This book was an emotional read. Bailey has been best of friends with Spencer and Wes for as long as she can remember. And all of that changed one party when she played spin the bottle, and her spin ended up on Spencer. They shared their first kiss, and were inseparable ever since, changing the dynamic of the trio.
When Spencer dies, Bailey’s world comes crashing down, and the one person that might be able to help her piece it all together again, is the one person who hates you, and blames you for taking Spencer away.
This read takes you on a real journey of reflection. Bailey has a ton of issues she needs to work through, to put her guilt and sadness to rest, and move forward again, and live life again.
Wes has been living a real hell, and can’t manage it alone any longer.
And then there is Spencer, the Ghost sent back to bring these two back together to be the friends they once were, to help each other through all of this pain and hurt.
This book had me laughing, crying, hurting, and sighing. Oram has a talent of taking a very hard issues, and still adding in a good dose of real humor. It relieves some of the tension and teaches us to put things into a better perspective.
This book helped me to think a lot about these issues in life, and I enjoyed the way in which these issues were dealt to me. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a YA read with a lot of depth.
The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram
How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him?
From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels.
The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most—his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives.
Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right…even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend.
With the emotional resonance of Jellicoe Road and the magical realism of The Lovely Bones, The Ghost of You and Me is a story about overcoming grief, finding redemption for past mistakes, and the healing power of friendship and love. Fans of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Nicholas Sparks are sure to love this haunting new tale from Kelly Oram.
This is a clean young adult romance stand alone novel that reads like contemporary drama romance and has just a touch of magical realism.
I open the door and slam into a solid chest. Strong hands grip my arms to steady me, and they don’t let go. I know the hands are Wes’s without having to look. “Are you okay?” he asks.
At first, I’m comforted by his presence. His smell is familiar, and the heat of his tall, lean body feels like it could thaw my frozen heart. For a split second, I melt against him. His arms come around me as if holding me is as natural to him as breathing. For a second, everything is right in my pathetic world. For a second, I’m alive again.
Author Kelly Oram
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.
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