ghostgirl

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Aug 1, 2008 - Young Adult Fiction - 336 pages
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Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

And if I should die before I awake,

I pray the popular attend my wake.

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.

If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we'll go to be seen.

Praise for ghostgirl:

* Polished dark-and-deadpan humor, it's a natural fit with Gen Y, too." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

* "[Tonya] beats out witty teen-speak like a punk-band drummer, keeping the narrative fast-paced and fun yet thought-provokingly heartwarming. Goofy, ghastly, intelligent, electrifying." --Kirkus (starred review)

*"Tim Burton and Edgar Allan Poe devotees will die for this fantastic, phantasmal read." --School Library Journal (starred review)

* "Readers with a taste for black humor and satire will feast on Hurley's crisp, wise dialogue. Anticipate a well deserved cult following." --VOYA (starred review)

"Written with deadpan wit...this is a 'Wonderful Life'-like tale." -New York Post

"A sincere (and humorous) exploration of how we all feel invisible at one time or another...perfect read." -CosmoGirl
 

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User Review  - rabidmunkee - LibraryThing

I was do excited to read this book. It just didn't live up to expectations. Charlotte is more obsessed with this boy at school than any normal girl would be. I thought this would be more interesting and less of a popularity contest. Read full review

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User Review  - scote23 - LibraryThing

I requested this book after reading positive reviews on YALSA's listserv. It disappoints. There are attempts to sound hip by throwing in pop culture references, but they just seem to stand out ... Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Ever Feel Invisible?
Dying To Be Popular
A Wake
Why
Death for Dummies
Death and Dating
He Doesnt Even Know Im Alive
Kiss
Do or
Princess and the Poseurs
While You Were
Play
Dirty Little Secret
To Wish Impossible Things
Dead Can Dance

Heart of Darkness
Behind the Wheel
Last Writes
So Alive
Busy Bodies
The Fall of the House of Usher
Bleeding Heart
The Ghost of
Rest in Popularity
There Is a Light
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Tonya Hurley is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling series ghostgirl and the Blessed trilogy. She has worked in nearly every aspect of teen entertainment: creating, writing, and producing two hit TV series; writing and directing several acclaimed independent films; and developing a groundbreaking collection of video games. Tonya lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.