A Certain Slant of Light

The YA Challenge is DONE! w00t! I finished A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb late last night.

Helen is a ghost. She doesn't remember much about her life: her name, that she's female, and how old she was when she died. She's had to have a host, or live person she stays with. She's had some wonderful ones: a poetess, an actor, a playwright, a professor. Now she is with Mr. Brown, a high school English teacher and novelist. One day in class she realizes a boy is watching her. He's not a normal boy though. James is a spirit, like Helen, but he went into Billy's body when Billy's spirit left after an overdose.

James and Helen fall madly in love then go about finding a body for Helen. They find Jenny, a girl who's spirit left because of her restrictive fundy parents. The kind that measure her skirts every day, track her periods, and make her write Bible verses about how awful she is. As Helen is learning to negotiate modern life, James begins to remember more and more about his mortal life and sees Billy's spirit as he tries to come back. I can't say too much more without giving away the story. I really enjoyed it.

So this is a 6. I would recommend it for anyone who might want a book about ghosts for RIP but not a scary book. I'll be sending my copy on to my 15 yr old sister.

Comments

  1. i wanted to pop over and thank you for the book advice. what a coincidence? I was planning on this book being my first review!

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