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Give Up the Ghost by [Crewe, Megan]
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“Crewe's first effort will make readers wonder what else she's got up her sleeve.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“This coming-of-age novel avoids unrealistically neat moments of closure--it will make readers hurt, and maybe even believe.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A supernatural twist on the ‘Mean Girls' plot provides page-turning action. . . . Mysterious plot elements and the budding relationship between Cass and the VP will quickly engage reluctant readers.” ―School Library Journal

“A school-dynamics story with a great original hook.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over "breathers." Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the lies and backstabbing between her fellow students.

But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.

As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad—and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it's time to give the living another chance...

This is a re-release of the novel with the same title published by Henry Holt in 2009. The content is unchanged.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2883 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crewe Morris Creative (Dec 1 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016N304O4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,902 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
If there's one sentence that could sum up Cass McKenna's life, it would probably be that infamous line from the movie The Sixth Sense: "I see dead people."

Ever since Cass's big sister, Paige, drowned the night of her Junior Prom, Cass has had the gift - or curse - of being able to see ghosts. Or, to be technical, to see, hear, and communicate with spirits who haven't moved on to wherever spirits go after people die. The morning after her sister's death, Cass made the mistake of mentioning to her parents that Paige couldn't be dead, since she was crying upstairs in her bedroom. One therapist later, Cass has realized that telling people about her little "secret" of communicating with the dead isn't a good idea.

Cass has learned to use her ghost-seeing powers to great effect. Never all that popular to begin with, she's made a lot of enemies at Frazer Collegiate by using the information that her spirit friends provide for her. Cheating on your girlfriend? Cass probably knows about it. Posting nasty things on a blog about the girl who does your homework for you? Cass probably knows about it. Passing along information to keep one of your best friends off the Athlete of the Year list? Cass knows about that, too.

It's not hard to see why Norris and Bitzy, the two resident school ghosts, are Cass's only friends.

But then enters Tim Reed, Student Council Vice President, who somehow manages to find out Cass's secret. Tim wants Cass's help in contacting his dead mother. Cass reluctantly agrees, planning to use Tim's popularity status to get dirt on the one person she needs to knock down the most - her ex-best friend, Danielle.
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In "Give Up The Ghost" Megan Crewe weaves the supernatural into a story of two broken teenagers adrift in their pain who forge a bond of friendship and unexpectedly find healing. Cass McKenna who sees ghosts after the death of her sister and who hates the "poseurs" at school after her best friend spitefully hurt her has made it her mission to expose all their dirty little secrets. With rumours swirling among the student body that she's a psychic Cass is ostracized, a loner whose only friends are the ghosts who spy for her until Tim Reed comes to her for help.

Broken by the loss of his mother Tim wants Cass to help him make contact with her. Yet as she does Cass becomes swept up in his life struggling to save him and making peace with those she once detested.

With complicated, realistic and intriguing characters Megan builds a story of heartbreak, friendship and forgiveness that begins with Cass McKenna a teen who not only suffered the betrayal of her best friend but was hurt by the loss of her sister. Using her friendship with her ghosts to uncover all the dirty secrets at Frazier High her mission is make those around her aware of their actions only to find herself a social outcast with no friends. Unapproachable, aloof and bent on revenge for the whispers and bullying that made her life miserable at school, Cass suddenly finds herself helping Tim, the popular Vice-President on the Student Council. Suffering, desperate and awkward in his pain Tim is determined to have Cass contact his mother only to discover that she wants him to move on with his life. Experiencing the lack of support at home, and trying to overcome the trauma of loss Cass and Tim gravitate to one other, eventually finding help and healing in their friendship.
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I read and read and gobbled it up. I loved it. She softened Cass to a perfect degree that she was still a bundle of anger and frustration that I could relate to. I'd been a lot like Cass when I was in high school. Except Cass can see ghosts...and I kind of...can't.


Norris-the-ghost is just as awesome as ever and Bitzy-the-ghost is just cute and unitarded. Tim is a bundle of ill-coping dispair that makes your heart hurt through the pages for him even though there are no scenes in his POV. You can feel the dynamic and balance between Tim and Cass as they both struggle with their parents, death, friendships, distrust, and their personal choice of self-destruction.

So go read it already :)
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I really, really enjoyed this book. I ate it up and read it in one day. I could easily identify with the characters, especially Cass. She reminded me a little of myself. I liked the fact that she didn't just fall all over Tim the moment he talked to her. They're relationship was never easy, and it made it seem real. In real life people mess up and make mistakes and relationships are hard. This book got that. I thought the story moved along well and I was satisfied with the ending. I'm looking forward to more from Megan Crewe. And bonus points go to her since she's Canadian :)
I give this 4.5 out of 5
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