The Ghost and the Goth is an enjoyable young adult story that captures the angst of high school and flavors it with a paranormal twist. High school senior Alona Dare was part of the ultimate clique at her high school and seemed to be a shoo-in to be the prom queen again when she is killed in a tragic bus accident. It is only after her death that she begins to see the true sides of all of those she has formerly considered friends and those that she thought were beneath her notice. Will Killian has his own problems, not least of which is the ability to hear ghosts. Relegated to loser status by the "in" crowd, Will is struggling to remain unnoticed by both those living and dead long enough to make it through senior year. The two polar opposites discover that they need each other's uncanny talents even as Will learns that Alona has far more depth than he would have ever imagined from her apparent concerns with superficiality and Alona discovers the truth behind Will's antisocial behavior. Will is also at danger from a mysterious black cloud that threatens to overwhelm him completely while Alona struggles to determine her role in the lives of those around her. The two of them must learn to work together if they are going to prevail against the forces against them.
A delightful and refreshing twist on the travails of high school and the roles of ghosts. Alona starts as your typical self-centered beauty contrasted with Will as a moody belligerent troubled teen and each character is nicely developed in an imaginative tale that gradually ratchets up the tension. An entertaining introduction to a creative new series.
After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck as a spirit in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast. He alone can see and hear (turns out he’s been “blessed” with the ability to communicate with the dead), but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.
Alona has never needed anyone for anything, and now she’s supposed to expose her deepest, darkest secrets to this pseudo-goth boy? Right. She’s not telling anyone what really happened the day she died, not even to save her eternal soul. And Will’s not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side. He only has a few more weeks until his graduation, when he can strike out on his own and find a place with less spiritual interference. But he has to survive and stay out of the psych ward until then. Can they get over their mutual distrust—and the weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?