Saturday, March 2, 2013

Food for a Hungry Ghost

Life was pleasantly normal for Gala...
                                                    Food for a Hungry Ghost

Life was pleasantly normal for Gala Rhyce, that is, until her mom moved the family to Flagler Beach, Florida.  Now despite the palm trees, ocean breezes, and cute surfer guys, Gala is miserable until she meets Trista.
Trista makes a great friend, except there's a snag: she's a ghost.  The girls learn to communicate, and through Gala, Trista finds a way to experience the world again.
Even as Gala’s romance with a heart throb poet begins to bloom, she enjoys her unlikely friendship with Trista—that is until the ghost wants more than Gala can give and things go horribly wrong. Filled with humor, romance, and horror, Food for a Hungry Ghost is about friendship, jealousy, and boundaries that get pushed too far.  How much can Gala endure?


"Food for a Hungry Ghost" is a quick, enjoyable read.  At around 70 pages, it's a great book for teens who like the paranormal but are "not into books."   The author does a great job of capturing the angst and frustration of a teenage girl who has been uprooted from her school and friends to move all the way across the country - but she does this without getting bogged down in it.  It is a masterful blend of realism and the paranormal, complete with humor, embarrassment, an irritating little brother, a flaky new-age mom, and young love.  A great read for a car trip or a short flight.  I am looking forward to reading more by this author!

Spoilers: While there are "love scenes" in the story, it is nothing more than closed-mouth kissing and a touch on the knee.  The horror scenes are present, but again, the author strikes an excellent balance between telling a story and providing gratuitous detail.  There are hints of suicide in this story, but nothing gruesome and nothing that could be construed as instructional.  This is a good, quick read that leaves the door wide open for a sequel!