Freak. Weird. Crazy. These are the names tossed around seventeen-year old Jane Watts by her fellow classmates. But things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes there’s a reason for talking to yourself in the hallway at school.
Adjusting to her new home and school after an abrupt move, Jane just wants to be like everyone else at school. Although she does manage to make one friend, Evan — sixteen, charming and protective. Evan is everything a girl could want in a best friend, with one minor caveat: He’s dead.
Caught somewhere between life and death, Evan is tied to Jane and the living world, unable to complete the journey to the other side. She thinks he’s here to be her friend, to take care of her, and that’s why no one else can see or hear him.
That is, until a new boy shows up at school after a rumored stretch in juvie. Connor can see Evan and is not convinced that the ghost is completely honest. Past experience taught him how ghosts tend to need something from the humans they connect to and Evan, despite his arguments, isn’t any different.
Jane is resentful of Connor’s intrusion but soon realizes that her ghostly friend has secrets about his past. And now Evan's family, still reeling from his tragic death, is in danger. Jane must face her fears and battle Evan’s human demons to free both of them.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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Jane can see ghosts. Well, she can see one ghost – Evan
Evan died before Jane even moved to his home town, so she’s only ever seen him as a ghost, this doesn’t bother her though. Since she had an argument with him in the middle of school, everybody thinks she’s crazy, so Evan is the only friend she has.
One day there is a new boy in class though – Connor. He’s gorgeous, but the most surprising thing is that it seems like he can also see Evan. This is the first time that anybody other than Jane has seen Evan, and she’s not sure what she’s supposed to do about it.
After a bit of a rocky start, Jane and Connor become friends, and possibly even more than friends, but Connor says that Evan is hanging around for a reason; there’s something stopping him from crossing over, and Jne must help him finish whatever he needs finishing. Jane isn’t sure about this though, Evan is her best friend and she’s not sure she wants to lose him.
When Jane accidentally discovers that Evan’s mom visits a battered women’s shelter, she knows that she has to do something to help both Evan and his mom though, even if it means losing Evan in the long run.
Can Jane really help Evan and his mom? What trouble will she stir up in the process? And do two people who see ghost make a good pair?
I enjoyed this book, Jane was a likeable character, and Connor was really sweet!
I found it a little odd at first that Jane could only see Evan and not other ghosts, and I also found it a bit odd that Jane was so accepting of Evan. It takes a special sort of person to so easily accept that they can see and talk to a ghost without freaking out.
I felt really sorry for Evan. When it was revealed how he died, and why he wasn’t able to move on it was really sad, and I really wanted Jane to be able to help his mom for him.
Connor was a total sweetheart, and I really liked him! He was very sweet and romantic and chivalrous towards Jane and it was really nice. It was also nice to see how the pair developed feelings for each other slowly, and how their relationship developed.
I liked the storyline in this book, and while part of it was easy to guess and expected, the rest of the story wasn’t, and the smaller details were well thought out.
Overall; a good YA ghost story, with a touch of romance.
7 out of 10.
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