Author: Edith Pattou
Publish Date: August 19, 2014
Source: Blog Tour
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "On a hot summer night in
a Midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry.
Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents
becomes victims—with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly
and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life
headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know
each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their
interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they
can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive."
My Two Cents:
"Ghosting" is the story of one fateful night where a group of teenagers who are thrown together and get into a lot of trouble. The teenagers believe they are in for a night of partying. Some of them want to be there. Some of them do not want to be there. It's a story about what happens when you don't think about the consequences. The night will leave the entire group broken and different from the way that they were before.
I think the most interesting part of "Ghosting" for me was that the book is almost told through poetry. It's also told from the different points of view by each of the people that have all a part in the fateful night. Each one of the group of teenagers gets to have their turn to speak but there are other characters that we get to hear from. One of them is Faith, who is one of the sisters of one of the teenagers. The police officer who is involved in that night, as well as the culprit are also included. I thought it was really interesting to have all of the points of view from so many different people. I really thought that it allowed the reader to see the event from many different angles and through many different eyes. I thought it was an effective way to tell the story.
I really like the sense of foreboding that the author was able to create throughout the book. We know something bad is going to happen from pretty much the very first page; however, we don't know exactly what is going to happen. Eventually we do find out and I did find out a little bit before the event actually occurred (which I was disappointed about but it didn't take too much away from the story). However, for the most part the author definitely keeps all of the major events under wraps until it's time for the big reveal.
Overall, I thought this was a interesting book. Again, I really like those stylistic details of the book and I really like that it was told all the poetry. This would be a good pick for anyone who's looking for a book that's a little bit off the beaten path!