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The Ghost and the Goth

(The Ghost and the Goth #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  19,350 ratings  ·  1,622 reviews
Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot body, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect,
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Hyperion Book CH (first published 2010)
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Stacey Kade I wrote what I knew. :) Alona and Will's high school was my high school. Not haunted, though. At least as far as I know. But literally, the outfit she…moreI wrote what I knew. :) Alona and Will's high school was my high school. Not haunted, though. At least as far as I know. But literally, the outfit she's wearing on the cover--the white shirt and red short shorts? That was my high school gym outfit. :D

I changed the names of towns and geography to suit my needs (and to protect the innocent...or guilty), but I lived in Mt. Zion, IL, which was a stand-in for Groundsboro. Both of them are just outside of Decatur. When someone talks about the smell of ADM and/or Staley's in the book, I know that smell because I lived there.

Basically, it was my first time writing a YA novel, and I was nervous enough about writing characters who were so much younger that I wanted everything else to be something familiar.

Fun story: When I wrote the first draft, waaaaay back in 2007, my sister read it for me as she was in high school at the time. At the end, she told me she really liked it but she wanted to know why no one was using cell phones.

And it dawned on me--I'd left them out because no one was using cell phones like that (and smart phones didn't even exist) in 1993.

So, every cell phone mention in the first book was added after the fact.

All of that being said, none of the characters are based on real people. Though, I did borrow a certain last name from someone who wasn't the nicest to me in high school. ;)(less)
Stacey Kade Oh, I would love to! But my editor has since moved on to another company and I'm honestly not sure if the publisher would be interested. I did write a…moreOh, I would love to! But my editor has since moved on to another company and I'm honestly not sure if the publisher would be interested. I did write a short story to give a little more information about Will and Alona's future. You can read it on my website:

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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

There’s nothing better than a book that surprises you… in a good way. My story for this book is a long one, dating years back to when I added pretty much anything and everything to my ever-growing tbr pile. I was picky back then, too-Don’t be fooled. However, I didn’t quite know what I loved and how to decipher what made me tick, down to my deepest molecule.

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So when I did my most recent delete spree for my tbr pile, this had to go. I mean, it had all the signs of books I try to stay away fro
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant and easy read! This screams YA, from the title to the cheesy cover. Actually, I was enticed by the cheesy cover, and the models looked exactly as how they were described in the book. The plot is simple but entertaining nonetheless. For this review though, I would like to focus on the heroine: Alona Dare. She's the main reason why I enjoyed reading this book.

I like reading YA but I've become more selective when it comes to this genre as I get older. Maybe it’s just my age, bu
Melannie :)
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who wants a FUN read
Shelves: read-2011, to-re-read
I just finished this two minutes ago and I have THE BIGGEST grin on my face.

I don't know if I have a soft spot for ghosts (yeah, right) or for KICK-ASS characters,
but luckyly for me, this book happens to have both.

So imagine how happy I was all through this read.

I randomly found the book description here in goodreads and was blown away by how
similar it sounded to Shadowland my all time favorite YA series. And opposite to what others might do,
being all like 'Aw there's no way something can be as
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
The Ghost and the Goth was a quick, light read. It's cute but incredibly shallow. The story has no real unpredictable plot lines. The writing isn't ground breaking -- don't get me wrong, some of it is very clever, but I don't think Kade challenged herself with this very formulaic story and these very formulaic characters. I think she has enough talent to do something a lot better than this, which isn't something I say often or lightly. I'd love to read another book by her unrelated to this serie ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was really tough to rate, at first it started to be a 3 star, but after I went on I seen it as a 5. There was a few flaws in it that stirred me away from it being a perfect 5 stars though so I'll give it a 4.7, this was such a wonderful read! I went into it knowing this, Alona Dare was the popular girl in school who had it all, till one day she was hit by a school bus and was killed. Will Killian who can speak to and see ghost ends up getting haunted by Alona. Quickly they learn they m ...more
— nova
i tried to give this less than five stars and i can’t. it’s full of cliches and stereotypes, and it’s a little outdated. but it’s such a fun read and never fails to put me in a good mood. i’ve read this three or four times now, and i still finished it with a grin on my face.
Norah Una Sumner
"Good. I'm not goth."
"Your hair is black, you have piercings, you wear black all the time and act all freaky-"
"My hair is naturally this color. I have three earings in one ear, that's it. This shirt" -I tugged at the fabric across my chest- "is navy blue, and if I act weird all the time, it's because of ghosts like you.”

Love this so much!Stacey Kade is definitely becoming one of my favourite young-adult authors.This book was so interesting & funny.I easily connected with both Alona

Meet Alona Dare (The Ghost). Alona is your standard Miss Perfect. Popular, a cheerleader with the jock boyfriend, shallow, snobby and thinks she's better then everyone else. She's living the typical high school dream and living it large.
That is, till she gets hit by a bus, dies and finds out that her life was basically a lie.
Meet Will Killian (The Goth), he's eccentric, the weirdo and basically a loner.
I guess I would be too if I could hear and see dead people since I was just a kid.
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lindsay by: Small Review
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

This summer has officially been the BIGGEST READING SLUMP of my entire life! Its so sad because I have OVER 70 books on my tbr pile and I feel like I've hardly gone through any of them nor have I wanted to. Thank god their haven't been too many summer releases, otherwise I'd be buying books and letting them gather dust on my bookshelf.

Basically, I struggled all of June with reading. I'd either a) find a book I liked and read through it so incredibly slowly that I'd fall asleep while reading
Here are some of my thoughts:
• This is a fun read! I love the contrast between the 2 characters. The cover kinda says it all, but it’s fun to see them banter.
• Alona can get irksome, but that’s part of her character development because she starts off snotty and self-absorbed, but learns to be nicer and more perceptive. She’s still snotty by the end because she is who she is, but is a better person.
• Will is likable. He has a lot of shit to deal with in his life – especially with seeing ghosts
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was ok

When seventeen year old Homecoming Queen Alona Dare is not so tragically run over by a bus, she's annoyed to find herself coming back as a ghost. In life Alona believed she was popular and beloved by all, as a ghost she sees how little she actually meant to her friends. Alona doesn't want to spend her afterlife watching her family and friends forget about her, so she becomes determined to find a way to move on.
Loner Will Killian can see and hear ghosts, he pretends not to see them for fe
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ghost

I don't know what to say about this book because I don't really know if I liked it or not that much -2.5 stars.

The cover was great and this is the main reason I decided to give this book a try, and the characters were nice and entertaining (they had a voice of their own that i really got to enjoy - the sarcasm is definitely a plus) but the story seemed to miss something and it didn't kept my attention as much as I wanted.

I didn't notice any attraction between the main characters and I didn't
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was so typical story that I read or watch so many times but it was easy and quite enjoyable read.
Nov 12, 2009 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading this one! There wasn't really all that much depth to the story, but I'm not saying that was a bad thing. It was a cutesy, fun... very quick read, and sometimes you just want to read that type of story! The Ghost and The Goth is told in alternating perspectives.... we have Alona... the newly dead, and then Will, the boy that can 'see dead people!'

Alona was definitely a different character..... usually I wouldn't be able to stand the shallow, miss perfect persona that she
Deborah Markus
Funny writing, good supernatural premise, excellent characterization. Here's a terrific quote (ellipses are in the original):

See, here's the bullshit about high school, and believe me, I've had plenty of time to think about this. Teachers, parents, guidance counselors...all of them are always pushing this crap about how it's okay to be different, just be yourself. Don't give in to peer pressure, blah, blah, blah. The truth is, it's really only okay to be yourself if that self is within an accept
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was absolutely perfect! Well, it was perfect for what I was looking for at the time. It's a light 'n fluffy read with a little bit of a paranormal mystery thrown in. The plot was different enough to keep me interested, and the budding romance between the two main characters was cute and sweet.

The blurb on the back does a pretty good job describing the book, so I'm not going to bother you with it in my review. I will say that it's definitely worth checking out when you're in the mood for so
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I'll admit I liked this book against my better judgement. The Ghost and the Goth is one of those books you can't really analyze, can't really dissect, and can't help but find fault with. Is the story predictable? Hell, yes! Are the characters unique and different? Not really. So what was so great about this book? Why the 3.5 Star rating? I have one word to tell you: enjoyment. Sometimes a book comes your way that isn't particularly unique, isn't particularly edge-of-your-seat
Jun 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Ghost and The Goth was an amazing read: light, funny and somewhat ironic. This book is a page turner and you don’t want to miss out on this title!

Alona, Queen of the Elites goes from dead to worst when she discovers, a few days after her death, that her life isn’t what she thought it was. She comes to realize her fellow schoolmates didn’t really like her, and her former BFF is real quick on making sure her former boyfriend doesn’t feel lonely, in a very touchy, feely, public way. It’s in th
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alona and Will


This book had all the clichés, the blonde cheer-leader,the social strata of high schools,the goth/nerdy hero.But still the author managed to make it a light,fun read with likable characters.I had a smile on my face while reading it.The interactions of the protagonists are entertaining.The romance didn't take the sappy route and that's one of the biggest reasons why I loved this one.

I'm looking forward to the sequel.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
I can't believe I read this - or even worse admitting that I've read this.

While the writing style itself was fine for a YA I found myself vehemently against the ridiculous plot and the horrible cliched stereotypes within it. Yeah, I'm goth and yeah I was a goth 10 years ago while in high school so I know where the stereotypes come from. Been there, lived through that. I suppose that makes me biased. But really, even in high school none of the goth kids that I knew where nearly as absurd as what

Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was hilarious!
John Egbert
My review!~

Okay, let's start with the prose. It's cute. Alona's voice is the stereotypical cheerleading egghead voice. Well, Alona IS the stereotypical cheeerleading egghead...but still. I thought the book would take a much more serious tone, but, it didn't. Alona is very humorous, but her humorousness can get very annoying at times. For a long while, you want to tell her, "Lady you are DEAD, will you GROW UP?!" Unforgivably, she doesn't actually get a clue to grow up until more than halfway thr
Originally I was ready to write The Ghost and the Goth off as being a breezy teen paranormal.  The premise was interesting, but the synopsis had me sighing because I didn't want to deal with another drama queen teen.  

This isn't a deep novel, which is partially a disservice to it because it does have deep concepts (the weight of your actions, survivor's guilt, grief), but it won't necessarily make you re-examine your life and make life-altering changes to it.  Put simply this was an enjoyable no
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My expectations were pretty average on this book. I didn't expect anything amazing, nor anything completely rubbish, but I expected better than I received.

The book didn't manage to hold onto my interest, after the first few chapter's. The beginning was strong, and kept me interested, but afterwards lacked any excitement. When I was about 3/4 way through the book I really couldn't believe it, it felt almost as if the story was still in the beginning stages. The story plan didn't seem very well-de
Definetely a good start to a series. Alona and Will are probably one of my favorite fictional couples. They mesh so well and balance each other out. A loner who's supersweet boy deep inside + a sarcastic, egotistical cheerleader = CHAOS. But then again, a good kind of chaos! So much witty lines cracked me up and took me completely. I love their chemistry! They make me melt. THAT'S what I have always longed for in a book, every book that I read but only a very few authors seem to achieve that kin ...more
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
So from the summary of the book you guys already must know what would happen - after all, this isn't a new concept. Boy meets girl, or vice versa, they can't stand each other, fate gets them to work together, they get over themselves, yada-yada-yada. However, as we all know, originality doesn't always save a book.

This is one of those novels - little substance, but rich in execution. The characters are your usual stereotypes, but they're nevertheless fleshed out and realistic. They're funny, quir
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This book was soo good that I finished it in 2 days! What was I supposed to do after that?! Oh thats right: wait for book two! :D too bad its going to take forever, because I really, really liked this book!

I really enjoyed this book, it was completely different from any other book I have read about ghosts. Having that it is also in the point of view of the ghost. Knowing what its like for a ghost being...well, a ghost, was very uniq
Beth Kakuma-Depew
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Is it a good sign or a bad sign when pre-schoolers are facinated with the book cover? So the hook is right there for you to see: popular girl gets teamed-up with fringe-weirdo guy and had supernatural adventures. But the characters are thin, and talk WAY too much. The author is weaker at writing the guy than the girl, for example he never hangs out with his guy friends, and he always needs the ghost cheerleader to save him from obivous pitfalls. (Also the names? Alona Dare and Will Killian aka W ...more
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brocki, in-english
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Liza Gilbert
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, bfya2011
I wanted to like this book more than I did. The bottom line: this kind of story has been done before and it has been done better. The plot was not that original. The story is told from two perspectives: that of the dead girl, Alona, and that of the goth kid, Will. Alona is recently deceased and Will sees dead people.

The voice of Will was fairly believable, but the voice of Alona didn't ring true on any level. Alona was a mean, shallow character. I have the feeling that Kade wanted Alona to be so
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The daughter of a minister and a music teacher, Stacey Kade grew up reading Harlequin romances on the sly in the basement. Kade is the author of two young adult series (The Ghost and Goth trilogy and the Project Paper Doll series). Her first adult contemporary romance, 738 DAYS, was released earlier this year.

Prior to writing full time, Kade worked as an award-winning copywriter for several Fortun

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“She shrugged and flipped her glossy hair behind her shoulders. "What else do you have to do with your time besides think about stuff like this? It's not like you're real heavy into extracurriculars. Besides, you're all, like, goth and into the dead, right?"
Alona Dare, queen of the insult-compliment. "Wow. Thanks. Anyone ever tell you you're good with people?"
She frowned. "No."
"Good. I'm not goth."
"Your hair is black, you have piercings, you wear black all the time and act all freaky-"
"My hair is naturally this color. I have three earings in one ear, that's it. This shirt" -I tugged at the fabric across my chest- "is navy blue, and if I act weird all the time, it's because of ghosts like you.”
“What are you doing, meditating?"
"No, I'm trying to calm down so I don't kick your ass," she said through clenched teeth.”
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