Friday, June 7, 2013

Absent by Katie Williams - Book Review

AuthorKatie Williams 
Genre: YA
Publisher/Publish Date: Chronicle Books / May 21, 2013
Source: ARC eBook courtesy of publisher and Net Galley
Pages: 184
Rating: 3.5/5
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After dying from an accidental fall from the roof during a high-school scinece class, seventeen-year-old Paige is trapped as a ghost on the school grounds. She meets two other students that died at her school, and she learns how to deal with the grief and rumors that surround her own death.

Williams presents an interesting view of what it would mean to be a ghost, as well as what limitations and special abilities one would have. For example, they are able to move freely around the school grounds, but once they reach the property line, they are transported back to the place where they died. Also, they don't tend to stand well on floors, but sink to the ground (ie: the basement), but are able to learn how to levitate so they can walk around the different levels of the school.

This book pleasantly surprised me and it's a short book, perfect for a trip or lying on the beach. There were deep, touching moments, and was never cheesy. I'd recommend it for ages 14 and up. 

Williams is a talented writer and I am looking forward to reading more books from her. The Space Between Trees looks intriguing.

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