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This is a story of a girl, Susan, who can see ghosts and spends most of her time helping them move to the next world. Ghosts have been a menace to Susan all her life. They have come to her since she was child and had no idea what to do when her own mother could not see them. It was during a carnival where a psychic told her she was a mediator, someone to help the lost souls go into the next world. Susan realized she now knew the way to get rid of them; simply find out what business they have left unfinished and finish it for them and voila! They go poof! But life as a mediator is not so easy, some ghosts just do not want to go on to the next world and then Susan has to use force (exorcism) to get rid of them.
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Her father died when she was young and now she lives with her mother and grandmother in New York City. When her mother falls in love with a man, Andy Ackerman, and decides to shift to Carmel, California to live him and his three sons. And Susan has to move with her in to a house (specifically her room) that is haunted by a centuries old ghost, Jesse. Jesse is surprised to meet someone who can see him and touch him after such a long time. Jesse is a problem, albeit a hot problem, Susan does not need in her life. She has three brothers whom she has dubbed; Sleepy, Doped and Doc. She is closest to the youngest brother David (Doc) as when she moves in with them he offers to exchange room as hers is haunted even though he is very scared to do so. Jack (Sleepy) thinks she is a part of some sort of gang while Dopey just annoys her.
In New York she could be as weird as she wanted to be without blinking an eye (well her mother did send her to a therapist after some strange incidences) but how will she survive in a small school ( a catholic school at that) and avoid scrutiny of her peers and teachers. The first day she manages to punch a ghost, Kate in front of her principal Father Dominic. Fortunately Father Dominic is a mediator like her and explains to her how she cannot go around punching ghosts. He tells her that when Kate got dumped by her boyfriend Bryce she committed suicide on his door step. Kate now wants to kill Bryce so they can be together. Susan becomes popular in her school when Susan saves Bryce's life during an attempt by Kate and stands up for Ceecee, her classmate. She gets invited to a party by Kate's best friend and makes new friends, Adam and Ceecee. She is also asked out by Bryce and Susan says yes.
Susan goes in to the school at night and tries to reason with Kate but Kate tries to kill her instead as she believes Susan is trying to steal her boy friend. Jesse saves her and they escape to their house. Jesse tells her that she is reckless. The next day Father Dominic and Bryce are injured during a second attempt. Susan gets mad and decides to exorcise Kate. Father Dominic and Jesse both do not think she should do it. Susan does not listen and goes in to the school at night and fools Kate in to taking part in the exorcism. Kate realizes she has been duped and she tries to kill Susan. Susan manages to exorcise her but not before Kate crashes the courtyard roof at her. Susan is saved By Jack and Doc. Doc later tells her he was woken up by Jesse. Next day later she thanks Jesse when he visits her. He is about to kiss her when Susan's mom comes into the room and Jesse disappears.
Best part of story, including ending: I really enjoyed being inside Susan's mind as she has a bit cynical personality and hard as nails attitude. Meg Cabot can easily write about whats going inside a teenage girls head.

Best scene in story: I enjoyed the scene where Susan tries to exorcise Kate and they have a fight later.

Opinion about the main character: If Susan has a problem she tries to solve it to the best of her abilities instead of crying about it. I liked that about her.

The review of this Book prepared by Ashi Adam a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

Susannah Simon is a 16 years old girl who has an unusual ability: she can see dead people and talk to them. The books begins with her moving from New York to Northern California because her mother had remarried a guy who lived there. So Susannah has to adjust to her new family (including 3 stepbrothers), a new school, and a very cute ghost guy who lives in her room.
In school she has convince an angry ghost of a girl to go to the other side and keep her from hurting anyone especially her former boyfriend.

The review of this Book prepared by Anastasya

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 15%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 25%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 45%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 15% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   they see dead people! (fantasy) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the ghost chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   clairvoyant


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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