Synopses & Reviews
My name is Susannah Simon, and I am a mediator -- a liason between the living and the dead. If you think this gets in the way of my attempt at a normal sixteen-year-old life, you'd be right. You try going to the mall while constantly being accosted by the undead.
Not that this is a bad thing all the time. Like, for example, when I discovered my bedroom is haunted by Jesse, the ghost of a nineteenth-century hottie. While I haven't made much progress with him (only one kiss so far), I remain optimistic. Jesse's inexplicable resistance to my charms is not my only obstacle, though: there's this other guy. A live one, who has the same gift of gab with the undead I have. In the same way I'm after Jesse, this guy is after me. And he knows how to send Jesse to the Great Beyond. For good.
So I guess you could say I'm haunted. I just never thought it would be by someone who isn't dead.
"Once the reader accepts the total weirdness of the story, the book is fast moving with interesting people, living and dead, and a fascinating premise." Judy Silverman, Children's Literature
"Making sense of the plot definitely requires having read previous books in the series...but teens (especially fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will...enjoy meeting the brave, nonchalant heroine and following her romantic dilemma." Susan Dove Lempke, Booklist
"Cabot successfully melds these strands into an interesting story with enough romance and suspense to keep readers turning the pages and leaves enough unanswered questions for the next book." School Library Journal
"Although Cabot's heroine speaks in a voice that is funny, flippant, and pure teen, Suze's repetitious obsessing gives the material a padded feel, and the perfunctory plot barely hangs together." Kirkus Reviews
"This book has strong appeal for teen girls because of its mix of the romantic and supernatural. The plot is engaging, and readers do not need to have read the previous books to enjoy this one." Sherrie Williams, VOYA
There is no such thing as ghosts. Or so they say, but Susannah Simon knows differently. She's a mediator one who can see dead people and not only is her life fraught with peril emanating from the realm of the undead, she's also faced with all the usual teen traumas such as first love (though he is a ghost), being new in town (even if she can see the Pacific from her bedroom window), and finding the perfect outfit (admittedly, Suze has little or no trouble in this department). This is The Sixth Sense meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and it is pure supernatural fun from our best-selling Princess Diaries author.
Sixteen-year-old Susannah Simon is a mediator, one who communicates with the dead and she also happens to be in love with Jesse, a nineteenth-century ghost.
New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
About the Author
Meg Cabot is the author of the best-selling, critically acclaimed, immensely popular Princess Diaries
novels, as well as All-American Girl, Haunted,
and two Regency novels, Nicola and the Viscount
and Victoria and the Rogue.
Meg was born in Bloomington, Indiana, and her childhood was spent in pursuit of air conditioning, of which there was little at the time in southern Indiana. A primary source proved to be the Monroe County Public Library, where Meg whiled away many hours, reading the complete works of Jane Austen, Judy Blume, and Barbara Cartland.
Armed with a fine arts degree from Indiana University, Meg moved to New York City, intent upon pursuing a career in freelance illustration. Illustrating, however, soon got in the way of Meg's true love, writing, and so she abandoned it and got a job as the assistant manager of an undergraduate dormitory at New York University, writing on the weekends, and whenever her boss wasn't looking.
Meg lives in New York City with her husband, Benjamin, a poet, financial market writer and fellow Hoosier, and their one-eyed cat, Henrietta.