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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  4,205 ratings  ·  454 reviews
Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over "breathers." Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the lies and backstabbing between her fellow students.

But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants
Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Crewe Morris Creative (first published September 15th 2009)
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Megan Crewe
May 02, 2009 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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My book! :) You can get it free here if you'd like: ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
The dead, maybe because they have nothing to lose, are always honest.

Cass McKenna can see ghosts. She listens and talks to the souls of the dead who haven't yet moved on to the afterlife. Basically, she's a walking Ouija board. And she's so sick of people betraying her and walking out on her. Ever since Cass was suddenly given this power, she's been on a mission to dig up all the dirty secrets at her school, dead set on bringing every lier and backstabber to justice. But when the vice president
The premise of this book was really interesting, but it ended up just being another cliché- and angst-filled young adult novel. I would give it 2 1/2 stars if I could but I decided to round down because it's not quite a 3 star book.

Cass can see and talk to ghosts. Just before she got this ability she had a huge falling out with her best friend. The best friend, the most popular girl in the school, turned the entire student body of not one, but two schools, against Cass. Now that Cass has a few
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So lately i think i've been reading a lot of books involving ghost. I actually enjoyed Give Up the Ghost a lot more than I thought I would. Love the cover too :P

I liked Give up Ghost because it isn't your normal ghost story, it wasn't scary, the ghost weren't all like BOO!! I loved the characters.Cass, she is so brave and does this whole i'm cleaning out your closet thing.I mean she knows every bodies secrets( like cheating on BF & GF's,things you hope nobody would find out) thanks to her friend
Sherwood Smith
I didn't just read this book, I inhaled it.

From the very first line--"You would think it'd be easy to get along with a person after she's dead."--I was hooked. In so many respects, seventeen-year-old Cassie was me--angry, isolated, at the bottom of the high school pecking order--only I did not have a dead sister hanging around, who only I could see.

Cassie can see ghosts. She doesn't know why. The first she ever sees is her sister Paige, the night of the prom, just after Paige drowned. Cassie wa
Apr 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic debut novel! Give Up the Ghost had a more serious tone that I had initially anticipated. Which wasn't a bad thing, but it took me a while to switch gears. That's why you should never have a predisposition about a book! I wasn’t expecting the prominent role that death played in this novel, I mean sure it’s about ghosts, but I was thinking more along the lines of happy times with Casper the friendly ghost, something more light-hearted. Anyhow, once I switched myself over to a mor ...more
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I had heard about this book when I was much younger. I think I was in grade 8? I remembered it again through an email I got from another author. It was a freebie so I decided to give it go. Unfortunately it was not for me.

To be honest I think the subject doesn't really interest me. I feel like I way too old to be reading about a girl who has the help of ghosts exposing the bad things people do in her school. Well more like I'm way too old for how it was executed. It felt juvenil
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.25 stars.

Plot was really interesting but I did not enjoy reading the book much. This was just: meh

Highschool drama *groans*

I felt something was lacking. Maybe because it was too short? Idk. It could've been better.

There were, um, maybe just two parts that I liked.
Jennifer Wardrip
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If there's one sentence that could sum up Cass McKenna's life, it would probably be that infamous line from the movie The Sixth Sense: "I see dead people."

Ever since Cass's big sister, Paige, drowned the night of her Junior Prom, Cass has had the gift - or curse - of being able to see ghosts. Or, to be technical, to see, hear, and communicate with spirits who haven't moved on to wherever spirits go after people die. The morning after her sister's death, Cass ma
Michelle Rebar
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GIVE UP THE GHOST is a fantastic debut by author Megan Crewe. Not only is it a ghost story, but it is also an angsty coming of age story. Fans of the supernatural will apprectiate it as well those who lean towards the humans. This book is about fitting in and letting go of grudges and grief. It shows that sometimes people and things go away and we have to learn to accept this and move on with our lives and keep living them. If we don't we will constantly be haunted by the past and never be able ...more
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished putting this book down and my heart is aching with a mixed feeling of happiness at the ending, and sorrow that I am done reading it.

It's a truly delicious story about an outsider in high school, thanks to cruel tantrum-like revenge of an ex best friend. Cass deals the best she can with the help of the dead people she just happens to be able to see and talk to, including her older sister.

Despite the paranormal elements of the book, the story is real and contemporary and drew me i
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
I enjoyed Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe. This in my opinion is aimed at a much younger audience than myself, but it was still a lovely read. I don't really want to post any spoilers so i will just say that Cass Mckenna sees ghosts, and due to a certain set of circumstances has become the strange loner at school. Along comes a certain young man who has recently lost his mother and suspects that there is something not quite right about our lovely Cass, what forms is a friendship forged in share ...more
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Actual rating - 2.5

This was a pretty slow read, and as there wasn't really that much going on, it dragged for me. It wasn't an awful read though.
Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
GIVE UP THE GHOST by Megan Crewe was a slightly different book than the one I was expecting. I thought the story would be fairly juvenile, but the premise still looked very interesting. I’m happy to say, however, that GIVE UP THE GHOST was really a great read. The story was complex and engaging with enough material to keep the reader entertained the whole way through. I would recommend this book to both young adults and adults alike.

GIVE UP THE GHOST is the story of Cass, a seventeen year old gi
Thao Tran
Aug 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really into ghost stories, unless they're funny or there's a lot of romance in it. Give Up The Ghost has either of these qualities I look for, so why did I enjoy it so much? Simple, because the book is heartfelt and truly honest.

The very first thing that sucked me right into the story was that the appearance of the ghosts were very different. They did not scare the hell out of anyone, they did not look or smell creepy and most of them didn't seem to suffer from any kind of tiredness for
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
Oooh did I like this book! It was serious but funny and sad but exciting! It had a little bit of everything and gave me a lot to think about!

Right off the bat I loved the main character, Cass, she was relatable and likable and I totally would have been friends with her (even if I am a breather!) She's the outsider that used to be an insider until her best friend turned on her out of jealously. So now she lives her life chatting with her friends that no one else can see, ghosts.

I really like the
Princess Bookie
Nov 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Thoughts: I picked this book up after it had been sitting in my TBR a while. I'm sorry I waited so long! I thoroughly enjoyed the story! We are introduced to Cass who sees ghosts, she is termed weird by all the other students at her school. Nobody wants to talk to her, or be seen with her. She has a few friends who are ghosts so she doesn't mind it too much, she always has "someone" to talk too. She discovered she could talk to ghosts after her sister's death. Yes, her sister stuck around and ...more
Jul 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, for-review, paranormal
Cass McKenna from Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe has the dirt on everyone, she knows everybody's dirty little secrets. How? Well, she can interact with ghosts, who see everything. However, there is one little problem, some has discovered Cass's secret and now she must decide the value of interacting with humans for a change.
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Apr 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is worth 4.5 stars. I really, really, REALLY liked it. The story was different, but done amazingly well. I was hesitant at first, mainly because it sounded like any other ghost story. However, this was one of the ghost stories done well. I recommend it for everyone :]
Alexandra Ravena
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that demonstrated us as boys and girls can be just friends.
K.A. Wiggins
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
This was a really solid paranormal YA entry.

Ghosts, in the non-scary sense, not shifters etc., and the romance is very believable teen stuff; light, awkward attraction that doesn't really go too far too fast and involves believable interactions. I found the MC's voice a little rough at the start, but came to appreciate how prickly and challenging she was.

It covers some tough territory, with family deaths, bullying, adults not coping well, secrets and backstabbing, substance abuse and suicidal
Ellie Mitchell
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From Megan Crewe comes Give up the Ghost, an unusual tale that sees young Cassie able to interact with spirits. Both sarcastic and brave, Cassie seeks to help out an unlikely friend, to act as a bridge of communication between worlds.

The author had me hooked from the first sentence, making me question the nature of Cassie's life and abilities. Hers is a deeply personal journey that touched my heart in many ways. I could feel every stitch of Cassie's heartache and adored her awkward, yet brutally
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-arc
With Megan Crewe's brilliant debut Give up the Ghost, one has to give up one's preconceived notions about YA ghost stories of the modern age. Because this one? It blows them straight out of the water.

The overall vibe and connotation of Give up the Ghost is "[bright:] like a Chinese lantern" (Crewe 2). The concept of ghosts isn't new, but Crewe sets them up in a way that's entirely her own, and it's always intriguing to see new spins on old ideas. The main thread that the story follows makes for
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
Cass McKenna is one angry girl. Ever since she parted ways with her childhood best friend, she's been absolutely mean-spirited. Instead of trying to move on with her life, Cass is on a mission to tear down and make fools of her fellow classmates. Cass knows things about them that she definitely didn't witness first hand because she's able to communicate with ghosts. There are 3 ghosts that hang around her school and spy on her classmates for her. Anything they find out, Cass uses against them to ...more
Sara Grochowski
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I adored this book, to put it mildly. It pulled me in right from the beginning and refused to let me go!

The entire book was wonderfully written and imagined. Cass was a girl that I found extremely easy to relate to - especially her sarcasm. I loved that the author showed Cass' tough side as well as her softer, more vulnerable side that she usually keeps hidden from her peers.

I often find that authors add unneeded details to the plot - just to make it more interesting, but Megan Crewe not only h
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
With the interesting premise ( Ghost Whisper meets High School, anyone?) and awesome cover Give Up The Ghost had, I knew that I was in for one superb treat.

Give Up The Ghost was a new and fresh take on the whole ghost seeing subject. I liked how the ghosts Cass saw such as Norris and Bitzy were a key part of the story and two of Cass's closest friends. Also, it was interesting to see Cass and Paige's, her dead sister, relationship. Since, it provided for some drama and was overall a cute part of
Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was reached the expectations that I had only dreamed of. Give Up the Ghost was gripping page turner that left me salivating for more of Megan’s works.

Cass has a slight social problem. It might be because she can see and talk to ghosts and every time someone catches her doing it, she looks like a freak. Or it might be the fact that the ghosts like to gossip giving Cass plenty of justified ammo to take down these villains. But when Tim asks Cass if she can talk to his mother, whom happen
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Cassie McKenna has been an outcast since Jr. High and she wants payback. Lucky for her she has help finding out her fellow student’s deepest and darkest secrets from the dead – Ghosts that is…

Crewe’s Give Up the Ghost is a pleasantly light paranormal read. I was able to read this book is one sitting, I enjoyed it so much! This is the first ghost book that I’ve read that didn’t give me the heeby jeebies, which was a surprise in itself. Cass is a loner and with her only friends being ghosts, I fel
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let me tell you how excited I was for this book; YA supernatural books have been intriguing me for a while now. With so many different authors and mediums out there ghosts (which you can tell by the title is what this book entails) have been shown in so many different lights. Megan Crewe instead takes ghosts somewhere else, they're not trying to scare people or anything of the like instead they essentially watch them and that's where Cassie (or Cass) comes in they tell her the dirty on people an ...more
Interesting! I kept thinking it was like the show dead like me, but did better. The ending left me "bleh". Didn't like how it all just came out, helped someone, and then it was happy. Maybe I really wanted her to have been nastier with the bullies, put them in their place, or the bullies dos make a big deal out of showing they were truly sorry. It didn't go either ways! So that's why I say 3.5; only for the last third of the book. The beginning was different and fresh take on what I was searchin ...more
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Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and son (and does on occasion say "eh"), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she's spent the last six years studying kung fu, so you should probably be nice to her. She has been making up stories about magic and ...more

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