I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Crazy Ex-Ghoulfriend Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Janie Parker is in love with the boy next door, but he's dating Miss Popular. That is, until she wraps her car around a tree and bites the dust. Just when things settle down and Janie thinks that she might have a shot at going to prom with the boy next door, Miss Popular comes back from the grave, and she's one crazy ex-ghoulfriend.
Crazy Ex-Ghoulfriend is one of those books that makes you glad you are no longer in high school. It’s got your typical popular girl vs nerd girl conflicts but with the added benefit of the popular girl becoming a zombie and trying to give her forcing her into a makeover. It’s full of the life lessons we have all heard and hopefully learned, but it never hurts to be reminded.
Janie is “love” with Wayne. They have been friends since childhood and are neighbors. After Wayne is in a car accident with his girlfriend and Queen Bee, Matilda, due to drinking and driving (MESSAGE!), he finds himself in the hospital, and his girlfriend is dead. Janie becomes Wayne’s shoulder to cry on essentially and things start to progress when Wayne shows an interest in Janie in a hilarious first kiss type scene.
When Janie comes home to find stinky zombie Matilda lying on her bed, the real story gets started. Up until this point, Janie has been struggling with emotions that I will admit, are somewhat familiar to me. She isn’t sad that Matilda died. She’s happy about it. But let’s face it, Matilda tormented her and made her life hell, creating a division in her friendship with Wayne. I hate to admit it, but I think I would feel the same way. No one wants to feel the way Matilda made Janie feel, and I think she is justified in her feelings. At least she didn’t fake it and pretend to be Matilda’s BFF like it seems so many people do when someone dies.
Matilda’s master plan is to make Janie popular so she can become part of the prom committee, suggest a masquerade type them so that Matilda can attend the prom with Wayne, her “one true love”, and everyone lives happily ever after. Barf. There are some pretty obvious holes in Matilda’s plan, but hey, she’s a teenager, of course she didn’t think things through completely.
As Janie’s popularity grows, so does her head. It is the usual story of the unpopular girl gets a makeover and everyone starts noticing her. She forgets who her real friends are (MESSAGE!). She learns lessons along the way of course and all is right in the world.
Overall this was a cute book. I liked the story and it kept my interest throughout the whole book. I didn’t feel like there were any lulls in the story, and while many of the characters were pretty one dimensional, it is understandable because the story is more about Janie and Matilda than it is about the other characters. I do think I would have liked a little more back story on why Matilda was the way she was, but even without that information, we can still see who and why she is, at least to some degree. Angela Roquet has an interesting writing style that helps the story continue at a nice pace without feeling too slow. I read the book faster than I intended to and before I knew it the story was over. I will be looking into Roquet’s other books asap.
This book is appropriate for most teens and isn’t bad to read as an adult. It reminded me in some way of the movie Jawbreaker, where they turn the ugly duckling girl into a beauty and she becomes someone else entirely. It sends positive messages to girls of all ages, and there are not quite enough books today that do that sort of thing. I will be trying to convince my 13 year old to read it.
All About Angela
Urban Fantasy Author Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo.
She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, and random craft supplies. She no longer collects paperback books, because she can’t fit any more in her office, however she does collect ebooks. She has an unhealthy obsession with television shows created by Joss Whedon and fantasizes about him directing television or film versions of her novels. Angela’s favorite book/movie is The Wizard of Oz. She likes a little coffee in her cream, and her favorite food is sushi, even though it takes her FOREVER to make. Angela is a peace loving, tree hugging hippy who tries to buy organic and local as often as possible. She’s a fan of renewable energy sources, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone, she’s a fan of you, too. Angela lives in Sedalia, Missouri with her husband and son. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.