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Marly's Ghost by David Levithan
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Aug 17, 2009

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Read in September, 2007

High school student Ben is mourning the death of his girlfriend, Marly. In his grief, he has changed: he is alienating his friends, he is making snide comments to other students, and he believes that "love is humbug." On the night before Valentine's Day, he is visited by Marly's ghost, who warns him that he will have three visitors that night. The visitors are the spirits of Valentine's Days past, present, and future. This remix, as the author calls it, of Dickens's A Christmas Carol follows a very similar path from the original--considering it is set in modern times over a different holiday. The original names work their way into the story in some fun ways--there is a lone gay couple at Ben's high school, and their names are Tiny and Tim. The subject matter is not exactly fun, but the parody is fun and original. A good recommendation for a fun February read.

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