For a few years now I’ve been reading books like some people binge watch a new Netflix serial. I read, and read, and read some more. I just love it. And because I love it, I make time for it.
It really shouldn’t be any surprise then, that I wanted to create a place on this blog for highlighting some of the books I think are worth the time. There are so many amazing authors and stories out there, it would be a shame not to tell people about them.
Today I’m going to highlight a book called, The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram.
Now first of all, I feel the need to disclose to you that Kelly Oram is one of my favorite authors. Seriously. I have read EVERYTHING she’s published and you guys, she’s amazing. Like a magical unicorn writer who can write everything from contemporary romances to supernatural stories that are un-put-downable. Which are honestly my favorite kind of books. I don’t know a lot of authors who can cross genres as successfully as she has. She’s like an eclectic collector— but of writing.
Anyway, back to the the book. The Ghost of You and Me is a contemporary romance with a bit of magical realism. It’s poignant, yet full of hope. Gut-wrenchingly honest, the characters deal with grief, guilt and the choices they make, struggling to learn how to communicate and work through the impact of those choices.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the basic premise of the book deals with the tragic death of Spencer and the two most important people in his world— his girlfriend Bailey and his best friend Wes. Because neither Bailey nor Wes have worked through their grief and pain, Spencer hasn’t been able to find rest in the afterlife. So he comes back to help them work through things.
The characters are lovable, interesting and real. There were times I just wanted to hug them. There were times I wanted to smack some sense into them. And there were times I wanted to hang out with them. I cried with them, laughed with them and cheered for them.
This book is just beautiful and at times a bit haunting. I had all the feels— in the best possible way. Even if I did feel like I’d been shattered and glued back together multiple times throughout the book, I would read it again. And again.
If you like easy to read brilliantly told, give-you-all-the-feel books, The Ghost of You and Me is for you.
The Nitty Gritty (May Contain Spoilers):
Goodreads Rating from me- 4.5 stars because it rocks.
Violence- Unfortunately I can’t remember exactly, but there may be one fight scene with fists. I promise to take better notes in the future.
Sex/Nudity- There is some kissing and a few suggestive jokes made.
Profanity- Again, I didn’t take the best notes on this book and have since read many more, so I can’t remember exactly, but maybe one curse word?
Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking- This book does deal with some underage drinking themes and the repercussions of that.
Frightening/Intense Scenes- Only if you find friendly ghosts frightening. Most of the intensity that was found throughout the book came by way of emotions. If you have triggers with death, underage drinking or cancer this book may not be the one for you. Age Recommendation- 13+
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