Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Review: Spooky Little Girl

"We all carry a hope that our death will not be in vain, or that it will assume
some higher translation, maybe even taking on metaphoric stature. In life,
we all want our deaths to be magnificent and relevant. And in your case...
I'm sorry, no." - pg. 60

I received an ARC of this book, and read it, in February from a goodreads.com giveaway. I have to say it wasn't what I thought it was going to be and that IS A GOOD THING! I also hosted a Blog Tour for Spooky Little Girl, but only Lisa has shared her thoughts so far..

Spooky Little Girl is the story of Lucy Fisher and how one bad week turned into the Worst Week Ever. First, she comes back from the trip of a lifetime to find ALL of her belongings on the front yard and the locks changed on the house she shares with her boyfriend Martin. No explanation besides a note telling her she can pick up her dog on Thursday. Lucy is completely bewildered and has no idea why Martin has changed the locks, his phone number and will not talk to her.

Then she shows up to work and is accused of stealing a HUGE deposit from her employer. Then she tests positive for cocaine???? And accused of stealing drugs? She thinks she is in a bad dream. But no, this is her life.

So she drives up to her sister's house to hide out and figure out what to do. The next day, she gets hit by a bus. Totally gives new meaning to any of our bad weeks, right?

When Lucy "wakes up" she finds herself in the Transition Center and learns she must attend Ghost School and learn how to haunt. This is where the story picks up and really started cracking me up. Lucy has some hilarious, quirky and silly ghost classmates. She then is sent back to Earth to attend to her assignment so she can move onto The State. (Essentially, your individual view of what would be in Heaven).

"She had had the worst day of her death, and by her calendar, it had only been
her second one." - pgs. 98 & 99

I really don't want to give away anymore because the story drops out more details the further in you get. Let's just say, it was a light and funny read. Nothing I would probably have thought to read on my own, and by reading the back cover, I would have probably rolled my eyes. But it is a cute book. I love the funny chapter names and I have to say the Authors Note in the back of the book is something you have to read at the end.

"You won't fail," Ruby assured all of them. " I make good ghosts.
Plus, the devil is on sabbatical right now, anyway. He's got a gig on AM
radio, and I heard he got tangled up with triplets known as OxyContin, Lorcet,
and Vicodin." pg. 101
(Quite possibly my favorite line of the entire book. I had to read this to my husband).

Definitely worth checking out. And the good news? It is ON SALE TODAY!!!

Have you had any experiences with ghosts? What was your worst week ever?


J said...

I am right at page 60 of this book and I wish I could go home and read it right now. Thanks for have the blog tour! I am really enjoying it!!

Anais said...

Sounds like an interesting book! And I'd have to agree with you that it seems better than it looks! From the title I don't knwo that I would've been interested but you're review has peeked my interest! :D

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I thought it was a fun, light read, too! I do think the title and the book cover do not do the book justice. I think they could have done much, much better!!

Leigh Hutchens Burch said...

AGH! I just realized I never sent you my review. I really enjoyed the bloggy book tour. Thanks so much for letting me participate!

In short, he book was awesome. Sad, funny, and thought-provoking allatonce.

Everyone should read it! I had never read anything by the author before, and now I am planning on checking out another one of her books!

Kelly said...

I finished the book a little over a week ago and I think I actually miss it- I REALLY enjoyed it. I know it was a light read but that's totally my kind of book. I loved that it couldn't really happen (so we think) but yet it was somewhat realistic at the same time, does that make sense? I'll send over some thoughts later this week or possibly next week when I'm on vacation :)

Anonymous said...

What fun! It sounds funny and totally original.