Published on September 1st, 2014 | by Natasha Shaikh


Ghosting by Edith Pattou

Ghosting by Edith Pattou is a tragic and hopeful look at a situation gone wrong and how to heal after it.

Emma wants to party, have fun and not let Maxie get in her way. Brendan wants to drink away his fears about his abusive father. Anil is trying to define himself out from under the shadow of his family of doctors. Chloe only knows how to be pretty. Felix is sure that smoking pot will ease away all his worries. Maxie is not sure moving back was the greatest idea. Faith must keep her family together, no matter how much they fight. And Walter just wants to protect his mother.

On this night of partying, drinking, smoking, finding new love, and being daring, these teenagers find themselves in a tragic misunderstanding—a dare gone awry with unchangeable consequences.

Ghosting is written entirely in a stream-of-consciousness verse, but don’t let this deter you. It is a wholly believable narration from multiple perspectives, before and after the incident. It is wrought with imperfections and a bitter resentment that is understandable and expected.

Edith Pattou has written a number of brilliant titles, including Mrs. Spritzer’s Garden and East, but Ghosting takes an irregular turn from Pattou’s style, making it all the more likeable.

Why You’ll Love It
It is about identity, dysfunctional family life, love and relationships, alcohol abuse, physical abuse and gun violence. It’s about the realities of being a teenager today and finding your place in the world. Everyone can relate, despite our imperfections

Choice Quote: 

“When I was a little girl
ghosting was a sheet of paper and
a drawing in
black ink.

A crudely sketched ghost,
with a Tootsie Roll
taped on.

Not scary.

A fun Halloween prank.
You slipped it under a
neighbor’s door,
ran away,

Other books you might like:

Panic by Lauren Oliver
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Ghosting is published by Skyscape.

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About the Author

Natasha is a book blogger, seller (Indigo!), and digital publisher and book designer. When not doing her many jobs (that she loves), she is spending time with her very twitchy and adorable rabbit, Loki. He's every bit as mischievous as his name suggests.

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