The Ghost in Me -book review | Sandling All Day

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Ghost in Me -book review

I'm not a fast reader anymore, especially with a husband and kids, one being a child with special needs.

However, when you have a book, that's as good as The Ghost in Me, you tend to get stuck, reading, wanting more.  Every time you put it down, it draws you in.

I was allowed (yes, I say allowed.  You should feel priviledged to read this book) to read and review this book.

The Ghost in Me by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger
Myri Monaco has problems she doesn't know how to deal with:  a crush on her best friend's boyfriend, a mother who's dating her science teacher, and a "punishment" for a science project that lands her in auditions for the school play (the last place she wants to be).  But most girls don't have a ghost living at home who is willing to "trade places" whenever she's needed.
Will ghostly possession be an easy solution when problems collide? Or, will Myri lose everything to a ghost wanting to fulfill her own desires.

The book revolves around Myri and the 12yr old ghost that resides in her house, Wren.   Myri is what I would call socially inept.  She's scared of public speaking, and is forced to join the drama club after a science experiment 'mishap'.  (I'm not sure how to refer to headless-roaches!!!)  I don't want to spoil it for you, by giving you much more information....you'll just have to get the book yourself!!

The Ghost in Me is full of surprises, twists & turns.  It really makes you wonder.  While it is meant demographically for the teen market, I really enjoyed reading it, and anyone who enjoys a good "ghost" story, will absolutely love it.
I was amazed at how the author was able to bring me RIGHT back to middleschool.  Complete with the angst and dread!

I could feel the anxiety that Myri felt, I found myself trying to find my "energy ball" within, just as Mr. Diggs described to the class:
"Now, I'd like you to hold your hands in front of you, like you're holding a tennis ball." he says.  "Keep your palms facing each other, but don't let your hands touch."
... "Good, now close your eyes.  You should begin to feel a warmth sitting between your palms."

I could feel the intensity behind Roz's (Myri's best friend) fury when she "finds out" about Deuy and Myri:
"That it's YOU he's actually interested in.  You're dating.  Or were dating. People are taking bets to see which side wins out."
"Dating? We see each other at rehearsals."
"Close enough.  Especially since that's what he's calling it."
What HE's calling it?  Look, you don't understand.  This isn't what I planned.
"Yeah right.  Just like you didn't plan to land the leading role with him.  If I didn't know better, I'd think you had this whole thing worked out from the beginning."
"I didn't!"

She holds up a hand at my words, shuts her eyes tight. "Let me ask you this," she syas, her voice hissed.  "Just how much of you is really pulling the strings when it comes to Wren? Or, is that all an act, too?"

Want to read a little for yourself?  Read The Ghost in Me on Amazon.

Shaunda Wenger is the author of a 2011 KART Kids Book List Award, has written several books, including her newest, Reality Bites- Tales of a Half-Vampire.  You can find more information on her other books on her facebook page, and don't forget to follow her on twitter!!

Sandling All Day was provided with a copy of The Ghost in Me in order to review it.  I am under no obligation to provide a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Your opinions may differ.


  1. Neat! I really enjoy young adult books. I teach high school English (well, not this year...I'm home with my baby), and I always try to keep up to date with the latest books my students may be interested in. I usually keep my classroom library well stocked too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm not a fast reader anymore either. Sounds like a great book.

  3. I like reading just about any book. I do like YA novels so this looks good to me.

  4. Sounds like a great read!


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