Parents' Guide to

Ghostgirl

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Darkly funny book is full of Goth-chic style.

Book Tonya Hurley Humor 2008
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 8+

Good book

The only negative things about this book are the swear words, for example, there is an instance where the f word is spelled out. Otherwise, the story was very appealing. I read this book when I was 8, and looked up to high schoolers. The protagonist in this story becomes an invisible ghost, but still has a happy ending. This teaches kids that sometimes seemingly impossible dreams come true, and not to give up on hope. Bonus: the appearance of the book is very pretty, and 8 year old me loved the pink floral details everywhere.
age 15+

This book was amazing I personally have read it over ten times and have purchased the continuations. I think it gets to high schoolers a lot more because they can relate to feelings of the characters. Some things you just can't learn in school.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (33 ):

With a Goth-chic book design and a popular Web site, GHOSTGIRL definitely puts style and dark humor first, but it's not without substance. Each chapter starts with a pithy paragraph about letting go, love, longing, regret -- heavy stuff. That is, right before it launches into shallow-seeming Charlotte's next clueless misadventure led by her one-track mind: Must get boy, alive or dead. This tunnel vision would get annoying if it weren't for other fun characters, like Piccolo Pam the dead guide, Scarlet the live Goth friend who gives Charlotte a "make-under," and Petula the delightfully unscrupulous sister (who gets hers, of course).

But in the end, Ghostgirl isn't quite as clever as it wants to be. With its mix of satire, deep thoughts, physical humor, and heart-tugging romance, it can seem like too much of a hodge-podge at times. And fans may want more than just a taste of dead teen culture -- there are plenty of unanswered questions about their powers, etc. But it's still lots of fun and the perfect complement to a late-night readathon with The Cure cued up on the iPod.

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