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Another awesome review!

Just saw this, squeed, and had to share it. Publishers Weekly reviewed GIVE UP THE GHOST, and said some very nice things:

Crewe's debut novel, despite its paranormal twist, is realistic and honest in its portrayal of an angry, struggling teenage girl. Four years after her older sister, Paige, accidentally drowns, 16-year-old Cassandra is embittered by rejection from her peers and estrangement from her grieving parents. Cass doesn't really miss her sister, though, because Paige is haunting her—lovingly but unrelentingly. The sisters are closer than ever because no one else can see Paige, and no one else will talk to Cass. Cass uses her ability to speak with ghosts to ferret out ugly secrets about her classmates, earning her a reputation as a psychic freak. After popular student Tim approaches Cass with an uncanny request, however, she begins to rethink her vengeful motives. But bad habits can't be overcome in an instant, and walking a narrative mile in Cass's shoes will leave readers wincing (“I haven't liked anyone who wasn't dead for four years,” she tells Tim after his life takes an especially dark turn). This coming-of-age novel avoids unrealistically neat moments of closure—it will make readers hurt, and maybe even believe.

Now that's how I'd like to start every week! :D

Comments

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asakiyume
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Super review! Definitely makes *me* want to read it.
megancrewe
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Yay! :D
aprilhenry
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
VERY nice!
megancrewe
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
I am so relieved! (Does reading reviews ever get less stressful?)
aprilhenry
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
A little bit. One of my that got the strongest negative and positive reviews got the best sales. Reviewers either loved or hated it.

It would have been a lot harder if they all hated it.
jennifer_d_g
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
You have really launched off on a great start, Megan! Congratulations!
megancrewe
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
rowanda380
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
not so random commenter
yay, congrats!
megancrewe
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
Re: not so random commenter
Thanks!
jenny_moss
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Yes!!!
megancrewe
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
*happy dance*
rj_anderson
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! Congratulations!
megancrewe
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
jessica_shea
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I agree; that makes me want to pick up a copy!
megancrewe
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
jgurtler
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Great review!! Congrats!
megancrewe
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
robinellen
Sep. 21st, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Very cool, and so well deserved!!!
megancrewe
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks!
boreal_owl
Sep. 21st, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Yah! That review is the stuff dreams are made of!
megancrewe
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
It is! It's so nice to feel that the reviewer read the book I thought I was writing. ;)
libation
Sep. 21st, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
AWESOME!
megancrewe
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
YAY! (BTW, how long does it take these reviews to show up on the library ordering places? I keep seeing the Booklist one around and I want it buried under Kirkus and PW. ;) )
libation
Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
I looked after you mentioned it and the PW one is up now but it wasn't up last time I checked, which was a few days ago.

Unfortunately the BL one may be appearing in paper soon . . . if it's the same review? Maybe it won't be.

Also, I'm hoping School Library Journal picks it up soon too. You still may get reviews from VOYA and Horn Book as well, very respected.

As far as getting a middling review--no worries. If you got consistently 100% bad reviews from everybody that would be time to worry. But almost all books get a wide variety of good, bad and indifferent reviews, in my experience.
juliakarr
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
Awesome review! Woot!
megancrewe
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
kymbrunner
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
I want to believe in ghosts too - sounds wonderful!
megancrewe
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 22nd, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
That is so great! Congratulations :)
myrrhine
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Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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