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(The Mediator #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  59,044 ratings  ·  2,306 reviews
"You're dead. You don't belong here."

Susannah just traveled a gazillion miles from New York to California in order to live with a bunch of stupid boys (her new stepbrothers). She hasn't even unpacked yet, she's made her mother practically cry already, and now there's a ghost sitting in her new bedroom. True, Jesse's a very attractive guy ghost, but that's not the point.

Paperback, 245 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Simon Pulse
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Alisha I don't know if you can read it on goodreads but maybe as a pdf on the internet or you could buy the book or borrow from the/a library if you have…moreI don't know if you can read it on goodreads but maybe as a pdf on the internet or you could buy the book or borrow from the/a library if you have one. EDIT: Wait no, you can go on the arrow at the top menu bar where it says like home / my books / friends etc at the end click on the arrow and then click on Ebooks which is right above "fun" and you could search books and if they have the book you want you click on it and it will give you the option to download it as a pdf. So basically you can read it online. (less)
Oda Renate What do you mean how bad does it get? This book does not have steamy scene or anything if you were curios. And not much romance in this book either.…moreWhat do you mean how bad does it get? This book does not have steamy scene or anything if you were curios. And not much romance in this book either. It is not bloody or has sweare words so you can easily be 10\11\12 and read this book.(less)

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4.5 stars. Now I remember why Meg Cabot used to be my most favourite author when I was younger. I adored her. This doesn’t mean that I liked every single book she wrote, but I loved the fact that I could just chose the genre I wanted to read with her, know what I’m saying? Contemporary, urban fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, historical… She’s a versatile writer and those types of writers always impress me.

I know why I never read this series. I also know that I acted foolishly by not giving it
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 4/24/17: This series is still perfect after all this time. It is mega cheesy and I probably wouldn't recommend it to someone to pick up for the first time nowadays, but as a nostalgic re-read, this was PERFECTION. Can't wait to carry on and re-read the rest of the series.

Re-read 11/23/15: 5 stars for nostalgia and a rip-roarin' good time. I love this series so damn much. Yes, it's cheesy and a little dated, but it is still absolute perfection. Love love LOVE.
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ by: Young me, of course :P

But even on the ninth floor of Bellevue-which is where they lock up the crazy people in New York-I probably wouldn't be safe from the ghosts. They'd find me.
They always do.

Alright so, it appears that everyone wanted to like my pre-review of fangirlish relations to when I was I don't see a large point in writing a long-winded review when it seems everyone has mostly stopped by and saw all they wanted to see. But, along with those youngish nostalgic ramblings, I did want to say w
Dec 13, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve developed a really bad habit: book cheating.

Until recently, I’ve had impeccable reading etiquette. I never flip to the end of the book. I don’t cheat to see if the lovers reconcile or to discover who the murderer is. Instead, I read from cover to cover. It’s only right.

But lately I’ve found myself cheating. I can’t help it—it’s those pesky young adult serials I’ve been reading. They simply aren’t good enough to justify reading the whole series, but they are interesting enough that I want to
Rebecca McNutt
My first thought was that this would be some overdramatic teen novel that would quickly get buried under layers of drama and romance, but actually it was really complex, funny, imaginative and powerful as far as YA bestsellers go. I loved the main character, how she wasn't just some cookie-cutter girl and had her own unconventional style and personality. The Californian setting definitely added an atmosphere of summer sunshine and bright nostalgia to the book, and it was full of unexpected surpr ...more
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When I was younger I was a fan of Meg Cabot. As far as I was concerned she could do no wrong and that all her books were fantastic! Last year I discovered that it's not true. I found out that I didn't like her contemporary books. But I still immensely enjoyed her paranormal/supernatural books. This year I remembered this series and was happy to find that my library has it! I am happy to say that I enjoyed this!

The book begins with Suze
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! I'm just obsessed with Meg Cabot and I think this will end up being another one of my favourite series! Thanks to Chelsea for introducing me to this series and for buddy reading this with me! <3
Norah Una Sumner
Why on Earth haven't I read this sooner? SO.MUCH.FUN.

I love Meg Cabot and her Princess Diaries are basically the synonym for my elementary school period. However, I didn't particularly like her Heather Wells series, so I was kind of wary when I first started reading this book. BUT HOLY MACARONI. I loved it. I loved Suze & Jesse, Father D, her step-brothers, the story, the very Meg Cabot writing, the humor, the action... It was extremely fun reading about Suze's adventures and just her awesom

Fanarts and random images included! Yey!

Disclaimer: Rereading and reviewing some of my old-time favourites. First read in 2010, last reread in Summer, 2016

1. This is a review for the first (6 books). The new book that was published earlier in 2016 will be reviewed separately.
2. No spoilers are included.
3. This series has many many many many flaws, avoid if you're not a fan of YA by all cost!
4. My logic is purely emotional (as usual), you might want to check a few more reviews.

I have been dyingggg to read this (pardon my pun LOL) ever since I finished Cabot’s Heather Wells series. She once again manages to write such a fun, well-rounded series!

Here are some of my thoughts:
• The protagonist, Suze, is confident and not afraid to speak her mind and talk back to bullies. I love that. It is so funny to see her interact with other people. Usually I would think the “new kid in school” would feel shy, but on the very first day, she stood her ground and was just herself. So pr
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I decided I wanted to reread this book series because it was one of my all-time favorites when I was in high school. I'm not sure if a new reader would enjoy it now, but I still loved it. It's pretty much classic teen chick lit, and a fun, breezy read. If you like spunky main characters that fight ghosts, you might like this.
Amy (Turn the Page)
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: old-favourite
Firstly, let me just say, I doubt you’ll ever read a bad review of a Meg Cabot book from me. I love the woman (her blog is hilarious). In fact, I have a whole (rather pink) bookshelf dedicated to all of her books that I own, which, I’ll admit now, is pretty much most of them. If I’m looking for a great, fun, story, likeable heroines (and a tension filled romance with a ridiculously attractive guy), Meg Cabot never lets me down. I’ll buy her newest book as soon as it comes out, without waiting fo ...more
Just as good as the other bazillion times I've read this. I do find Suze to be super hard on others, but here's hoping she'll learn to ease that judgment in the rest of the books. She's such a normal teenage girl depicting her crushes on any boy that it reminds me of when I was a teen haha
Why didn’t I pick this up earlier? I knew I should listened to my friends at Bookers. I loved it! Shadowland was a fun and entertaining read that had me laughing. The plot was fast paced and easy to read and the characters were an unforgettable bunch. Suze, I loved her. She is an amusing character, the kind of girl you want to be friends with. Jesse is of course swoon worthy and left me thinking give me more.

This is a series that I could easily get addicted too.
Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
Meg Cabot can tell a story. This is the second time I'm reading this series (first time reading around 4 years ago), not remembering almost anything from it, and I really liked it.

It has got pretty streightforward plot, captivating enough without being overwhelming, as it's only a first book in a series.

The MC has a strong and interesting voice. There's also a great cast of secondary characters. One of them being Doc (Suze's know-it-all younger half brother), Father Dominic (the principal) and
I forgot how much I absolutely loved these books. I mean LOVE these books. There's just something about them that makes me ridiculously happy each time I read them, and they really never get old.

Cabot has a way with her writing that makes her books extremely easy to read, without them being boring or childish and I think that's a feat in itself. Then there's the characters she's created. Everyone from Suze to Doc, Grumpy, and Sleepy, to Ceecee and Adam and of course, Jesse, really comes to li
Wendy Darling
I resisted Meg Cabot for so long...but turns out she's pretty fun. This first book in The Mediator series surprised me with its fast-paced story, humor, and entertaining characters. The plotting of the mystery is not particularly complicated, but that's something I expected from seeing the cover art and reading the blurbs. It's pretty much chick lit for teens with a dose of the supernatural to sweeten in it up.

What did bother me, though, was that the author used the word "fag" twice in this book
Each of the six books in this series is fairly short, which might put some people off spending money on them. Luckily these were a library find, so I didn't have to decide if it was worth it to me. I probably would have missed out otherwise, because I ended up loving them.

The series is light and humorous while dealing with some serious stuff (death, ghosts, murder, passage to the other side). I really love the setting in a small town in California. There's a feeling of history to it - of the day
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“How is it that I'd nearly been smothered to death, and yet I could sit there and notice things like my stepbrother's abdominal
muscles a few minutes later?”

I don't know what came over me but I decided to reread this one today. And the cuteness is still there.

I have always been a fan of Meg Cabot's works. (I didn't read The Princess Diaries though.) This series is my favorite of hers. And 1-8000-WHERE- R- YOU. I wish the rumor about this series having another book is true. I'll surely be frea
One of of my favourite books and series!
Oda Renate
Just finished this book.
No matter how many times I read it I never get tired of it.
The californian setting, you almost feel as if youre at the beach yourself when youre reading.
the plot,so easy yet so good.
the characters, so relatable,and good.
the lines.
just ahhh.
“I'm sorry, Heather, but everything was not just fine before I got here. You know how I know that? Because you're dead. Okay? You are dead. Dead people don't have lockers, or best friends, or boyfriends. You know why? Because the
Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I am so happy to be revisiting the Mediator world because I had forgotten how much I adored this series!!! Suze is an amazing MC (shout out to all the secondary characters, especially Suze's brothers! They are a fabulous ensemble!)

I listened to the audiobook whilst driving on my commute to work. I'm usually not one for audiobooks, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one (more than once I laughed out loud at the narration!!).

Looking forward to book two!
De'Siree Fairley
That was highly enjoyable!! I absolutely loved everything about it!! Susannah is a badass and Jesse just sounds hot. I'm so conflicted though, I want them to fall in love, but also ...he's dead XD I need to see how this series plays out.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Meg Cabot at her best! Our heroine has moved to Southern California where her mother has married a nice normal man with three nice normal sons. Our heroine is far from normal, though. She talks to ghosts. Talking is fine but our heroine usually kicks their butts when they don’t listen.
Excellent story! 😊👻
Nasty Lady MJ
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A few months ago I reread all of the Princess Diaries series in anticipation of the adult installment that was released back in June. I decided to do the same thing with The Mediator series-which I actually prefer to Diaries. The seventh book will be released in February 2016. Between now and then, I’ll be reading one book of the series a month (well, reviewing, there will probably be a point in time where I’ll binge read the rest of the series because th
I first read this series when I was between 14-16 years old I believe and I really loved it so when I found out a new novel was coming in February 2016 with a grow-up Suze, I knew I had to reread the series.

I really loved going into this with a fresh pair of eyes and the knowledge I had the whole series to my disposal on my Kindle and wouldn't have to wait for the next one to show up on the library shelf (this was before the days of reserving books online, it was a 'you see it, you take it' kind
Abby Johnson
Jul 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susannah Simon has a unique calling in life. She's a mediator, a person who can see and talk to ghosts and help them leave earth for wherever they're supposed to go. When Suze moves from New York to San Francisco to live with her mom's new husband and her new stepbrothers, she finds a couple of interesting things. First, there's the hottie of a ghost who lives in her bedroom. Secondly, there's Father Dominic, the principal of her new school who also happens to be a mediator. Third, she's somehow ...more
This was so much fun and I can't believe I didn't read these years ago when I did my Meg Cabot glom.

**Read for Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo, YA Paranormal**
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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So Gillian (Writer of Wrongs) and I decided that a reread of this series was totally necessary to life happiness. The Mediator series was my favorite of Meg Cabot’s stuff back in the day, and I love revisiting old favorites. Though I don’t have time to binge, they are fun, fast reads and will totally prevent slumping with their awesome. In some ways, Shadowland wasn’t as good as I remembered, but mostly it was still totally
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“I'm sorry, Heather, but everything was not just fine before I got here. You know how I know that? Because you're dead. Okay? You are dead. Dead people don't have lockers, or best friends, or boyfriends. You know why? Because they're dead.-Suze Simon” 174 likes
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