by Angel Lawson
Published by Createspace Release date : February 7th 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Freak. Weird. Crazy. These are the names tossed around seventeen-year old Jane Watts by her fellow classmates. But things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes there’s a reason for talking to yourself in the hallway at school.
Adjusting to her new home and school after an abrupt move, Jane just wants to be like everyone else at school. Although she does manage to make one friend, Evan — sixteen, charming and protective. Evan is everything a girl could want in a best friend, with one minor caveat: He’s dead.
Caught somewhere between life and death, Evan is tied to Jane and the living world, unable to complete the journey to the other side. She thinks he’s here to be her friend, to take care of her, and that’s why no one else can see or hear him.
That is, until a new boy shows up at school after a rumored stretch in juvie. Connor can see Evan and is not convinced that the ghost is completely honest. Past experience taught him how ghosts tend to need something from the humans they connect to and Evan, despite his arguments, isn’t any different.
Jane is resentful of Connor’s intrusion but soon realizes that her ghostly friend has secrets about his past. And now Evan's family, still reeling from his tragic death, is in danger. Jane must face her fears and battle Evan’s human demons to free both of them.
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I’ve had this on my kindle for a while and I am happy I finally got to read it. This book was so intense and sweet and so much more than what I expected.
Jane and Evan have been best friends for a year. The catch see- Evan is dead. After a traumatic melt down in school, Jane is labeled a freak and more or less, has no other friends besides Evan.. Connor has secrets of his own and it isn’t long before Jane discovers how much they have in common and how much they need each other.
Jane is such a real and like-able MC. She doesn’t trust easy, so it was easy to accept her reluctance when it came to Connor. Not to mention, his intrusive behavior and warnings about Evan. She just.. accepted being able to see Evan and went on. No thoughts to be a super detective and investigate why. Or over think all the reason she could see him. She just did. So yeah, being told your best friend has secrets and a reason for being there would be hard to swallow. She was an outcast and teased, and I feel like she handed all that remarkably well. The interactions between Jane and Evan were so sweet. You can care that they care about each other.
Connor, was the game changer. I initially didn’t know what to think of him. Honestly, at first he was weird and creepy with his staring and intrusiveness. His hot and cold attitude became old pretty quick– but once we learn about his story and why he is the way he is, you understand. It’s traumatic as well and just heartbreaking. He’s very protective over Jane but not in an I’m-going-to-control-you kind of way.
As sweet as Evan and Jane are, Connor and Jane were even better. Their relationship slowly built and it was fun watching her break out of her shell and Connor breaking down her carefully crafted walls. Perfection.
Once we start to learn about Evan’s past and how he died, things start getting really intense. It was sad and just awful what happened and the repercussions Jane had to face after her initial digging would scare me to death! She’s a lot stronger than she gives herself credit for.
Not only that; there are also some family secrets she discovers. I wish we could have divulged into more details about, since it just got brushed on at the end. Hopefully, book two will have some answers to my questions! And the ending gave me chills. SO good.
Overall- Great read! Intense, sweet and well written. I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2!