Author: Amanda Burckhard
Release Date: 12/30/14
Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.
A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.
The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.
Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.
"A lovely, haunting, captivating tale from the first page to the last. It grips your heart and keeps it until the very end." - Natalie Decker
This is not my usual cup of tea, I tell you. I don’t do well with stories with deaths in it. I avoid them like the plague because they always make me cry and they make me depressed. But I said to myself, to hell with it! It’s 2015 and it’s now or never. After reading, I was right to say that The Ghost of You was going to make me cry, but depressed? No. Instead, I feel light. I feel happy.
Derek. I can’t even begin to tell you how adorable this guy is. He’s the twin brother who died in a car accident and the readers only get to see him because he lives in Emmy’s mind, but that doesn’t stop Derek from stealing my heart. His actions while invisible to the rest of the world is just too amusing. And then there’s Logan. Logan is the new guy in school. He acts like Emmy’s foil in some way. Both had more than a tragic past but one was able to move on while the other still doesn’t want to let go. It gives a much deeper meaning to their relationship. Add to that, their dynamic has only been interesting for me since the beginning. It’s actually one of my favourite parts of the story. Logan and Emmy were both so awkward when they first met and it took a lot of time before they got comfortable with each other. This slow burn made the touches and kisses all the more sweet and giggle-worthy.
Now, to my other favourite aspect of the book: the message. I’m sorry if I’ll sound extremely cheesy in this, but here goes my two cents: The Ghost of You is not only an emotional read, but an inspiring one at that too. It talks about losing and letting go. Not because you lost someone doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. There is nothing more we can do to change the past because it has already happened. What’s left is for us to learn from all the mistakes and try to prevent that from happening again and most importantly, be happy. BE FREAKING HAPPY! This is not something new in the world of literature, but. It. Always. Gets. Me.
So in the end, I’m left with a runny nose and tear-stained eyes, and also a heart filled with happiness.
I received an e-copy of The Ghost of You by Amanda Burckhard for an honest review as part of The Ghost of You blogtour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.
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About the Author
Amanda Burckhard grew up exploring bat caves and hunting for dinosaur bones in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she wasn’t crossing paths with mountain lions, she was making up stories and devouring books at the library. Although, she still does that.
Amanda loves to travel and cross out things on her adrenaline packed bucket list. Some of the things she's been able to cross out include see an active volcano erupt, ride a gondola in Venice, and pet a tiger.
She currently lives in South Dakota and works as a microbiologist by day. Some of her obsessions include comic book movies, hot chocolate, sushi, sunshine, and Doctor Who.