Release Date: June 1, 2010
Received From: Publisher
Age Group: Young Adult
Other Books by This Author: The Year of Secret Assignments, Feeling Sorry for Celia, The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, The Spell Book of Listen Taylor, I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes
This is the story of Amelia and Riley, bad kids from bad Brookfield High who have transferred to Ashbury High for their final year. They’ve been in love since they were fourteen, they go out dancing every night, and sleep through school all day. And Ashbury can’t get enough of them.
Everyone’s trying to get their attention; even teachers are dressing differently, trying to make their classes more interesting. Everyone wants to be cooler, tougher, funnier, hoping to be invited into their cool, self-contained world.
But they don’t know that all Amelia can think about is her past — an idyllic time before she ran away from home. Riley thinks he’s losing her to the past, maybe even to a place further back in time. He turns to the students of Ashbury for help, and things get much, much worse.
In the tradition of the gothic novel, this is a story about ghosts, secrets, madness, passion, locked doors, femmes fatales, and that terrifying moment in the final year of high school when you realise that the future’s come to get you.
The Ghosts of Ashbury High swept me off my feet. I fell for it fast and hard. I wasn’t even looking for love, just some fun. But once I was 10 pages in, I was under it’s spell, and there was no turning back. The story is told in essays written by students for their end of the year exam. It alternates between several characters and there’s even some memo’s from the staff. I know what you are thinking, that sounds strange, huh? And it was at first, but after reading it, I don’t know how it could be told any other way.
Each of the students had a different story to tell, but they all came together so flawlessly in the end. Each character had a distinct voice too. Em was quirky and fun, Lydia was cynical, Toby was thoughtful, and Riley was immensely mysterious. All the characters are unique and highly entertaining. I was sad to end the book. I missed them for a few days afterward.
This book is in no way a completely serious story. At times, especially at the end, there was some very thought provoking things that came up, but I giggled shamelessly throughout the book. The Ghosts of Ashbury High is full of random happenings and pure oddness, I loved every minute of it.
Jaclyn Moriarty has written about these characters before in, The Year of Secret Assignments. I didn’t read that book beforehand, and I wasn’t lost at all. I will be reading all of Moriarty’s books in the very near future, though. If all her books are as good as this one, I will have a new author to add to my favorites list.
Open to US & Canada only
Ends August 2nd
Read my Contest Policy for more info
Fill out the form below!Giveaway is now closed!