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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty: Book Review

The Ghosts of Ashbury High
by Jaclyn Moriarty
Scholastic Inc.
ISBN 978-0-545-06972-4
Ages 12 and up
456 pages

Description: This is the story of Amelia and Riley, bad kids from bad Brookfield High who have transferred to Ashbury High for their final year. They've been in love since they were fourteen, they go out dancing every night, and sleep through school all day. And Ashbury can't get enough of them.

Everyone's trying to get their attention; even teachers are dressing differently, trying to make their classes more interesting. Everyone wants to be cooler, tougher, funnier, hoping to be invited into their cool, self-contained world. But they don't know that all Amelia can think about is her past -- an idyllic time before she ran away from home. Riley thinks he's losing her to the past, maybe even to a place further back in time. He turns to the students of Ashbury for help, and things get much, much worse.

In the tradition of the gothic novel, this is a story about ghosts, secrets, madness, passion, locked doors, femmes fatales, and that terrifying moment in the final year of high school when you realize that the future's come to get you.

The Good Stuff
  • The note at the  beginning helps clarify what is going on in the story, I think I would have been really lost if I hadn't read that
  • Loved the gothic touches to the story
  • Outstanding dialogue that makes you laugh your butt off at times
  • The character of Tobias is so loveable and fun and introspective
  • The scene between the ghost and is brilliantly funny!
  • Descriptions makes the story and the people feel so real
  • The chapter on the history of Australia -- spectacularly funny and interesting
  • The chapter on the history of Ireland (see above why)
  • Very unusual and intriguing
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Could have been a little shorter
  • This type of changing  narrative can be confusing to the reader -- or just me -- just warning you to pay attention and no speed reading either
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"The dynamics of first impressions," said the question.  My first impression of this question is that it sucks"
"Anyway, England goes: Not that country looks pretty -- we might take it! (That was their way in those days)"

"Eventually I realized what it was. If you can't ever escape, how can you come back to tell us that you can't escape?"

"Think about it. If I deserve good marks in some subjects then logically I deserve them in the rest. It's a mathematical equation and maths is always right. (Otherwise, what's the point of it.)"

"You thought that my haunting was restricted to this house? I like an occasional Coke from the 7-Eleven myself,  you know."

What I Learned
  • What a Fetch is -- and no I am not telling you, read the darn book already
  • Many fascinating theories on black holes - makes you think
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Pretty much anyone over 12 will find something to enjoy

4 Deweys (Definitely worth price of cover)

I recieved this from Scholastic in return for an honest review


  1. Sounds like an interesting read!

  2. It is Candace, really different. It took me a few minutes to get into it, but once I was, I was hooked