Haunt Me by Liz Kessler
Published July 2017 by Candlewick Press
Genres Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Joe wakes up from a deep sleep to see his family leave in a removals van. Where they’ve gone, he has no idea. Erin moves house and instantly feels at home in her new room. Even if it appears she isn’t the only one living in it. Bit by bit, Erin and Joe discover that they have somehow found a way across the ultimate divide – life and death. Bound by their backgrounds, a love of poetry and their growing feelings for each other, they are determined to find a way to be together. Joe’s brother, Olly, never cared much for poetry. He was always too busy being king of the school – but that all changed when Joe died. And when an encounter in the school corridor brings him face to face with Erin, he realizes how different things really are – including the kind of girl he falls for. Two brothers. Two choices. Will Erin’s decision destroy her completely, or can she save herself before she is lost forever?
From the synopsis, it is fairly obvious that this story is about the main character Erin falling in love with a ghost, Joe, who is still living in the bedroom that she moves into in her family’s new house. Erin’s family moves to a small city by the sea, after Erin has had a tough few years and is struggling with many different things, including some self-esteem issues and being incredibly shy. Joe, the ghost living in Erin’s room, is also dealing with some issues, including feeling lost and sad. Erin soon believes she is falling in love with Joe. Erin also meets Olly, Joe’s brother after an encounter at school, which complicates things.
I’m going to be honest, I do not believe in ghosts, nor do I ever choose to read about them. However, I received an ARC from the publisher and the synopsis sounded interesting so I decided to give it a try. I liked the main character Erin and found her likeable, probably because she was introverted. She connects well with Joe as he is also very introverted. Here’s the part I just wasn’t really into; Erin falling in love with a ghost. The ghost feeling sad and lost, etc. However, the book does touch on some sensitive and important subjects such as bullying, grief and mental health. I did really like the way the book ended and overall it was an entertaining and interesting book. Certainly give it a try if you like the paranormal young adult genre!
Thank you to the publisher, Candlewick, for sending me an ARC.