Monday, December 11, 2017

Ghostgirl (Ghostgirl #1) by Tonya Hurley - Book Review

Ghostgirl (Ghostgirl #1) by Tonya Hurley

Published: August 1, 2008

Genre: Fiction, Paranormal

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Ghostgirl (Ghostgirl, #1)"Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

And if I should die before I awake,

I pray the popular attend my wake."

My Rating: 5 Stars


Charlotte Usher has always wanted to fit in with the popular crowd. Now that she's in high school she is determined to make it happen! She spends her summer researching styles and class schedules to be sure she will look the part and happen to be in all the right places at all the right times. With a pep in her step, she starts out the year and lands a lab partner gig with her crush. She's on the right track! Until the unthinkable happens! She dies! And she doesn't die in an exciting everyone-is-going-to-remember-this kind of death; she chokes on a gummy bear!!! She's humiliated, but still determined! Charlotte discovers that she still has a chance to make her crush fall for her with a little help from the living. She joins forces with the most unlikely characters, but will it be enough?

My thoughts:

I absolutely adored this book! Was it juvenile? Yes! Was it cliche? Yes! Did I actually expect anything less? No! Ghostgirl was everything I hoped for and more!

When I picked up this book I was originally drawn to its cover. The cover has a cute hard cover with the plastic see through window in the shape of a coffin. The girl in the coffin appears to have a beauty pageant sash across her body. I knew immediately that I would love this book.

I think Charlotte's character is completely relate-able by many young girls. Adolescence is a time of discovery. Charlotte is hoping (like so many others) to become something she isn't because, the grass is always greener on the other side, right? Eh, maybe not, but try telling that to a young, teen girl that wants nothing more than to be walking the halls on the arm of the most popular boy. This story is filled with the type of discovery that I believe is good for young girls. Scarlet and Charlotte both learn a lot about their selves and to top the list, they learn self love.

Recommended for:

I recommend this book for middle school and up. If you are a lover of YA books (like myself), you will also enjoy taking a paranormal trip down memory lane with Charlotte and Scarlet.

If you're looking for an easy read that will keep you smiling, this might be the book for you! If you have expectations of dark and scary, look elsewhere because you will not be satisfied here.


This book can be read as a stand-alone. I thoroughly enjoyed it as such. I will definitely read the rest of the series eventually, I can promise you that!

How I received this book: 

I actually checked out this book at a middle school library. It was sitting on the top of the book shelf, along with many others, and I was drawn to it while in the library with my class. The rest is history!

Next in Series: Ghostgirl: Homecoming

Purchase your copy of the series here!

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