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Vintage: A Ghost Story

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,106 ratings  ·  168 reviews
In a small New Jersey town a lonely boy walking along a highway one autumn evening meets the boy of his dreams, a boy who happens to have died decades ago and haunts the road. Awkward crushes, both bitter and sweet, lead him to face youthful dreams and childish fears. With a cast of offbeat friends, antiques, and Ouija boards, Vintage offers readers a memorable blend of da ...more
Paperback, 149 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Harrington Park Press
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Jessica Tonnies Probably somewhere in the middle. There are several sexual encounters with a ghost that were described in moderately explicit detail.

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Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
This was interesting enough to keep my attention, and it thankfully wasn't a ghost love story, because that concept is just weird. What else is weird is that the MC is never named. Not once. So I'll call him Melindo (Gordon) because why not.

Melindo is 17 and lives with his aunt after his parents kicked him out of the home for being gay. He stumbles upon a ghost one night while walking home, only to find out the ghost is his town's very own urban legend. Josh was killed in the 50s on that stretc
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Jean Roberta
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A good novel about teenagers is hard to find. The ones written by precocious teenage authors are likely to seem raw around the edges, and the ones written by adults are likely to sound patronizing or formula-driven. Vintage is that rare thing, an interesting novel about teenagers as complex human beings with emotional depth and an awareness of their place in history. These kids are all right, Goth style and all.

The seventeen-year-old male narrator knows that his parents would never accept his se
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Lena Grey
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Generally, ghost stories tend to distress rather than soothe me; however, Steve Berman's ghost story, 'Vintage' was an exception. His ghosts and the paranormal events connected with them, were introduced so nonchalantly that their existence seemed almost like a normal, everyday occurrence. It was interesting how Steve Berman used clothing to link past and present. Each costume had its own story to tell and provided clues to help solve the story's mysteries. “Vintage' is also the first story I've ...more
Teal
*** 3.5 stars ***

A strong 1st-person voice and a cast of utterly non-stereotypical characters made this an easy story to sink into. As the narrator (unnamed, which I never noticed while reading the book!) discovers his ability to see and communicate with ghosts, the story takes on a creepy edge; one scene actually frightened me. (I'm a sissy that way, so YMMV.)

I found the first half of the book noticeably stronger than the second half; the latter seemed a bit disjointed somehow, not as polished
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Kaje Harper
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, m-m, fantasy
Steve Berman does a lot of anthologies, but I really like his own writing and this young-adult book has a good mix of character, tone and plot. In fact, other than the age of the characters, it doesn't have that consciously young-adult tone that some otherwise good YA books do. I keep hoping for a sequel, but no luck so far. ...more
Mir
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghosts, ya
This has been re-released in electronic form and is currently $2.50 on Smashwords.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...
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John
Oct 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
This book felt strangely both too long and too short (but that didn't average out to just right). There were a lot of side-stories that felt completely unneeded. Like, why do we need the lesbian couple? And moreover, why do we have to witness their fight? And why does the main character have to go to Philly with one of the lesbians and her parents? Completely superfluous to the actual plot.

That being said, the main plot was well-told. Just somehow felt too fast, like more could have been put int
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Jon
Excellent gay YA speculative novel with a little bit of mystery. Highly recommended, and not just to YA readers.
Justin Nova
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** Audio***
Interesting book! Loved the narration! I literally jumped out of my seat a few times while listening. I'll look for more from this author and definitely the narrator.
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Lauren Barrett
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I picked up “Vintage” when reading an article about the lack of good gay/lesbian young adult fiction. This is a great example of the genre.

The narrator of “Vintage” is a teen whose personal life is in an upset. Remember all the angsty poetry? Don’t lie. I know you’ve written some.

After being outed as gay to his parents and half his hometown, he finds refuge in a creepy little town in New Jersey where he makes friends with a girl interested in all things macabre. Their favorite pastime is dress
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'Nathan Burgoine
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt
To say that VINTAGE stole all my attention over the last two days would be understating. My Kobo and I were inseparable, sneaking a read on breaks and bus rides, at breakfast and dinner, and finally, the last few pages before bed.

I loved this.

It's not often I feel lucky enough to find a young adult book where the protagonist is a well-written gay teen, and it's even less often that teen isn't your typical example. The goth, vintage clothes loving voice in this book was a delight.

Having run away
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Cindi
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

While searching for a unique YA book I stumbled upon Vintage: A Ghost Story. I decided to take a chance with no clue of what I was getting into. I am so glad I did. This book could never be classified as more of the same. While the characters are all in their teens and they have the same issues that most teenagers deal with, the MC in this story is faced with things most aren't... one being a ghost named Josh Wyle. A ghost who became a legend in the area after he was struck and killed b
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Ami
4.5 stars

"In a small town, a lonely teen walking along a highway one autumn evening meets the boy of his dreams, a boy who happens to have died decades ago and haunts the road" ...

Reading that blurb, I thought the angst love story will happen between the hero and the ghost. Until further along the story, the "relationship" turns to sinister, as Josh (the ghost) seems to be jealous of our unnamed hero (we only know his last name, Vesely), and was able to do more harm. I thought the story was real
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⚣Michaelle⚣
3.8 Stars

YA is usually hit or miss with me...but I liked the YA aspects of this story quite a bit. It was the ghosty/medium MC-part of the plot that kinda fell flat...although I can appreciate the not-so-subtle message/warning against desiring the unattainable, the seemingly perfect, when what you really want and need can be right in front of you.

I also liked the side-characters more than I did protagonist or his love interest - who are like 17/18 and 14/15 respectively...but since the book has
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Kassa
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is a few years old and has been re-released by Lethe Press, receiving glowing accolades from almost every corner. As a fan of Berman’s writing, I expected Vintage to delight and enthrall while offering more questions and possibilities as his stories inevitably do. Thankfully Vintage offered all I was expecting and more, bringing a new challenge in writing a review for a story that has been so thoroughly covered and lauded. So if anything I have to offer has already been said, hopefully ...more
Resch Reads
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was a ride. Part mystery, part horror, part ghost story, part romance...all captivating, I quickly found myself sucked into this intriguing new world. The book starts off with a delightful Introduction by Holly Black who sets the tone for a story that will haunt my memories.

First off, I have to say that this is one of the most unique YA books I have ever read. The story is set in 1997 and it's a startling reminder of how much the wor
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Joyfully Jay
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elizabeth
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars


This story is very much a gothic romance, replete with romance, fear, mystery, and mood. There is a cemetery, a woman driven mad by loss and the lingering presence of her missing child, and ghosts of the past haunting the present. It’s about a young man struggling against the lure of the grave and the ghosts who reach for him. It’s lyrical and lovely and languid, and it all takes place in a melancholy, atmospheric autumn.

This book has so much mood in it, so much
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J.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A superb YA ghost story and an excellent YA gay romance novel rolled into one. My only complaint is that I would have loved to,live in this world longer--could have gone on another hundred pages with no complain from me. Highly recommended.
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May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
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C. McKenzie
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say up front that this is the first gay ghost story I've ever read, and it was quite by accident, but as I'm beginning to understand, there are no accidents. Once I realized I'd bought a book that would be about boys in love with each other, I wasn't sure I'd like the story. The opposite is what happened. Berman drew me into Josh's tragic death and the main character's ernest and poignant determination to bring an end to Josh's earthbound existence. While this is a story about gay love ...more
B
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This audio book was very pleasant to listen to, may be I would have not given it 4 stars if I read it on print ,but the audio made it very Delightful to listen to, The narrator is one of those rare great ones .
This was Creepy at times and a bit romantic, but very nostalgic. Good story to listen to like a radio show of the 1950's
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Julia Walker
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a most unusual story but it is one of the best coming of age stories I have read. It includes a young goth homosexual coming to terms with his identity in a small town that he has just moved to after his parents disowned him for his sexuality. In this town, he discovers who he is and what life is really all about. He finds unconditional love, acceptance, and a ghost. I cannot reveal much more because I certainly do not want to ruin the book for anyone. What I will tell you is that it is ...more
Seth
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
I rated this 2 stars for mostly one reason. I have no idea who the target audience is. I'm going to break it down into pros and cons.

Pros:
The characters are fairly realistic (though I thought the main character was a little too compliant with most things), and the plot, overall, fairly interesting. Nothing groundbreaking here. It's a typical coming-out story filled with conveniently place gay boys (and ghosts) for the protagonist to get involved with and come to terms.

Cons: In my opinion, the b
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Madison Keller
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was a very classic ghost story / love story. I loved how LGBTQA+ it was. The writing is clear and easy to read and the story has definite character and plot arcs. It hits all the right notes as the main character learns about the difference between love and attraction.
R
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book stunning.

The first part of the book was close. Tight, well written. The second part (just as well written) was much looser. I felt it really highlighted the narrators uncertainty and the fear he felt growing that he might not be able to keep the ghosts from taking over his life.

The characters were well defined and mostly likable. The burgeoning love between the characters was sweet and almost painful at times. The adults, with the exception of the narrators aunt, were mostly v
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Charles
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! The story was a fresh take on a ghost story and I loved the way the writing gave me chills. My only wish Is that we had been given more time with the main character and his love interest. However, I kept listening and could not wait to find out what would happen! My main complaint would be that the book ended too quickly because I wanted to stay on this journey!

I listened to this book on Audible. Once again, Jason Frazier works his magic and takes what would be a cre
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Cassie Robinson
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this novel quite a while back on one of my summer trips to California and I absolutely loved it. The story is really unique and the characters are very well rounded. I loved the angsty atmosphere of the story. I can't remember all the details since it was such a while ago but I believe it is about a boy who comes across a ghost on a walk home? I might be wrong. But anyhow, the story was fast paced and the writing style was very lyrical. Great read! I want more from this author! ...more
Ula'ndi Hart
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall book rating: 3
Audio Book: Jason Frazier - 4
Book Cover: 2


Interesting little titbit. Not something I’d usually read, seeing as it’s a very “tame” version of romance, but I enjoyed it. It was really interesting.

And as usual Jason Frazier showed us how talented he is yet again.
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