.

What I loved most is how Duke is written like a normal hormonal teenage guy. He makes mistakes, he's not perfect. I loved this. All characters infact are
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti is about Duke Meyer and what I felt was his battle with his conscience. Duke is faced with a challenge that he has to do in order to become an Alpha- an elite, secretive group that will get him anywhere. He feels that he needs this so he tries hard to live up to the expectations. Cora Matthews is the principle's daughter and is covered with makeup that makes her stand
Nancy Freund
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly easy 5-star rating for this one. I read this debut novel in one day, marveling the entire time as the beautiful sophistication of interwoven plot lines and subtle character arcs spooled out so organically. I knew I was in the hands of a master story-teller from the start. Cora, Jaime, and Duke are triple protagonists with their own tragic and fun and wonderful story lines, but the bit players in this novel are fully realized as well. It's a very real view of one American high schoo ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best stories I've read and definitely one of my new favorite books! I find it incredible that this is a debut novel and pretty much self published! From the incredible title and premise to the gorgeous writing, the author wanted to appeal to John Green fans and she's 100 percent on target! The characters are incredible. They are not stereotypes, but are very real and have depth. Duke's friends are created in a way that clearly portrays their social status without making them s ...more
Beverly Laude
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it's not about the happy ending; maybe it's about the story."

I think that this quote really sums up my feelings about this book.

Duke Mayer is a typical obnoxious teenager, with annoying friends, a possible girlfriend, a funny grandmother and an urge to belong to an exclusive club, The Alphas. Enter Cora Matthews, the principal's Goth daughter, whose beauty is hidden by overdone makeup and angst.

When Duke is rushed to the Hospital for an emergency appendectomy, his life is forever changed.
Brenda Zalegowski
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't care much about Duke and didn't like his friends or anything that was happening in the first half of the book. I didn't care about Cora or Duke's obsession with her either. I would have given the first half of the book a generous three stars...if I had even finished it. I only held on because I was told it would get good eventually. Enter Jaime (finally!) and the book turns around. The second half of the book made up for the first half and I just wish Jaime had been introduced so ...more
Natasha Clark-French
Wow! Break my heart and leave me with a sobbing grin!
This book is so beautiful and fun. I couldn't stop thinking about it and didn't want it to end but I couldn't stop reading for long either. The writing is perfect and completely immersive and though the whole idea isn't unique it's written in such a way that it's not like any other story about similar situations.
I really loved the characters and a lot of Duke's "mistakes" in his relationships made me realize what I could do to be an easier t
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
wow got this book as an arc totally loved this book it is about a boy he gets in trouble has to do community service then he has an appendix attack has to have surgery where he meets an eight year old boy with cancer he later finds out that his father's company may have invented a medicine that may have cause the cancer to grow faster ...he and the eight year old writes a book about the was nice he tried to do all the things on the childs bucket list ...more
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received the ebook from the author.

Just finished reading the story and what other reviewers have written. I agree with all of them, and I don't know what else I could add. The rollercoaster of emotions was quite the experience and a reminder to not take life for granted.

I am definitely going to purchase a couple of print copies for my friends and family to read. It was a well-written story, and I look forward to reading the next story by Olivia Wildenstein.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous novel that will appeal to readers of all ages. This page-turner touches on major universal themes and is written beautifully. Cora, Duke and Jaime are deftly drawn out and compelling. I laughed, I cried and, perhaps most importantly, I finished the book with an ear-to-ear smile. A must-read from a promising new writer!
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully written story about a high school boy and his relationships with family, friends and a secret club. I cried, I Laughed and I was thankful for the choice of the author to make the story real and gritty. I recommend this to anyone that loves a great read with good and bad but true to life storylines.
Tiffany Borne
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
I received an ebook from the author and must say I enjoyed every second of this story. It was a great YA story. I fell in love with all the characters especially the main three: Cora, Duke, and Jamie. I love when I am emotionally attached to a book, which happened in this book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good YA story filled with emotion.
Susan Csoke
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ghostboy, Chameleon & The Duke Of Graffiti By Olivia Wildenstein is an excellent story. Once you read about Duke, Cora and Jamie becoming entwined into each others lives, you will find yourself hooked to the very last word on the very last page. Thank you GOODREADS FIRSTREADS for this Free book.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Grafiti

An extremely well written and constructed story that completely moves you! A book that you can't forget... Thumbs up for the author and way to go!!!
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