Author: Meg Cabot
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Summary: This wasn’t the adult story I was hoping for, but it was a fun throwback to my high school reading with a very satisfying ending.
Although Suze Simon is all grown up, engaged to the once-ghostly Jesse de Silva and working as a guidance counselor, she has the same old problems. In her personal life, a spiteful boy from high school has resurfaced in an attempt to derail Suze’s wedding. Her ability to serve as a mediator, helping ghosts to move on, is also put to the test as she tries to help both an unusually powerful ghostly child and the living child the ghost is trying to protect.
This book immediately brought me back to my reading of the earlier books in the series. Everything from Meg Cabot’s writing to the font felt pleasantly familiar. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the main character hadn’t changed much either. I immediately found the way she let Paul upset her and her refusal to confide in Jesse frustrating. Jesse’s overprotectiveness and the speed with which both Jesse and Suze resorted to violence to solve their problems also bothered me. It didn’t seem as though they’d grown up at all. I think some other reviewers have enjoyed that this book felt exactly like the teenage version, but I was disappointed that the only thing that made it more adult was the inclusion of slightly more sex.
I think if I’d gone into this expecting a young adult read, I’d have enjoyed it more, but as is, it was still fun. It did stay very true to the original book in the series. It was fast paced and full of constant action. The bad guys were truly horrible people, exploiting women and children, and seeing them get punished while the protagonists got their happy ending made for a simply satisfying conclusion. If you liked the original series and would enjoy more of the same, I’d definitely recommend picking this up.
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