Synopses & Reviews
When seventeen-year-old Paige dies in a freak fall from the roof during Physics class, her spirit is bound to the grounds of her high school. At least she has company: her fellow ghosts Evan and Brooke, who also died there. But when Paige hears the rumor that her death wasn't an accident — that she supposedly jumped on purpose — she can't bear it. Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess living people when they think of her, and she can make them do almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get to the most popular girl in school and stop the rumors once and for all.
"Paige Wheeler died five months ago at her high school, and her ghost has been stuck there ever since. She hangs out with two other ghosts: Brooke, who died of a cocaine overdose in the girls' bathroom a few months before Paige died, and Evan, who won't reveal how and when he died. Confined to school grounds, the three deceased teenagers follow the lives of the living until a student suggests that Paige's fall off the school's roof was suicide. Paige is determined to preserve her eternal reputation and quash the rumor, and she discovers that when a person thinks about her, she can inhabit his or her body. She uses this ability to settle some old scores, and in the process uncovers the truth behind Brooke's death, as well as her own. While Williams's debut, The Space Between Trees, also revolved around untimely demise, her sophomore novel confronts the subject with incisive dark humor. The mystery of Paige's death is a bit slow to unfold, but her sharp, poignant narration will keep readers engaged and entertained. Ages 14 up. Agent: Judy Heiblum, Sterling Lord Literistic. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Paige's quest for revenge and yearning for acknowledgment will ring true with teens. Readers will be engrossed until the very end." School Library Journal
"An unexpectedly transcendent and moving finale." Kirkus
"A suspenseful mystery that sneaks up on you....Paige herself sets the story apart, realizing in the end that in order for her death or life to have meaning, she must first accept herself." Booklist
About the Author
Katie Williams teaches writing at the Academy of Art University and is the author of the acclaimed The Space Between Trees. She lives in Berkeley, California.