A Girl, A Guy, And A Ghost by Sherrie Kelley
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Age Recommendation: 12+
Pages: Short (140 pgs)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Poppy
A GIRL: Traci Nettleton is in seventh heaven when Brad Davidson, the gorgeous quarterback on the football team asks her out. Then she gets a mysterious e-mail that threatens to ruin everything.
A GUY: Brad loves hanging out with Traci. She’s cute, smart, and funny. But she seems a little jumpy around him lately. Is she hiding something?
A GHOST: How can Traci be getting e-mails from her best friend who died two years ago? Is someone playing a cruel joke, or does Corky really need her help? Traci plans to find out – her new romance with Brad depends on it.
I loved the premise of this story. I’ve only just started reading much YA and jumped on this one the moment is was offered. I wasn’t sorry I did.
The author has a great voice for YA. Her teen characters were perfectly drawn, and believeable. I do have to admit that Brad was a little too perfect, but what a dreamy guy to have as a hero.
Traci is already having a rough time–Her mom and dad have divorced and her mother embarrasses her on a regular basis. Her best friend is a little on the silly side, her previous best friend drowned just a couple years before and she has a crush on the quarterback.
But when weird messages start showing up on her computer that can only be from her long-dead friend, Corky, it really sends her into a tailspin. Worse, there are dozens of messages and they all say the same thing: Can you come over today?
Scared? Traci was…
I had such fun reading about Corky’s pranks and ‘big brother’ protection of Traci, of Traci helping Corky with the problems he was facing, and of Traci trying to establish a relationship with Brad while Corky watched (and sometimes did more than watch!).
I did feel like the reason Corky’s dad had left the family was a little over the top for such a light, fluffy book, but it didn’t ruin my enjoyment one bit.
Sherrie Kelley has a great voice for YA, and I hope she decides to write more. I’ll be on the lookout.