Review: Give Up the Ghost, by Megan Crewe

Published: 15 September 2009 Format: Hardback 244 pages Categories: Horror & Ghost, Fantasy, Society & Social Issues Cass ...

Published: 15 September 2009
Format: Hardback 244 pages
Categories: Horror & Ghost, Fantasy, Society & Social Issues

Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts over “breathers.” Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody…and Cass loves dirt. She’s on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.
But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass’s whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.
As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim’s life, she’s surprised to realize he’s not so bad—and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it’s time to give the living another chance…


    I was so excited about this book and I was so disappointed with it. While Cass it's.. slightly interesting, her character was a bit hard to believe. Her decisions are often hasty and she hurts a lot of people because of that. Revenge could easily be her middle name, which shows that she's not that mature... Yes, she's been hurt, but when does revenge ever solve anything? (however, I have enjoyed some books where the character got some payback, it's a matter of how you write what your character's going through and what changes arise in his/her personality). I'm not saying she should just sit and watch how everyone is making her feel bad, including her ex-friend Danielle, but exposing some secrets - with the will to do harm, not because she cares for her old friend's well being -  does not make her better than her ex-friend, she should be above that. The book was incredibly big for this story, I believe that the entire plot could've been told in 10 pages... So many filler words and paragraphs, I was reading pages and it felt like one sentence most of the time.
    When I bought it, I was drawn to the summary on the back, not by the cover. It's quite unusual for me to buy something specifically for the blurbs and whatever else might be written on the back, but this time I did, because it actually sounded interesting. And it could've easily been interesting, if the subject would've been approached better.
   I didn't sense any connection with the characters I read whatsoever. Many times when you read, you either relate to the characters, strive to become like them, hate them and I could go on and on.. You're experiencing everything with them, every new thing they discover, you discover as well, wherever they go, you follow. In Give Up the Ghost, there wasn't any character that awoke such feelings in me.
   It's not gonna be a re-read for me.

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  1. This looks good and your review looks great too! Heather M found you on the 99% blog hop. Stop by and check us out :)

  2. I loved how you talked about experiences a reader has with characters while their reading a book, that's unfortunate you couldn't feel that with this one. The main character being fueled by revenge doesn't sound that great and I'm not a big fan at all of books with a bunch of filler paragraphs. I think I just might skip over this one, thanks for the honest review Ella :)

    1. Well just because I didn't enjoy it, it doesn't mean you won't.. it just didn't do it for me.
      It's really hard being honest and rating something with 1, 2 stars from 5, since the authors really work hard and i do, what? Read what THEY did. But i wanted to be as honest as possible and this is what i thought of this book..