Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A Certain Slant of Light, by Laura Whitcomb

In this unusual novel, Helen has spent her years attached to writers, artists, and teachers, following them wherever they go. But no one would accuse her of being clingy, because no one can actually see her -- she's actually dead and a ghost. But then one day in her host's English class, a young boy named James surprises her by talking to her. Romance and many complications develop.

I'm not entirely sure that this is my cup of tea, but it is certainly an original piece. The characters are strong, the story sufficiently compelling, and the action moves well. There were times when things could have been written a bit smoother, but this is a good first novel. I'd recommend this story if you like books with a supernatural twist to them.

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