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This Is Not a Ghost Story

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  578 ratings  ·  174 reviews
I am not welcome. Somehow I know that. Something doesn’t want me here.

Daffodil Franklin has plans for a quiet summer before her freshman year at college, and luckily, she’s found the job that can give her just that: housesitting a mansion for a wealthy couple.

But as the summer progresses and shadows lengthen, Daffodil comes to realize the house is more than it appears. The
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Published November 17th 2020 by HarperTeen
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Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss-arc-s
Dedication: For all the weird girls, with the funny hearts. 💗 Written for me: Check! Ha!

A foe.
An unseen foe.
But malicious.
A kind of malevolent force.
One that takes glee in my terror.

Daffodil has recently been accepted into Bryn Mawr and as a way of financially being able to do so she takes a job as a caretaker of a professors' home for the summer in which he pays her a ludicrous amount of money. With no father and a mother that ran away years before she is left with little
Chelsea Humphrey
This definitely ended up being a lot sweeter than I expected! The writing style has a stream of consciousness to it, but I didn't mind it in this particular story, as the author gave it almost a noir feel. While I wish the story had been a bit longer and more developed, I also see why Portes chose to keep the narrative tight and streamlined. If you've read a story with this particular twist at the ending, you'll probably see it coming like I did, but I still appreciate what the author did by tak ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I admit, I didn't know what to expect when I went into this one other than hoping for a good ghost story. I did get that but, I also got so much more.

I got an unreliable protagonist and things that never quite seemed what they were and never knowing what in the world was really going on. Was the house haunted? Was she just crazy? Was any of this actually real? To say the very least this book kept me on my toes and turning the pages.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Claude's Bookzone
DNF at 52%

Sorry. I just don't like the main character.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daffodil wants to escape the summer and she ends up in an old manor, paid to take care of the house. Only, nothing is quite alright. Discovering secrets with Daffodil, getting to know what really happened to her boyfriend, you are thrust into a world of supernatural and paranormal. But this is not a ghost story, it’s more.

Final vote: 4/5
Candace Robinson
ARC received via publisher!
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
All I want is alllll the ghost stories and for every cover to e as fabulously my aesthetic as this one 😍
Rikki King
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Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who ignore the knock at the door in the hopes that whoever it is will go away
[ARC provided by HarperCollins, my review is unbiased]
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📗 This is, hands down, my favourite book cover this year. The colour palette, the creepiness of the house, the font, it just all works for me. I've been burned by some anticipated reads this year, but this story just grabbed me and had me flipping through the pages, which hasn't happened in a while.

📕 Daffodil's voice is a unique one, and I could see some readers finding her annoying. However, I felt like Da
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Despite what the title may tell you, this one was a ghost story. Just…maybe not your typical one.

This spooky young adult tale by Andrea Portes follows Daffodil Franklin, who recently graduated from high school with big plans to escape her stifling small-town life in Nebraska for college on the east coast. Problem is though, tuition can be expensive, and money is something our protagonist doesn’t have.

Fortunately, she fin
Sofie |
I'm giving this a shot, though other reviews don't have me hopeful.


I don't even have the words to describe to you what I just read. It truly... is not a ghost story. Not really. Not in the way you'd expect.

I can't even really tell you if I enjoyed this book or not. Because I don't know. This book feels larger than life.

Here's the thing... I don't know what it is trying to say. I don't feel smart enough to understand why this story needed to be told, but I do understand that I'
April Sarah
2.5 stars
*ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review*
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So this is the story of Daffodil, who gets off of the train on her way to college and decides to take a summer job house-sitting for a rich couple. This house is currently under construction and the owners can't be there but they need someone to manage the workers. As Daffodil is there and watching the house, she gets this weird feeling about the place and things might not be as they se
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tried 3 times to get into this, and it just didn’t work for me. I’m not sure if it was a problem with the pacing or if I just couldn’t connect with the story, but it just didn’t click with me.
Riya Queen
3.4 🌟

Wow. What did I just read? This was supposed to be a thriller/paranormal, but there were so many other things going on that that particular element was not much present. The Main lead, Daffodil, treated every abnormal thing in a I'm-not-buying-this manner, that it actually downplayed the spooks. It also was really weird. I would've appreciated that aspect if I had actually understood what was going on within the manor, but I just ended up getting really confused. Daffodil also had some very
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

CW: death, loss/grief, and some scenes of violence

I had no idea what I was in for with this book, but I knew it sounded so interesting. It's a quick read, too, one that I could have easily finished in one sitting if time had permitted. The story focuses around Daffodil, a teenager who's decided to stay at this old house for money over the summer while the family is away and there's construction being done. Of course, there's so
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The title isn’t wrong...

Let me just say that when I first requested an ARC of this book, I expected it to be a horror story even though the title was very clear about it not being a horror story. I really went in not knowing what the story is about other than hoping some creepy stuff will happen. I got more than just that, thanks to the amount of surprises this book has.

This book has a lot of things that nobody can expect, even I didn’t see what’s coming for the majority of the book. The story r
Ms. Yingling
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Daffodil is glad to be escaping her humdrum life with her grandmother in Nebraska. On her way Bryn Mawr during the summer before college, she happens to disembark in a town that seems to be calling her, and before long has a better than expected job, working for a college professor watching his house and overseeing a renovation there. It's a mansion out in the country with a troubled past, and she runs into any manner of quirkiness w
Caryn - iam.caryn
This was a fast and addictive read. The ending didn’t quite live up to the spooky/weird factor that happened in the first half of the book, but I’m still glad I read it.

This was told in a mostly inner monologue type first person POV, in an almost stream of consciousness manner. It was often funny and had me laughing.

The biggest negative for me is the amount of things that are left unexplained because of the direction the ending took. I can’t specify what I mean without revealing massive spoilers
Recieved arc for a honest review.

This reminded me of the movie 23 for some reason probly the vibe of the main character not knowing that they are the problem.
The writing was good... it was face paced and well played our and written. My main concern was the storyline I felt that everything was resolved very easily but with not much sustenance.
The characters were a bit strange however this is cleared up in the end few chapters until that moment it was very odd.
I liked the second woman Penelope
I'm not quite sure what to rate this because it didn't do it for me, but I can definitely see an audience for it that would enjoy it. It's a quick read, with short chapters and keeping to vague dreamy imagery and quick vignettes.

Daffodil is seventeen years old and picks up a housesitting job the summer before freshman year of college. I was pretty interested in how young she was, and the idea of a haunted house story that takes place in summer rather than fall or winter. I'm also always interest
Rachelle Renee Kirby
I liked the story ok.
The ending was pretty good but the rest was slightly lacking. I didn't much enjoy the writing style, it was a bit too juvenile.
Katja (Life and Other Disasters)
Actual rating: 4.5

I do get why some people don't love the ending and I am also a bit undecided on it, but dang, did I love the journey getting there. You can find my full review HERE

Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She was just trying to find a summer job to help pay for college. Now Daffodil finds herself trapped in a house that might never let her leave.

This Is Not a Ghost Story is a standalone novel by Andrea Portes. This thrilling tale is perfect to get you in the spooky mood. Daffodil Franklin takes a job housesitting in an old mansion for a professor and his wife. She’s just trying to earn some extra money the summer before her freshman year of college. But nothing in this house it quite as it seems.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Weird, predictable and overly dramatic narration. The twist was basic... not for me.
Samantha Brisbin
I feel like a fool! How did I not see that ending coming?
The mystery.
The creepiness.
Fans of this type of story will guess the ending fairly quickly. With the comps, I thought I was getting a horror novel but as atmospheric as this is, it's not scary. Somewhat disappointing but there's definitely an audience here. ...more
Brandi Hansas
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Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Shelves: 2020, advance-copy
Daffodil was not a “plan” type girl. She was so “carefree” that her idea to get a summer job was to get off the train a few stops early, wander around and ask for employment until she lands a job. Lucky for her, she did. This professor whose wife’s father owns an island is leaving for the summer and needs someone to oversee the construction workers who are building a guest house. With Daffodil showing up on his doorstep, both the professor and Daffodil were in luck. Setting herself up in th
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an arc from edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

This was a wild ride!
You start out thinking you’re reading a horror movie made into a book. Similar things happen that would also happen in a horror movie, but then you realize that this is so different then what you thought this would be.

I really liked This is not a ghost story.
The main character daffodil is different from what you’d expect. With social anxiety and a past she’s escaping from she starts a summer job at some to
Karen Bullock
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars for this bizarre 13 & up tale (young adult).
A Professor Addington who is the owner of a house that once held a grisly past.
Oddly enough he accepts the application of a 17 year old, Daffodil Turner, to watch over his house for the summer and be the overseer of the guest house renovation. That’s seems to be quite the odd under taking for someone with no previous experience? And this is where the story becomes intriguing.
Odd occurrences, trinkets, talismans, and a very odd neighbor, Penelop
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Andrea Portes is a bestselling American novelist.

Her novels include HICK, BURY THIS, ANATOMY OF A MISFIT, and THE FALL OF BUTTERFLIES. Portes is also the author of the upcoming LIBERTY book series and the upcoming HENRY & EVA book series. She also published the SUPER RAD graphic novel series for Dark Matter Comics.

Portes was raised in rural Nebraska, outside of Lincoln. She attended Bryn Mawr Col

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