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Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular and to get the attention of the boy she loves; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.

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ISBN-13: 9781440730900
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 07/27/2009
Series: Ghostgirl Series
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Tonya Hurley es la autora de la serie bestseller Ghostgirl. Ha trabajado en prácticamente cada área del entretenimiento para adolescentes: creación, escritura y producción de dos exitosas series televisivas, asimismo escribiendo y dirigiendo varios filmes independientes con buena acogida por parte de la crítica. Tonya vive en Brooklyn, Nueva York, con su esposo y su hija. Hallowed es la última novela de la trilogía The Blessed.

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Ghostgirl 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 228 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
"Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I should die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake."

This is the year for Charlotte Usher. The year that she's finally going to be noticed. She's finally going to have what she's always wanted: to be a popular girl and fit in with the head cheerleader in the school, Petula Kensington. She feels that the first day of school will be the start of her new life. She'll finally have the attention of the most popular guy in school, Damen. Who is, of course, Petula's boyfriend.

In a way she does start a new life. Although it's actually her afterlife. Poor Charlotte chokes on a red gummy bear just before she leaves her first period physics class and dies. Her hopes of starting over fresh and finally being noticed for once are all crushed in an instant. Especially when she finds out that she still has to graduate even though she's dead! There's a whole class of students from her school who have died and are still attending classes there.

Charlotte isn't giving up, though. She's still determined to win over Damen. And with the help of Scarlet Kensington (Petula's younger sister) she's sure she'll be able to do it. Scarlet can actually see Charlotte and Charlotte isn't about to let that fact go to waste. She figures she can hang out in Scarlet's body and get through to Damen that way. But her new dead classmates aren't liking Charlotte's plans too much and are making it incredibly hard for her to get anything done. Plus, the more time Scarlet spends time with Damen (when Charlotte isn't in her body, that is) the more Scarlet is starting to like Damen herself.

Charlotte is determined to be noticed. She thinks that if she can just get noticed and be popular that she'll finally move on. But is popularity really what Charlotte needs? Or is it just finally realizing that you don't have to be the center of attention to matter?

This book was great. I couldn't really guess what would happen throughout the book, which I always like. Poor Charlotte has such a rough time! Especially in the beginning of her afterlife. But she pulls through and even learns a valuable lesson along the way. I loved Scarlet's character. The way she acts towards her sister is hilarious. They are total opposites in every way. I loved all the nicknames the other dead students have, too. And I thought the ending was cute. It might not have been totally realistic, but then again this book wasn't really all that realistic in the first place. So I thought the ending fit pretty perfectly. I highly suggest checking this book out.
ashley_42 More than 1 year ago
At first it bored me. It was interesting yes. But at the end it became phenomenal and unforgetable. I loved the pieces before every chapter. Worth reading=)
diedre More than 1 year ago
My librarian recommended this book to me a couple of weeks ago and I read it non stop! I identified as I think most teens do, with the characters and the desperation they all feel at times. I just ordered my own copy! This season's MUST have!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.It is very relatable to life in high school, but you learn self love and not to be a follower.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait for this to come out! The first book (ghostgirl) was a really great book, so probobley this is going to be better! Tonya Hurley should make a third one after she finishes this one!
Moana More than 1 year ago
definitely gotta be smart to pick up on ironies in this book. i love that she chokes on a gummy bear, but the reason why she does is profound. this author is awesome and obviously very intelligent. i agree she's like gorey for girls. this book is smart,heart-warming with some pee-in-your-pants moments and lines. READ THIS BOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was such a pleasant surprise for me. I got it because of new york public library's 100 best list. It was not only the best dark romantic comedy I've read for girls, but it was also a much deeper book than I thought. I can't wait to read Homecoming! I hope this is a movie soon because it would be killer.
X2K More than 1 year ago
this book is killer. i am in college and i love to read. i didn't know what to expect when i picked this book up. i bet a lot of the references and stuff go over some people's heads and the ones who don't get it, don't get it, but it is awesome! i read it all in one sitting and i have it displayed in my dorm room. it's the coolest book i've ever read and i never read a book that made me laugh the way this one did and cry, too. this author really gets it. and for the readers who don't get it, the joke is on you. i am so happy that there are smart books out there for girls instead of fluffy no brain romance trash.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what I was getting in to when I picked up this book. The cover is awesome. I read the reviews in all the lit publications online and it got all starred reviews. I thought it might be 'too much' but man, i was wrong. It is heart-warming, cool, and edgy and HYSTERICAL. I loved all the name checks of cool bands and writers. I can Not wait until the next book HOMECOMING. this is the book i've always dreamed of finding. I could not put it down!
Anti More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very close to a teen who had similar feelings. It had moments were you felt sorry for Charlotte and moments were you wanted to slap her. I wish it would tell us more about some of the other ghost teens or let them participate in Charlottes goal for life. The ending I thought was akward and confusing, but it was still great. I recommend this book to anyone with an imagination.
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
Popularity, the handsome Damen, and a friend is all Charlotte wanted. The new school year would bring all these things closer to Charlotte, she knew it, if only she changed herself a tad bit. But the first day of junior year, things don't go as planned. After a deadly incident involving a gummy bear, Charlotte finds herself on the Other Side of the school. She is able to be on the outside looking in, without the Living Kids seeing her staring with eager eyes: something she always felt but finally came true. It isn't exactly a dream though because now Damen can't fall in love with her! Then Charlotte finds out she is still in high school but having to learn from a dead teacher about Deadiquette, though her hope to become popular is still shining. But when Charlotte discovers that one of the Living Kids can see her, her hope only shines brighter . ghostgirl was enjoyable after the first 30 pages. The beginning was dull but when I met the Dead Kids, everything was becoming 'fun'. Though the dialogue was predictable, I couldn't get enough of it! I'm not a fan of the narration (third person but completely descriptive) and the death references took up a lot of space. Things like "dying to be popular" and "he doesn't even know I'm alive" were funny the first time, but they soon became overused. Charlotte was selfish and only cared about herself (she even admitted to it) but this is the story of how hard she tried to overcome that. Her logic was interesting and her decisions made the storyline twist and turn with every chapter. The Dead Kids added so much to the story that I can't imagine it without them. They each explained their Life and their Death which was utterly fascinating. Author Tonya Hurley's voice is fun and distinctive but I'd like to see how she would use it in a different book. RECOMMENDED
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even if you do not like this book, just keep reading. Read anything from instructions on how to change toilet paper, to microwave warranties. anything in the hopes that you will learn the English language and learn to S-P-E-L-L.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great from beginning to end. The shine of the cover and pages caught my attention and got me to buy it. Then, the story itself was great too! I couldn't put it down. I would reccomend this book to any teenager. They could easily relate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. I love it. It is wonderful and teaches a valuable lesson. I L-O-V-E it!!! At first I wasn't sure but it was so wonderful and was defiantly worth reading! If I tried to re-write this book... IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBE! Never can I get so close to writing anything like it! It would be an honor to meet Tonya Hurley.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes you to a diffrent type of world. looking through the eyes of charlotte and reading what its like to be a dead teenager is amazing. This book is definetley recommended.I like it alot.Reading the first few pages makes you want to read the whole book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great book,the farther you go the harder it is to put down.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Attention goths, gouls, and undead cheerleader wannabes - the much-anticipated sequel to ghostgirl is now available! In the follow-up to Tonya Hurley's best-selling debut, Charlotte Usher is struggling with her new un-life. After passing "Dead Ed," she and her classmates are assigned to a phoneback, acting as a heavenly conscience for troubled teens. But her phone never seems to ring, her friends seem to be ingnoring her, and her new room mate, Maddy, is strange at best. Most of all, she misses her BFF, Scarlet, who is still alive. But when Scarlet's sister, Petula, gets an infection from her pedicure and ends up in a coma, Scarlet is positive that Charlotte is her sister's last hope. Together the girls must find a way to help the comatose cheerleader - but only if Maddy doesn't get in the way. While the prose style leaves much to be desired, and the new characters are extremely underdeveloped, Hurley's humor mostly makes up for this novel's flaws. Perfect for a fun summer read, ghostgirl fans will adore this hilarious second novel, and will soon be clamoring for a third.
reading-machine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in an amazing series. The author really stuck with how the characters were portrayed in the first book. The sequel was less witty and more far-fetched than the first but still was interesting and fun to read. This book was also more frightening and more 'heavy' you might say. There's not much that could have made this book scarier to read before bed! I had nightmares while reading this! Four stars, you'll see I gave it, but only because this book made me feel...worried. All-in-all, this was a fantastic book and I recommend it. Anyone who likes the first book will probably like the second book. Great job, Tonya Hurley, you've done it again. Two-thumbs-up.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Puns and allusions and wordplay galore in this one! Charlotte Usher is determined that she is NOT going to be one of the invisible wallflowers at Hawthorne High any more. Unfortunately, her plan derails when she chokes on a gummi bear on her way out of first period physics class on the first day of school... and dies. Charlotte discovers that even though she's dead, she still has to graduate! Arriving at Deadiquette school, which meets in the basement, she discovers a class of students who are all learning to resolve their final issues so they can "graduate" and completely leave the world of the living. Charlotte's issue appears to be her massive crush on Damen (uber-cool boyfriend of Petula, queen of all popularity) and her desperate desire to be popular. Charlotte uses Petula's rebel goth sister Scarlet to help her achieve her goals, but Scarlet's got a mind of her own. Besides Scarlet, Charlotte's new Dead classmates are extremely unhappy with her attempts to be part of the living, so Charlotte's got a lot on her hands. Great undead humor for 8th grade and up.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though the packaging is *gorgeous* and the plot (girl, dying to be popular, dies - but instead of "moving on" she must figure out what she left undone and fix it) intriguing, the book doesn't live (heh) up to it. The author is too tongue-in-cheek - it feels as if she spends much of the book very amused at how very clever she is... It's chock full of pop culture references - overflowing, in fact - and frankly, I think many of the references are too old for the intended audience. It's also almost insufferably preachy. Ug. It did have amusing moments, but all of the above complaints, along with the stilted plot developments (some are detailed, some jump forward in such a bare fashion I reread sections thinking I had missed something. Nope. Just sloppy writing.), overwhelm it's charms. It just felt so...smug. Very disappointed.
midnighttwilight101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All Charlotte wants is to be popular. So for the new school year she has a new look and she is going to try out for cheerleading. Another thing she wants more than anything is to get the most sought after guy in school, Damen.Right when things start to go the right way with Damen Charlotte ends up choking on a gummy bear. But she isn't going to let a little thing like being dead stop her from getting what she wants.This book was really different from anything i've read before. It was funny, and weird, and a little cheesy, but the plot kept it going at a fast pace. This book has everything, cheerleaders, gummy bears, love, death, and rotting corpses. I also like the style of the book cover, and the silver on the edges of the pages, and there are color and designs in the book, very fancy for a book that's under $20.
aangela1010 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. It was predictable and lame.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a cute idea and execution, with a bit of moral thrown in, but it never achieved anything more, unfortunately. In the end I felt like all the characters were almost cartoonish. An entertaining enough read but not a keeper.
jenniferthomp75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book. I think the concept (girl dies while choking on a gummy bear and has to find her way to happiness in the ghostly world) is funny, and I definitely cackled out loud at a few parts. But it just doesn't work as well as I'd hoped. The quotes from musicians, bands and authors at the beginning of each chapter were charming, but I don't think the teens of today will relate to them. Also, the numerous pop culture references are going to be outdated within 2 years.However, if I was a teenager reading this in 1992 (which I was...), I would've loved this book. The main characters, Charlotte and Scarlet, remind me of myself at that age. However, that makes me concerned that the author is writing this from an early to mid 30s point of view as her life as a teenager, instead of a 2008/2009 teen... But, if you're going to judge the book solely by its cover, it's beautiful. Definitely the most unique, gorgeous cover and stunning pages of 2008...