I know what you’re thinking: What are you reading ipsedixit? And to that I reply, I know. I KNOW. But I’ve been dealing with some heavy stuff of late and I needed some light reading. And I might have gone a little too light. And by too light I mean just shy of Twilight.
Because, you guys, this book. First, can we talk about the cover? I finished the book over the weekend just to avoid walking around with it at work. And it’s an incredibly quick read, so that wasn’t too bad. What was bad was when I found out that this is part of a trilogy. Like, there is more to this story. But, I am getting ahead of myself. Lemme back track a bit.
So, right before the bookstore I worked for closed, girls were coming in droves looking for this title. The same girls who, a couple of months earlier, spent their allowances on the Twilight series. So, I should have known what I was getting myself into.
Alona Dare is your typical high school Queen Bee: hot, obsessed with her looks and status, cruel to those beneath he, but with a secret home life that she hides from the rest of the world because it’s so shameful. Collective eyeroll on three!
One day, when she’s sneaking out of first period gym class to make an important phone call to someone from her seeecret shameful life, she gets hit by a bus. Just like that. Poetic writing, this.
She’s doomed to being a ghost until she figures out how to transition. And, as luck (or cliche writing, depending on how you look at it) would have it, the only person in school that can see her is the, like, the totally atrocious and super freak Will Killian (Alona’s sentiments, not mine). And what does this Will Killian, this person who can see and talk to dead people, look like? Oh you know, dark clothes, black hair, fair skin and light eyes. The only explanation we get for why Will can see dead people is that it’s genetic. Mmmkay, Stacey Kade.
Henyways, for reasons that I will not get into because I respect your time and intelligence, Killian agrees to help Alona figure out how to transition. And, as we all expected, he starts to get the feelings for her.
Ugh, I’m not gonna test your patience. It ends pretty much how you’d expect it to end. With me in tears over the choices I’ve made in life that led me to this book. 1 out of 5 coffees, people. RUN AWAY.