Thursday, January 06, 2011
Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen
This was an interesting story. I liked the idea of the reality show and of the ghost debunkers (as opposed to the ghost hunters of today's reality shows). I thought the way Charlotte felt about moving around and her lack of ability to deal with her problems head on was believable. I liked how Charlotte ended up getting what she wanted, but it wasn't what she thought it was going to be. Very typical of life, and something teens (or anyone, really) can definitely relate to.
That said, I wasn't fond of the Avery-Jared subplot, or the reasons behind their friction. The stakes weren't high enough for there to be so much animosity. This made the rest feel like a contrived way to get Avery and Jared where they're supposed to be in the end.
I also got frustrated at all the info Charlotte got in her dreams, but then didn't use it. Because of this, I figured out much of the plot before she did and was waiting for her to catch up. I wish the dreams had been utilized better.
Still, I thought this was a fun story with a unique take on ghosts, and I think it would be appropriate for teens of all ages.
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