I have a yummy treat for readers this week. This new book by Kelly Oram is a YA romance with some paranormal elements to it (basically a ghost trying to make amends for his life so that his two best friends can move on and live life fully). Here’s the synopsis:
How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him?
From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels.
The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most—his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives.
Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right…even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend.
This delicious YA story has a unique love triangle with three best friends (Wes, Spencer, and Bailey). They’ve hung out since elementary school, but when Spencer and Bailey become romantically involved in junior high, it throw the trio off balance and brings tension into the game. When Spencer dies in a tragic accident in high school, it thrusts Bailey into a spiraling depression she can’t climb out of. What hurts most is that she knows Wes blames her for Spencer’s death. She withdraws from friends, family, and life for a year, but as she gets visited by her dead boyfriend’s ghost, she is pushed to reach out to Wes and become friends again after their long estrangement.
This heart-tugging story moved along at a fairly steady pace. There was tons of character growth and enlightenment along the journey. There are humorous moments that made me laugh, as well as sad ones that made me frown. I always enjoy Oram’s stories. She writes awesome YA stories that really yank you through the pages, and tug at your heart. The paranormal element in this one was handled well, and actually added comic relief necessary to break up tension. I absolutely adored this story.
Author Kelly Oram
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.
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I hope your summer is cruising along smoothly. Happy reading!