Title: The Ghost of You
Author: Amanda Burckhard
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: February 24th 2015
My Rating: 4 Stars
Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.
A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.
The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.
Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.
Emmy has the perfect life - perfect grades, friends, family and boyfriend. But when her twin and his girlfriend dies in a car accident, everything goes astray. She takes pills to "see" her brother, her family is torn and her grades are dwindling. Then she meets Logan, who sees past the mask that she is wearing. Slowly, her feelings for him grows, but she has to choose between the past and the present - the pills or Logan.
The Ghost of You was an emotional roller coaster ride, and it was an exhilarating one. I was caught by surprise by how much I enjoyed this one because I had a debate in my head whether to join the blog tour for this one or not. In the end, my curiosity got the best of me, which is just as well.
There are a lot of things that I liked about this book. The first is how Skye stayed by Emmy's side, even if Emmy doesn't really confide in her. She knew when there was something wrong, and she was always there for Emmy without being too pushy. Second is how close Brayden, Emmy and Derek were. Last, and most importantly, how Emmy went through a journey in this book - from relying on pills to survive, to realizing that she has a problem, to admitting it and deciding to get help. That was an amazing journey, and I just loved how the book ended that way.
The reason why I couldn't give this book a full 5 stars was because I think the book didn't explain that Brayden is a cousin near the beginning of the book, but correct me if I'm wrong because I'm not sure about this one. My main pet peeve about this was how for the first few chapters, the description of the characters always preceded the name of the character even though Emmy knew who that character is. It annoyed me in a manner because it was done more than twice, and all to characters that Emmy already knew. Other than these two however, I found the book quite enjoyable.
Labels: 4 Stars, ARC Review, Blog Tour, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult